Hands-On with the Nodus Trieste Diver
Nodus is an exceptional, Los Angeles-based brand entering the consistently growing field of miniature brand jumpers. Their debut offering is the Trieste, named after the unbelievable 1960 Trieste Submersible undertaking into the Mariana Trench. While from the start, the Trieste may not motivate too many oohs and aahs, it is certainly a miniature jumper that merits a second look.
The miniature brand jumper market is overflowing with monstrous, imbecile lumps of-steel with profundity evaluations that would pound your skull, however the Trieste is an invigorating takeoff from this pattern with its 41mm size and 200-meter profundity rating. Half a month back, Sean Lorentzen composed an article about lightweight skin jumpers (in the event that you haven’t done as such yet, go look at it). In body and soul, the Trieste certainly pulls somewhat on the legacy of ’60s and ’70s-time skin jumpers (and it has a touch of the Blancpain Bathyscape in there, too). But with or without that, it’s likewise a strong bundle of specs being offered at a sensible and available cost. Despite the fact that the watches are amassed in Asia, last QC is done altogether in LA. That is, the Nodus group in a real sense dismantles the watch and examine all components, manages the developments, and assembles everything back. For a watch that’s $500 (or less relying upon the development, however more on that later), that’s an uncommon degree of care.
Let’s make a plunge right in.
Hands-On with the Nodus Trieste Diver
Case 316L hardened steel Movement Seiko NH35A or STP1-11 Dial Black Lume BGW9 Super-LumiNova Lens Double-domed Sapphire (AR underside) Strap Stainless steel wristband Water Resistance 200 meters Dimensions 41mm x 50mm Thickness 13mm Lug Width 20mm Crown Screw down Warranty Two years Price $350
The 316L treated steel case has an exemplary round shape with straight carries that tighten in. Estimating 41mm wide and 50mm long, this case sits in a sweet spot for most expected wearers. Also, at a simple 13mm thick with an above and beyond 200m profundity rating, it truly is an entirely comfortable size for ordinary work area plunging. The case at that point includes an alluring brushed completion, with a state of difference being the cleaned angles running along the drags. The general look is suggestive of various vintage jumpers. The unidirectional, 120-click, coin-edge bezel is perfect and exemplary, and it’s given somewhat of an extravagant redesign with a truly pleasant sapphire addition that comes in dark, burgundy or blue. I just invested a few active energy with the dark variation, however if I somehow managed to buy one I’d go for the blue choice over the other two. Another “high-end” highlight of the bezel are the brilliant numbers and hash marks, which, beside expanding the apparent estimation of the case, have the utilitarian reason for making the bezel a lot simpler to peruse in low light. Regarding activity, the bezel is solid–especially so at this cost point–with great activity and almost no play.
The enormous, material crown is situated a three o’clock. It screws down and includes the brand’s logo. Likewise note the penetrated hauls. The carries measure 20mm, making it a snap to locate quite a few lashes that you could introduce for a change from the stock arm band. The coin-edge specifying on the bezel is pleasantly executed. The twofold domed sapphire gem is an alluring update from an easier, level glass. The case back highlights an engraved mathematical plan, and keeping in mind that not excessively invigorating, it is really an exceptional plan.
Turning now to the dial, what we have here is a clean and exceptionally readable plan. The base of dial itself is a level, matte dark. The markers are applied cleaned metal with Super-LumiNova fill. At 12, three, six, and nine they’re trapezoids, getting going more extensive at the edge of the dial and tightening toward the middle (it’s fairly suggestive of some more seasoned Squale plans). Little round plots top off the excess hours. As I composed over, this dial configuration is actually similar to the Blancpain Bathyscaphe, yet without the brushed completion. The modest size of the markers stifles the dial, and they give the entire thing a somewhat dressier vibe, though the watch is still exceptionally easygoing and sporty.
Though the unit I investigated is without a date complication, there is a possibility for a date window at 4:30. As an admitted date-hater, I’m glad to have the option to keep up the evenness and straightforwardness of the dial by having no date window at three. All things considered, at any rate the date window alternative, should you need it, is little and without a casing, and with a date wheel that is dark with white numerals. Along these lines, despite the fact that it is set in any event most loved area at 4:30, it is (generally) unobtrusive.
The Trieste presents a spotless and intelligible plan. Circles and trapezoids make up the hours record. The applied files truly pop when the light hits the dial at the correct point. The BGW9 lume is a touch of sore point here as it darkens rapidly. This one isn’t for the lume nuts.
The one piece of the Trieste plan that really stands apart to me as extraordinary is the handset. The hour and moment hands begin limited by the pinion, and get more extensive towards the hour markers, with a point that is intended to coordinate the point of the markers at 12, three, six and nine. At the closures are blocky, needle like tips. The second hand is a long needle with a rectangular lume fragment close to the tip. The hands are unquestionably extraordinary, and I hail Nodus for thinking outside the box here. All things considered, I’m fairly undecided on the look. I think the hands are something individuals will either truly like, or they won’t, and it will represent the deciding moment whether somebody purchases the watch.
The Trieste comes with two development alternatives. The first is the Swiss-made STP1-11, which is to a great extent an ETA 2824-2 clone delivered in Switzerland (STP is possessed by Fossil, and we’ve been seeing an uptick of miniature brands utilizing developments from the producer). This one is a 26-gem programmed and hand-wind type, with hacking seconds and brisk set date (in the event that you pick the date choice). The beat rate is 28,800 bph and the force save is 44 hours. The subsequent choice is the Japanese-made, Seiko NH35A. This one is a 24-gem programmed and hand-wind development, with hacking seconds and brisk set date. The recurrence is somewhat lower at 21,600 bph, and the force hold is 42 hours.
Other than the beat rates, there are some different contrasts in the developments. The STP1-11 has been pleasantly completed, and the NH35A is invisible girl. Obviously, you can’t see the completing through the strong case back, however a few group like to know it’s there notwithstanding. As I momentarily noted over, the Nodus group controls every one of their developments in four situations in their Los Angeles workshop to give them preferable planning over they have directly from their individual production lines. The STP1-11 has a planning resilience of – 5 to +5 seconds out of each day at the hour of delivery, and the NH35A has a resistance of – 10 to +10 seconds for every day.
The greatest distinction in these two choices from a genuine reasonable point of view is the cost. The Trieste is $500 with the STP1-11, and a simple $350 with the NH35A. The two developments are hearty and solid, and simple to support with parts promptly accessible to watchmakers.
The Trieste comes provided with a screwed, strong connection, clam style arm band with a flip-lock deployant fasten. The arm band is generally all around made and comfortable for what it is, yet truly it’s a moderately standard part. The catch (which is marked) feels somewhat unstable to me. I think to keep the cost on this model down to the entirely sensible MSRP being offered here, Nodus didn’t put a lot in the wristband. Given the decision, I would prefer to pay somewhat more and have a more strong inclination catch, however that’s just me. When requesting the watch from Nodus’ site, there is an alternative to buy material ties in various tones for a little surcharge.
Overall, I discovered this to be an entirely comfortable watch to utilize and wear. At 41mm wide, it’s right in the center of the “sweet spot” for jumpers, as I would like to think, and at an unobtrusive 13mm thick, it sits very well on the wrist. The more than sufficient 200-meter profundity rating empowers it to be lighter weight (86 grams for the head alone; 165 grams on the wristband), which simply adds to its wearability. The screwed joins on the wristband are a snap to add or eliminate, and there are miniature change openings in the fasten for adjusting for an ideal fit to any wrist.
As the primary contribution from Nodus, the Trieste is an appealing, passage level, miniature brand jumper. The size and profundity rating alongside the sapphire precious stone and bezel embed give this watch an extraordinary worth and make it simple to wear. The case size, shape and completing, alongside the applied markers give it a vintage vibe also. While it may not be weighty in its general plan, it doesn’t feel excessively subordinate and the extraordinary hour and moment hands give it a touch of something different.
I particularly like that there are a ton of decisions on proposal here, however that they’re inconspicuous and truly fixed on what individuals might need (as opposed to simply deliver many dial tones). You can arrange it with your decision of three shaded sapphire bezel additions, date or no date, and you have the decision of two magnificent quality developments. There’s additionally a PVD variant of the watch. With the Swiss development for $500, or the Japanese development for $350, you get a great deal of value for-your-money in any case, and even the more costly decision is still sensibly evaluated. Nodus