Direnzo DRZ 03 Eclipse Automatic Watch

When a Kickstarter campaign gets funded in under a minute, it’s a pretty good indication that the product in question is pretty epic and that’s certainly true of this Direnzo DRZ 03 Eclipse Automatic Watch which exceeded its £15k funding target in under 60 seconds. If you’re after a Swiss made watch that doesn’t break the bank entirely but still boasts an elegant aesthetic and stellar performance, this one will be tough to beat.

The Direnzo DRZ 03 Eclipse Automatic Watch on Kickstarter is available for as little as £399 during the Kickstarter campaign which represents exceptional value for money when you’re getting your hands on a timepiece as attractive, well made and top performing as this. The Eclipse is a timepiece which strives to pay homage to iconic dive models that were so popular in the 1960s and it is a top quality timepiece that is built to last.

Vintage Vibes

The 1960s was a golden age for dive watches and it is era that this great looking Direnzo DRZ 03 Eclipse Automatic Watch is inspired by both in aesthetics and performance. The dial’s bowl shape is reminiscent of the DRZ 02, but this time it has been applied more subtly to reduce distortion when you head beneath the waves. This kind of dial manufacture requires a CNC modelling process, unlike when producing a more conventional and simple flat disc and adds a real touch of class to the visuals of this exemplary timepiece which has taken Kickstarter by storm.

For the Direnzo DRZ 03 Eclipse Automatic Watch on Kickstarter (from £399), the watchmaker has maintained the innovative arrangement of the indices witnessed with the DRZ 02 – namely, a triangle positioned at 12 o’clock and circles at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, with the option of the date positioned at 6 o’clock (for a perfectly symmetrical design). The rotating bezel with sapphire insert and lumed markers takes its inspiration from vintage dive watches, such as the Breguet, and gives a real classy aesthetic.

Removing all type and providing an understated layout generates a concise, highly polished piece from a design perspective, which expertly combines with the aesthetics of the dial. The automatic movement chosen for this watch is the Swiss Sellita SW-200-1, which is a top quality and accurate mechanism for three hands with 38 hours of power reserve and a 28’800 A/h (4 Hz) frequency. On top of the assembly and quality control which is undertaken in the Swiss atelier, each timepiece is also inspected by Direnzo before being dispatched to ensure its quality.

Great Design Touches

Everywhere you look with the Eclipse from Direnzo you’ll see some superb little design touches and add-ons that help to set it apart from the competition and point to why it has been just so popular over on Kickstarter. Each watch is delivered with an Oyster style, 316L stainless steel bracelet with curved (fitted) solid end-links and diver extension clasp and an additional parachute style, nylon strap when you want to change up the aesthetic.

The watch that you pick during this Kickstarter campaign will be shipped in a robust container that can be used for any occasion. This packaging is inspired by the old-fashioned tool rolls used on race courses in the 1950s and designed to accompany you on your journeys and adventures. It has enough space for two DRZs plus additional straps. The wallet is made from natural linen and is included in the final price of each watch.

Leo is the owner of The Coolector and writes about the stuff he loves. And some stuff that he merely likes.