How the Rivelta Metrodive combines urban stealthiness and diver legibility

How the Rivelta Metrodive combines urban stealthiness and diver legibility

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There is no shortage of affordable tool watches on the market today, and although it’s hard to find an objective and commonly agreed upon definition of what “affordable” means, let’s say, for the sake of our argument here, that we’re looking at the US$500 mark. That’s where, in our experience, the magic happens, in that it’s a category occupied by plenty of quality offerings that don’t break the bank, while also usually having non-derivative designs. The Rivelta Metrodive is exactly that, released late last year by Jesse Prawiro, it’s the second microbrand under his belt after releasing a sporty, three-register chrono under the Soldat brand in 2020. The Indonesian collector-turned-brand owner clearly thought that there is enough visual distinction between the two for it to warrant a completely new brand, with a distinctly more contemporary aesthetic. Let’s see if he’s right.

The case

rivelta metrodive 02 case profile

First things first, the Metrodive collection comprises four versions – 01, 02, 03, and 04. Three versions have a stainless steel case, while the 02 comes with a DLC-coated surface. All versions have fully brushed cases which already indicates that indeed, the Metrodive is meant to fly under the radar. And that is also true looking at its dimensions – 39mm in diameter, 46mm lug-to-lug, 13mm thick and a 20mm lug width. A few millimeters narrower, and it would have been too small for larger wrists; a bit larger and it would have looked unnecessarily imposing. Overall, the case has a simple design where we find no chamfers and only short crown guards that protect the screw-down crown which. Combined with a screw-down case-back, they endow the Metrodive with 200 metres of water resistance. The lugs are short, turn down towards the wrist, and are drilled which makes switching straps a second-nature type of operation.

rivelta metrodive 02 bezel close up

The bi-directional, 60-click bezel is made of black DLC-coated stainless steel and comes with a Sinn-like action. In other words, firm and precise. Its design is also what Prawiro hopes to be the differentiating factor for Rivelta. Instead of a classic dive-time scale, the Metrodive goes for a fully graduated countdown style bezel, claiming this will be more useful in most day-to-day tasks. To go along with this improved utility, the inverted triangle of the bezel is lumed – a nice touch.

The dial

rivelta metrodive 02 wrist

The Metrodive dial is all about legibility. As the model name indicates, we’re looking at a cross between a diver and an urban everyday watch. The handset is a mix of sword for the hours and pencil for the minutes, reminding me of pilot’s watches, and so do the Arabic numerals. The latter also evokes field watches, but the choice of typeface makes the Metrodive lean more towards the world of pilot’s watches. Furthermore, a framed date window can be found at 3 o’clock, and the shape of the date numerals might (if you are as nerdy as I am) hint at which movement is inside this model.

rivelta metrodive 02 lume

Underneath a domed sapphire crystal, the matte black dial makes the painted hour markers and hands pop, which will help you read the time in a jiffy. Note the black surrounds on the hour and minute hands, and the blacked-out stem of the second hand. I do like how the majority of the second hand is fully lumed which, alongside the lumed hour markers on the recessed minute track, make reading the time in low-light conditions easy. Although Rivelta does not specify which blend of lume we’re dealing with, I suspect it’s BGW9, as it glows ice blue.

The strap

rivelta metrodive 02 strap

The Rivelta Metrodive is shipped on a nylon sailcloth strap which visually pairs well with the watch, but is unfortunately quite stiff out of the box. Given that the lugs are drilled, it’s easy to swap it for something else. Although stiff, the OEM strap does taper from 20mm at the lugs to 18mm at the buckle, and the latter is also made of DLC-coated steel, or simply brushed for the non-coated variants.

The movement

As I hinted earlier, looking at the shape of the date numerals might give away the movement found inside the Metrodive – a Miyota 9015 which beats at 28,800vph and comes with 42 hours of power reserve. Although Rivelta does not regulate the calibers, the unit I had in for review constantly ran at +2 seconds/per day which is quite neat.

Rivelta Metrodive pricing and availability

The Rivelta Metrodive is a regular-production model available from the brand’s website. Price: A$679

Brand Rivelta
Model Metrodive
Case Dimensions 39mm (D) x 13mm (T) x 46mm (LTL)
Case Material Stainless steel, PVD-coated steel
Water Resistance 200 metres, screw-down crown
Crystal(s) AR-coated, domed sapphire front
Dial Grey, black
Lug Width 20mm
Bracelet Nylon canvas, case-matching pin buckle
Movement Miyota 9015, automatic
Power Reserve 42 hours
Functions Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Availability Now
Price A$679