Here comes Gucci Dive collection, which has a few interesting models that seek to combine the appeal of a sport watch with the look of embroidered fabric or printed rubber. This isn’t just uncommon in general, but very uncommon for men’s watches. In fact, outside of some Hublot watches for women, these are among the only watches I’ve seen that demonstrate this decorative embroidery technique on the dial. Clearly not for all tastes, I found these new replcia Gucci watches to be an interesting artistic expression and an overall good look for those seeking something a bit different.
Gucci’s ideal timepieces for those who have a serious nylon NATO-style strap fetish (actually, if you want to be hyper-technical the straps on these fake Gucci Dive watches are Zulu-style, and not NATO-style). Most of these products will be in the Gucci Marché des Merveilles collection, which are 38mm-wide “unisex” watches in polished or PVD-coated yellow gold-colored steel cases. The embroidered nylon dials come in green or blue with the animal motifs of a bee, tiger, or snake. There is also one model with a leather dial and a snake image that continues on the leather strap.
Most of these fake watches adopt the theme of continuing the motif of the strap onto the dial for a neat-looking, cohesive design that certainly has potential. I’ve seen this in other replcia watches where a stripe on the dial is mirrored on the strap (or vice-versa, however you want to look at it), and in many instances it looks quite handsome. In addition to the Gucci Marché des Merveilles collection, the brand is also releasing at least four new versions of the Gucci Dive, with these animal-decorated dials.
The smaller, 40mm-wide model is water-resistant to 200 meters and comes in a steel case with rubber flanked sides colored in black or yellow to match the strap and main dial color. Over the dial is a sapphire crystal and around the face is a rotating diver-style bezel – which, in addition to being sporty, actually helps make the dial legible, since it lacks hour markers.
The dials of these replica 40mm-wide Gucci Dive watches are textured rubber (which is uncommon, to say the least) and printed with a detailed (and slightly oddly colored – why is there so much blue?) tiger’s face. Gucci says the printing technique is done in a sort of relief, which gives the dial a three-dimensional effect. I have always liked the style of the hands on the Gucci Dive watches…. Attached to these models are matching yellow or black rubber straps.
The fake 45mm-wide Gucci Dive watches with the nylon embroidered faces come with all-black PVD-coated steel cases that are also water-resistant to 200 meters with a sapphire crystal. These are a bit more maturely masculine-looking with the larger size and dark colors. One version has a blue woven nylon dial with red strip through the center that has an embroidered tiger (reference YA136215) or a snake (reference YA136214), and the other model has a green woven nylon dial with a red stripe that has a Gucci-style bee (reference YA136216) embroidered on it. Both come with matching blue-and-red or green-and-red woven nylon straps. These are NATO/Zulu-style straps in the traditional sense, and it is interesting to see how watch companies both of the fashion or classic variety continue to treat this trend. Gucci prints “L’aveugle Par Amour” on the NATO/Zulu-style straps.