Victorinox Maverick Swiss Army Watch
If you are looking for a good diver watch, you have probably noticed the overabundance of choices. One company alone can stand out with its variety of choices and customization and still give you perhaps too much to consider. So, if you have settled on a particular style of watch, maybe it is time to check reputation as well to help to narrow the options.
Today we are diving into Victorinox yet again to bring you one of their best quality divers watches. The Maverick is expensive, but according to those who have both bought and tested it out, it does have a few major points that hold out above its competition. Of course, like all watches, it has a few downsides as well.
We aim to bring you both sides of this story so you can decide if, out of even Victorinox alone, the Maverick is the best option for you.
Scratch resistance sapphire casing
The second hand has perfect sync
3-year authorized seller warranty
Only hands glow
More jewelry than diver watch
When you get to how to set the time, it’s a push and pulls, which doesn’t bode well for the watch actually being able to handle deeper depths without water damage. Though beautiful and doing well above water, users have stated this seems more like a watch designed on the appearance of a divers watch than an actual tool for it. Its sapphire casing does, however, along with its steel band, provide really good protection against scratching and scuffing in a harsher atmosphere.
For all its advanced seeming features, like its three-layer discs, it still relies on a push and pulls style setting mechanism. This isn’t exactly the type of mechanism that breeds security of the watch not getting waterlogged, and many people have stated outright, they don’t even want to test it. It just feels like you’d instantly be breaking it for no good reason.
The majority end up advising that this is better off being viewed as jewelry, despite its claims to being able to handle the same types of pressure and abuse as other reliable watches by the same and other companies. It just does not give off the security in confidence.
So, what are the options? Well, the first is an all-black version which boasts black dial and bezel with a rubber band type that mimics the metal three-row appearance. The second option is the same until you reach the band, which is replaced by a stainless-steel version of the first option, which closes with a snapping safety clasp. Finally, the last option is a red bezel, silver dial, and back to the black rubber armband that is designed the same as the first option.
All three have the sapphire faceplate, though, which means you are scratch-resistant and not likely to see your watch get harshly damaged by smacks, drops or getting brushed along a hard surface. If you stick to the stainless-steel wrist band, you’ll have that same security against scuffing there and likely have a much more durable surface for harsher environments.
Since we’ve already pointed out that this seems to fit more under jewelry than under the function it was supposedly designed for, having it be more resistant to scratches, bangs and scuffs just seem smarter.
The answers are all fairly easy to answer when looking over this watch. All of the moving parts are not only easy to move and set, but they act as one would hope when being used. The divers setting even makes that satisfying click as you turn it the whole 120 degrees.
As for the band itself, since it has the ability to be adjusted as needed, the slide on the arm is going to be as much or as little as you need it to be.
The design is comfortable for most, but some of us simply don’t like the way it feels like the watch is sliding no matter how tight you make it. The only other downside is the size of the face, which with smaller wrists, may just be too bulky to fit properly.
The face is simply too big to look good on most people, but to say it isn’t good looking would not be true. With the three looks it has you will find one that appeals, it is simply a matter of it looking good on you. The style itself is not the issue, just the size.
It does have a stainless-steel frame, and the traditional sapphire face, but there simply isn’t enough other measures in place to give that feeling it could withstand more than a dip in the pool. It has held up against all kinds of dings and scratches though, so it is able to handle what many other watches can’t.
The readability is definitely assured as well, and you won’t have to guess what time it is, nor what setting you have put on your diver’s watch. Everything is easy to see and with it is steady and direct on the second's hand, you will know precisely when you should be taking on any task for the day.
The one and only complaint about the band that remains constant is the fact that many do not seem to like the way it snaps closed. There is a feeling that it won’t actually remain closed or will remain too loose overall.
Ease of Use
The part that was agreed on was, if you could see more than just the hands and felt comfortable enough to take it into the depths, it’s definitively able to hold and tell the proper time better than the other diver’s watches. Even the second hand was perfectly on the tick markers when setting for pressure and did not lose that perfect tick mark over time.
What makes this watch both more interesting and better built based on this particular gain of power, is that most have found that simply walking and the swing of their arms throughout the day gives it plenty of charges to tick through the night and not lose time. In fact, not losing time is exactly what has given this watch its highest praise.
So, if you want a reliable timepiece, it seems this one will not let you down.
Is it worth it? Well, if you get it from a certified retailer (and that means making sure if you buy on Amazon that the seller actually is tied to the company) you have a 3-year warranty which includes repairs to the watch if its manufacturing is what resulted in the issue. There is also an agreement towards ‘trading up’ if a better version of your watch emerges. We would say this definitely makes it worth considering for your next everyday watch.
- Easy to set and use
- Beautiful appearance
- Physical damage resistant
- 3-year warranty
However, if you need a really good diver’s watch this one probably won’t be able to handle the deeper depths. This has been coined as tool-jewelry, and really, that's what this watch is and that isn't necessarily a bad thing.