I first came across Delma when I was getting into the vintage dress watch game about 7 years ago. The brand first caught my eye because I found the name “Delma” to be interesting, and the vintage models seemed to offer good quality-price ratio.
I never managed to get a hold of a vintage Delma timepiece (maybe one day), and I didn’t really know much about the brand, but the name always stuck with me.
Over the years, I would gradually learn about the company, which has been making watches for almost a century now. Delma was founded in 1924 and it remains in company hands to this day. And for a relatively small operation its repertoire is quite decent, offering watches ranging from elegant dress options to more robust diving watches.
The new addition to the Delma Heritage line is meant to capture both the classy and the adventurous markets. To be fair, the new watch is more elegant than sporty - despite a water resistance of 100m - and it essentially remains true to the brand’s more classically influenced designs. With a name like the Heritage, I suppose one should expect no less.
- The new Delma Heritage Automatic
The new watch features a curved dial and a domed sapphire crystal, two elements that we are seeing more these days as part of the neo-vintage resurgence and that were evident with Delma’s earliest models. The classic style is further helped by the luxurious looking sunray-brushed dial, which features a date indicator at 6 o’clock as well as slim applied indexes.
The equally clean 43mm dial –available in either stainless steel, yellow gold, and rose gold PVD - houses the ETA 2824 automatic movement, which can be enjoyed through the transparent case back. Along with movement choice, customers will be able to select from a range of interesting dial colours to match the case, including silver, black, brown and blue.
There is also the option of a ETA F06.111 quartz model, which retails in the 550 to 650 Swiss franc range. The mechanical version, however, carries a suggested retail price closer to the 1,000 Swiss franc mark. It would have been nice to see a slim hand-winding movement offered as well, to round off the off the line and provide a bit more variety.
While those price points strike me as being a bit on the high side on first impression, the fact that we’re seeing a resurgence of vintage-inspired watches this year might bode well for the new Delma Heritage line.