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The Delma Oceanmaster Tide Automatic

A robust wrist instrument, designed for action and to keep track of the tides.

| By Xavier Markl | 2 min read |
Delma Oceanmaster Tide Automatic

Based in Lengnau, Delma has a long tradition of crafting dive watches. Think about the ultra-powerful Blue Shark III 4000m or the Antarctica watch. This family-owned brand has also been involved in sailing over the past few years, in particular via a partnership with sailor and sea adventurer Nick Moloney. In the frame of these activities, Delma releases a new Oceanmaster fitted with an original tidal indication function, and still the same instrumental look.

Delma Oceanmaster Tide Automatic

Launched in 2017, the Delma Oceanmaster is a collection designed for navigation and nautical activities. The latest version of the model is equipped with an original tidal indication. Fitted with a blue and black anodized aluminium insert, its rotating bezel allows you to keep track of the gradual changes in sea level, a crucial measurement when navigating or operating in coastal areas. Basically, you need to sync your bezel with the local tide table, beginning with aligning the next high or low tide indicator to the position of when it will occur in your specific location. The hour hand will then indicate the condition of the tide in the given area for that day. Your watch can therefore be used as a practical portable tool, keeping track of the ebb and flow of the tides.

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Delma Oceanmaster Tide Automatic

Retaining the collection’s nautical background, the Delma Oceanmaster Tide also features a tactical planner and “points of sail” indicators, and its 44 mm steel case comes with a serious water-resistance rating of 50 ATM or 500m. It is even fitted with a Helium Relief Valve. Last, the use of luminous material for the markers and hands allows for optimal readability in all conditions, with great contrast over the matte black dial, night and day.

This new Oceanmaster Tide watch is available with several movements, however as always, the most interesting one remains the automatic version. It is powered by a tried-and-tested self-winding calibre, the ETA 2824 that can be seen through the exhibition caseback. It displays the hours, minutes, seconds and the date.

The Delma Oceanmaster Tide is worn on a rubber strap or on a three-link stainless steel bracelet secured with a safety folding buckle. It retails for EUR 1,100 and EUR 1,150 for the automatic versions on a rubber strap and steel bracelet. There are also quartz versions with time-only or chronograph movements. For more information, please visit

2 responses

  1. This is a genuinely good idea. Most bezels are for the parking meter but this could be really useful, once setup the info is there at a glance. Looks good too and the price is affordable. A cracking bit of kit.

  2. I think it is hilarious that the words ‘hours before HT’ and the associated numbers are in fact, reversed, and quite misleading. Perhaps the designers should have thought about the numbers on the left side of the watch going from 5 at the 7 o’clock position to 1 at the 11 o’clock position to match the words ‘hours before HT’. I’d have bought it had it been remotely correct.

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