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Delma Shell Star Bronze Limited Edition

A new Limited Edition in trendy Bronze of Delma’s classic dive watch.

| By Erik Slaven | 2 min read |
Delma Shell Star Bronze Limited Edition

Founded in 1924, the brand has had a focus on dive watches since 1969 with the launch of its robust, water-resistant Periscope. The Shell Star debuted in 1975 as a more mature, professional dive watch, establishing Delma as a go-to brand for serious divers. The current Shell Star collection adds contemporary features to the classic line, maintaining a vintage charm while upgrading the professional specs. Today, Delma is launching the Shell Star Bronze Limited Edition Divers’ Watch, following last year’s Shell Star Black Tag Limited Edition (DLC-coated steel). Let’s take a closer look at this latest diver with a solid bronze case and new dials.  

Bronze has become increasingly popular for watch cases and is an excellent choice for dive watches. It’s referred to as a “living” metal, as it oxidizes over time to form a unique patina, but this alloy of copper and tin is also very resilient and has a long maritime history. The CUSN6 grade case of this new Delma Shell Star Bronze has a curved silhouette, reminiscent of the 1970s (helmet-shaped case) but with a contemporary 44mm diameter. The unidirectional, wide-toothed bezel is also bronze with Arabic numerals and markers filled with Super-LumiNova C3. 

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The trend for bronze dive watches isn’t dead, and this Delma is a cool, fairly priced example.

On this Delma Shell Star Bronze, the screw-down crown is protected by bronze guards and the case is water-resistant to 500 metres, well into saturation diving territory. Reinforcing this professional depth rating is a helium escape valve at 9 o’clock, allowing the watch to safely decompress during an ascent (preventing the crystal from popping off). The stainless steel caseback features a sapphire exhibition window, unusual for a piece with such a deep rating, and a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating protects the dial.

Delma Shell Star Bronze Limited Edition

The new sand-textured dials come in three vintage, earthy colours – blue, green or brown – with an outer two-tone railway track and large, applied indices framed in orange with Super-LumiNova C3. The (mostly) white sword-style hour and minute hands are also filled with Super-LumiNova, and the spade-style seconds hand is a contrasting orange. A framed date window sits at 3 o’clock. As required for a professional dive watch, all dial options are highly legible, day or night.

Powering the Shell Star Bronze Limited Edition is the proven ETA 2824 automatic with a customized gold rotor. It features 25 jewels, beats at 28,800vph (4Hz) with a 38-hour power reserve. Functions include central hours, minutes, hacking seconds and date. Colour matching distressed leather straps with bronze pin buckles come standard (and can be swapped for a contrasting aesthetic).  

Delma Shell Star Bronze Limited Edition

The Delma Shell Star Bronze Limited Edition is limited to 500 pieces and retails for CHF 1,490 or EUR 1,490. All watches come in a custom, natural wooden box. For more information, visit

1 response

  1. Cool. The problem is…. We used to get Delma margarine here, with something like a happy pink blob on the packaging… Hence I could never wear it;-)

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