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If you were asked to name the “thinnest non-specialised diving watch in the world”, who would you say? Piaget, JLC, Bulgari? According to Nove, it’s them.

The key in the statement is “non-specialised diving watch”. Whilst those other brands have created world-changing thin timepieces, they only have 30m water resistance, so not really suitable for the water.

The Nove Trident is a crazy thin 6.8mm tall and has a very unique style too – and when you consider it’s Swiss Made and costs a pretty impressive $320 / ~£245, it’s definitely worth your consideration. Let’s check it out.

The specs

The video review

The case

What else can I lead in with apart from the insanely thin height of 6.8mm? It’s certainly the thinnest watch I’ve come across that’s this affordable at only $320, with a working bezel and 150m water resistance (which has since been upgraded to 20ATM / 200m, so anyone who buys one now will have the upgraded resistance). So first and foremost, Nove must be commended for that.

That being said, the diameter is pretty huge at 46mm. It’s a bit of a conundrum really; as it wears beautifully thanks to the height – but visually it does look like a dinner plate on the wrist if yours is below average in size.

Because of the slender height, there’s not a lot to the case, but they’ve still managed to make it interesting. For the most part, it’s hidden away underneath the large flat bezel, but the sides demonstrate some decent attention to detail – for instance, polished shoulders next to brushed top and sides, and a chamfered bottom corner. The crown guards also follow suit.

Another very interesting element of the case is the 3-point ratcheting system of the bezel, which is specially created to ensure the thinness. It works really well, and I’m surprised I haven’t seen anything like this before. It’s not a gimmick; the spring-loaded ratchets provide no backwards play whatsoever and the action is firm but smooth. The level stoppers are all rose gold plated, which catches the eye and works well with the other accented elements. The design of them is also meant to reflect the points of Poseidon’s Trident which I can see.

The exposed element is definitely intriguing, however, I do find that it can pick up dust and fluff – I suppose that’s the downside to the open channel where the stoppers reside.

The bezel itself is definitely on the large and bold side – they’ve definitely made it a key feature. It exaggerates the thin height of the case, as the entire top of the watch is just so insanely flat. The bezel has a frosted finish, with the numerals and markings raised and polished accurately. The grip is huge and easy to grab, with a protrusion every 10 minutes, housing the larger numerals.

The crown is rose gold plated, delightfully angular, and to my surprise screw-in. It definitely looked to be too small to contain a thread, but lo and behold – it works really well and feels good in the hand. The logo is lightly engraved on the end.

The Nove Trident is fitted with a flat sapphire crystal, which has an evident anti-reflective coating that works well.

The caseback is fixed via 4 screws and is very flat – which is expected. It’s polished for the most part, with a frosted centre disc with details and the logo raised and polished against that backdrop. It’s not particularly exciting, but there are certain things that need to be forgone for such a thin case.

The dial

In reality, to keep the height of the case so thin, the dial has to be kept as flat as possible. I’m pleasantly surprised to find applied indices to provide a subtle bit of depth.

The hour and minute hands are a simple, bold sword shape with polished rose gold borders, and filled with lume. There are no seconds hand, so that saves a fraction of a millimetre. They’re well proportioned – providing excellent legibility at a suitable size. They’re subtly pitched too, with either side catching the light in different ways.

The green SuperLuminova lume is reasonably bright and charges effectively.

The applied hour markers are small, simple polished rose gold pips. It’s good to see these reflective elements as it ensures the watch isn’t just about an outrageous case with a comparatively plain dial. The logo and the words “Swiss Made” are both technically applied, however they’re more of a thin sticker than anything substantial. They don’t look as good as the hour markers which is a shame, perhaps they would have been better printed.

The bracelet

The svelteness of the case follows through into the bracelet. It’s good to see that there are screws either side of the lugs for easy removal, however, the shape of them means you’ll be unable to find an aftermarket strap that’ll fit without chopping some of it away. The screws are rose gold to match the other accented elements which is a nice touch.

The links are 3.5mm tall and have an interesting base. The brushed top ensures they’re resilient to scratches, whilst the polished sides provide flashy reflections when the light hits them right. Whilst the bracelet measures 48.7mm wide where it meets the case, it does reduce down to a more regular 22mm wide at the butterfly clasp.

The butterfly clasp is comfortable and easy to use thanks to the side pushers. The Nove N logo is deeply stamped to an impressive degree, plus I really like it when the logo folds over the other half as it does here.

The movement

The quartz movement powering the Nove Trident is the Ronda 1062 Slimtech. It comes in two grades; Swiss Parts and Swiss Made – the latter is used here. It has 4 jewels, is gold plated, 1.9mm tall, and has a rather impressive 6-year battery life. Some may be put off by the fact that its quartz, but if you want a watch this slim with a mechanical movement then be prepared to spend thousands and thousands instead of only $320. The fact that it doesn’t have a seconds hand makes it virtually impossible to tell anyway.

Final comments

Nove describes the Trident as a watch of versatility, as well as the thinnest non-specialised diving watch in the world. Clearly, they’re incredibly proud of what they’ve created – with good reason too.

I think the design might be a bit “too much” for some; the bezel is a key feature of the watch which you cannot ignore, which will go down to personal preference if you like it or not.

The fact that the Nove Trident is only $320 is rather staggering really. Such a custom watch that is Swiss Made with a bezel system I’ve not come across before at that price is mightily impressive. The design won’t be to everyone’s taste, that’s for sure. But, apart from that, it’s the kind of watch that I love to review: affordable, different, with unique features.


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  1. Guy Haller

    An intriguing watch Josh. It’s got to be the ultimate Dress Diver, surely.

  2. Mark N.

    Based on your review, I did buy this watch. Unique and very comfortable. Looks as good or better on receiving it. Very well made and I am very happy with the watch, given that I have mechanical watches well into the 5 figures, this is a fun watch and easy to wear daily.

    1. Joshua Clare-Flagg

      That’s great news, I’m glad you’re enjoying it!

  3. Paul Cappello

    Great review! The only two things that would make me hesitate are 1. I would like some glowing bezel markings. When diving, can be tough to read dive time on murky or cloudy days. 2. the ratching dial mech is very cool, however, fine sand or gunk can make ratching sticky. I do understand it’s a double edge sword as I like to look at them, but then to have them exposed. I would more likely wear swimming, snorkeling, and daily fashion wearing. It’s beautiful and the Ronda movements are known for great quality!

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