Italian brand Locman stakes a claim for having made the world’s first watch with a carbon fibre case, back in 2003. Whatever, there is no doubt that their Stealth diving watch is one of their best sellers. It is now available in an automatic version, Stealth 300 Metres Carbon, with all-carbon dial and case. Its low weight makes it very comfortable both underwater and in everyday use. One of the distinctive features is the case that looks completely different in shape front and back.
The forged carbon case has the attractive mottled appearance typical of carbon, and the carbon fibre dial also has the familiar grey textile appearance. The unidirectional rotating bezel is in ABS, light and resistant to changes in temperature, with one-minute clicks for easy operation. The dial was designed for high legibility, with SuperLuminova on hour and minute hands, and on the hour indices. There is a cyclops-type lens over the date window.
The case is large at 46 mm, with 300 metres water resistance, and it houses the S.I.O. Calibre I automatic movement. The solid caseback is in titanium. The watch is supplied with a silicone strap or a natural leather strap. It wears very comfortably, and the blue second hand coordinating with the other blue markings is definitely cool. The watch, presented at Baselworld in 2015, is available in boutiques and online. Price €975.