Retro styles may be popular, but don’t tell that to team Dietrich. This relatively new brand’s ‘organic’ multi-part case and layered dial have been an instant success and a worthy stand out in a sea of me-too designs. The OT watches are not diver’s or pilot’s types, they are not classical, or even the vogue ‘sport casual’ design. They are a blend of superb flowing lines manufactured for ergonomic comfort and priced within reason.
While previous editions have used brushed and polished steel, or PVD coatings and other materials on the bezel, the new series caps this same 316 L steel case with a forged carbon bezel creating a random and unique pattern for each watch. The new compression forged carbon fiber bezels are available in an all black version, with a splash of color added to the interstices of the fibers, or even a Halloween special with integrated Super Luminova that only shows its presence when the lights go out. Inside all versions is a modified Miyota automatic mechanical movement visible through the see-thru back, and all versions share the tool-free quick change strap design. Prices range from $1,400-$1,950 for Dietrich’s OT series with the forged carbon prices hovering around the top end of that spectrum.