Rodania 18004 - Belgian "diver" with a Swiss heart

Rodania was founded in 1930 in the small Swiss town of Grenchen. Until the early 1980s, Rodania successfully operated on the market, offering a wide range of watches for the consumer. The main focus is on sports watches. The bursting quartz crisis made its adjustments. The company began to experience difficulties with the sale of watches. However, this affected almost all manufacturers at that time. The attempts made by the management to stay on the market have brought results.

Since the late 1940s, Rodania has been headquartered in Belgium. We can say that this is a Belgian watch with Swiss quality and character. Let's take a closer look at one of the models.

Case: simple but high quality

Based on the dimensions of the case, the conclusion is that this is a watch for those who like a bigger size. Indeed, 43 mm is quite a lot. But modern realities are such that there is no definite relationship between the size of the case and the size of the wrist. Like it - wear it! That says it all.

Externally, the watch resembled the Longines HydroConquest model. But that's the way it is in the watch world. There are many similar to each other.

The finish of the case is simple and uncomplicated. The sides are polished to a mirror finish. The top (those parts that are not covered by the bezel) is satin, i.e. not shiny, but matte.

Due to the design of the case, the crown is protected from impacts and other mechanical influences in the form of two protrusions, in the middle of which it is located. Another feature of the head is that it has a threaded connection to the body. But more on that below.

Functionality: feel free to swim and dive

The watch does not have a chronograph, perpetual calendar or power reserve function. But it is of no use to them. 20 ATM water protection says that this is a "diver". This means that this model is suitable for outdoor enthusiasts in the marine environment.

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The only complication that the watch has is the presence of a date. It is convenient and often in demand.
The crown is threaded to the case, further emphasizing the serious level of water protection.

Dial, glass, bezel: for a diver it is better not to find

The dial is made using Sunray technology. The sun's rays play beautifully on the blue dial when light hits it.

The numbers and marks are light, as are the hands. This ensures good readability. But not without a small drawback. In the dark, only the hands and the central mark on the bezel glow. The hour and minute markers did not get the luminous compound.

The glass protecting the dial is sapphire, flat.

The bezel, which has a blue aluminum insert, rotates, as it should be for the right “divers” watch, in one direction counterclockwise.

Bracelet: no accidents

The metal bracelet fits comfortably around the wrist. It is quite heavy, cast. The clasp has a double lock - a locking button and a safety lock. This protects the bracelet and watch from being accidentally opened and dropped.

Movement: reliable quartz

Inside the watch, the Swiss Ronda 515 quartz movement is installed. They have long gained fame as unpretentious, accurate and reliable mechanisms. The main concern of the owner of a quartz watch is only the timely replacement of the battery.

Conclusion: the watches discussed above are ideal for those who love and appreciate quality for a relatively small price. The diving orientation of the watch will be of interest to those who explore the depths of the sea. Although this will not become an obstacle to wearing a watch to the office.

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