Today on Watchinsight.com we are taking a closer look at the Vintage VDB No Limit. VDB stands for Vintage Daily Beater. So, new but bold and dearing case designs with new and new old stock movements for daily wear. All based on common diver watch designs of the 1940s an 1950s, all hand made and limited made in Erfurt Germany.

Vintage VDB

VDB was founded by its creative father Stephan Obst back in 2007. Sold everything he had to start a watch company and was successful with the first model the VDB I in 2009. In 2010 the VDB II followed and soon the limited serials came out in 2011. Apart from the unique built pieces every year VDB introduces a serial made, but strictly limited watch. So you have the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016. In 2015 there was the VDB No Limit, the watch in todays review. In 2014 there also was the VDB 5th anniversary mystery watch. At the beginning watch lovers and collectors were sceptic about VDB, but after a view years that changed. And rightfully so! VDB is here to stay and after owning the 2011, 2012, 2014 and the No Limit, I am looking forward to new models.

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VDB No Limit

So today we are taking a closer look at the VDB No Limit. The polished version limited up to 80 pieces with Swiss ETA 2824-2. The No Limit is available in sandblasted steel, polished steel, bronze, black pvd and a military finish and starting at a price of € 1.405,- for the sandblasted version. For this amount of money you buy an impressive diver with a rubber and a leather strap.


Dear readers, here we have a truly impressive case and not one for the faint hearted. The case is set to be 47mm in diameter, 56mm lug to lug, and 17mm in thickness, 28mm lugwidt and handcrafted from solid 316L stainless steel. It is bold, heavy, dearing and it breathes quality all over.  It is a rather angular case with screwed case back,  big 5mm screw down and signed crown guaranteeing 200m WR. It is executed with a 6mm thick sapphire crystal with AR coating which stands out 3mm above the bezel. Very well done! The bezel inlay is one of pure simplicity. Black with numbering only up to 20 and after that nothing, just black….At the 12 o’clock position a red triangle with luminova dot. The bezel itself is pure art. It is a 12 sided bezel and teh edges are descending and beautiful edited. So this whole bezel configuration is an important part of this beasty diver.


Dial and hands

The black dial is also quite simple. There is of course the VDB logo printed at the upper half of the dial, the lower part has the red No Limit signing and -erfurt- printed on the dial. The red of the No Limit logo matches the triangle in the bezel inlay. At the 3 o’clock position a date window is placed and furthermore you will find applied indices on the dial filled with super luminova. The No Limit is fitted with classic plongeur style hands and the lume matches the indices.


Well, nothing much to say about this one. It is the working horse of ETA the well known 2824-2. Good choice, I thinks it suites this beater better than the Japan versions.


As mentioned you will get a rubber and a leather strap with this watch. The rubber is unique and ideal for holiday and swimming. The leather is oke, but this watch is made fors trap lovers. So if you buy one, go to Dstrap.com.  Your VDB strap specialist, and order your custom made one!


Final thought

Buy one! That is all I can say. They are still available, not much, but it is worth every penny. You will have a unique and bold diver, a conversation magnet. And you can combine this watch endlessly with Dstraps, so you will have a different watch each week! Comes in a nice leather box with warrantee card. Vintage VDB is here to stay!


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