Hands-on with the LIV GX Automatic Watch (Photo: IBTimes / Jeff Li)

As mentioned in our first contact with the watchmaker LIV reviewing its P-51 watch, we believe it has struck an excellent balance between premium craftsmanship and affordability. This opens up the door for automatic watch enthusiasts to enjoy a quality Swiss-made timepiece for under $1,500.

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However, though beautifully built, the P-51 came in at 46 mm in diameter and 16 mm thick, a bulk that can be challenging to some to be worn daily. This is where the LIV GX Dive Watch comes in.

The GX on a 16 cm wrist (Photo: IBTimes / Jeff Li)

Stainless steel Diver Watch at 41 mm

Inheriting much of the LIV DNA from the P-51, the GX model is no lightweight dress watch. Coming in at 13 mm thick, you're looking at a serious diver watch rated for 300 m depth. Especially with the no-frill, no-nonsense styling of the smooth angled machined lugs and sides, it looks more like a beautiful piece of machinery rather than men's jewelry. The 22 mm stainless steel bracelet further adds muscle to the overall aesthetics, narrowing down only slightly to 20 mm.

A macho 20 mm bracelet (Photo: IBTimes / Jeff Li)

However, despite the GX Diver Watch's considerable girth, it's 41 mm diameter makes it noticeably easier to wield on a day-to-day basis. I found the GX an easier fit under shirt sleeves and just easier to wear throughout the day thanks to its compact design.

Screw-down over-sized crown shows off impressive craftsmanship (Photo: IBTimes / Jeff Li)

Ceramic bezel and screw down crown

A diver watch is not complete without a screw-down oversized crown for improved waterproof performance, and the GX crown adapts the P51's iconic split-ring design that not only looks good, but also provides excellent grip.

A generous ceramic-lined rotating bezel (Photo: IBTimes / Jeff Li)

Another element that dive watches can't do without is a premium rotating bezel, and this 41 mm watch offers a surprisingly generous ceramic-lined wheel for its size. Consistent with the LIV P51, the rotating bezel is also built with satisfying quality and a solid 120-click unidirectional rotation.

The 25 Jewels Swiss Made movement through its sapphire window (Photo: IBTimes / Jeff Li)

Swiss-made movement, smooth sweeping hand

Other than having the bragging rights of having the words: 'SWISS MADE' at the 6 o'clock position, the ETA Caliber 2824-2 has a second hand that sweeps in a much smoother motion compared to other watches with Japanese movements that I've reviewed. It's like the difference between a 60 Hz and 90 Hz LED screen: it's less about practicality, but about the movement's mechanical prowess and, admittedly for our viewing pleasure.

Scratch resistant sapphire crystal clarity and durability (Photo: IBTimes / Jeff Li)

Sapphire crystal on both front and back

The LIV GX is topped off with sapphire crystals on both sides so that the automatic Swiss movement can be viewed in all its engineering glory. The scratch resistance crystals means again this is a watch that is fit for daily use without too much wear and tear to worry about.

BGW9 luminescence gives reliable visibility in the dark (Photo: IBTimes / Jeff Li)

Final Verdict

In all its Swiss engineered glory, there is no down-side that comes with the GX when it comes to price. For all that it is, the LIV GX is currently only slightly over $900 on its own website - making it an affordable luxury, and putting it in a price range that is consistent with a daily automatic Swiss-made watch. If you're looking for a new automatic diver watch that's easy to wield, this is definitely a watch worth your consideration.

David is a tech enthusiast/writer who is often on the move and is on a mission to explore ways to make his overhaul flights more enjoyable. This is a contribution to an ongoing IBTimes review series on gadgets for Business Travellers.