I was quite intrigued when I came across news of a new model from the folks at Ocean7. Â It seems they’ve brought forth a new Pilot Chronograph, and it’s offering quite a great bang for your buck.
As you can see by the picture at the top of the post, they’ve certainly nailed the styling. Â Whereas the black and beige combination has become a bit more commonplace in aviator watches (I still find it quite nice), they’re offering a welcome change of pace here, swapping in orange for the brown. I’m also very pleased to see that the date wheel features a black background (with orange numerals). Â Keeps things blended, yet still readable.
So, it’s obvious I like the way this watch looks. Â What’s going on, in terms of the specs on the watch?
- 44mm sandblasted and DLC-coated case (15mm thick)
- Swiss ETA 7750 Chronograph movement
- Domed sapphire crystal
- 50m water resistance
- 22mm lugs
- Orange superluminova
With this, it comes standard with a polyurethane strap. Â This, of course, can be upgraded to either a leather strap (+$30) or the carbon-fiber style leather strap (+$45) (you can see this strap in our earlier Ocean7 review).
But, I get ahead of myself here, talking upgrades when I haven’t told you the base price. Â That is a surprisingly affordable $799. Â I label this affordable simply due to everything that Ocean7 includes in the watch. Â With the movement and the DLC coating, you’d be looking at prices well over $1000 from many other manufacturers – and it doesn’t appear that they’ve cut corners.. Â If this watch is up to the standards I experienced with the LM-5, you won’t be sorry picking this one up.