Yesterday, we started taking a look at the Orange Watch Co, based out of Australia. Â If you read that post, you learn more about the company, and why I feel that they have a passion for watches that translates into a product you’d do well to consider.
At this time, OWC has a single model (with a few variants) available, the Military Submariner. Â This is one of their ISO (In the Spirit Of) models, and as such, is a piece that draws inspiration from other models. Â Some may use the term “homage” as a derogatory term, but to my eyes, if they’re not trying to pass it off as the original, why not have a closer look?
And of course, OWC is quite upfront about what the watch is, and what is contained within the case – no surprises there. Â So, what all makes up this MilSub homage?
- 40mm 316L Stainless Steel Case; 20mm lugs
- Choice of movement: Â Seagull ST-1812 or Soprod A-10
- OWC’s custom compression spring and movement ring
- 300m water resistance
- Flat sapphire crystal (AR coating on the underside)
- Screw-down crown
- Unidirectional bezel with ceramic insert (black or blue)
- Dial: Â black or blue
- Hands: Â sword or snowflake
- Superluminova lume
- 316L SS bracelet
As you can see, you have an good bit of choice when it comes to putting together the exact look you might desire. Â All of this can be yours for the asking, for only $405 (with the Seagull) or $705 (with the Soprod).
In the end, I feel that this looks much better than any Milsub inspired piece that you’re liable to find in the mall or on the ‘bay. Â The one part I’m torn on is the lack of a date display. Â While that’s a small complication, I’ve grown to like it in many watches. Â On the flip side, in a milsub, I really have not been a big fan of the cyclops eye on the crystal. Â So, perhaps we’ll call it a wash.
If I was currently looking to add a milsub-inspired piece to my collection, OWC would definitely be one of my first stops. Â A lot of that is based on the interaction that I’ve had to date with the company, and feeling I took away from those discussions. Â You can also find a good bit of activity and discussion on OWC in the various forums. Â As ol’ Levar Burton taught us. “Don’t just take my word for it.”