If you’ve read my earlier reviews of the Ocean7Â LM-5 models (here and here), you’re aware that I’m a fan of this particular line, due, in large part, to the lumed sapphire bezel that is installed. Â This latest model, the LM-5CQ, introducesÂ two things we didn’t see in the other models – a chronograph function, and a lower price point.
Before we get into those differences, let’s review all the (great) things that stay the same from the earlier LM-5 models:
- Swiss Made
- 42mm steel case (13mm thick in this case) with 22mm lugs
- Swiss Super-LumiNova Dial Markers and Hands
- Domed Sapphire Crystal With Inside Anti-Reflective Coating
- Uni-directional 120 click bezel with domed sapphire insert (fully lumed)
- 100m water resistance rating (screw-down crown engaged)
- Strap: Â comes on a standard rubber strap, or you can upgrade to Milainese mesh for $149
And of course, the major styling carries over as well, whether you choose the blue or black dials. Â That said, the styling has to be a little different, as we’ve got a Ronda 5020.B Quartz movement (the other models are mechanical) adding in a chronograph function. Â This also affords the addition of the “big date” window down at the 6 o’clock position.
While these are all welcome additions, it throws the balance of the dial off ever so slightly for me. Â The midline of the chrono subdials isn’t exactly on the line you’d draw between 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock – I’m guessing this is due to spacing in the movement to handle the date display. Â Not a major issue, by any stretch of the imagination. Â However, if you have a bit of symmetry OCD (as I do) when it comes to your dials, you’ll want to take a closer look.
The switch from a mechanical to quartz movement, aside from complications, also brings us a much lower pricepoint than we’ve seen before. Â On the stock rubber strap, this model comes in at $379. Â This makes it for an attractive option if you’ve been eyeing the LM-5 lineup, or other sapphire bezel watches in general.
Let me know in the comments what you think of the LM-5 lineup, or if there any other models from Ocean7 that you’d like us to take a look at.