Steinhart is a brand that we are sure Â many of you are familiar with (and if youâ€™re not, well, consider this your introduction). Â The German brand has been making some very compelling watches at affordable price points for some time now. Â While weâ€™ve not had any in for an on-the-wrist review (and weâ€™ve tried, believe us), they do seem to have ardent supporters. Â So, with that preamble out of the way, letâ€™s see what the just-announced Steinhart Ocean 2 has on offer.
As you might suspect, with a name like theÂ Steinhart Ocean 2, this is a dive watch. Â A 210g stainless steel case, domed sapphire crystal, 120-click bezel, and 300m WR rating all support that idea as well. Â Then again, Iâ€™m not a diver, so whatâ€™s it about this watch that I like? Â Well, for starters, the fact that the bezel is a sapphire insert that is (wait for it) lumed. Â Yes, indeed, another lumed bezel, and I like it. Â I have no idea how useful it would be on a dive (Iâ€™d like to think itâ€™s useful), but on the surface, I just like the extra bits of â€œlight showâ€ that they provide.
TheÂ Steinhart Ocean 2 isnâ€™t all show and no go, though. Â Tucked inside the 43mm case is an ETA 2892-A2Â ElaborÃ© grade movement, which should lead to plenty of accurate timing, whether youâ€™re tracking how long youâ€™re under water or how long the tater tots have been crisping up in the oven (mmmm, tater tots).
For those who like some choice in your watch, theÂ Steinhart Ocean 2 does offer that – you can opt for a black dial (with the bezel being 3/4 black) or a white dial (again, the bezel being 3/4 white). Â While I can applaud the color coordination (which extends to the date wheel, thankfully), one does wonder what it would look like to swap the bezels between the two models. Â Particularly having the mostly black bezel paired to the white dial – I think that would be a tidy combo.
Nevertheless, whichever model of the Steinhart Ocean 2 you go for, expect to be putting $644Â down on the barrel, which is not a bad sum (those in the EU can expect to payÂ â‚¬650 which includes VAT). Â If thereâ€™s any readers out there who pick this up (or have another Steinhart watch), please do reach out to us either via email (mailto:[email protected]?subject=Steinhart) or – better yet – join us over in our Slack room (LINK) to talk us up. Â Oh, and along those same lines – that bezel configuration reminds me of another watch, but I canâ€™t put my finger on it. Â What is that other watch, internet friends? Â Inquiring minds want to know! Â https://www.steinhartwatches.de
- Brand & Model:Â Steinhart Ocean 2
- Price:Â $644
- Who we think it might be for:Â You like higher-end Swiss movements tucked into your small-brand dive watch
- Would I buy one for myself based on what Iâ€™ve seen? Up in the air, since I canâ€™t speak for the brands build quality from first-hand experience
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be:Â Allow the buyer to swap the bezels to break up the color-match
- What spoke to me the most about this watch:Â Lumed. Â Sapphire. Â Bezel insert. Â â€™nuff said.
Tech Specs from Steinhart
- Movement: Â ETA 2892-A2 ElaborÃ© Premium
- Swiss Made
- 21 Jewels
- second stop
- golden rotor with logo
- screwed Crown
- date at â€œ 6 “
- Stainless steel 316 L satined
- Diameter: Â 43 mm
- Height: 13 mm
- Weight: Â 210 g
- Lug width: Â 22 mm spring bar
- Sapphire glass domed, with double anti-reflecting coatings on the interior side
- Bezel Sapphire glass , silver and black
- Back Stainless steel 316 L screwed with sapphire crystal
- Waterproof to 30 ATM
- Dial & Hands
- Dial applied indices , silver, Superluminova BGW9
- hour and minute with SuperluminovaÂ BGW9
- central second hand
- applied indices, silver, Superluminova BGW9
- Strap & Buckle
- Strap Stainless Steel 22mm screwed
- Buckle stainless steel safty clasp 20 mm with Logo