Watches will often trumpet the claim of an integrated bracelet. Often, this takes the shape of solid end links that fit between the lugs, and give a smooth transition from case to bracelet. And those work well, and I’m a fan of a well-designed bracelet. What if a brand started with the idea of the bracelet truly being part of the watch? That’s just one of the interesting design features on the just-announced Moser Streamliner Chronograph.
As I alluded to in last week’s Oris review, there were a two watches that I had a few days to spend time with. While last week’s was a design that featured (and rightfully so) a very interesting movement, today’s watch goes in a different direction. It’s a more restrained look, but it has some subtle cues that give honor to a great jazz drummer and band leader. That watch is, simply put, the Oris Art Blakey.
Aquatico has some pretty cool models to choose from. So far I have reviewed their Bronze Blue Angels Aviator, Bronze Sea Star, and their Nautilus II Diver. All have been very nice watches but their Oyster model really caught my eye.
I really love blue dials and this Aquatico does not disappoint. The dial is a nice blue sunray with applied hour makers. There is a date window at the 3 o’clock position. It is blue and white, with a touch of orange on the minute hand and marker on the bezel. That blue ceramic bezel doesn’t just look great, it’s tough. Powering this watch is an automatic Seiko NH35 movement. Protecting all of this is a double-coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal.
This is one smooth case. Made from 316L stainless steel this case has a water resistance of 50 ATM or approx. 1695 ft. That’s what you want in a good dive watch. The case is not small at 44mm but does not feel large at all on the wrist. Aquatico puts their logo on both the screw-down crown and the case back. This thing is built very well and looks good also.
The strap that comes with this Aquatico Oyster has a carbon fiber pattern and is waterproof. There is thick orange accent stitching which pairs with the little bits of orange on the dial. The strap is thick but feels comfortable on the wrist. If you want to get a bit more into the diving side of things, this watch also comes with a blue rubber dive strap.
The lume on this Aquatico Oyster is unreal. The index ring on the dial is painted in a blue Superluminova BG W9 lume while the bezel and hour markers are painted green Superluminova C3 lume. The glow is very bright and vivid and I am really liking the night view on this watch.
I have not been disappointed watches so far and for sure I am not disappointed with this Aquatico Oyster. This is a whole lot of watch for only $329 USD. For that price, you get a serious diver with a ceramic bezel, two straps, and it looks really nice on the wrist. If you like what you see, go check them out at aquaticowatch.com.
- Brand and model: Aquatico Oyster Blue Dial
- Price: $329
- Who’s it for: Divers
- Would I wear it: For sure
- What I’d change: Nothing
- The best thing about it: The lume!
Tech Specs from Aquatico:
- Movement – Seiko NH35 Japanese made automatic 24 jewels with second stop
- Functions – Date 3H
- Crown – Screw down
- CASE – Stainless 316 L steel satined and polished
- Diameter 44 mm
- Lug to Lug 49mm
- Height 13.50 mm
- Weight 135 g
- Lug width 22 mm
- Sapphire glass flat, with double anti-reflecting coatings on the interior side
- Bezel Stainless steel 120 Clicks
- High Polished Ceramic Bezel Insert Applied Super Luminova C3
- Back Stainless steel 316 L screwed
- Waterproof to 50 ATM
As I mentioned in the recent review over at Knapsack, I feel like I’ve seen a LOT of the Casio Edifice catalog, and they keep introducing variations in the lineup. In other words, if you don’t like what you see here, check out what else they have, and they may have a color combo or style that you prefer. Today, we’ll be talking about the black-and-gold Casio Edifice ECB900DB-1C.
As a consummate snorer I’ve always wondered how much I’m killing myself/annoying my wife at night. I found out by going to a doctor but the folks at Withings might have a better way.
I will be the first to admit that, while chronographs are not for me, they are certainly popular. Know what else is popular? Scandinavian minimalist design, so that is how we ended up with a Llarsen Nor Chronograph loaner winging it’s way in from Denmark.
Here at WWR, we tend to focus on the more affordable watches that are out there. That means we’re used to looking at and handling watches that you see on banner ads (in your web browser) – but today’s watch is one you see on literal billboards by the freeway (at least, I do). Those are higher-end watches, but this one is something special, so when I had the opportunity offered to get a loaner of the Oris Big Crown ProPilot X Calibre 115 in for a few days, I leapt at the chance.
I’m not a bronze watch guy. Bronze looks like gold and, historically, bronze pieces discolor quickly and rarely look good a few years into regular wear. That’s before I met Oris’ answer to the bronze watch craze, the Big Crown Pointer Date, a 40mm piece that could make me appreciate bronze anew.
Odds are, if you’re reading this site, you recently got a new watch. Or a new used watch. Or are planning to get one soon. Or maybe you have a number of watches kicking around already. Whatever the case, you’ll be wanting to do some sort of maintenance. What are the tools you use? Yes, you could search out on Amazon for the cheapest options, or you could go high-end watch maker quality. What about something that splits the difference?
Just as with last week, we’re taking another few day break so you can get ready for your parties (and recover from said parties). We’ll be back to our usual foolishness on January 2nd – see you then!