Watch Review: Andersmann Oceanmaster II

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Many people whom own dive watches won’t ever venture into depths of the ocean but that doesn’t hinder the magic that encompasses a dive watch, especially a dive watch that goes beyond the 300m mark. True lovers of dive watches know exactly what I am talking about. Not only does having a deep depth rating add to the appeal but also having a solid overall build also adds to it’s appeal, it’s magic. I will be exploring the Andersmann Oceanmaster II today and I will see if Raymond Chan has delivered more magic on this watch as he did with the Deep Ocean watch I reviewed a few months ago.

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Upon opening up the box, the polished case really caught my eye. The polished case does give the Oceanmaster a dressier appearance, yet still maintains that rugged, “come beat me up” feeling. Not that you are going to purposely go out to beat up this watch, but it does give off that “I can handle it” badass feeling. The 47mm stainless steel case will surely scare off the weak of heart, but those who are not so easily scared off will truly appreciate it’s size. My personal opinion is a watch is only as big as you let it be. There isn’t a rule that says if you have a certain size wrist, you can only wear XXmm watches. I pull my bullshit card out on that. There are so many great watches out there for you to miss out on just because of the size. Trust me I know, I used to be a size snob.

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The case combines both a brushed finish and a polished finish. As you can see in the pictures, the top of the lugs are brushed and the sides of the lugs & case are polished. The lugs are cut square on the ends which creates a nice clean look. The lugs are solid and are slightly curved allowing the Oceanmaster to sit nicely on the wrist. The screw down crown on this watch features some subtle details that go a long way: knurled grip, raised ‘A’ signed crown, and angled edges. As for operation of the crown, it functions flawlessly as you would expect. Smooth winding, easy to set the time and screws in/out without any problems. The crown is protected by the angled crown guards which are built right from the solid stainless steel case.

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I was very impressed with the ceramic bezel on this watch. Under certain lighting you can see a nice little detail that I really like and that made this bezel a step above. That detail is what appears to be brushed finish, that detail can be seen in the picture above. This bezel not only looks nice but it also has a great mechanical click when rotating the bezel.  The bezel can be easily gripped by the knurled edges of the bezel. This bezel is one of the easiest to grip/operate in the water. One thing I appreciate about Andersmann watches are how thick the bezels are, it makes a unique profile on the watch. What also is unique about the Oceanmaster is the exhibition case back, a detail not often found on dive watches with a deeper depth rating.

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The caseback also allows you to see the reliable ETA 2892-A2 movement. Andersmann added some good amount of detail work to the movement. This gives you something interesting to look at instead just a standard stock movement as you can see from the picture below.

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Flip the watch back over so we can take a look at the black grain sandwich dial. The black grain teamed with the sandwich layered dial adds a great deal of depth. The dial is so easy to read thanks to it’s generous size and also thanks to the double curved sapphire crystal. The crystal  is 4mm thick & treated with an anti-reflective coating. The hands are quite lovely on the Oceanmaster. What makes them lovely is that they are proportioned just right to the dial itself. They reach where it makes sense, that aren’t too wide or too short. All three hands also have a generous amount of lume as well, making for optimal legiability in dim or dark situations. The hour, minute and lolipop style second hand are polished beautifully, all catch the light nicely.

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The dial is very clean/sterile, no added BS here, just what you need. The text is kept to a minimum as well. No date to upset the numeral flow on the dial either. The simplicity of the Oceanmaster’s dial is a thing a beauty.

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The straps for the Oceanmaster will not disappoint either.The Oceanmaster comes with 2 different straps. It includes a rubber dive strap and one leather strap. The rubber strap that comes on the Oceanmaster is extremely comfortable straight from the box, soft & pliable despite how thick it is. I have worn the Oceanmaster for well over 24+ hours straight and it remained comfortable that whole time. The same can be said for the leather strap, soft, comfortable and well made.

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This is my second experience with an Andersmann watch and I can speak for their quality. I have said this before and it holds true for the Oceanmaster. With extreme confidence, I can say that this watch can compete with some well known names in the watch industry such as Tudor, Bremont, Breitling, Tag. I am not just saying this based on my Andersmann experience, I am saying this because I am a dive watch freak and I have owned/own watches from all those companies.

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This watch will not disappoint fans of rugged, dive watches. The Oceanmaster comes in around the $1400 mark. Yes it is higher than other microbrands, but you have to look at why it is higher than others. It has a movement that has been trialed and tested throughout for a long time. The watch is constructed solid, from top to bottom, all of which was well planned out by Raymond Chan and his team of experts. Raymond himself is a huge dive watch aficionado, so he uses his vast experience with dive watches and infuses his watches with that passion. This passion is quite evident in his watches.

I would like to personally thank Raymond and each of you for reading my review.

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SnapseedSnapseedMOVEMENT :
Swiss automatic movement ETA 2892-A2
FUNCTION :
Hours, minutes, seconds 42 hours power reserve
MATERIALS :
Brushed / polished 316L Stainless steel
CASE :
Diameter 47mm, screw-down winding crown
CASE LENGTH :
56mm
LUG WIDTH :
26mm
THICKNESS :
17.6mm
CRYSTAL :
Double curved sapphire 4mm thick with anti-reflective coating
BEZEL :
Anti-clockwise unidirectional rotating bezel in ceramic and brushed steel
BACK :
Flat smoked 4mm sapphire crystal
DIAL :
Black grained dial with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers
WATER RESISTANCE :
1000m
STRAP :
ANDERSMANN personalized natural rubber strap
LIMITED PRODUCTION :
100 pieces

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Watch Review: In loving memory of Jay Taras, The Venator Reticle

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I had the honor and opportunity to become friends with Jay during this review process. Jay had been battling health issues for awhile, unfortunately he passed away recently. No matter what was going on in life, Jay always maintained his amazing sense of humor. We shared many, many laughs together. It is a great honor to have met Jay and an even greater honor to call him my friend. I dedicate this review to him and his family.

 

Company: Venator
Website: Venator | Home

About:
Venator Watch Company was started with one particular purpose in mind: to manufacture time-telling tools focused on providing maximum ‘RAR’ (Reliability, Accuracy, and Readability). We created Venator to offer a line of timepieces that contrast the trendy, cheap and gaudy fashion watches that seem popular today. We believe that the world is ready for a new brand of watch – a better brand of watch.
Here at Venator, our backgrounds range from Aerospace & Defense Engineering and Horology to Photography, Information Technology and International Business. We leverage our diverse skill set to bring our customers quality products with top-notch support before and after the sale.
Bottom line… Are you looking for a watch with a tactical look and feel, excellent readability, and quality construction backed by one hell of a warranty? Are you that ‘Professional’ whose gear is his lifeline, where equipment failures are NEVER an option?

Model:
Specifications:
316L Stainless Steel w/ Brushed Finish
Other case material options available:
316L Stainless Steel with PVD Finish (Physical Vapor Deposition)
Grade 5 Titanium w/ Brushed Finish
CASE DIAMETER: 42MM
CASE LENGTH: 50MM
CASE THICKNESS: 14MM
LUG WIDTH: 22MM
CRYSTAL: Custom Domed Sapphire w/ Inner Anti-Reflective Coating
LUMINESCENCE: BGW9
WATER RESISTANCE: 20ATM/200M/660FT
MOVEMENT: Seiko (SII) Caliber NH35A 24 Jewel Automatic [21,600 bph] [41 Hour Power Reserve] [Movement Regulated by Greiner Timing Machine]
OTHER FEATURES: Anti-Magnetic, T7 Torx Lug Bars (2 Tools Included), Water & Air-tight travel case with custom EVA Foam Insert, and 3 NATO Straps.

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Just in case you don’t know I have to say that I am all about watches. Everything about them I love, eat, breathe, blah, blah, blah. But something else that I love is filling my pockets with badass stuff. EVERY DAY CARRY gear. Knives, pocket tools, mini flashlights, field notes, any gear that is essential to your daily carry. There is some really cool …. out there that you can fill your pockets with. EDC in pockets? ✔️ Watch on wrist? ✔️
Let’s face it EDC goes hand in hand with watches and Venator has found a way to connect this bond even more with the Reticle. When I opened up the packaging upon receiving the Reticle, the first thing that smacked me in the face was the case design. The case just screams “abuse me please”. The Reticle case is solid and you can tell as soon as you handle it. The brushed stainless steel case is heavy and can take some abuse. This is what I would expect from a watch that is made for adventure. There are some watches that claim they can handle adventure with their high polished cases. I’m sorry but high polished cases are not the type of case finish that exactly says “I’m ready for adventure”.

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What I like about the Retcile case right away was the choice to go with a fixed bezel. I know, I’m just as addicted to playing with rotating bezels as much as you guys are. The reason I like this fixed bezel choice is that it’s one less thing that you have to worry about damaging when you are out in the wild. Also, I just think that the Reticle looks no nonsense with it’s fixed, brushed bezel.

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The lugs are another design feature that draws attention from first sight. I am loving these lugs. The lugs have more of square finish than that of a traditional curved/rounded finish. This design choice shows Venator’s commitment to making a watch that is clearly designed for rugged use. Personally, I prefer solid lugs on a watch, lugs without holes. But when lugs with holes work, it’s a magical thing. Venator gets it right here because the Reticle uses something more that just standard spring bars, instead Venator went with T7 Torx lug bars.

Let’s face it, the last thing you want to worry about is standard spring bar failure when engaging is physical activity. I’ve heard the argument that people try to make “why would you wear a watch doing those types of activities?” I answer a question with a question, why wouldn’t I want to wear a watch?” Watches like the Reticle are made for this. I had a watch fail me when I needed it to stand up and deliver. I was climbing the side of a cliff and I slipped my watch strap caught a rock. Unfortunately the standard spring lug bar failed and the watch fell to it’s doom. T7 Torx lug bars won’t fail you rest assure.

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The Reticle has a good size screw down crown and is signed in a killer way. The Venator logo on the crown is extremely nice, it’s a pretty intricate logo and is executed with percision. The crown is easy to grip and operate, that being said, I personally would have liked some bigger gear head style edges on the Reticle. Not that it needs it from a functional standpoint, but I think it would have added to the overall look.

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I am a HUGE fan of solid case backs and the Reticle has a very nice case back which features an engraved version of the the Venator logo. Solid case backs give a company an opportunity to do something creative and to extend the watches personality onto the case back. It’s true that this part of the watch sits on your wrist most of the time and you don’t get to see it, but I do take watches off my wrist just to look at the case back. The case back is more important to me than some fancy packaging that a watch comes in.

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As you look through the beautiful domed AR sapphire crystal, you can see the dial pop. A great combination of grey, black and white make up this unique and killer dial. The dial was inspired by Inspired by looking through the glass of a rifle scope right down to the crosshairs. An appropriate detail that holds true to the design roots of the Retcile. This watch consistent and never loses sight of its inspiration. I have nothing but respect for a company that stays true to their vision.

The text on the dial is not centered and is located on the lower left corner of the dial. Rather than interrupt the harmony set forth by the crosshairs, choosing to place the text left of center was a great choice. Unique as well because most text on a dial is centered, I find this detail refreshing. The square date window located between the 4 & 5 o’clock markers, is on a black wheel with white printing assists with keeping the balance of the dial.
The matte black dial is the perfect backdrop for the glowing white hands and the white hour markers. The white on this dial is so crisp and absolutely beautiful. Where there aren’t actual numerals marking the hours, there are these awesome arrows pointing inward to the dial. These arrows make this dial in my opinion.

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Everything that is white on the dial with the exception of the text, is coated with lume. The lume is evenly applied and glows through the night into the morning on a decent charge from a bright light.

Ticking away inside of the Reticle is the Seiko (SII) Caliber NH35A. A nice workhorse movement that has a 41 hour power reserve and an accuracy rate of -20/+40 seconds per day. This movement features some details that are a must when encased within an adventurers watch. The Seiko (SII) Caliber NH35A has a shock absorber and is antimagnetic both great additions that will help protect the movement well. Rest assured that the case will take the abuse from adventure and as will the movement inside. Venator put the Reticle through some major abuse, much more than normal wear and tear, and the Reticle rose victorious test after test.

For this review, the strap was supplied by DC Leather Company. This beautiful custom leather strap is made from raw Hermann Oak leather. For those of you that don’t know Hermann Oak leather is one of the best vegetable-tanned American leather out there.

The process of making this strap is quite extensive and is all done entirely by hand. DC Leather hand applied the dyes, waxes, and oils to achieve this color and finish. Once the desired color was achieved, all cutting, stitching, assembly, and finish work was all done by hand as well. DC leather used a double layer construction which made for a very strong and reliable strap. A traditional saddle stitch method was used for this strap. which creates an extremely strong connection but also allows ease of repair if ever needed. A lot of strap makers use a machine lock stitch which if one stitch breaks the whole run will eventually come undone. DC leather even used the traditional saddle stitch on the keeper loops.

You can see nice rivets on this strap which not only add detail but are also used to reinforce strength at key areas that get a lot of use. The straps edges are so smooth which DC leather smoothes and has slicked by hand. There is a protective finish that is applied which helps delay wear on the edge of the strap. Once this strap was completed it receivesd an additional oil and wax conditioning.

The end result is a beautiful and rich strap that has an impressive finishing. This strap has the charm like it has been around for years and will age beautifully for many more years. It is extremely well constructed and is the perfect companion for the Reticle watch. Leather like this only beautifies as you wear it and as it ages. This strap is very well made and will definitely stand the test of time.

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The Reticle is an extememely well made watch that is built solid like a tank, ready for your adventure. The pictures do show the beauty of this watch, but you won’t fully understand how special this watch is until you hold it in your hand. I kid you not, this watch in hand is impressive as heck. I am beyond impressed at the quality of build and the design on this watch.

This watch and strap combo is the ideal companion for the EDC adventurer. Whether you are into hunting, fishing, rock climbing, hiking, diving this watch will handle it without hesitation. You will not have to worry about babying this watch by any means. It is this watches destiny to accompany you on your adventure and when it’s on your wrist is rides on comfort. You almost forget it’s on your wrist but as soon as you glance at your wrist it brings a big old grin to your face. Damn look at that watch on my wrist!

If you are looking for a watch that you don’t have to worry about this is the watch for you. It’s build quality rivals watches that are over 5x the price of the Reticle. You can get the stainless steel Reticle for $462.00 right now on Venator’s website. Trust me when I say this, you get a ton of watch for your money here. This is an absolute great value for your money. A solid case that has a water resistance of over 600 feet, an awesome signed crown, a rugged automatic movement, a killer dial and so much more.

I want to personally that Jay for the honor and opportunity to be inspired by this watch during this review. This is a very special watch and people should not miss out on this. Once you hold one in your hands, you will understand what I am talking about.
7 1/2″ Wrist for reference:

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Watch Review: Orodeus Time Odyssey OD1-4FF

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My childhood was filled with awesome memories of cartoons and action figures. There were so many great cartoons & TV shows throughout growing up that usually had great action figures that accompanied those shows. When the Time Odyseey arrived and I opened up the shipping box, upon seeing the packaging took me back to my childhood instantly. Like some sort of science fiction time machine, that transported me back 30+ years ago. To those simpler times, before responsibility, before world politics, back to a beloved place where playing in my grandmothers backyard with my older brother with all our action figures was a daily summertime occurrence. Great, great memories.

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The box art on the Time Odyssey’s packaging makes it one of the coolest set ups I have seen. The colors are vibrant, the art is amazing and it just sets the tone for what is to come. I particularly like how the main character of the art on the box has a Watch rotor incorporated into his weaponary. An awesome touch.

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As you can see from the pick above the exhibition case back allows you to view the same rotor that the box art shows off. The rotor features the Orodeus name and log engraved onto it. That is just a glimpse at one of the little details that makes the Time Odyssey a unique offering. The case back also features a cool quote engraved on it “Man is never perfect nor contented” -Jules Verne. A fine example of a little detail that goes a long way.

IMG_3151As you can see the case is a combination of brushed 316L stainless steel and black pvd, teamed with the rectangular shape gives the Time Odyssey quite the unique look. The fixed bezel is brushed stainless steel with high polished edges. The base of the case is black pvd.  The case measures in at 51.50 x 39 mm (without crown), 51.45mm lug-to-lug, 13mm thickness. The Time Odyssey features a sapphire crystal that is 1.6mm-thick, that is coated with an anti-reflective coating. The Time Odyssey has a water resistance of 5ATM or 50 meters. The the push/pull crown operates very smooth and is also signed with the Orodeus logo.

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The dial is definitely unique and full of detail. The hex head screws on the bezel give the perfect border to the “futuristic”  dial. The most striking feature on the dial has to be the matte black cross bar. It is fastened to the metal plate which rests upon the rotating discs that are used for telling the time. The cross bar is fastened by larged hex head screws, which nicely match the ones found on the bezel itself. Directly in the center of the cross bar is a small cross that is actually the seconds hand. Telling the time on the Time Odyssey is actually quite easy.  If you look at the pic below you will see a red line on the stainless steel ring that encircles the numerals. Lining up the numbers with the red line you can see that the time below reads 8:40. Also worth mentioning is the section of visible numbers for the time is clear, and the other numbers on the wheel are behind a tinted crystal which you can see below in the picture. In certain spots you can see clear through the watch out the exhibition case back.

IMG_3146The dial has some nice depth to it which is created by the multiple levels. At the base of the dial is a textured copper plate.  The brushed stainless steel ring that encircles the numerals is attached to the dial by 2 flathead screws. The dial has a very futuristic industrial look to it. Orodeus seems to understand that since all the numerals are visible on the dial, that keeping the text to a minimum was essential. The text reads as follows Automatic, Time Odyssey, and Orodeus. The black leather strap can be seen in the picture above. It reminds me of Darth Vadar’s suit. It is nicely padded and nicley accents the watches style/look as a whole.

SnapseedTicking away inside the Time Odyssey is an open worked automatic Miyota 82S0 that features a custom gold-plated rotor and it was modified with rotating discs for time reading. Basically it is a reverse dial where the dial rotates and and the hands stay still. Innthe Time Odyssey’s case, the red line stays in place. The movements frequency is 21600vph, features 21 jewels. The accuracy rate is -15~+15 seconds/day, which isn’t bad at all. When the Tme Odyssey is fully wound, it has a power reserve of 40 hours.

The Time Odyssey is a unique offering and definitely with create some diversity in anyone’s collection. It refreshing to see something that is “outside of the box”. The Time Odyssey is a great piece for someone that is looking for a watch that looks different and tells time differently but looks good while doing it. It is a well made watch. “For those in the know, parallels can be drawn between this aspect of OD-1’s design and Kubrick’s Space Station V.”-Orodeus. Fans of Kubrick’s Space Odyssey will truly appreciate this piece.

I wish that the lume was brighter on watch, like out of this world bright, glowing green. This would have made for a really cool effect that would stay consistent with the futuristic theme of this watch. I partially understand why the lume isn’t super bright because it would create a bit of difficulty telling the time at night. But darkening the tinted area on the dial would eliminate that problem. My other area of recommendation is that a comic strap with the box art on it would be a cool addition to this package as a whole.

Obviously this watch isn’t for everyone. Some might find it difficult to read the time. It honestly doesn’t take that long to get accustomed to and it is definitely a conversation starting piece.

The OD1-4 is available at $715 USD from:

http://orodeus.com

I would like to thank Orodeus for this review opportunity. I would also like to thank you for reading.

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7 1/2″ wrists for reference.

 

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