Watch Review: Sel Omidiver Automatic

Company

SEL Instrument

https://selinstrument.com/purchase/

OmniDiver Automatic OMNI-A-001

Materials, Case, Bracelet & Clasp: Grade 5 Titanium (Ti-6AL-4V)

Materials, Hardware (Screws, etc): 316L Stainless Steel

Crystal, Front: Sapphire, shock isolated Crystal, Rear: Sapphire, rigid mount

Weight: Approximately 178g with braceletWater

Resistance: 4000m (reduced due to rear window)

Case: 46.5mm Diameter

Bezel: 48.5mm Diameter

Case Height: 16.5mm

Lug to Lug: 53.2mm

Bezel: Unidirectional, 120 positions

Clasp Adjustment (no tools): 4.5mm increments X6, 14mm dive extension x1.Lug Adapter for Straps: 22mm NATO/ZULU, or 25.5mm SēL FST Strap

Today I am excited to be reviewing the Automatic version of SEL instruments Omnidiver. Before I go any further I want to point out (besides the obvious difference being the movement itself), there are some differences between the quartz version and the auto version. The areas that they share identical details you will notice that I used the same paragraphs from my quartz review, not because of laziness but because both versions share some of the same over engineered details. Now that is out of the way, let’s begin exploring this watch.

About SEL

SēL Instrument is an R&D focused high-performance watch manufacturer located in Arizona, USA. Founded in 2013, our focus has been to challenge and deconstruct many traditional embodiment’s in watchmaking and re-engineer better solutions for rugged field instruments. In addition to our products, we have developed significant intellectual property with several patents pending and new research in areas including high-pressure sealing, thermal stability, and impact shock mitigation. We measure success not only by the quality of our products but also by the breadth of relationships we cultivate to support other watch manufacturers, defense contractors, and the end users of our products in the field.

The OmniDiver’s Kyropoulos sapphire is protected by a shock-isolating suspension mount. This assists with reducing the risk of fracturing the crystal which can occur from strong impacts. The crystal isn’t just protected from strong impacts but it’s unique mount also helps to protect it thermodynamically that can cause shrinking and expansion from changes in temperature. The crystal gives the perfect view to the busy but extremely functional dial. As one would expect from a military designed watch the dial includes 12 and 24 hour numerals. In my healthcare field of work I love the ease of having the military time included. If you have an eye for detail you will notice something on the automatic versions dial that isn’t on the quartz version. Take a closer look near the 3 o’clock position, notice anything? That small circular cut out gives a sneak peak at the jewel and shock absorber of the automatic movement that’s beating inside this Omnidiver. (Sellita premium SW-200-1 that has been adjusted to exceed COSC chronometer standards in 5 different positions.

The bezel on the OmniDiver is quite possibly the best functioning bezel I have experienced. It not only fits tight against the case itself but the operation is incredibly smooth. The smooth operation can be attributed to the silicon nitride balls that are ridiculously held to +/- .0001” gives the OmniDiver bezel the smoothest high precision fit possible on the casework. This bezel easily blows away anything I’ve experienced from other companies in this price range. Inside the bezel are large ratchet pistons allowing precise indexing in all of the bezel’s 120 positions without any counter-rotation whatsoever!

OmniDiver has special two-stage seals with separate low-pressure and high-pressure seals that react dynamically to hydrostatic pressure. SEL insured that the OmniDiver’s 6-piece titanium case to withstand 10,000psi. This helps reduce structural failures which could damage the seal integrity and adds to the overall water resistance of the OmniDiver which is 6000m by the way.

The OmniDiver features a screw down crown which is positioned at the 6 o’clock position nicely protected in between the lugs. Adding to the toughness of this watch, SēL crowns are pressure rated in the open position. Unlikely for most, but if you do forget to screw down the crown you are still completely safe if you go into the water.

“OmniDiver uses SēL MKI retention to integrate lug adapters and dual case lugs for bracelet or strap configurations secured with machine screws that are captive at both ends for increased strength. All that means to you is that you can change your mind easily, from bracelet to strap or back again, in about 30 seconds with a common hex wrench (included).”

What I really like about the bracelet on the OmniDiver is that the solid titanium links and cross bars are nicely spaced, allowing mud, sand, and dirt to slip right through. The automatic version has been in my possession since right before the Covid-19 pandemic hit here in the US. Working in healthcare has become quite stressful for me recently because of the increased physical and mental demand on me. The OmniDiver has been on my wrist every day at work. Keeping this watch clean as my hands is a lot easier with having it on this bracelet. I could not imagine having a leather strap on this watch right now which would act as a germ sponge.

“The SēL WavLock, machined from solid titanium, gives you 24mm incremental adjustment (4mm increments) and a 14mm auxiliary extension. That’s 38mm total adjustment. No tools required. Plus, when closed, the design puts all of the stress forces into the solid titanium bottom plate instead of the hinge and catch like a trifold does.”

As I mentioned in my review of the HAQ Omnidiver, the Tudor Pelagos is one of my favorite dive watches of all time. Something else that I have mentioned countless times is I am no fan of bracelets. The Pelagos definitely opened my eyes on bracelets and gave me respect for quality, well made ones. Before the OmniDiver came into my hands, the Pelagos bracelet was my personal favorite. The Pelagos bracelet is far superior than the overrated SD43’s oyster bracelet. The OmniDivers bracelet, especially the WavLock feature reminds me of the good craftsmanship from Tudor, but the difference is that the Omnidiver’s bracelet is on some serious steroids. There is a slight learning curve with operating the the clasp/micro adjustment but it’s a quick learning experience. It functions with fluidity and once it’s closed it’s solidly closed with confidence of staying in the closed position. The knurled edges allow for ease of sliding the adjustment over the WavLock teeth.

The science that SEL uses for the lume is a blend of europium, dysprosium doped grade-0 particles and UV transparent binders which makes for some of the “brightest and longest lasting strontium-aluminate illumination.” This lume lasts for hours, I am talking 18+ hours. My fun bouts with insomnia allows me to be awake at all crazy hours and whenever I was tossing and turning, there was the glowing lume of the OmniDiver keeping me company. The Omnidiver definitely has made me appreciate lume, not just any lume, but Omni-lume!

Enjoying some nature with the Omnidiver

The OmniDiver comes in an appropriate box. It’s crazy large, tough and just perfect for this watch and SEL’s mantra! The Pelican 1300 case holds the WavLock Bracelet, ZULU straps, lug adapters, and a tool kit. The Wiha tool kit allows you to easily size the bracelet and access lugs for easy strap/bracelet changes.

It is hard to pick my favorite part of this watch. Usually the dial or the case is a clear winner in the race to my favorite but the OMNIDIVER is a clear exception to that. The dial and case are both winners in my opinion. The first time I saw pictures of this watch it was the hands that were responsible for catching my attention first. In person the hands are just as, if not more impressive. The second hand has mass, balance, and inertia optimized which contributes to accuracy and longevity of the movement. All three hands are everything I want and need on a watch, appropriately sized to the circumference of the matte black dial. My ideal dial must he be extremely legible in both day/night for quick acquisition. The Omnidiver’s dial has a unique military design which is consistent with the overall design aesthetics of the watch itself. Everything on this watch has intentional design cohesion.

This watch is not easily lost on the wrist because of it’s shear size but extremely comfortable because the lightness of titanium, the short angled lugs and the crown location. It actually wears smaller than the dimensions imply. The bracelet also allows a precision fit around the wrist. That detail isn’t by chance either, Andrew meticulously machines each side piece the bracelet so that when the bracelet is assembled it forms a wrist conforming circle. I like the fact it doesn’t feel like a toy watch like a lot of titanium watches out there feel cheap/flimsy.

Andrew made this watch because he was tired of watches breaking on him. The final straw was when he was looking down at the floorboards when on an important mission, seeing a watch bouncing around at his feet. Thinking to himself, that looks like my watch down there, WTF that is my watch down there. That day he decided that it was time he took matters into his own hands and he decided to design a watch that could withstand the requirements of his military lifestyle. Fast forward a bit and Andrew was ejected from a vehicle, his body sliding and bouncing across the pavement. Any normal human being would have been self concerned with injuries but not this super human, bloody and all, Andrew was more excited that his OmniDiver withstood this accident without fail! At that moment he knew he had succeeded at his watch designing/manufacturing mission!

Everything on the OmniDiver has been overthought, overdesigned, overtested and the result is a watch that functions without fail. I haven’t experienced a watch like this before. In fact, I can easily say that this watch has out-perform any tool/military watch out there that I have personally experienced/owned/reviewed. Designed by a professional for people who demand the most from their watch when it matters most.

SEL engineered quality that will handle the demands of your daily life. If you are out in the military field or if your daily missions are from behind the desk, this watch won’t fail you. If for some reason it does, SEL is there to stand behind their products 100%. Andrew has even gone so far to hand deliver a watch in person. I met with him in person before this review. He is what makes this inspiring, he is what makes it fun and that is often lost in this industry/community. Listening to Andrew enthusiastically talk about how even the smallest of detail is hand done by either himself (in fact he will screw down his crown and mark it to make sure that the engraved SEL will line up perfectly once it is in the fully closed position. A detail not even ROLEX does) or his small team was one of my favorite moments in my watch reviewing experience.

What would I recommend to make the Omnidiver a even better, more functional tool watch? One change I would make is adding a black date wheel instead of a white one. This is a more aesthetic change than a suggested change of function. Making the crown larger with deeper machined grooves for easier gripping and operation is my suggestion for functional change/improvement. On the HAQ version this isn’t necessary in my opinion. On the automatic version I believe that this is a must, especially if you enjoy winding the movement yourself.

I certainly don’t baby watches when I wear them though it’s never a pleasant experience banging your watch on door frame. The Omnidiver is the first watch that if I hit it on a doorframe or on a rock during a climb, that I don’t give it a second thought. I know that the engineering of this watch has been tested by SEL to be basically “bombproof” and I have spent months with the watch testing it myself. There are no concerns in my mind that this watch can’t handle anything I put it through when it’s on my wrist. Now that I have spent months with both the HAQ Omnidiver and the Automatic prototype, which version will I choose? Please check back in a few months to see which one I purchased.

A short but extremely informative interview with Andrew Founder/CEO of Sel Instruments.

What is your background, give us a glimpse of life before Sel:

I started SēL as I was leaving my prior career as a private contractor.  My job then involved a ton of travel, basically assembling and running small teams to work special projects for a variety of organizations including governmental/non-governmental, private and public multi-national corporations, etc.  I worked in all kinds of environments from maritime to alpine to swamps. 
   

What was the watch responsible for your love of watches?

My love for watches really comes from the concept of a watch being at its simplest this self-contained utilitarian tool that unlike a hammer or coffee machine, has an excruciating amount of energy put into balancing aesthetic design, engineering, precision machining, etc.  A watch is as much art as machine.  A wristwatch, more than a tool, is an expression of who we are at our core.  Just like with cars, I think you can infer so much about a person’s psychology and values just from the type of watch they chose to wear.            

Portable timepieces were some the earliest engineering complications and I think that even today, maybe more so now, I appreciate this self contained and self reliant “computer” that will run for years with no charging cords, no fuel, no intervention other than just wearing and using it as it was intended.  For example, we have a power supply for one of our quartz movements that has a theoretical autonomy of almost 10 years.  In a properly clean and well sealed case, that’s got to be one of the most worry free things in my life.          

I know and appreciate the story of why you decided to manufacture and start your own brand, please explain it to my readers: 

I broke a lot of watches.  Everything from $100 Casios to relatively expensive “professional tool watches”.  I lost bezels, cracked crystals, broke straps, bracelets, spring bars, etc.  I was frustrated with bracelets that required special tools to size. Straps that could be too loose in one hole, too tight in another.  Bracelets that didn’t easily re-size from season to season or environment to environment as wrist size changes due to changes in temperature and hydration.  Because I always loved watches, I started thinking about how to improve mechanical performance and reduce breakage.  Nothing we’ve done is different for the sake of being different.  Our engineering focus has always been function first.  If it works better, is stronger, more adjustable, etc – we’ll consider it. 

What is the most important thing that you have learned along Sel’s journey? 

We have faced some absolutely huge obstacles in growing the company from a start-up concept on paper to a legitimate manufacturer of extremely high quality timepieces.  I think the lesson learned was that never abandoning our original focus on engineering the product for the highest performance possible regardless of difficulty or expense was the thing that ultimately began to win over customers and start selling watches in the beginning.  That commitment is what defined the brand and continues to reinforce our existing customers’ confidence and win over new customers.  So many people tried to convince us to do things differently because it would be faster or cheaper or whatever and that’s the kind of profit-only business philosophy that frustrated us. We’re committed to growing a profitable company but not at the expense of our core values.  The US watch market didn’t want or need another company importing watches from overseas that were for all intents, built identically to watches already in the market.    

and also tell us about the best moment and worst moment so far:

There are several “worst moments” but the silver lining common to them all is that they each represent a huge evolution in the company that ultimately made us stronger and more capable.  I guess the irony is the worst moments lead to the best moments.  For example, during the very first submersion test we did years ago, our cases flooded at about 5 feet.  Not kidding. It was something like .02% of our design goal of 6000m (19,685 feet).  Months before, we had hired an engineering firm to help with the development of our sealing and built prototypes to their calculations. We thought we were just a few months from being in production.  We were so wrong.  They had done the calculations wrong which meant the 5 prototype case assemblies we had machined were now scrap.  Sometimes the old adage is true – “If you want something done right…”, so we spent the next few months learning about high pressure sealing and redesigning our cases and seals completely.  We moved all of our engineering, modeling, and simulation in-house.  We also built our 20,000psi hydrostatic testing system. We developed the two stage seal we use now during this redesign and seeing the watch case literally crush under pressure while the seals still held was an awesome feeling.

Can you give us a teaser of what is in the works/future plans for Sel? 

Our biggest focus is on expanding our product offering without loosing our focus on unique in the world performance and bombproof engineering.  In the immediate future we’re working on additional modules for the interchangeable Exoskeleton that the OPTx is based on.  Basically the Exo-1 is an ultra lightweight chassis into which different modules can be interchanged in seconds.  We’re planning a digital option with GPS/GLONASS and some color options for analog.

We’re also working on some other designs like a smaller and lower profile dress diver or aviator but those are still very much in concept.  

One of the biggest challenge has been resisting the urge to take on too much too quickly.  For companies who do aesthetic design only and outsource production overseas, this isn’t much of a problem but because we have to do all aesthetic design, engineering, prototyping, process engineering, and production, making a new watch is a huge undertaking in terms of both financial and time management.  We have to carefully balance current production to fill orders against time to work on new projects.            

Please feel free to add anything you would like people know.

Retail price vs manufacturing cost.  I think this is one of the most misunderstood aspects of watch manufacturing by consumers and definitely results in the most misinformed comments on social media. 

Movements do NOT drive the cost of sub $10,000 watches nearly as much as people seem to think they do.  Grand complications – sure.  That’s an entirely different thing.  But for our tool watches, it really makes very little difference if we case a chronometer grade HAQ or Automatic or even a lower grade quartz.  The bulk of our manufacturing cost comes from doing real R&D, prototyping, higher performance case and bracelet designs that are much more complicated to manufacture, better raw materials, tighter tolerances, hand finishing time, rejecting (sent to recycling) parts that don’t meet our extremely strict tolerances, CNC machining EVERYTHING instead of using less expensive and lower quality manufacturing processes like casting, stamping, forming, and yes, making nearly everything in the US instead of overseas. 

Before we even started promoting the SēL brand or the OmniDiver we completely destroyed 5 of them in destructive testing to understand the failure modes of our engineering and design.  That’s $28,000 in retail dollars that we sent to the recycling bin before the company even had a name.  Based on our findings, we improved the entire design and went into more testing.  Thousands of hours (literally) and a lot of hard cost expense goes into developing a high performance product.  But it’s also the reason we had no problem driving over one with a Jeep when you suggested that it would be awesome to see.              

Design cost and product quality are typically commensurate.  Take any average dive watch and typically you can wiggle the bezel around on the case because the fit between the two is very loose.  It’s easier to manufacture a bezel this way because fundamentally, everyone wants a “smooth” bezel and the tighter the tolerances get – to eliminate the wiggle; – the harder it becomes to make it smooth.  One common industry solution to retain a bezel on a case is a piece of bent wire.  These are neither high precision or strong.  I learned this when I watched a bezel I knocked off fall to the bottom of the ocean.  

We hold a tolerance of +/-.0002” (+/-.005mm) on the critical features and use 12 high precision silicon nitride balls to ensure a “wiggle-free” fit, smooth rotation, and absolutely no chance the bezel will ever separate from the case until we want it to.  In machining, we’re holing that tolerance on 21 different features of 3 parts to make the bezel function that way it does.  No doubt there are less expensive ways to do it that can still be serviceable but our method is higher precision and much stronger and unfortunately much more expensive.

Take a standard off-the-shelf tri-fold clasp.  These are produced from thin sheet metal in a high pressure form press.  In terms of cost and time efficiency, it’s a brilliant solution.  It takes literally a few seconds and a few pennies of material to make parts like this but they can not form the off-axis features and crisp sharp edges that are essential for our WavLock to function as it does in such a relatively small size.  Each of our three main clasp components take about an hour to machine from solid titanium.  The irony is that even though our clasps are more expensive than the stamped steel alternative, they hold a much higher profit margin on theirs.  That’s why we constant remind everyone that our business model is design/function driven, not profit driven.               

Here’s another example.  Titanium is not all the same. We use a domestic (US) produced lab certified alloy.  The lab certification adds expense in itself BUT the requirement that the raw materials are certified before melting, along with the entire process to guarantee the alloy composition is very expensive.  Buying uncertified material from overseas is a gamble.  Sometimes it’s what it should be, sometimes not.  The result is that our titanium is almost twice as expensive as non-certified alloy.  We will not represent an alloy to our customer as Ti-6AL-4V unless we’re absolutely certain it actually is.  

And, I could go on like this for hours but I think the most important thing for people to know is that to us, more important that the brand you’re wearing or what it cost you, is that that you love it and that it works for you.  Buy what works for you.  If you like a $75 digital watch with a plastic case, go for it! I wore them for years.  If you can afford a $20,000 or $100,000 luxury watch, and that’s what you want, buy it!  Everyone’s needs are different just as their realities (financial and otherwise) are different too.  One thing we try to remember is how lucky we are to be doing what we do everyday.  There are so many people who struggle with the most basic necessities of life and so many people who are still giving their all in high risk environments so that we can have a better and safer life.  That’s why we donate 100% of our scrap recycling buy-back to veteran and first responder charities.  It’s not much, but it’s something we can do to help.      V/r, 

Andrew McLean, Founder/CEO

SēL Instrument – Arizona, U.S.A. 

SēL is a First-Responder owned company.

Thank you all so much for reading!

Watch Review: Scurfa Diver One D1-500 ND713RD

Diver One D1-500 ND713RD

Divers working in the North Sea are made up in teams of three and on any working dive you have a diver 1, diver 2 and the bellman, diver 1 controls the dive and this is where the name for the watches come from, diver 2 is there to make his job easier, the bellman tends the divers from the diving bell and the divers work in the water for a maximum six hours, a normal saturation diving system will house four teams of three divers covering the full twenty four hours of the working day stopping only for bad weather or crew changes, the work period for the divers is 28 days including decompression.

Paul took the already tough Diver One design and made it into the classy ND713RD. Like the previously reviewed Diver One, the ND713RD comes in a 40mm case. With a 500m depth rating, the ND713RD features a 1mm case back gasket which ensures it’s water tightness in diving conditions. The “classy” D1 features a black PVD coated 316L surgical grade stainless steel case. The case includes everything I expect a functioning dive watch to have. It has a screw down crown, rotating bezel with a lume pip, thick domed sapphire crystal and a gas release valve.

The gold details weren’t just reserved for the details on the dial, but also on the Ronda 713SM movement. The movement is a gold plated 5 jewel Swiss made movement, with a long battery life and features a EOL indicator. I love that the movement is a clean non date movement, as opposed to a movement which date window takes away from the overall flow of a dial. The generously sized sword style hands allow for great legibility even when conditions are not optimal. I wasn’t worried about the legibility of this watch since Paul tests his watches himself in the murky, dark waters of the North Sea. The gilt hands and printed markers are set beautifully against the gloss black dial. The dial is kept minimalistic as well with the limited amount of printed text. The text was kept to the Scurfa name logo under the 12 o’clock position and Diver One just about the 6 o’clock position.

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The 40mm by 47.7 by 14.4mm case is equipped with a Heliox escape valve which was built into the watch case located at the 9 o’clock side. The escape valve has been tested by Paul Scurfa himself at different depths and gas mixtures, with the deepest decompression being 154 metres to the surface. This is why I love Paul’s watches. People ask me why I review his watches since they aren’t a style a typically go for. They also know how I am bored with the watch industry as a whole and extremely tired of rehashed designs. It’s the extreme amount of testing that Paul puts into his watches that draws me to them. They are affordable, they are tough and they are packed full of tested features. Paul personally tests his watches in the harsh conditions of the North Sea.

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The dial in daylight has an old style radium look that adds a nice vintage feel to this watch. At night the lume on this watch glows like a green flashlight thanks to the grade A C3 Super Luminova treatment. The lume is generously coated on the hands and the markers. Paul has a deep appreciation for vintage Rolex and Tudor watches. His watches aren’t the “only out for the money” by riding the coattails of Rolex or Tudor either. Paul takes his deep love and appreciation for the designs of the past and incorporates that into his watches. He also includes his “trialed and tested” in the field DNA into each of his watches.

The watch comes equipped with a 20mm rubber strap that is based on the Italian style straps that are often found on vintage diving watches. The strap is made of extremely durable rubber that not only holds up against abuse but is also extremely comfortable on the wrist. I am personally a huge fan of custom made straps and this watch will definitely look amazing on a custom made leather strap. One detail that I have come to prefer on my watches is having drilled lugs. It makes for an easier strap change with minimal risk to scratching the lugs. If I could get Paul to include screw style bars instead of spring loaded ones, I would be even happier. I personally prefer the added security of the screw in style.Everything on this watch is purpose driven, with function in the field as it’s driving force.

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In my opinion Paul has just about perfected the affordable “daily beater”. $228 gets you a truly trialed and tested watch that is packed full of ideal details. The best part of these details? The fact that they aren’t just details. Each detail was added with purpose and each detail functions with out fail. The signed D1 crown is easily gripped and has smooth operation. It unscrews without any issues and screwing it back down is free of any accidental cross threading like some poorly made watches experience. The unidirectional bezel is also easy to grip, but more importantly it doesn’t have that cheap extra play feel to it. This bezel not only sits tightly against the case but it also has that nice tight mechanical “click” that you can put into position and it will stay in position until you physically move it again. That’s a critical detail especially when life is dependent upon timing.

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There are only a couple of changes that I would make to this watch not because Paul made a mistake but rather to make this watch more perfect for me. The first is the size, it wears smaller than I prefer. I know that we all have our personal size preference, but I would love to see something from Scurfa in the 45mm-47mm. A big, rugged beast would be a welcome addition to the watch lineup. The other change which I mentioned earlier was to add screw style lug bars. This detail would add a bit more security to the watch. Paul’s watches are also purpose driven with the main focus being functionality in the field. Yes in this day and age dive computers are relied upon more often than watches, but if your “field” isn’t underwater, you can rest knowing that the D1 isn’t going to fail you. If you do use watches when you dive then you know damn well Paul already put any of your watch concerns to rest. He saw to that personally.

Thank you Paul for allowing me to take a look at another one of you tough watches. I also want to thank you all for reading. For more information on Scurfa Watches just follow this link:

Watch Review: Neminus Master Diver 1000

Seasons change, people change, times change, tastes change, and with those changes comes new experiences. I used to fear change, fear the new, but now I embrace it. Embracing it allows me to experience new things in life. Stainless steel used to be my preferred watch case metal of choice. I have to say that now my new favorite material is bronze. Bronze is a metal that is always changing as it ages. Bronze also wears scratches like a true champ. I love that about bronze.

Specifications

The Master Diver was birthed from a block of CuSn8 bronze which was given shape through CNC machining, 44mm x 18.4mm shape to be exact. Weighing in at 162g, the Master Diver won’t weigh down the wrist, but also doesn’t have the lightweight “cheapness” feeling either.

The details found throughout the Master Diver watch illustrates the great respect and admiration Neminus has for the deepest depths of the sea. With the rugged CuSn8 bronze, I expect equally rugged qualities to be found throughout the rest of this watch that is geared for the abuse that comes along with life at sea. The angular thick bezel features a scratch resistance ceramic insert which is a tougher material as opposed to commonly used aluminum bezel inserts. The angles of the bezel allows the wearer to easily grip and to easily rotate, even in all weather conditions. The same is true for the screw down crown and helium release valve.

Signed helium release valve which is located at the 10 o’clock position.

The dial is my favorite detail of this watch. The uniquely painted dial reminds me of the scales of the mythical Kraken. Green, textured and beautiful and the best part is that it’s unlike any dial I have ever seen. Neminus nailed the dial itself and thankfully they also nailed the hands as well. The trident second hand is campy, but it works regardless. A nice tie-in on this dial is the hands and the applied markers, both similar in design and both have BGW9 luminous treatment. The large hands and dial are extremely legible in daylight and in darkness.

The screw down case back of the Master Diver certainly did not disappoint me either. I have been obsessed with the depths of the sea and all of it’s hidden creatures since I can remember. I had a Fisher Price deep sea diver play set when I was a kid. That was the start of my love for old diving helmets like the one found on the Master Diver case back. The case back doesn’t feature a simple flat laser etched picture, what it does feature is a raised, textured diving helmet that has great depth, depth of detail like the sea itself.

The beautiful details of the Master Diver’s case back

$599 USD gets you a watch that is packed with unique details and details that I personally don’t see on a watch at this price point. The details alone made this watch a “no brainer” decision. The pro’s heavily outweigh the cons. My cons are the date window and the bezel in lay. The reason the date window is a con for me is because the textured dial’s beautiful flow is sadly interrupted by the ugliness of the intrusive window. The reason why the bezel inlay is a con for me is because it doesn’t match the watch. A solid bronze bezel with protruding markers would have been much more cohesive with the design of the Master Diver.

The pro’s of the Master Diver are the unique dial, the large hands, legible dial, the case(shape, size, case back, drilled lugs, materials). The watch is very well made and held up remarkably well throughout my review process. It got some light scratches from the waves knocking it against the rocks, but who cares? I certainly don’t care about scratches on my watches. The 5mm thick double domed sapphire crystal is quite resistant to scratches and is treated with 4 layers of anti-reflective coating.

The Master Diver wears comfortably on the wrist and has great wrist presence. That wrist presence is due to the fact that Neminus wasn’t afraid to go outside of the rehashed design box that is currently plaguing the watch industry. If you are looking for your first bronze piece or if you are looking to add another to your collection then you should consider this watch. I guarantee you that you haven’t seen a dial like this one before and yes that’s a good thing. The Master Diver is available for purchase on Neminus’ website: https://www.neminuslab.com

Thank you all for reading and thanks to Neminus for allowing me to review this watch.

Watch Review: SEL OmniDiver

Company

SEL Instrument

https://selinstrument.com/purchase/

Case Size

with 48mm Bezel

Case Thickness

15 mm

Weight

168g with Bracelet & Clasp

Warranty

5 years

Total Clasp Adjustment

38mm

Incremental Adjustment

24mm In 4mm Increments

Auxiliary Extension

14mm

Material

Grade 5 Titanium

Crystal

Kyropoulos Shock Isolated Suspension Mount

Timekeeping Accuracy

+/- 0.027 sec per day normal conditions

Water Resistance

600atm/6000m

About SEL

SēL Instrument is an R&D focused high-performance watch manufacturer located in Arizona, USA. Founded in 2013, our focus has been to challenge and deconstruct many traditional embodiment’s in watchmaking and re-engineer better solutions for rugged field instruments. In addition to our products, we have developed significant intellectual property with several patents pending and new research in areas including high-pressure sealing, thermal stability, and impact shock mitigation. We measure success not only by the quality of our products but also by the breadth of relationships we cultivate to support other watch manufacturers, defense contractors, and the end users of our products in the field.

The OmniDiver’s Kyropoulos sapphire is protected by a shock-isolating suspension mount. This assists with reducing the risk of fracturing the crystal which can occur from strong impacts. The crystal isn’t just protected from strong impacts but it’s unique mount also helps to protect it thermodynamically that can cause shrinking and expansion from changes in temperature.

The bezel on the OmniDiver is quite possibly the best functioning bezel I have experienced. It not only fits tight against the case itself but the operation is incredibly smooth. The smooth operation can be attributed to the silicon nitride balls that are ridiculously held to +/- .0001” gives the OmniDiver bezel the smoothest high precision fit possible on the casework. This bezel easily blows away anything ROLEX has done. Period. Inside the bezel are large ratchet pistons allowing precise indexing in all of the bezel’s 120 positions without any counter-rotation whatsoever!

“OmniDiver is powered by a next generation temperature compensating ETA PreciDrive movement capable of plus or minus 10 seconds per year accuracy. That’s substantially better than the COSC standard for certified quartz or mechanical chronometers.”

OmniDiver has special two-stage seals with separate low-pressure and high-pressure seals that react dynamically to hydrostatic pressure. SEL insured that the OmniDiver’s 6-piece titanium case to withstand 10,000psi. This helps reduce structural failures which could damage the seal integrity and adds to the overall water resistance of the OmniDiver which is 6000m by the way.

The OmniDiver features a screw down crown which is positioned at the 6 o’clock position nicely protected in between the lugs. Adding to the toughness of this watch, SēL crowns are pressure rated in the open position. Unlikely for most, but if you do forget to screw down the crown you are completely safe if you go into the water.

“OmniDiver uses SēL MKI retention to integrate lug adapters and dual case lugs for bracelet or strap configurations secured with machine screws that are captive at both ends for increased strength. All that means to you is that you can change your mind easily, from bracelet to strap or back again, in about 30 seconds with a common hex wrench (included).”

What I really like about the bracelet on the OmniDiver is that the solid titanium links and cross bars are nicely spaced, allowing any mud, sand, and dirt to slip right through. I am no fan of bracelets by any means, but those crafty bastards at SEL made a bracelet that this asshole absolutely loves. There’s an awesome picture of the OmniDiver connected to an engine puller that the bracelet is actually taking the brunt of the weight of an engine block without failure.

“The SēL WavLock, machined from solid titanium, gives you 24mm incremental adjustment (4mm increments) and a 14mm auxiliary extension. That’s 38mm total adjustment.  No tools required.  Plus, when closed, the design puts all of the stress forces into the solid titanium bottom plate instead of the hinge and catch like a trifold does.”

One of my favorite dive watches of all time is the Tudor Pelagos. As I mentioned countless times before I am no fan of bracelets but I definitely have respect for the bracelet on the Pelagos. Before the OmniDiver came into my hands, the Pelagos bracelet was my favorite and it is definitely better than the overrated SD43’s oyster bracelet. The OmniDivers bracelet, especially the WavLock is like Tudor’s but on serious steroids. There is a slight learning curve with operating the the clasp/micro adjustment but it’s a quick learning experience. It functions with fluidity and once it’s closed it’s solidly closed with confidence of staying in the closed position. The knurled edges allow for ease of sliding the adjustment over the WavLock teeth.

I don’t care much about lume either way. It’s never been a deal breaker for me. That being said, I love how bright the day lume on the OmniDiver is. The science that SEL uses on the watch is a blend of europium, dysprosium doped grade-0 particles and UV transparent binders which makes for some of the “brightest and longest lasting strontium-aluminate illumination.” No, it’s not that bullshit that you charge from a light source and it lasts a few minutes. This lume lasts for hours, I am talking 18+ hours. My fun bouts with insomnia allows me to be awake at all crazy hours and whenever I was tossing and turning, there was the glowing lume of the OmniDiver keeping me company.

The OmniDiver comes in an appropriate box. It’s crazy large, tough and just perfect for this watch and SEL’s mantra! The Pelican 1300 case holds the WavLock Bracelet, ZULU straps, lug adapters, and a tool kit. The Wiha tool kit allows you to easily size the bracelet and access lugs for easy strap/bracelet changes.

It is hard to pick my favorite part of this watch. Usually the dial or the case is a clear winner in the race to my favorite but the OMNIDIVER is a clear exception to that. The dial and case are both winners in my opinion. The first time I saw pictures of this watch it was the hands that were responsible for catching my attention first. In person the hands are just as, if not more impressive. They are everything I want and need from a company, sized appropriately to the matte black dial, the dial is extremely legible in both day/night, and unique military design is consistent with the overall design aesthetics of the watch itself.

The busy nature of the dial on the OmniDiver works extremely well in my opinion. There isn’t a single detail that I would remove. I definitely appreciate the inclusion of both the standard and the military time. This is extremely helpful for me personally because of working in healthcare we use military time for everything. I love that the date window is NOT easy to find. Yes you heard me correctly, I like that fact because it doesn’t disrupt the flow of anything, it’s there because it’s helpful and it’s nicely tucked away with it’s cleaver shape/black wheel/white print. If you have to have a date window on a dial, this is exactly how you want it when you prefer a no date dial.

This watch is not easily lost on the wrist because of it’s shear size but extremely comfortable because the lightness of titanium. Most importantly, it doesn’t feel like a toy watch like a lot of titanium watches out there. Andrew made this watch because he was tired of watches breaking on him. The final straw was when he was looking down at the floorboards when on an important mission, seeing a watch bouncing around at his feet. Thinking to himself, that looks like my watch down there, WTF that is my watch down there. That day he decided that it was time he took matters into his own hands and he decided to design a watch that could withstand the requirements of his military lifestyle. Fast forward a bit and Andrew was ejected from a vehicle, his body sliding and bouncing across the pavement. Any normal human being would have been self concerned with injuries but not this super human, bloody and all, Andrew was more excited that his OmniDiver withstood this accident without fail! At that moment he knew he had succeeded at his watch designing/manufacturing mission!

Everything on the OmniDiver has been overthought, overdesigned, overtested and the result is a watch that functions without fail. I haven’t experienced a watch like this before. In fact, I can easily say that this watch will out-perform any tool/military watch out there. Before the negative naysayers come at me with their whining little bitch attitudes/complaints about the price, I will save their time and my time because this watch wasn’t designed for pussies like them. TRUE STORY. Designed by a professional for people who demand the most from their watch when it matters most.

This watch did not disappoint me or fail me on any level. I thoroughly enjoyed every second with this watch. I don’t review watches for the masses, I review watches for individuals like myself. Those individuals above the bullshit, above the nonsense, above everything that tries to bring the unnecessary (negative drama) to this hobby. At the end of the day these are fucking watches and at the end of this day this fucking watch is nothing but passion filled quality. Quality that will handle the demands of your daily life, whether if you are out in the military field or if your daily missions are from behind the desk, this watch won’t fail you. If for some reason it does, SEL is there to stand behind their products 100%. Andrew has even gone so far to hand deliver a watch in person. I met with him in person before this review. He is what makes this inspiring, he is what makes it fun and that is often lost in this industry/community. Listening to Andrew enthusiastically talk about how even the smallest of detail is hand done by either himself (in fact he will screw down his crown and mark it to make sure that the engraved SEL will line up perfectly once it is in the fully closed position. A detail not even ROLEX does) or his small team was one of my favorite moments in my watch reviewing experience.

For the people who prefer automatic movements, SEL is coming out with one for you soon. I will be reviewing that piece as well.

I want to personally thank Andrew for hand delivering this watch to me and sitting for hours chatting about watches/his vision/work ethic/passion for delivering the best products possible. It was absolutely inspiring and motivating.

Thank you all so much for reading!

Watch Review: OWC Military Submersible

The MS-6538 case is 40.5mm case and is equipped with a 4.5mm thick sapphire while retaining a slim 12.9mm thickness. The crystal is treated with an AR coating for assisting with glare resistance.

The bezel and the 8mm crown both feature knurled edges. The Mil-Sub’s lugs are drilled and have a spacing of 20mm. The insert of the bezel is made of ceramic. Securing the bezel in place are four 1.0 mm screws.

This version of the Mil-Sub has a blue gradient dial with SuperLumiNova C3 coated applied indices and hands. Along with the new dial variant, this 6538 also features the OWC’s new version of the “snowflake” style hands. This version of the 6538 also has the new orange second hand.

The MS-6538 is the latest diving watch from the OWC (Orange Watch Company) in its ISO (In the Spirit Of) Series of watches. It takes its inspiration from the Rolex 6538 made famous in the early James Bond films with Sean Connery wearing this watch while saving the world from SPECTRE. This is OWC’s 8th iteration of the classic diver. OWC watches are incorporate some interesting technology which separates them from other “microbrands. Dan the man behind OWC, he remains quite busy always trying to refine his dive watches. He is like a mechanic, and ironically Dan has been quoted many times explaing his watches as “they are like a Porsche 911 – the same but different”

The DNA of the MS-6538 is obvious, as is the inspiration,  but the “devil” of this watch is in the details. Dan has gone through many changes in life and like life Dan has made many changes to his watches. Although these changes are hard to see, rest assure the detail is more than “skin deep”. The are quite a few 6538 models/clones out there, so why do we need another? What separates this one from the others? The MS-6538 is an inspirational piece with so many departures from just the inspirational. If you want a 6538 clone, this is not the watch for you.

The MS-6538 case is 40.5mm case and has no crown guard. The 4.5mm thick sapphire which is quite impressive given that the watch is only 12.9mm. This is where OWC uses pure engineering. The case can be defined as a “Fluid-Tight” case or a Super Compressor case. The MS-65-38 is among very few watches that use this revolutionary technique. To explain this in simple terms, the crystal and the case back are free to move. As pressure increases the crystal and back are forced together and the watch becomes more water resistant. This is not a new, with the idea patented by E. Piquerez S.A (ESPA) back in the 1950’s.

*Please note that many companies try to deceive with the “supposed compressor style case” that the watch actually has the compressor technology inside. Don’t be fooled by this blatant bullshit.*

The larger 8.0mm crown is an ideal size for function and appearance. The size and the knurled edges assist the wearer with the function aspect. The screw down crown operates with smooth threading without that “grit and grab” feel that is often found on other watches in this price range and above. The pendant (crown tube) is screwed (not pressed) into the case. There are added internal splines inside adding to the technical side of the 6538. The watch is tested to 30ATM (300m) of water resistance. The crown gaskets are specially sized and produced specifically for the MS-6538.

OWC has been using ceramic inserts for some time. Ceramic inserts are very scratch resistant, and they also tend to maintain their clean appearance for much longer than aluminum inserts. The bezel have no extra play during function of rotation. The 4 tiny screws on the side of the bezel aides in the cleaning process by allowing easy access of removing the bezel. Dan recommends having it done professionally because the l.0mm screws can be easily lost due to the delicate size.

Dan has taken the best that exists and had made it better which is demonstrated by the massive 4.5mm sapphire crystal with anti-reflective (AR) coating. The crystal sits on an O-ring and is secured with a crystal retaining ring (a la Omega Ploprof from the 1970’s). Improving upon just basic AR coatings, the 6538 AR coating are done in a multilayer process and include an extra hardening step, which not only increases the durability but also increases the clarity for superb visibility.

The craftsmanship continues inside the case of the 6538 as evidenced by the fact there is no movement ring inside the watch. Movement rings can move or distort over time. The inside of the 6538 is milled to the exact dimensions of the movement. The movement is then installed from the top and secured from the bottom. Normal servicing can be done by simply taking off the 6 case-back Torx screws. No other milsub does this!

The dial is now available in this blue no date version. The compulsory “snowflake” hour hand is present partnered with a and a very long stylish minute hand, which reaches out to the rehaut. I actually prefer the orange color of the second hand vs the red second hand found on other versions of the 6538. As many of you know from personal experience, superLumiNova C3 provides flashlight level luminescence. Like most of OWC watches, the text on the dial is minimalistic. The minute track has been moved from the dial itself to the rehaut (sight ring) which aides in making the dial super clean/legible.

The MS-6538’s bracelet is 20mm. The sure heft of the 4.0mm thick links adds a rugged feel. The links are 33% thicker than most bracelets on the market. The bracelet does not taper and has a butterfly deployant clasp. Dan explains this choice “some may find this strange, but being a pragmatist, most diving watches rarely see the bottom of a sink, this is more than adequate and makes it a perfect partner with cuffs and a suit.”  I have personally taken almost every type of clasp out their diving and I have never have an issue with any type, including butterfly style. Each link can be removed (torx screws again) and there are also 2 ½ links that makes sizing the bracelet for even the most elegant wrists a breeze. The bracelet is attached to the watch with solid screw bars, not spring bars. These are strong and while some MilSubs have fixed bars, the Screw Bar offers the strength of the fixed with easy attachment and removal. This is a detail that I rarely see and I completely appreciate. Something else that I initially didn’t appreciate at first, but as the years go on I completely appreciate, are drilled lugs. This little detail makes bracelet and strap changes so much easier and less likely to scratch up the lugs.

As I have discovered, Dan from OWC has OCD and is more than happy to be honest about his condition. He is a little too black and white, his focus is far more on engineering than it is on aesthetics. He has written extensively on the benefits of Torx vs Philips vs Hex heads. He uses Torx screws throughout this watch including the minimalistic case back.

One very small point that most will not see, is the changed solid end links. The solid end link is now longer and it follows the lug right to the end. I have never see this on any other watch. This means the first middle link is longer and the bracelet hugs the wrist better. OWC sources the parts from different manufacturers in different counties and they all arrive in Orange for inspection. If the part (including movement) is not up to par it is thrown away and the search continues until it is found to meet OWC’s standards. Each watch is assembled and tested individually. Every OWC watch is individually made to order which gives a special and individualistic feel to your timepiece. OWC is very transparent in their sources, they source from China, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, Switzerland. Currently trailing leather bands from Vietnam, using OWC’s own leather. But these are not quite up to OWC’s standards yet, but I am very excited to see them once they meet OWC’s high standards.

OWC uses 2 physical identically sized movements that are worlds apart. The entry level movement is a 2892-A2 clone – not the cheaper and less refined 2824-2 or the popular choice amongst micro-brands, the Miyota 9015. OWC’s movements are made by Seagull, China’s premium  watch manufacturer. They are far more expensive than the 2824-2, the 9015 and the 6R15 and offer better performance. If movements choices were a tree, then the Soprod A-10 (now called the M100) Swiss made automatic movement would be towards the top of that tree. Currently only a handful of high end makers such as Sarpaneva use this movement. It is based on a Seiko 4L25 (unconfirmed by Soprod), but as Dan says, “it is the closest one can get to a Grand Seiko without actually buying one.”

Some might think that the MS-6538s price is on the high side. While it is on the high side when it compares to micro-brand watches on the market, but if you look at the engineering and overall design, the MS-6538 punches far above its weight. This watch that has clever engineering, great execution and understatement.

I want to thank Dan & OWC and Thank you all for reading.

Watch Review: DUZU F-X5 Pilot

The Specs.

The F-X5 specification is as follows:

CASE MATERIAL

Titanium alloy with brushed finish

CASE DIAMETER

42mm (excluding crown) CASE LENGTH: 51.5mm

CASE HEIGHT

12.5mm (case), 14.5mm (including crystal + lugs)

LUG WIDTH

22mm

CROWN DIAMETER

8mm screwed down custom crown with lume 

CRYSTAL

Single domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating

DIAL

Custom dial with lumed markers and numbers

CASEBACK

Custom titanium alloy caseback with deep etched logo and watch specification

LUME

Superluminova lume to markers, hour/min.hands and dial. Available in BGW-9, C3 and Dark Orange

WATER RESISTANCE

100m / 300 feet

MOVEMENT

Japan made automatic Miyota 9122, 26 jewels

STRAP

Cordura with leather internal lining and custom titanium buckle

The F-X5 is the sophomore release for Australian brand Duzu which is headed by the passionate Wayne McCay. Wayne was nice enough to send me the F-X5 prototype so that I can take it for a spin, actually for a flight. Just like Wayne’s dive watch, the F-X5 definitely impressed me. The solid piece of titanium that makes up 75% of the case is executed with precision. I love the simplicity of this case and it’s no unnecessary added bullshit attitude. The only area that didn’t impress me on the case is the button pusher that changes the month sub dial. I would have preferred a subset button that required a special tool to change the month. This would have added even more of a clean/simplistic look to the case. Making this change would also allow for a larger crown thus making it that much easier to grip and operate.

The dial is a modern take on the classic pilot watch dial and it absolutely works brilliantly. This dial is extremely legible with the white accents that are set against the matte black dial. The contrast makes the dial the extremely easy to read even with the quickest of glances. The large, semi skeletonized hands are my personal favorite detail on the F-X5 dial.(the 12,6 are a close second) The utilitarian hands are my ideal width and length and by this I mean that the width of the hands don’t allow the hands to get lost amongst the dial and by length the hands reach to the hour, minute, and seconds markers.

Despite the amount of detail on this dial, it is still simplistic. The two sub dials are dedicated to the date, the dial at the 3 o’clock position is for the month, the dial at the 9 o’clock position is for the 7 days of the week and then the small circular date window is located between the 4/5 o’clock position. The added detail of the date dials being subset lower that the dial itself adds a nice amount of depth to the F-X5 dial without that overcrowding too busy feel. Duzu kept consistency on the dial as evidenced by the Duzu logo also being subset. These little details actually become much larger details overall because it shows commitment to delivering a product that even the smallest of details were intentionally thought out/executed.

Speaking of details, the caseback is packed full of cool details, details about the watch itself and details through art. As you can see by the pictures, it has that badass military look/feel to it which is consistent to the entire watch itself. Even the strap itself retains that consistent level of badassery. The tough cordura is double stitched with matching blue-gray stitching which is attached to a closely matching blue-gray leather lining. The strap has a titanium pin style buckle which is signed with the Duzu logo.

The F-X5 is a stunning beauty which is made with quality and more importantly attention to detail. When Wayne told me of his plans to create a pilot watch as a follow up to his diver, I have to be honest I wasn’t very excited. When he sent me the renderings, then my excitement began to take root. I was filled with more excitement when I saw the prototype pictures and then the more important step happened. I received the prototype and my excitement was confirmed. Everything functions with absolute precision and it looks damn good while it functions.

The watch wears extremely comfortably on the wrist thanks to the lightness of titanium and because of the case size itself. The F-X5 is an excellent example of where size doesn’t matter. I personally prefer that 45mm-47mm case size but when a watch is extremely well designed I don’t pay attention to the size of a case. It becomes about the watch itself and it’s design details coming together in consistent harmony! This watch is exactly that, a watch that makes you forget what case size you prefer and what style of watch you prefer. Hell of a deal especially if you get in on the $329 super early bird.

I will be doing a follow up review to this when I have a chance to experience an actual production piece. Thanks Wayne for this honor and opportunity for allowing me to spend time with the F-X5 prototype.

Thank you all for reading!

Watch Review: Zoid MYSTERY

“Zoid Mystery, an avantegard collection that tells time in a unique way” Zoid Website. Unique is definitely a perfect way to describe this watch. I first saw this style of many years ago and I never took the time to really look deeper into it………Fast forward to 2019 now I had the chance to explore this style of time telling dial closely with Zoid’s Mystery.

The modified automatic miyota movement is housed within a 46mm x 12mm stainless steel 316L case.

Winding, setting the time can be accessed via the push/pull stainless crown that is decorated with an etched Zoid logo.

The Zoid Mystery caseback is done in the exhibition style allowing a look at the modified miyota movement.

Strapping the Mystery onto the wrist is done via a quick release style calf leather strap which features a stainless buckle with an etched Zoid logo.

The matte black dial is bordered by a fixed bezel and can be viewed through a sapphire crystal.

Telling time on the Mystery is done via one oversized minute hand that is attached to the hour wheel. The printed hour numerals are coated with superluminova as it the oversized arrow shaped minute hand.

I definitely enjoy the unique style of the Zoid Mystery, both in the unique time telling and in the unique design of the case & dial. As unconventional as the dial may appear, it is extremely easy to understand/read what time it is. The large arrow shaped minute hand functions just as any minute hand does, rotating clockwise 360 degrees around the dial in 60 minutes. The minute hand is semi skeletonized, allowing the obvious view of the dial underneath it and also acting as a frame for the hour to be viewed for time telling purposes. In other words, the printed numeral on the hour wheel that is in the frame, is the hour of what time it is. As the oversized minute hand makes it’s journey around the dial, the hour wheel is rotating slowly until eventually the next hour comes into “frame”.

I really like how the dial is designed to look like a bunch of individual industrial plates that are riveted in place, giving the dial depth. Also giving this dial even further depth is the open heart and the exposed small circular gear. I’m not a huge fan of open hearts on a dial, but it works well on this dial and occasionally it’s covered up by the hour wheel. You get the best of both worlds in my opinion.

The Zoid Mystery was produced in very limited numbers, only 18 of each color variation were produced giving you not only a unique piece but also a “rare” piece. (As my kids refer to getting mystery pack characters, “did I get the rare one?”)

The Zoid Mystery is well executed in terms of design and quality. Is it perfect? No, but a few changes can make it closer to perfect. I don’t like the leather strap at all. It’s thin, and it feels cheap to me. I think that the crown should have been done as a screw down style. I don’t care about the argument of does a screw down crown really offer more protection, but I care that a screw down crown feels more durable. I understand Zoid’s decision to make the fixed bezel polished(catches the light) but I personally think that it would have looked better as a brushed matte finish.

Zoid absolutely nailed this dial, I love every detail on this dial. The consistency of the using the electric blue as accentuating detail on the hands, numerals, minute markers and the arrow/circle. The blue looks absolutely stunning against the matte black dial.

I believe that this style of dial/hands layout is going to be the next thing for a while. Azimuth did it many years ago and as awesome as their watch was, it was a little ahead of its time. I think Zoid’s Mystery will be the first of others to come.

https://zoidhours.com/collections/mystery/products/mystery-blue

$888.00 USD Zoid Mystery

Thanks so much to Alex and Zoid for this opportunity.

A huge thanks as always for reading my review!