Today we will take a peek at the Richard LeGrand Odyssey MK II. This watch is essentially the same exact watch as the first iteration besides the addition of a date. The solid brushed and slight polished case stands at 12MM tall by 39MM in diameter. It features 200M of true water resistance with a screw down crown and caseback for water proofness. The dimensions wear well on my 6.5” wrist with a lug to lug distance of 48MM. It most definitely fits in the category of “Dressy Divers” , rather than a standard tool watch diver.
The deep navy blue ceramic sunburst dial plays with the light well, and really looks great outdoors in direct sunlight. We do get that “Blancpain” style layout with the large 12-6-9, which I think fits in fine with the style of this timepiece. The addition of the date at 3:00 definitely helps create some symmetry with the 9 numeral which is always a good thing for us picky watch enthusiasts. BGW9 blue lume is painted on the numerals and markers, including the 120 click rotating sapphire lumed bezel. Its quite extraordinary that a company can incorporate these luxury elements into such an affordable $300 watch.
Seik.....Yes this watch does use the NH36 automatic movement which is quite popular in affordable divers these days. It features hand winding, hacking, 40 hours of power, and a relatively smooth sweep at 3 HZ. I do not see an issue with this movement as it is reliable, and can work for years with little attention. However, It would be nice to see RLG offer a premium Odyssey with a Swiss movement such as an ETA or Selitta. I think us folks would enjoy that and I myself would pay a premium for it.
The bracelet is certainly a strongpoint with its solid end links, slici fluidity, and comfort. It does use the standard pushpins for link removal but I do not see that as a dealbreaker for me. In addition to the bracelet they have also included a seatbelt style black NATO strap which pairs nicely if you wish to swap the bracelet out on a hot summer day. The buckle itself is secure and milled with a scissor style clasp which is polished.
Furthermore, the Odyssey has always been a favorite of microbrand collectors and watch enthusiasts since the very first release of its original model a year ago. I do like the addition of a date without the “Rogue” date wheel sitting inside the movement. It is also a very versatile watch considering it has somewhat of a dressy appeal while still containing the DNA of a robust dive watch. At this pricepoint, it will be hard to find another watch with the same build, bracelet, and overall appealing looks the MK II has to offer.
The main component of a mechanical movement is the mainspring, a spring that gradually unwinds and transmits energy. A mechanical watch will keep accurate time despite requiring winding up if it's manual. ... Inside an automatic watch sits a small weighted rotor that has to oscillate in order to wind the mainspring.