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This solid bronze CUSN8 brushed case is definitely durable and well proportioned. Some standard measurements include a nice 42MM diameter accompanied by a 12.5MM thickness. The actual lug to lug is rather comfortable at just under 50MM. A nice feature is the drilled lug holes for easy strap changing which can be a nuissance sometimes when using a spring bar tool or scratching the backside of your lugs. The actual case is water resistant to 300 Meters and is suitable for any water activity you can think of besides deep diving. In terms of build quality it certainly is quite impressive at this $300 pricepoint...
The dial itself obviously takes design from the ever so popular Tudor Black Bay, which is not a cheap watch. We get nice snowflake lumed hands accompanied by large and legible applied markers. I believe the lume is BGW9 and is not too bad, although not Seiko bright. Our bezel is 120 clicks and has some nice action, which is not too tight, but not so loose. I really do like the domed Sapphire crystal which sits a bit above the bezel and gives me some vintage vibes. Aquatico is using a steel caseback on this model with their standard logo which features a Mermaid.
At this pricepoint of $300, we can expect the well known Seiko NH35 automatic movement. It contains 24 jewels and features hand winding, hacking, and a 40 hour power reserve. These movements are also fairly accurate from my many encounters with them - averaging around +5-8 seconds a day.
Now - there are two straps which come with the new SeaStar. The black Millanese mesh band contains a self adjustment glide lock, as well as a signed buckle. The band is black IP plated because well, you cant just throw a steel band on a bronze watch...it would look out of place. The second strap is certainly
comfortable and quite supple on the wrist, requiring no break in period what so ever. It is leather of course and does feature a bronze signed buckle to match the case material.
Furthermore, at this price the new Seastar definitely offers a good value for your money. It is super hard to find a decent quality bronze watch at this pricepoint nowadays, and I am glad Aquatico is offering one for a relatively fair price. I think the fit, finish, material, and specifications match the pricepoint perfectly. Please do watch the hands on video review on Watch Addiction Watch Reviews on YouTube as well!