The all new Nautilus II which is a rather bold deep diving watch contains all of the goodies you would expect and more at a pricepoint below $300 USD. The solid 44MM steel case is satined and then finely brushed with polished chamfered lugs, with a thickness of 14.5MM. The watch definitely wears larger than its predecessor but it is also water resistant to 600 Meters which makes this a true divers’ dive watch. The crown itself is nicely signed with branding while the caseback is screwed down as well. Overall, I found the case finishing to be quite impressive from a smaller brand at this pricepoint.
The dial itself almost reminds me of a Mother of Pearl mixed with white colour. It does match the orange and navy blue bezel accents quite well in my opinion. The large and definitely legible applied markers are filled with superluminova as is the bezel for some strong lume during your darkest hours. An interesting feature is the paddle style handset, where the minute hand certainly over powers the rather small hour hand. So, the bezel is 120 clicks with a rather sturdy and firm rotation, but it feels solid and I have had no issues using it. As you would expect, a double domed thick AR coated sapphire crystal lays over the white dial as well.
The trusty and reliable seiko NH35 sits inside the Nautilus, giving us 24 jewels with a 40 hour power reserve. These movements are quite tough, robust, and can last some years without any issues. They are also very accurate and mine is running at around plus 7 seconds a day consistently.
The bracelet is 24MM and features a solid brushed construction. A nice feature is the use of screw in links and a solid scissor milled clasp. It is a rather simple oyster style bracelet with branding and solid end links to top it off. It definitely gets the job done and fits the overall persona of the Nautilus.
Furthermore, the Nautilus is definitely your standard good looking everyday dive watch. It has a reliable movement with great casework and finishing - a very useable bracelet - and all the goodies I myself would expect at this pricepoint of $299.99 such as Sapphire, NH35, strong lume, and a solid hefty feel. I can definitely say Aquatico has yet to dissapoint me
with the past three models I have reviewed of theirs. Not once yet, have I experienced a quality control issue or a faulty movement. I can definitely reccommend this one to my audience and feel it can be a good addition to anyones collection. Thanks for reading!