Packaging - Leatherette Travel Case
Case and Dial
The all new Pantor Nautilus is housed in a 316L stainless steel case with a mix of brushed tops and highly mirror polished sides, which came out very good and fine. The strokes are smooth and contour into eachother nicely. In terms of measurements we get a rather large 45MM case with a thickness of about 13MM. Although the diameter would suggest this watch to wear large it actually does not due to the round turtle like case shape, which was a relief. The 120 Click bezel features minimal backplay and seems to line up to the 12:00 position just fine. The actual insert is Aluminum insteas of the ceramic inserts we commonly see on most watches today, but I cannot complain for the price they are asking. The clicks are assuring and very tool like, with good grip and deep grooves for easy rotation at any given angle. Now getting to the matte black dial which features a standard dive watch layout with generous ammounts of Swiss C3 SuperLuminova, it is rather boring - but gets the job done. A new feature is the date wheel placed between the 4-5 position which stays out of the way and helps us read the time and use the bezel countdown timer without any distraction. The hands are lume filled and sword shaped, which I have no problem with as they fit the overall style of the timepiece well. In case you were wondering this watch is 200M water resistant ( Ok for diving, swimming, water sports ) and equipped with a robust screw down signed crown and caseback.
Seiko NH35 Automatic Movement
40 Hour Power Reserve
+6 Seconds per day on my example
The 24MM silicone Panerai Style strap is comfortable, flexible, and not all that bad. It does taper down to 22MM and features a signed brushed steel buckle. Now one thing I did not really like is the large buckle. I feel they could of used a different buckle that does not bulge out so much on the sides of your wrist.
Furthermore, for $199.99 shipped I honestly do not regret my purchase of this timepiece at all. If you look at mainstream
brands such as Seiko with the Turtle line and compare the two...You actually get way more for your money with this watch including a better Bezel action, Sapphire Crystal, nicer packaging, and it is $100 cheaper. I can definitely reccommend this watch to my readers and have left a link on Amazon at the beginning of this article where you can purchase one from the same
place I did. Thanks for reading my fellow addicts!
New Style Travel Zip Up Case
The all new Eagle Ray is housed in a 41MM 316L stainless steel brushed case with a chamfered polished line running up and down the case. It is also relatively true to size and does wear like a 41MM watch in my eyes with a wingspan distance of a very modest 47MM. In terms of thickness we are looking at 13MM, while the 20MM lug width stays quite normal and works well as most 40-41MM cases are equipped with 20MM lugs to keep things in ratio to the case. The brushed finish is rather smooth and certainly the best I have seen so far from any of the Phoibos watches. A new element we have yet to see is the pog shaped 120 click unidrectional bezel with a black lumed BGW9 ceramic insert. These new design elements are surprising and shows Phoibos innovation to produce even higher quality unique timepieces at an affordable price, this model well under $500 at $359 USD. I did note the bezel action is super tough and robust with zero backplay nor alignment issues on my example. Heading over to the medium sized crown, I found great grip with zero wobble or issues. The crown is signed and done in a matte finish with a new starfish logo it appears to be. In case you were wondering, yes this is a true dive watch with 300M of water resistance and screwed down crown and caseback. There should be no issues if you wanted to pop this one over the wetsuit and jump in the ocean as it seems very well built.