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The phoibos eagle ray gmt is housed in a solid 316L steel brushed case with a diameter of 41MM and a case thickness of 10.5MM. The wingspan measures up at 47MM lug to lug and the case features 20MM lug widths. The compressor styled diver features the obvious two screw down crowns for 300M of true water resistance making this a very capable dive watch if needed to be. I do really like how the watch fits on my 6.5" wrist with its thin and slender profile which cam easily be dressed up or dressed down depending on strap options. Overall, there are no errors in finishing nor sharp edges and I really do like the slim design. The caseback features all your timezone information you will need to set another timezone on the front of the watch which really makes it a breeze if your iPhone is dead and you cannot do a quick google search..
The Dial on the Phoibos GMT is rather interesting as it fades from blue to black on the outer portion. I do like the bold applied lumed markers and the chrome outlines which make it pop a little. The hands are generally the same as the previous eagle ray which were rectangular with small needle points towards the end. Our GMT hand is bright and orange for increased legibility when you want to get a quick glance at your second time zone. The neatest part is actually the whole jnner rotating gmt bezel is fully lumed as well as the markers and hands with blue BGW9 lume which is quite potent, and lasts some time. The crystal is a domed sapphire crystal with anti reflective coating and is definitely legible at most angles in high light conditions. There are many different dial variations in terms of color, however the blue/black seems to be my favorite of the batch.
The movement utilized is actually a swiss made quartz 515 gmt caliber. These movements are certainly more reliable and accurate than an automatic gmt caliber by any means. It is nice sometimes to not have to worry if your watch is running a few days after taking it off and if the time is precise. However, I can see that some fans would of loved to see an automatic version of the eagle ray gmt- But do keep in mind the price would have been almost triple of this ( $500-$600 ) due to the increased cost of an automatic ETA gmt movement..
Rubber Tropic Band
The standard tropic rubber band is 20MM and is definitely of decent quality for this $200 pricepoint ( $180 if you use the discount code ). It is definitely comfortable and ready to wear straight out of the box without any break-in period needed. The signed buckle matches the cases finish as well which is a nice little
detail. I also think this watch would look stellar on a nice canvas or Nato strap if your feeling adventurous..
Furthermore, I think at this price - it definitely is a good value watch considering all that we get here in terms of specification and build quality. It has the sapphire crystal, great lume, good finishing, a decent strap - and a very reliable swiss GMT movement. I think all in all this could be one of the best value for money Phoibos releases so far.
Today, we will take a look at an all new microbrand based in Washington created by two watch enthusiasts. The ITHYUS ABYSSI 300M dive watch is their debut model and it seems to be hitting hard when we speak of quality for money. The 41MM x 47MM x 13MM solid stainless steel brushed case is a well finished piece of work. It has beautiful transitions of polishing beside the 22MM lugs and is really some top shelf work for a smaller company. The diameter itself really feels a bit smaller on the wrist when compared to other watches I currently own such as the Rolex Submariner which sits at 40MM. The caseback and crown are screwed down and can withstand 300M of water resistance making this a true dive watch, and a very capable one. These watches are all assembled and pressure tested in the USA - allowing for minimal error and superb quality control on their end. A nice feature is the drilled lug holes for easy swapability between a rubber strap or the stock steel bracelet. I really wish more companies would do this as it makes things a lot easier and also I can avoid scratching the backside of my case. So yes, it feels and appears to be of very good quality in terms of construction and finishing for its' $635 price.
The Black glossy dial which is covered by a Swiss sapphire crystal containing inner anti-reflective coating is extremely legible in most lighting conditions. For example, It recently snowed here in NY and when the snow hits the sun things can be hard to see...but the Abyssi was 100% legible without any issues. The dial
and bezel contain a lot of Swiss C3 blue and green lume which is extremely potent and long lasting which was a big surprise for me. If you watched the video review on our YouTube channel - you know what I am talking about. Other than that it is a pretty straightforward dive styled dial with large legible markers and lumed sword hands with a red tipped sweeping seconds hand for a pop of excitement and color. Now, the bezel is actually steel with a Titanium lumed insert which is a nice contrast with the steel. The bead blasted finish definitely gives it a "Frosty" look which I do like, somewhat similiar to the Platinum Yachtmaster besels on Rolex models. Overall, I definitely do prefer the black dial variant over their other colors / it is just a personal preference of mine.
Powering this rugged diver is the swiss made automatic caliber SW-200-1. It is essentially a ETA 2824 but produced by Selitta. These movements are widely used across the board from brands such as ORIS and even IWC/HUBLOT. A nice thing is that they do have the in house capability to regulate the movement in six positions for their customers allowing for a very precise and accurate timepiece. My example is running around 3 seconds fast a day which is well within COSC specification..
Power Reserve : 38 Hours
Jewels : 24
Beat Rate : 4HZ
Getting to this 22MM solid steel bracelet - for the most part it is very comfortable on the wrist considering it does have articulating curved links. The finish work is good and the solid end links match up to the case without any gaps. They are using the Pin and Collar system which is quite different but not really out of the norm. This collar and pin mechanism is actually much more secure than a standard screw or pin system which feels comforting. The clasp is milled and contains a small buckle which folds over and is signed with the I logo as the crown/caseback is. Im happy with the overall fit and feel on my 6.5" wrist and I only had to remove 5 links in total.
Furthermore, I believe the ITBYUS ABYSSI does add value to the microbrand world of watches. It really hits all the boxes in terms of fit, finish, movement, and specification for the ammount asked. Also, as a buyer we get the assurance of knowing our watch was tested to spec and even further beyond that. I think if your in the market for a well built everyday dive/work watch you really can't go wrong with the Abyssi.