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6/29/2018 0 Comments
CountyComm sells Maratac products and watches through their webshop at a very reasonable price of $299 so I figured I’d take a look at one. The watch seems of very good quality and is actually assembled by the owner himself before being shipped out. This is brilliant because you will not have to worry about any quality control problems other smaller brands see as their assembly is done in Asia for the most part, or shipped directly from the factory in Asia to the direct consumer.
The watch comes in a Taco shaped zip open case with the watch enclosed and some slots for extras on the outside for straps, or tools. I am not a huge presentation box fan and am fine with this.
The nice standard 40MM diameter case size really sits on my wrist nicely and also feels secure at the same time. At a time when watch brands are generally producing smaller watches Maratac goes with the flow. This case is completely brushed in 316L stainless steel and features drilled lugholes which makes it a pleasure to swap out straps. Looking at the thickness through my calipers we get 14.3MM measurement which is doable but not super thin. This is a tough and durable watch once you feel it in hand and it was certainly designed that way. The water resistance rating provided is 10 Atmospheres or 100M so although falling more into the category of a dress diver or tool watch, it is still capable of going in the water with you. The X1 features a screw down crown which pops out and screws in very securely and there is no wobble. The caseback is also screwed down and marked with their famous Triton logo for some visual excitement.
The rather typical tool dive-like dial is proportioned with perfection with the absence of a date window. There are double markers located at 12-3-6-9 for legibility snd smaller markers in between with lumed dots towards the center portion of the dial. The nice Orange tipped seconds hand matches the Maratac logo printed on beneath the 12:00 position as well as “WR 10ATM” above the 6:00. The very fine minute markings certainly give this watch somewhat of a militaristic look which is a nice blend when combined with a typical diver. Now, the 120 Click unidirectional Ceramic bezel certainly plays a role on the X1, allowing for more of a formal dive watch with the very high sheen polished black ceramic. Getting to the actual bezel action it is really super tool like and precise with zero backplay, allowing for a perfect alignment to the 12:00. Lume is applied on the bezel as well as all of the markers/hands/Pips. The lume is triple applied X1 High grade C3 superluminova which glows green and is certainly strong and will last the night next to you in your bed.
At this pricepoint of below $300 USD , we get a tough, trusted and reliable Seiko 3 hertz NH35 24 jewel automatic movement. The great thing about the NH35 is that we get hand winding and a hacking feature for precise timeset. These movemenys generally keep great time with this model gaining around 4 seconds a day, so no complaints there.
One Piece Maratac Zulu Strap
The 20MM strap supplied is definitely one of a high quality Nylon. What I do like is that this is a one piece strap instead of the standard Nato strap which would make the watch wear too bulky on the wrist. I also do like the nice black buckle with their branding. There is one stationary keeper which is tough and allows you to fold the excess of the strap under it. I wasn’t so sure about this strap as I have seen a lot of low quality ones from other companies but once in hand I realized it is one of the higher quality ones. Then again, it has to be tough to hold a 84 gram case to the wrist.
The X1 by Maratac CountyComm has certainly been a positive purchase. The watch is tough, classy, robust, and tool like at the same time. For $299 I believe they are offering a lot for the money when we look at components such as a ceramic bezel, beautiful Zulu strap, fine brushed case, immaculate bezel action, and so on. I can and will reccomend this watch to my viewers if your on the hunt for a diver in this price range. I have also left a link below to their page where they dont just sell watches, but hundreds of other interesting items as well.