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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.