7/11/2018 0 Comments
Phoibos is known for producing very high quality watches , for the most part dive watches under $300 with some exceptional components and specifications that really no other brand can match in the microbrand world. Ethan and Emily at Phoibos recently switched to a new factory in Hong Kong where most of the “elite” microbrands are produced to step up the overall quality. Today, we are taking a look at the all new PY007 diver from the new batch. Let’s dive into it!
The 40MM case on this diver is comprised of 316L solid stainless steel with polished and brushed surfaces. The top of the case and lugs are finely brushed while the sides of the case including the crown is done in a high mirror polish. The flanks of the bracelet are highly polished as well. In terms of thickness we are looking at 13MM while the width or “Lug to Lug” comes in at a surprisingly pleasant 47MM, allowing for a true 40MM fit on the wrist. As expected with a true tool dive watch, the case features a screw down crown, screw in caseback, and has a water resistance rating of 300M.
You may have noticed the removal of the cyclops on the newer model, as well as the lumed bezel, and richer blue color on this Mark 2 version. The Blue Sunburst dial on this model is really superb to look at as well. and it even gets better in true natural sunlight. Bold applied markers surround the dial which have a polished chrome lip, and are filled with BGW9 lume which glows blue at night. We do get the classic mercedes hour hand which is a nod to Rolex, and a swordlike minutes hand as well. Both of these hands and the pip on the sweeping seconds hand are lumed also with the same BGW9 lume. The newer Phoibos logo with the large Octopus is printed at 12:00 very neatly and at 6:00 states some specifications. Heading over to 3:00 the date window has that same chrome border and features a white background with black
numerals. On top of all this blueness sits a genuine Sapphire Crystal with AR coating on the underside. The Bezel is 120 clicks and features a lumed ceramic insert utilizing that awesome BGW9 glow. It is very precise and a bit tough, but hits each minute marking exactly where it should, allowing for no alignment issues.
How is it that Phoibos is one of the only microbrands to use a high beat 4 hertz Miyota 9015 movement for under $300? The answer is “Who Knows”, but it certainly
is one hell of a deal. I have seen similiar watches from other companies charging upwards of $500+ for watches made in the same factory as Phoibos using this exact movement. Anyway, it is a high beat automatic self winding movement with 24 jewels, a 40 hour power reserve, and my model gains around 2.5 seconds a day. I really do like this movement and due to the thick caseback you cannot really hear that rotor spinning viciously.
Our typical Oyster bracelet is utilized on this submariner homage and uses the pin system to remove links. The brushing is rather quite good and resembles watches of much higher pricepoints. On the buckle we get some branding and a milled clasp underneath as well. A nice thing to point out is the solid end links, especially at this pricepoint. This bracelet seems much nicer than their previous iterations of this model.
The new edition from their new Hong Kong factory certainly has some