The all new Phoibos Sentinel is housed in a matte finished 316L 42MM diameter case with some very nice angles and cuts. In terms of the lug to lug width, a very nice 50MM fits nice across my 6.5” wrist which is nice to see as I was expecting a bit of a larger fit. Another nice feature is the screw down crown and caseback which gives us a 200M water resistance rating - suitable for recreational diving and swimming. One thing I did notice was the precise and smooth cuts which are visible in the photo above. Now...for the cool stuff...the crown is actually lumed with C3 SuperLuminova “Old Radium” which really stands out even in daylight. Heading to the caseback - the level and precise engraving of the Sentinel logo is really really good for a microbrand to be quite honest. It reminds me of engravings on entry level swiss watches to be quite sincere. Overall, it has a bit of Panerai design but not completely.
The grainy blue dial on my iteration is a very legible one, and one should have no issue reading the time at any angle on this timepiece. Also, the flat sapphire crystal with inner AR coating definitely helps as well. A large 12-3-6-9 which reminds me of the Panerai dials is a nice design cue and pays homage to that design. The hands are long, including the red tipped seconds hand for increased legibility and to match the ratio of the numerals. In terms of lume, old C3 SuperLuminova “Radium” is utilized and it glows extremely bright in a green color which lasts for some time.
The well known tough and robust Miyota 9015 is a great movement all around. This movement has been used in many microbrand watches as well as Citizen automatic timepieces. It contains 21 Jewels - Hand-Winding - Hacking and a very precise accuracy of +5 on my model. I love this movement all around and do feel it does compete with the Swiss ETA-2824 in a way, but more affordable.
The Sentinel comes equipped on a thick 22MM genuine leather brown band with white contrast stitching and a decent signed Phoibos matte finished buckle. It will need some break-in time out of the box, but the quality is okay for the $350 pricepoint this model sells for currently. An additional Zulu style Nato strap is also provided in the Phoibos box, which seems of good quality and will definitely come in handy when you want to take a dip in the water with yout sentinel.
So, for $350 the Sentinel definitely checks all the boxes when it comes to a lot of watch for your money. We get a great reliable high beat movement, Sapphire, excellent casework, a 2 year warranty, and some nice packaging with an extra strap. I really don’t think you can go wrong with this model , and the build quality is only getting better with Phoibos it seems. Please do watch the full video review via Watch Addiction Watch Reviews on YouTube for a more hands-on approach.