Today we are going to take a look at a great micro brand that I have had much experience with over the past year or so. The brand Phoibos produces many dive watches and they do it pretty well for an outstanding pricepoint going from what I have seen and experienced so far with the brand. While many micro brands are charging double the price for the same quality and movement, Phoibos pricepoint is substantially lower and even offers better quality in many of their models. The watch being reviewed today is the all new “Wavemaster” watch that was released a week ago. Let’s dive into it!
The 42MM case on this watch in housed in completely 316L stainless steel and features brushed and polished surfaces. The case thickness on the Wavemaster is 14MM thick which some may see as a bit of a thicker watch but I do enjoy that thicker case as I can really feel the watch on my wrist. The lug to lug distance is proportioned very nicely at 48.4MM and really makes the watch fit more like a 40 or 41MM watch. The crown is located at the 3 position and does not have any crown guards. The sides of the case are done in a very fine high polish which really came out great and that is one thing that stood out to me immediately upon examining this watch. The lugs are not too big and curve downwards with brushing on the top. Overall it is a very proportionate case and kudos to Phoibos for that.
Housed in this 42MM steel case lies the reliable and trusty Seiko NH35 automatic movement. This movement is used widely in the watch industry for many reasons. First, it is super reliable, robust, and keeps fairly good time. This movement has 24 jewels, a 40-42 hour power reserve, hacking seconds, and the ability to hand wind the watch if you want. There is really nothing bad to say about this movement as I have had it in about 60 other watches I have reviewed over the past year and I never once had a problem with one. In terms of accuracy for this exact model I am gaining around 5-6 seconds a day which is really good. Let me remind you that COSC certified chronometers run about 5 seconds fast a day.
The black dial contains a beautiful wave pattern hence the name “Wavemaster” and really adds a touch of visual excitement to the user. You might have seen this iconic wave design on a watch such as the Omega Seamaster “James Bond” dive watch. The dial also has applied round luminous markers filled with SuperLuminova which is quite good for reading the time at night ( See Pics Below ). The long rectangle shaped hands with small pointers at the end definitely play along with the playful theme of this 300M diver from Phoibos. Another nice edition is the date at 6 O clock which really helps keep things symmetrical as the new Phoibos octopus logo is placed under the 12 position. The seconds hand is orange and has a circular lumed pip on the counter balance , which is different from lets say a Rolex Submariner where that would be flipped around. The chapter ring gives this dial some depth and features 0-60 printed very neatly and legibile in a red color. Overall its a very no nonsense easy to read watch with a very clear date cutout at 6 o clock which does not seem cluttered at all. The crystal featured on this watch is a Genuine Sapphire crystal with a layer of Anti-Reflective coating for easy legibility in high light conditions.
The bracelet is a new addition to Phoibos lineup of dive watches. They added a new style 22MM non-tapering Engineer brushed bracelet which features screw links, solid construction, solid end links, and excellent fluidity on the wrist. We do get a flip open 2 button milled clasp featuring 3 micro adjustments and solid closure. Once again, at $229 for this exact model a Milled clasp is an excellent feature and you will not see this with many other watch brands.
The caseback on the WaveMaster is screwed down for that 300M of water resistance we do get and is printed on the front of the dial in white as well. A large octopus which is brushed surrounded by a matte finish, and then brushed on the outer portion where the notches are to unscrew the caseback. The Octopus features some detail such as a crown and three stars. We also do get to see some specifications printed such as “Sapphire Crystal” , “Phoibos Automatic”, “Water Resistant 300M”. Overall its a nice design and I really love the crown on the head with the three stars.
The 120 click uni-directional rotating bezel does have BGW9 lume which is a different color than the hands ( see video ). A huge plus in my book is the beautiful
black ceramic insert. While testing the bezel action in and of the water I have found zero backplay and no alignment issues. The bezel action is quite good and I do not have any problems with it!
While in the market for an affordable automatic diving watch there can be many obstacles. One being some brands simply charge more than others with the same set of specifications and even lesser quality
build. Heres what Phoibos does and has been doing very well, they provide excellent quality build, bezel action, quality control, fit and finish, and they do this all for under $300 USD! It is very hard to find a watch with this set of specifications for $229 USD. If you are in the market for a new tough and robust diver that will last you
many years without problems and is super affordable at the same time, check this watch out.
Find other Phoibos Models on Amazon Below
REF.: PY010BDial: Blue
Caliber No.: SII NH35A
Case:316L Stainless steel 42mmX 48.5mm
Band:316L Stainless steel 22mm width engineer bracelet
Clasp:Three-fold clasp with push button release
Glass:Sapphire crystal with anti reflective under coating
Case size: Diameter 42.0mm Thickness 14.0mm
Bezel:120-click unidirectional ceramic bezel
Lume:Super-LumiNova Dark Blue and BGW9 on hands, indices, and bezel marking
Warranty: 2 year
European Customer please turn to http://phoiboswatcheurope.com/