The Ergon Maelstrom diver features an all
CUSN8 solid bronze brushed case with an exact diameter of 40MM. In terms of lug width we are looking at 20MM and width is 12.5MM. This is honestly
a rational size for the modern dive watch. This is a true dive watch also which can dive to depths of 300 Meters and features a screw down crown and solid steel screw caseback. Some small details that catch my attention are the slightly polished chamfered lugs and the detailed Tornado logo which is raised on the caseback.
The grainy black dial reminds me of a vintage 60s diver with its large lumed markers and submariner style 120 click ceramic bezel ( lumed also ). I do like the fact that the handset is unique and does not copy...well a submariner! The logo below 12:00 is subtle and flows well with the dial design, also keeping symmetry. Above all this lays a domed Sapphire with AR coating and a matching date window above 6:00.
This is where the real value comes into play with the Maelstrom. Beating away inside is a Swiss Made automatic Selitta SW-200-1 movement. This movement contains 26 jewels, 38 hours of power reserve, and beats away at 28.8K. It is a true workhorse swiss movement and keeps great time at around +6-7 seconds a day.
A nice 20MM tropic style rubber band is included with this model and the quality is decent, around the same Quality that most of the Zelos Mako watch straps come equippee on. However, a higher quality waxed Horween leather quick release strap is also included in the roll. It is definitely a very good quality and quite supple on wrist. However, I usually like to get my watches wet so I think I will be sticking with the tropic strap which plays along well with the vintage aesthetic here.
Furthermore, after doing some research I have yet to find a better value bronze automatic dive watch on the market. It definitely checks all my boxes which include Sapphire, Swiss automatic movement, decent quality bands, and a delightful watch roll which I will get a lot of use from when traveling or on the go. Thanks
for taking the time to read and please do watch the full video review on YouTube linked above.
This Seiko 5 is definitely a larger watch, but not
so large it can’t be worn by a man with an average 6.5”
wrist like myself. The case is solid 316L stainless steel which featuring a smooth sandblasted finish with a neat and precise cut at each corner. In terms of diameter we are looking at 44MM and 12MM in thickness. I do like the fact that this watch can be used in the water as it is rated to 100 Meters. By no means is this a true diving watch - but it will sure survive the pool or lake just fine. If we flip the watch over there is a pretty large exhibition window displaying the Seiko automatic caliber which powers this model. I can definitely say this watches feel and shape falls into the explorers or camping category.
This watch was certainly meant to be legible, and that ot is. The dial is covered by seikos’ proprietary hardlex crystal which is essentially a hardened mineral crystal and is supposed to be a bit more shatter proof than your standard mineral. The deep blue dial is spacious and contains large applied lumed markers with a day and date cutout at the 3:00 position in white with black numerals. Details such as the bold sword hands and red arrow tipped seconds hand provide great legibility at any given time. The best feature of this model
is the friction coin edged bi-directional bezel which can be used as a compass if your electronic device happens to run out of battery. It is quite simple to do this by pointing the hour hand towards the sun in a level position and rotating the “S” in between the hour and minute hand. Please keep in mind the sun has to be out and you must be in the Northern Hemisphere to use it this way. I have found the lume to be quite
good and evenly applied as most Seiko 5s are, but please do not expect “Lumibrite” status with this one.
Inside beats the Seiko In-House 4r36 automatic movement (NH36). This movement beats at 3 Hertz and features hand winding as well as a hacking function. It also includes the day and date which is framed in the window at 3:00. You can expect around +4-10 seconds a day with these movements and should honestly not have any issues for years to come.
Two Piece Canvas Strap
One thing that surprised me was the two piece 22MM straight blue canvas band that it came equipped with. Now, usually Seiko doesn’t offer the highest quality of straps and bands with their entry level models but this one is of decent quality. It is definitely wearable and not harsh on the skin nor stiff. The matching buckle is also very slim and basically conforms
to the shape of your wrist. Lastly, if you did not notice this piece features drilled lug holes, which makes it a breeze to swap straps out.
Furthermore, I am quite content with my purchase and have really found no quality control
issues nor huge complaints. I would maybe like to see the removal of the “5” logo , as it cheapens the watch a bit I have come to realize after owning a few Seiko 5 models. One other thing id change is the overall
size to around 42-43MM. Now, that is just my personal preference due to my own wrist dimensions,
so this won’t apply to all. For the money, I think you are getting a lot of watch and a decent quality one at that. There may be an issue sourcing one of these models as I believe they are discontinued, and prices may be a bit higher than they were a year ago..
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The solid 316L stainless steel case of the Wreck mimics a watch that would have been in a shipwreck and found many years later. It has a forced age process and looks quite fun. The actual diameter is 44MM while the thickness is 13.6MM. In terms of lug to lug distance we are looking at 50MM. These dimensions suggest quite a larger watch, but it really does not wear all that big due to its’ cuved profile. If we flip the watch over we get a nice glimpse into the inner workings of the Seiko NH35 automatic calibre powering this piece. This is a dive watch style, but rated at 100M with a screw down crown I would not call it a professional dive watch.
The scratched Green dial on this model contains applied markers and two numerals which are lumed with vintage style superluminova. The dial is certainly legible and easy to read at a glance thanks to the larger case diameter. The neatest part of the Wreck is the aged and weathered green aluminum bezel, which is 120 Clicks. The bezel action is pretty decent with absolute zero backplay and no alignment issues. Some other small details that caught my eye were the lollipop seconds hand with a pop of orange, matching text above 6:00.
The well known and trusted Seiko NH35A powers the wreck and is a great robust affordable caliber. It beats at 3 HZ, contains 24 Jewels, and features hand winding/hacking. This is pretty much the go-to movement for affordable watches as it performs much better in my opinion than the Miyota 8 series movements.
The typical water resistant treated genuine leather 22MM brown strap is equipped on this iteration and it feels right at home. The strap also features an aged buckle which matches the case just fine. There is no need to break these straps in as they come quite flexible and ready to wear.
Furthermore, if you are a fan of vintage watches and simply cannot afford one, or do not want to spend thousands on repairs - this could be a watch you can enjoy for what it is. The quality and value for money is definitely there at a pricepoint below $300 USD ( $250 ), and if you use the code WA20 you can save 20% when this watch is released at the end of March 2019.
The Charlie Paris Initial Calendar is comprised of 316L solid stainless steel, the industry standard. Its’ shape is somewhat bulbous and features long downward teardrop style lugs. In terms of finishing, we get a completely high polished case, which came out good for this pricepoint - without any noticeable blemishes or inconsistencies. The diameter comes in at a wonderful 40MM while width measures in at 13.5MM. The shape of the case makes it really pop on the wrist, for a rather classical, slightly bland dial drags behind. A nice feature is the sapphire exihibition caseback which features a glimpse into the automatic calibre empowering the watch.
The dial is a rather no nonsense calendar layout, featuring a slighly black sandblasted finish. It also features your Day of the week, Month, and Date in 3 different subdials. Being that these pieces are assembled in France , the sub dials are in French. A few details I enjoy is the large date cutout, which I found to be extremely legible on a dial that already contains much information...yet it does not seem cluttered. There are sharp polished applied indices which make time reading legible, as well as the sharp polished faceted dauphine style hour and minute hands. On top of all this lays a genuine Sapphire crystal, which one would honestly expect from a watch in the 5-600 dollar price range.
The Miyota Japanese 9122 automatic movement is used in this model, which I think was a good choice. They are reliable, very accurate, and even have slight striping decoration on the mainplate. You can expect around 40 hours of power reserve from this movement while
it beats at 28,800BPH and contains 26 jewels. If they were to use a Swiss automatic caliber, I believe the price would be almost double this...so wise move there.
A black soft and supple genuine leather band fitted with quick release pins was the choice for this model. However, they do have tons of options for different strap configurations on their web store. The black strap is definitely comfortable straight out of the box, and I honestly did not have to break it in at all. However, if you have a large wrist over 7.5” - I would reccommend an afrermarket strap as this will probably not accommodate your wrist. My wrist is 6.5” and I have around 3 holes left when fitted.
Furthermore, it is definitely a very traditional aesthetic they went for here, and I think it overall came out very good. I would put this watch more into the dress sector but that doesnt mean this would look out of place in casual clothing also. I love the fact that they are assembled in France - which I believe a lot more
companies located there should be doing as France has a long rich history of traditional watchmaking.
Watch Comes in Standard Black Wood Box
The solid 316L stainless steel cases measures in at 40MM wide and 49MM Lug to Lug. In terms of thickness we get a relatively comfortable 12.75MM. The case is definitely solid and even features drilled lug holes which is quite typical of the era of 50s-60s dive watch this pays tribute to. The finishing is definitely reminescent of a $500 diver, consisting of highly polished flanks with satin fine brushed lug tops. I like the fact that they rated this model at 200 Meters water resistance, allowing for shallow diving and any other water activity you can think of. The caseback is rather simple featuring a spiral brushed finish and basic specifications.
Now, the dial is where we really see the Red submariner and big crown submariners influence on this piece. From the domed box sapphire crystal down to the Caramel frosted lume plots - this watch has a vintage aesthetic a watch enthusiast will drool over. The lume is quite good too, being C3 SuperLuminova glowing green in color. The 120 Click UniDirectional bezel is firm, and tooly. It features absolutely zero backplay and everything lines up as it should. ( Take Note Seiko! ) The small details such as the red reference triangle at 12:00 and the larger Mercedes hour hand lets you know this is a vintage submariner homage.
Powering the Profundo is the well known Swiss Made ETA 2824-2 automatic calibre. However, the date wheel has been removed and there is no ghost click, but the second crown position remains. This movement beats at 28.8K and features a 38 hour power reserve along with 21 Jewels. My sample is fairly accurate, gaining around four to six seconds a day. These movements can really last a lifetime if serviced properly every few years and are even the go to movements for much higher end swiss brands.
Vintage Rivet Bracelet
Another delightful aspect is the vintage rivet style bracelet which is 20MM tapering down to 16MM at the clasp. It features double sided screws, which adds to the toughness factor. The clasp is rather simple and features a milled inner clasp with a two button deployant. Inlike the fact that they kept it simple as it allows for a less bulky fit on the wrist. Sides are highly polished while the front sides are satin brushed to match the lug tops. Overall, it is comfortable and does not pull hair when on wrist, so I am happy.
Furthermore, the Pablo Profundo definitely stands out amongst its’ rivals in this segment. It features sharp detailing, a well replicated vintage rivet bracelet, and a unique name which I happen to actually like. So many watch brands try to go for the “Proper Fancy Name”, while the Pablo remains simple, and lets the quality speak for itself. Thanks for taking the time to read and please do check out the full hands on video review via YouTube.
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The Norrsken series is ALF watch companies first line of watches hailing from Sweden, and mainly influenced by the Northern Lights that occur each year. They were funded on Kickstarter in July 2018 and now offer three models of their Norrsken for the public.
The Black 316L Stainless Steel case is finished off with a DLC coating ( Diamond Like Carbon ), and measures in at 40MM around by 11.6MM thick. We do get 22MM lug widths which is pretty standard for these dimensions. The interesting styling of this case is quite reminescent of watches from the 70s era such as the Monaco and a few other racing watches. A nice detail is the sculting surrounding the case giving it a real raw look, which I found captivating. The caseback is rather simple, held down by 4 screws and equipped with some specifications and logo. This case is rated too 50M, so while you cannot really swim with the watch - normal rain or washing your hands should not be an issue. I think overall the finishing came out pretty good, and the case cut is neat with nice round curves on the corners.