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Watch Being Reviewed: Momentum M1 Deep 6 - (New model White dial with blue bezel)

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Name: Momentum Watches
Website - http://www.momentumwatch.com
About the company - http://www.momentumwatch.com/pages/company/about-us.php
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/momentumwatch

Momentum Contact Info:
St. Moritz Watch Corp. / 1140 West 7th Avenue, / Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 1B4 / Canada / Telephone: 604.734.2316 or toll-free 800.663.1881

Written Description of watch model from the Momentum Website:
The latest addition to our top-selling M1 Series responds to a growing number of requests for an "oversize" dive/watersports watch at an affordable price. While oversized watches are a strong fashion trend, we remain true to our reputation and put function first.A new dial design and huge, "exploding" date ensure unmatched legibility, while the subtly shaped case and offset crown permit the M1 DEEP 6 to offer unparalleled comfort, combined with an X-L, 47.5mm case.

From Spec Sheet:
Model #: 1M-DV06W0
Case Diameter - 48.68mm
  • Reviewer note - I have no idea why the measurement here is different then the measurement they give in the written description above, but they are different on the Momentum website. My unofficial measurement of the case is approx 47.5mm, matching the size mentioned above in the written description.
Case Diameter with Crown - 51.67mm
Case thickness - 12mm (my measurement)
Bracelet width - 22mm
Movement - Quartz
Case - 316L Stainless Steel, screw back, screw down crown
Water Resistance - 200M / 660 feet
** My weight measurement (with bracelet) is 5.8oz or 164.43 grams
  • MSRP on M1 Deep 6 watch with bracelet is $190 (With heat tempered, anti glare Mineral Crystal. Option of Sapphire adds $50 to the MSRP.)
  • MSRP on M1 Deep 6 watch with rubber strap is $140
  • MSRP on M1 Deep 6 watch with special ultra-white, ultra stain resistant smooth rubber strap is $200
  • MSRP on just the ultra-white 'smooth' rubber strap which is ultra-stain resistant is $78
Background on how watch was obtained: Watch was sent to us to review from Mike at Momentum Watches

First Impression: These are my first non detailed impressions when I initially opened the watch box and took out the watch:
This watch has a large presence on your wrist, without being overly heavy. You notice the white hands on the white dial and the watch is easy to read. Uniquely shaped date window with over sized numbers is immediately something your eyes are drawn to. Blue bezel is a unique shade of dark blue. Standard "ticking" movement of the second hand for a quartz movement. Thin red tipped second hand looks good on white dial.



The Packaging and Watch Box:
Watch comes packaged in a metal and hard cloth presentation box. Watch was well covered in plastic in all the right places to help avoid scratches or dings during shipping. Watch box is medium size, light weight and overall pretty nice. Packaging includes an instruction pamphlet that has the info in about 10 different languages. Please see pictures below of watch box and how everything came.

(Please note that the white rubber strap shown below is not a standard part of the watch package and can be purchased separately. )



Pretty nice flip up metal top with the watch inside:



Bezel, Dial, Hands:
Hands - Beefy hour and minute hands. Both are LUM'd hands (see LUM picture below). I like the hands a lot and they have a great diver style to them. Second hand has a red outlined triangle (LUM'd) and extended red tip. This hand looks nice against the white dial background behind it.

Dial - The dial is VERY white and very easy to read. This is a true white color and not an off white or shade of white. The second picture below shows the wave pattern on the white dial. This wave pattern extends across the entire dial (left to right and top to bottom). The dial has the Momentum name and logo on it below the 12 position and additional information above the 6 position. The individual hour markers are LUM'd also.

Date Window:
There is a large over sized and uniquely shaped date window at the 3 position. This is one of the larger date windows and actual date numbers I have seen on a watch before. It is VERY easy to read which is positive.
Due to the unique shape of the actual date window the font for the date numbers have been adjusted/stretched to fit the shape of the opening. When the date is in single digits of the month (1 - 9) the one number is stretched to fill up the entire date window. When the date has 2 numbers (10-31) one or both of the numbers are again "stretched" to fit the larger end of the date window opening. Some people may find this unique and like this. Personally I would prefer a uniform size font used for the date window.

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Fonts on the dial / watch: The font used for the numbers 12, 9, and 6 on the dial is a different font then what is used for the numbers on the inner ring and bezel. To me this font seems a little "cartoonish" in style comparatively and is not consistent with the font of the other numbers used elsewhere on the watch (inner ring and bezel). The other font used on the bezel and inner ring seems to be a standard Arial (or other standard clean/sharp font). The font used for the 12, 9, and 6 has a larger curvature of the numbers and the 9 and 6 are not "closed". In my opinion I would recommend using the same font on the dial as used on the bezel/inner ring for a cleaner and more consistent overall look that ties all the numbers on the watch together.
Some people may like this different font and it definitely draws your eye to the numbers since they are different.



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Bezel:
The bezel is very easy to manipulate and grab a hold of and turn. It has deep grooved "teeth" all the way around and 6 larger areas that your fingers naturally grab when turning the bezel. The bezel is a deep blue and is almost blue-purple in some lights, but mainly dark blue. It has silver numbers and markers printed on it. There is a large LUM dot at the 12 position. I like the look of the bezel and overall styling of it.

One issue with the bezel is how "loose" it is. (You can see this demonstrated below in the videos included with this review). The bezel does not solidly and firmly lock into place with each click. On many other watches I own the bezel is very tight and once in a groove/position you need to exert some force to move it another click forward to the next position. This bezel spins very very easily and never really locks into place. Also the bezel position grooves seem large/wide (I'll explain below and in the video). There are 2 main problems with this.

1) Since it does not lock into place firmly or have deep grooves the bezel can easily be pushed forward. To easily in my opinion and it is hard to keep it set to the position you want without bumping it forward accidentally.

2) The grooves for each click seem "wider" then other watches I have owned or seen. They are so large that once you have the bezel in a position you can actually still move the bezel (within that position and not clicking forward to next position) backwards and forwards almost a full "click" when in any position. You can see this in the videos below. In my opinion this should be much firmer when in place and should not be able to move backwards at all once set in a position.





Case - crown side:
The case of this watch is very clean, nice finish and color. The crown is located at the 4 position which I like, especially for a larger size watch. This helps stop the crown from rubbing against the top of your hand. Small crown protectors on either side and grooves on the crown to make it easy to grab and turn. The placement of the lugs and general shape of the case make this watch very comfortable on the wrist. The case is evenly weighted from what I could feel and it sits nicely on your arm





Case - non crown side:
Similar to the crown side - very clean look and finish. Well done.





Strap or Bracelet /Clasp or Buckle:
Initially I was unsure of the exact design of the bracelet on the M1 Deep 6. I had heard it was a "mesh style" bracelet and the Momentum website only says "stainless steel" for the description. In reality it is a "beads of rice" style bracelet with individual interlocking links (see pictures below showing the individual links). The bracelet is made out of 316L stainless steel.

The bracelet has a straight end links and not solid end links that come flush to the case. It is a nice bracelet, but I wish it was a little thicker and heavier. The links are 2mm thick and if they were a little thicker it would obviously add to the overall weight of the bracelet.

The bracelet on the wrist:



Picture of the links off the bracelet:



Good view of how the bracelet attaches to the lugs:



You can really see the individual links on the backside of the bracelet.



The bracelet and the clasp. The clasp is a pretty nice/standard. It locks into place very firmly. 3 micro adjustments on clasp.



Momentum logo on the clasp:



Case Back:
As with most quartz watches the case back is pretty basic. This one has the Momentum logo, the website address (first time I have seen that on a case back of a watch), and some additional info about the model.

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Extra/Available White Rubber Strap

This model also has an optional high quality special rubber strap available. Momentum is marketing this strap as an ultra-white 'smooth' rubber strap which is ultra-stain resistant. It is INCREDIBLY white. Smooth top side of the strap with a patterned crisscrossing underside texture. Momentum logo on the buckle. I have not tried to stain the strap yet, but the company told me that it is very hard to stain this strap and that it has been treated specially to be stain resistant.

From Momentum:
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The rubber band is Italian made, real rubber, totally stain resistant, which is unique for a white rubber band that seem to yellow after a couple of weeks!
I will say that in person it is a high quality rubber strap and comparable to any I have seen before on other watches. It also has that infused vanilla smell that many people find desirable with rubber straps.





This is what this model looks like with the white rubber strap on it. Picture from the Momentum website.



LUM Shot:
Pretty nice LUM on this watch and it did compare to some of my other watches as far as how long the LUM lasted and how bright it was initially after charging.



Comparison Shots With Other Watches:
As mentioned earlier, this is a larger size watch that wears true to it's 47-48mm listed size. With the crown at the 4 position it does not gain the additional width like some other watches with the crown at the 3 position.

The Momentum M1 Deep 6 has a very clean 3 hand style/look and with the large crystal opening it looks every bit of the 47-48mm in size.

Below you can see how this watch compares side by side to some other similar sized watches:






SUMMARY:
Momentum M1 Deep 6

I have seen this watch recently for sale on Amazon for around $145 new on the bracelet and with the mineral crystal (same model as reviewed here). For that price this is a good entry level model that gives you 200M of water resistance and a fashionable looking diver style watch. It is easy to read, wears well on the wrist, and the finishes and colors are clean and sharp looking.

As mentioned above in the review, the bezel on this model needs some tightening. I would also like to see a heavier/thicker bracelet available (possibly with solid end links), but a different bracelet could easily be added after market if desired. As reported above the optional white rubber strap is very high quality.

These watches seem to be available at A LOT of dive, recreation, surf, and sports related stores throughout the United States, and in many many additional countries. The brand has done a very good job getting their brand into a wide range of actual stores. They are also available online on many sites. From my research I also found that there are higher end models available above the M1 Deep 6 model that I reviewed that feature higher end materials and greater features.

The Momentum M1 Deep 6 is an affordable entry level dive watch.

I want to thank Mike from Momentum Watches again for making this model available to us for this review.


(( Videos below in Post #2 ))
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Momentum M1 Deep 6 Video Review Part 1:

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Momentum M1 Deep 6 Video Review Part 2:

[flash=425,344]http://www.youtube.com/v/sqA05xZCT14&hl=en&fs=1[/flash]
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Great review James!!!
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Nice review James. Looks like a nice piece for the $$$$.
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Thanks! Enjoyed the review and the watch.
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Great review, as usual James. I think the case / bezel design is nice on this watch (like the offset crown), but the slop in the bezel is not good. I think the date window is fine and gives the watch a "uniqueness" without going over the top. I wish, however, that this watch was offered as an automatic - not really crazy about quartz on a diver. I also wish it had a different bracelet without the faux mesh. Like you said, something with solid end links. I think there's still a lot to like about it, but not really my cup of tea as offered.
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James - I LOVE the review format you guys are using. Very in depth, and something people can actually really use when researching which watch they want to buy.

Hopefully you get a chance to wear it over the next few weeks and can report on how the watch performs "in the wild".
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Another great WF review. Great job James.
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I am more impressed with the review both written and videothAn I am with the watch... If the watch had a more precise bezel and a diver's extension on the bracelet thEn I would consider it a very reasonably priced diver rather thAn a fashion watch that tries to be a diver... In any case, great review and nice watch for the money.

There's a subtle grammar lesson there that many on this forum could use... Ok I'm ready for the payback...
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Great review James. Looks like a really nice watch.
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I am more impressed with the review both written and videothAn I am with the watch... If the watch had a more precise bezel and a diver's extension on the bracelet thEn I would consider it a very reasonably priced diver rather thAn a fashion watch that tries to be a diver... In any case, great review and nice watch for the money.

There's a subtle grammar lesson there that many on this forum could use... Ok I'm ready for the payback...
Oh no, BT, not that can of worms!!:%

Don't get me started. Let's not even get into how most people these days don't know the difference between TO (adverb, preposition and infinitive marker) & TOO (adverb meaning: moreover, also or as a degree higher than desireable). Oh sh*t! I stepped into it, too!

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I am more impressed with the review both written...
Oh no, BT, not that can of worms!!:%

Don't get me started. Let's not even get into how most people these days don't know the difference between TO (adverb, preposition and infinitive marker) & TOO (adverb meaning: moreover, also or as a degree higher than desireable). Oh sh*t! I stepped into it, too!
The problem is... Spell check doesn't catch it and there's no "app" for that!:whatever:
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Nice review TV!
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Great review James, as always.

I have been curious about this watch because it is Canadian and it looks pretty damn sharp.

Thanks for doing it, it really helped me in my decision. I will be getting one, but I will go with the on that has Orange accents.

I like the impartiality of the new review structure. It's about the watch.

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Great review... thorough and informative. I like this watch overall but the white rubber band on it is ugly, I don't care how many stains it can resist. Looks much better on the bracelet, although that bracelet design looks like it could be an 'arm-hair puller'.
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BigTime738 wrote:
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Elkabong wrote:
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BigTime738 wrote:
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I am more impressed with the review both written...
Oh no, BT, not that can of worms!!:%

Don't get me started. Let's not even get into how most people these days don't know the difference between TO (adverb, preposition and infinitive marker) & TOO (adverb meaning: moreover, also or as a degree higher than desireable). Oh sh*t! I stepped into it, too!
The problem is... Spell check doesn't catch it and there's no "app" for that!:whatever:
Uhhh...they do have software that checks your grammer!!!!



Now...as for the watch. I like the looks of the watch....and although dive watches are not my main interest, it is nice looking and very reasonably priced. Not all of us can afford to spend $700 bucks on a Glycine, Stolas, or other mid range priced dive watch. I'm just saying, for what you get for the money, it's not that bad.
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Momentum has been putting out some great value and unique styles.

I'm a fan. Great review, James!
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Bichondaddy wrote:
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BigTime738 wrote:
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Elkabong wrote:
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BigTime738 wrote:
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I am more impressed with the review both written...
Oh no, BT, not that can of worms!!:%

Don't get me started. Let's not even get into how most people these days don't know the difference between TO (adverb, preposition and infinitive marker) & TOO (adverb meaning: moreover, also or as a degree higher than desireable). Oh sh*t! I stepped into it, too!
The problem is... Spell check doesn't catch it and there's no "app" for that!:whatever:
Uhhh...they do have software that checks your grammer!!!!



Now...as for the watch. I like the looks of the watch....and although dive watches are not my main interest, it is nice looking and very reasonably priced. Not all of us can afford to spend $700 bucks on a Glycine, Stolas, or other mid range priced dive watch. I'm just saying, for what you get for the money, it's not that bad.
+1 it is easy to forge that this watch is priced very low compared to many we see...would make a good everyday watch
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Great review James. I think it's a nice looking watch. I think it would look very cool on the white rubber strap as well.
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Great review James. I think it's a nice looking watch. I think it would look very cool on the white rubber strap as well.
+1 Guru got it right!!!!!!!!
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