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Old 05-12-2019, 02:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Phoibos Oceanmaster review

A few thoughts on the Phoibos Oceanmaster.
Phoibos has a US warehouse so you can order from them (or island watch company for the same price) and it will be shipped from the US instead of overseas.

The Oceanmaster is $299 brand new.
I got mine on eBay for less due to them being currently out of stock everywhere else at the moment.

For the most part, i have no major complaints. I find the bracelet to be a little better than the Wavemaster engineer bracelet, with smoother edges and the bezel has less play.
Its comfortable, and doesnt feel as huge as other 500-1000m divers i have had in the past. The bezel and crown action are good and the solid bracelet is rattle free. The solid endlinks fit well with no noticeable gaps.
I prefer the hands on this model and the orange minute hand is a nice touch.
The double pinch clasp works well and closes securely.
Like all phoibos models, the dial is clean and uncluttered, not having 100 lines of text on it.

However, the oceanmaster lacks a few things that keeps it from being as good as the wavemaster in my opinion. (Even though the Oceanmaster is more expensive)
Aluminium non-lumed bezel. (Would have liked a lumed ceramic bezel)
Non textured dial with non raised indices.
Non marked inner bezel.
Unsigned crown (bummer)
NOT threaded bracelet links (was really hoping for screw in links like the Wavemaster engineer bracelet)

Maybe this is all just nitpicking, but its a few of the things i noticed about the two watches.
A big mark in the plus column for the Oceanmaster is that it's got all the look of a 1000m diver that you would expect, but it doesn't wear quite as big, even at 43mm. It wears smaller than both of my deep blue divers, but still feels fairly substantial on the wrist.

Overall, i find it to be very satisfactory for a $300 diver. Certainly on par with anything from other micro brands in the same peice bracket. (Personally I think the Wavemaster far exceeds its $259 price point as far as what you get for the money)

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Old 05-12-2019, 07:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Got yerself a real keepeer there Bro.
I sure wouldn't throw it under one o the locomotives I ran for 40 years!!!
Truth is I only have heard of the Phoibus from Marc at R I watches. A guy
can still buy a great keeper South of $1,000.00
Good luck and enjoy it

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Old 05-13-2019, 01:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Genuinely seems like there isn't anything to dislike from this end
of things WM.

Comparing this to a lot of the watches we see in store windows,
and in display cases of stores. It looks pretty terrific, and nice,
and different ! ..Just the bezel, and case work looks great. Plus
it has an almost modern day compressor style with the dueling
crowns as well.

Just seems like a great watch for the price, and I know it was
a great review. ..So thanks very very much !!!
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