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Old 05-12-2019, 08:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I purchased this new, directly from Phoibos. Thankfully they have a US warehouse and I received my watch 3 days after ordering.
This watch was $259 new,

I really feel like you get a lot of watch here for $259. 42mm case, 300mm WR, engineer bracelet with THREADED LINK PINS, lumed ceramic bezel, textured dial with raised indices....a lot of little details that come together to form a watch that belies its meager price tag. But does the watch perform as well as it looks? Mostly, yes.
That isnt to say there aren't a few niggles to be pointed out...a little tit for tat, if you will.

The box it comes in is actually really nice. It's a heavy nylon covering with a faux leather strip sewn in the top with the phoibos name on it. The nylon is stitched together with blue thread. It feels very solid.

The 120 click unidirectional bezel turns crisply and clicks appropriately, and although there is a tiny bit of backmotion play, its an overall snug fit.

The engineer braceet is comfortable and has my favorite addition...threaded link pins!
It is 22mm wide and does not taper due to the engineer style links.
My only nitpick here is that the edges of the bracelet feel juuuust a hair sharper than my other bracelets, and sharper when compared to the engineer bracelet i had on my deep blue sea ram. Not sharp enough to be uncomfortable or to seem like a real issue, but worth mentioning none the less.

I honestly don't care much for the hands on this model. I would have prefered one of the other models sword hands, but... C'est le vie.
They work so....not much else to say there.

The chapter ring (rehaute?) is marked, which i thought was a nice little extra touch, and the crown is signed with the phoibos logo.
The winding action is adequate. A tiny bit of play in the crown when changing time or date, but again, nothing major. I do sometimes need a few tries to get the crown threaded to screw back down, but I think a tiny bit of sewing machine oil on the threads will help with that.

The seiko nh35 movement performs as well as any of my other 4r35 seikos did. Nothing out of the ordinary there. Ive had this watch a few days and according to the computer time (which i set the watch by) im still less than a minute behind. Plenty accurate for me.

The dial is textured in a wave pattern, which i really love. The indices are raised and align perfectly with the chapter ring markings. The dial features the phoibos logo and features only two small lines of text....a stark contrast to some watches that put the whole spec list on the dial.

The caseback is screw down and prominently features the phoibos king octopus, as well as some other general specs engraved around the outside edge.

The lume is very good. I suspect this is because their initial batch of watches had poor lume and there were a lot of complaints so they beefed it up a lot in subsequent runs.

Its not a terribly heavy watch, but it is pretty hefty as far as 42mm divers go. I'm sure part of that is the 22mm non-tapered engineer bracelet. With all links this watch weighs in at an impressive 7.6 ounces (215.4 grams)

Overall, I stand by my first impressions of this watch being a good value. I would easily rank this one above the $300 Oceanmaster.
As far as "affordable" watches go, i dont think you can get much better for under $300 new.
I put this on par with deep blue watches in a similar price range.




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Thanks for sharing your thoughts with a useful review on what is a very nice looking watch
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