Best value Diver?

Seeing it’s just before Christmas I thought I’d have one last look to find a “best value Diver” watch, that was as good as the mainstream boys and hopefully considerably cheaper.  After a little bit of investigation I did manage to find one and it impressed me so much – I bought it!   It is the Apeks 200 AP0406 Mens Professional Diver, named and sold by the Apeks Diving Company and one of their best sellers – and if first impressions turn out to be true, I can see why!

Apeks AP0406 Mens 200m Professional Dive Watch

Apeks AP0406 Mens 200m Professional Dive Watch

For a Divers model straight out of the box it seems on first looks to tick all the boxes –

Easy to read analogue dial, large luminous markers and hands.
Tested to 200 metres Water Resistance.
Tough compact Stainless steel case with Screw Down bezel.
Large uni-directional bezel for dive timing.
Very reliable Seiko/Epson Quartz movement.
A readable day and date window @3 (not a requirement but nice if you have it).
Polyurethane PU strap fitted to standard lug strap fittings.

Sounds good doesn’t it AND available for under £70!  Too good to be true?

Solid case, uni-directional bezel and Screw Down Crown. Quality build.

Solid case, uni-directional bezel and Screw Down Crown. Quality build.

Well I have it here in my hands and first impressions are not only good – they are very good!

It is very well made with an excellent stainless steel case. The case finish is brushed on the top and shiny sides and nicely shaped too. The size is about perfect at 41mm diameter according to my micrometer and 44mm including the crown. Lug to lug is 47mm and only 10.8mm deep, so this is a very neatly made case.  Good crown protection and the well knurled crown is Screw Down and performs very well – no hint of any cross threading here. In short a very well made exterior. The crystal I believe to be mineral glass appears flat. (only on a dive will you tell if this causes a mirror effect).

41mm diameter x 13.8mm depth - makes for a compact fit.

41mm diameter x 10.8mm depth – makes for a compact fit.

The well defined uni-directional bezel has 60 clicks, which are smooth and definite and the large minute markers at 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 including the zero align exactly with the internal dial minute track.  Another indicator of the quality of this watch.  And as to the question “Can I operate the bezel with gloves?” – the answer is yes. Oh there is also an effective luminous dot at Zero on the bezel.

The back has a stainless steel screw back with model details, model Number, 200m Water Resistance  etc.

Stainless Steel screw back and standard strap pins.

Stainless Steel screw back and standard strap pins.

The watch has a nice weight at 78gms, which is lighter than the Citizen at 88gms and the Seiko Monster at 113gms, so not heavy on the wrist at all.

The dial is matte black with large luminous markers. The broad hour and minute hands are good length and have luminous infills.  The centre seconds hand has a luminous arrow tip and also lines up accurately with the minute perimeter track.  In addition this model has an outlined day and date window @3, which is well proportioned and easy to read with a decent contrast and font.

The luminous quality is every bit as good as Seiko and betters my Citizen Diver and I can easily read the time after 6 hours in the dark.  The shape of and layout of the markers and hands makes for easy reading.  This is much better than I’d hoped even against models over 8 times the price and easily matches the Citizen Diver I featured earlier.

In summary this watch surpasses all my expectations by a considerable way – not only does it look good, it IS good, darned good. 🙂
The only question I have is “Why did it take me so long to find it!”

Good dial layout, broad decent length hands and good lume.

Good dial layout, broad decent length hands and good lume.

Forgive the repetition, but this is one good looking watch and it’s a delight to wear, even with it’s standard Polyurethane PU strap (and that’s unusual in my experience).   I was going to change it for one of my silicon deployment ones, but as I’d run out of them I wore it, as is, straight out of the box – and it’s very comfortable!  Probably the most comfortable of my three Divers. (update – I discovered why it was more comfortable.  Diver straps invariably have that “wave” in the rubber, three or four heavy “ripples” near the watch body.  Well this one has those as well BUT are flat on the wrist side, making for a very comfortable strap).

On the wrist in standard strap - best fit I have.

On the wrist in standard strap – best fit I have.

So a surprisingly good watch and terrific value in my opinion – and just what I was looking for.   In fact this is my Xmas present to me!

One point – the sales information by the seller states it’s a Seiko/Epson VX42 movement, that generic version is a date only @6.  This model has the day and the date @3 and this movement is actually the Epson VX43E
And as I’ve found in the past, it’s as smooth as silk and appears so far to keep very good time indeed.  I would also note that the font used on the Epson VX Date and Day wheel is one of the better ones I’ve come across – other brands should take note!

Note –

One small point is that whilst it comes well packed in a nice box – it doesn’t come with instructions.  Now a day, date quartz model isn’t rocket science I know, but if you don’t know watches too well – they would be handy.

The crown @3 of course sets everything on this watch – Unscrew the crown from it’s screw down position, let it pop out free, then pull out to first position, turn left or right to adjust the day or the date, pull out to position 2 to adjust the hands. This is a hacking movement, so the second hand stops when you adjust the hands, which is so useful for accurate setting.

Remember even with quartz watches if they’re analogue, it’s best when setting the day or the date, to first move the time to anywhere between 0300 and 0900.  You do this as setting the day and date within the change over period (roughly 2200 to 0200 +/-) it could cause damage to the mechanism.  So to make sure, you should move the hour to a time where no changeover occurs – as above.  The best and easiest way is to set the day and the date for yesterday’s date (this is important) – and once done you can in crown position 2, advance the hands until the day and the date change to today’s date – (the date will probably change first at around midnight to 01.30 ish, followed sometime later up to around 02.00 by the date).  Then set (advance) to your present time with the crown at position 2 (if a morning time, you won’t pass the 12, if an afternoon time make sure you pass the 12).
Sounds complicated (and maybe I’ve confused you) but it’s really quite easy really.

My friends at explain it far better than I and you can find analogue watch settings information HERE.

And finally – Here is an image of my three Divers – and for the money I believe they are about as good as you’ll get today – but this Apeks is really something – at under £70?  Brilliant and I wished I’d found it sooner.  Certainly on first acquaintance I have to recommend it.  And I note that it is available in a Ladies version – Model AP0406-2 Ladies 200m Professional Diver.

My Divers - value for money and great quality.

My Divers – value for money and great quality.

These watches and others can be seen HERE.

So that question again – Which do I like the best – now?  Well, I like them all and that’s the truth.  I love the “Monster” because it’s got that “something” and I like the Citizen, as it’s 300m and very compact and now very comfortable in it’s silicon strap and then there’s this amazing non mainstream gem, the Apeks at under £70.00 – I mean what’s not to like!

Lume wise – the Seiko and the Apeks are both excellent and better than the Citizen which doesn’t last as long in the dark  it’s OK but not as good as the others.

From a practical point of view I’m leaning towards the Apeks I have to admit – I mean it’s just so good and at an amazing price.  I think Christmas is here already!

Have a nice one everybody!

Note – When it comes to getting yourself a watch for everyday use, it’s worth considering a “divers” watch.  Not the huge professional style ones, but ones similar to those featured here.  You may not need one of those large ribbed straps and even if the watch you like has one, more often than not they are easily changed to a simpler silicon deployment strap or even a leather one.  But there’s no doubt that you can get yourself a VERY good watch at a VERY good price when looking at the Divers.  Great strength, very easy to read and they usually look great.

Have fun.

What you really want?

A bit of a conundrum isn’t it – What do you really want from a watch.  What are the features – the true features I mean, that dictate which model you buy.  What is it that makes you realize for example that maybe that wonderful all singing and dancing watch you got the other day, doesn’t really do it for you after all?  Maybe a disappointment in that, “Oh I wished it had this” or that and “Why doesn’t it do this” or . . . I think you get the picture.

Looking at all the daily beaters (that is those watches that you like to wear most of the time) I’ve bought over the years, you do start to see the same story.

I now realize that whatever day watch I buy today, it has to have luminous hands and markers – this is an absolute must, because I don’t know about you, but I don’t see too well in the dark!
It’s also got to be comfortable – hence my thing about straps and bracelets and contrary to popular belief I do have bracelet watches.  My Breitling Aerospace for example has a titanium solid link original bracelet that is so silky smooth, it’s a delight to wear.  Conversely I bought a Traser, that bracelet wise, was sharp twisted metal!  And yes it now has a nice soft silicon strap and I’ve kept the watch.
The dial has to be configured in such a way that reading the time is simply a quick glance, not a case of figuring out which is the hour and minute hand, in amongst that retro calendar pointer, or GMT hand, or battery reserve indicator and so on.  The dial also must NOT be reflective and there should be good contrast between hands and background – simple common sense really.

Not rocket science, but all too often we’re blinded by the wonderful features of that NEW model, because it’s got this or that and so useful?  Here’s a few examples –

And the time is -- quickly now!

And the time is — quickly now!

Just let me get my classes!

Just let me get my glasses!

Now - just wait a minute . .

Now – just wait a minute . . it’s ten past two or three?

Now if I could remember which was local time?

Now if I could remember which dial was local time?

Huh?  Hang on I'll get the instructions!

Huh? Hang on I’ll get the instructions!

As the examples show, it’s sometimes a tricky business this telling the time and don’t get me started on the blinking light digital efforts that appear from time to time, the binaries and the hidden disks, so hidden that I am forced to approximate the time of day by checking the sky!

Anyway as I was saying, it is apparent that many of us actually and truthfully, only need a watch that is easy to read day or night, is comfortable to wear and maybe assists you in that it states the day and/or the date.  And this is an odd thing –  being retired, I find the DAY of the week, so much more important than the DATE, as weekends and weekdays sort of roll into one another.  I know some younger folk think we older ones don’t know what day of the week it is – and they’re right! LOL . . .

Maybe what we oldies need is a nice clear dial with big time and big day – period.

Well?   Maybe not, but you get the idea.

Well? Maybe not, but you get the idea.

Sorry about that, got a bit off track I suppose, but you get my drift?  We all too often get carried away with this new watch and that new model and yet we always end up wearing that old favorite, simply because it does just what you want it to do, no more and no less.

Dull day, indoors, poor light - but this is all I need.

Dull day, indoors, poor light – but this is all I need.

Took this just a minute or so ago – it’s 2.30pm on a wet, very dull dark day in this northern hemisphere, indoors, my camera struggles in this light to even take the darned picture, but my old Breitling (my true daily beater for the last 14 years) simply says it all.  Easy to read uncluttered matte dial and hour and minute hand – clear digital day and date – truly luminous hands and markers when dark.  And funnily enough it does have a chronograph and a timer and a stopwatch and goodness knows what else, but just one simple crown – BUT – on my standard setting, it’s just as I like.

I really don’t know why I bother getting all these new watch models, I really don’t . . . . .

Citizen Diver & comparison

Another relatively low cost Divers model – the Citizen model BN0000-04H Date model.

Citizen BN0000-04H Diver

Citizen BN0000-04H Diver

This is the Citizen BN0000-04H Stainless Steel Divers Date model. 300m Water resistance rated and Screw Down crown plus rubber strap.
Eco Drive solar powered Quartz movement should mean good accuracy and no battery to worry about during it’s lifetime.
This model is particularly compact with a brushed stainless steel one piece case (no case back) of 40mm diameter (44mm with crown) 45mm lug to lug and only 9mm deep, which is very neat for a Diver.

Compact Diver but big markers compensate.

Compact Diver but big markers compensate.

Powered by the Citizen E-168 solar quartz Eco-Drive movement.  It has a black textured dial with inbuilt solar sensor and a hardened slightly convex mineral glass crystal, a perimeter minute track plus large luminous hour markers with luminous silver edged hour, minute and second hands.  There is also a small silver edged date window at @3.

One piece mono-bloc stainless steel case - (no removable back).

One piece mono-bloc stainless steel case – (no removable back).

Topside it has a really positive action 60 click uni-directional bezel with a luminous dot @12.  Screw down crown with a Water Resistance depth rating of 300 metres, which lifts it above the more usual 200m rating.
This model is paired with a Divers style rubber/resin band of good length, fitted to standard but heavy duty lug spring bars, which is good news if you need to change the strap for an alternative (see later images).
As usual this Citizen model comes with their 5 year Guarantee included.

A word on the bezel – On this model, it has a smooth rounded top, which slopes away from the crystal.  This in my opinion gives rise to two slight concerns  – 1) it makes the bezel slightly more difficult to grip despite the great click action and 2) it arguably reduces what little dial/crystal protection there is.  I personally would have preferred a more defined knurled/shaped bezel to assist grip, but I’m maybe being over picky here I suppose and the actual bezel click action is very, very good.

In use – The overall impression is of a smooth edged compact watch and one of the smaller Divers around and all within a “one piece” 300m Depth rated case.  I note the dial background is indeed black, but a little reflective in bright or artificial light, though conversely in low light situations it’s OK (makes sense as there’s less light to reflect).  My own preference would be for this to be completely matte, but it’s not a big deal.

Now to comparison – Citizen BN0000-04H v Seiko SKZ781K3 Monster.
As I have the  two Divers models above here’s my personal thoughts on my preferences and reasons.

Size – Now I said this Citizen model is a compact watch, though when compared to the Seiko Monster, at first glance there doesn’t seem much in it apart from the depth (9mm to 13mm), where the Monster is very chunky.  The actual diameter of both two models is only 1 or 2 mm difference.

Comparative sizes - Citizen versus Seiko

Comparative sizes – Citizen versus Seiko

It is however in the dial size and more specifically the dial marker diameter and separation where the real size difference can be seen.  And this is very evident in the images showing the luminosity of both models and where in my opinion the Seiko scores over the Citizen.  The Seiko hands are longer and broader which also helps the overall clarity.

Dial & markers size differences. The Seiko is much larger.

Dial & markers size differences. The Seiko is much larger.

In the dark or in low light the visible luminous dial of the Seiko is much larger and the marker diameter obviously for me is clearer to read.

Note the size difference of the luminous dials. The larger the better.

Note the size difference of the luminous dials. The larger the better.

Movement wise the Citizen is a Solar Eco-Drive quartz therefore light driven and the Seiko is a mechanical automatic which uses the wrist movement to wind.  As they both work well my preference has to be a purely personal thing.
And this is a tough one for me, as here in Scotland I’ve always had a tiny concern re’ solar watches, simply as we don’t have much sun and it’s also cold.  Both observations have a bearing on my conclusion.  Here watches are more often covered by sleeves and they don’t get much chance of an optimum daily charge (Citizen actually warns you that not doing so may cause the watch to maintain insufficient charge).  So whenever the opportunity comes along to let the watch get some light on it – you should take it.
But it’s easy to forget . . .
And as far as accuracy is concerned however, the E-168 Solar movement, being quartz of course is better than you’ll ever need.

The Seiko being a mechanical Automatic, winds itself by your wrist movement, so once it’s on your wrist, forget it (no light worries then).  It will easily keep fully wound when on the wrist and when off the wrist, it’ll manage around 40 hours (assuming it’s fully wound of course) or so before it stops.  So if the Seiko is your daily beater, then no problem, just wear it and forget it.
Accuracy – of course it’s not going to be as good as quartz, but in practice the Seiko is accurate to around 4 seconds a day and that’s easily good enough for me or most of us for that matter.

So which power source do I prefer? – Surprisingly I prefer the mechanical Seiko.  However if I lived in the South of France or the USA where short sleeves was the order of the day – then I might prefer the Solar accuracy (maybe).  There are of course, newer technology models now from Seiko, that utilise their Kinetic system and they do produce some Diver models with it, so maybe these would be the ideal for me.  I may have to look into that!

And the final question – which model do I prefer – the Citizen BN or the Seiko Monster Orange?  I would note that both models are good to wear and I do like them both – but . . . which?

Well for me, all things considered, I have to admit a preference for the slightly larger Seiko Orange Monster.

And the reason is basically an amalgam of parts – and just because of the overall package .

How it looks I suppose is the first thing  –  and the Orange Monster really does look the business and that matters (maybe it’s the latent macho in me – who knows) but it just “looks” right!
Dial wise it’s that little bit larger and with larger hands and better markers separation, it IS easier to read.  It’s luminous quality is also slightly better, in that there is a small difference in brightness after being in total dark for 6 hours – the Seiko IS just that bit easier to see – and that’s a fact (not that the Citizen is poor – far from it – but it’s not quite as good).
I prefer the bezel on the Seiko too, with the slight turn up towards the edge and the better defined knurls, gives better protection and is slightly easier to grip.
Also and not speaking diver here, the Date window on the Citizen is a tad small, whereas the Seiko Day/Date is larger and again much easier to read.

Interestingly as I write these points down it’s very apparent that “clarity” is an important element in my decision.  There is a difference in the perceived clarity of both models and the Seiko scores almost every time.  Little wonder then, why so many have raved about the “Monster” (a cult icon for many it appears), as it has that something about it that “works”.

As a friend said to me recently – Watch?  Diver?  Orange Monster?  – Let’s ‘ave a look then? – Oh yeah!  Monster!  (sorry about that, but he’s not from round here! 😉

And no it’s not perfect of course, but it has much to be liked, such as that amazingly constructed case – I urge you to take a close look at it – 3 different lug sizes, uneven case overlaps shrouding the bezel and that odd crown protection, the upwards slanting bezel and the case overlap profiles at the strap fixing points.

Amazing detailing that is so easy to miss maybe – but perhaps just part of the secret of this watch and what makes the “Orange Monster” –  one of a kind.

I love it!

Additional images –

Citizen with Nato

Citizen with Nato

And finally –

Seiko Orange Monster with Silicon deployment.

Seiko Orange Monster with Silicon deployment.

Update –

Well it’s in the wearing that a watch really shows it’s true colors and that is certainly true of the two models featured above.  I’m finding that wrist time is pretty much equal in that I’m wearing each one more or less alternately.  In short I like them both very much – take this last few days for example – Friday Monster, Saturday Citizen, Sunday Monster and today Citizen and there is no doubt in my mind that much of it is to do with the strap change, with both now on Silicon deployment straps.  They’re simply far more comfortable, especially if you are using these as daily beaters – and that said – they are both difficult to beat!

Citizen Diver comfort on silicon deployment.

Citizen Diver comfort on silicon deployment.

Seiko Monster comfort on silicon deployment.

Seiko Monster comfort on silicon deployment.

Variety 2

Another trawl through some of the great watches that are available today and maybe we don’t see too often.  Once again this selection are what I’d call in the affordable price range and some good value items.  Almost all of them are common in one respect and that is, you can be pretty certain that your friends won’t have one – but will after they see your new wrist wear!  My image here is a collage as before with brief details below and in no particular order.

Variety 2 selection

Variety 2 selection

Only 6 are shown here as one of them, the Junghans, has a sideways shot, showing it’s unusual crown/pusher set up and it’s 9.6mm case depth.

  • Junghans Megasolar Spektrum, stainless & ceramic, solar quartz, 100m WR, – 43.5mm diameter (£600)
  • Fortis B42 Flieger Black, Auto, Day/Date Titan Limited model at 42mm diameter (£600 – £1500)
  • Bruno Sohnle Glashutte Rebito, 42mm diameter (£380)
  • Schaumburg GT “Raceclub”, Auto – 46mm diameter (£900)
  • Askania Templehof in steel, Auto – 42mm diameter (£850 – £1300)
  • Schaumburg Regulator, hand winding, 50m WR, 42mm diameter (£850 – £1300)

I’ve listed the case diameters this time, as there are too many models out there that are unfortunately ruined by being way oversize and just too big for comfort.  So I’m doing a gentle bit of championing the smaller guys.  But let’s not be silly here – most of the models shown here are all decent size, as all are over 40mm (remember many Patek Philippe models are around 36mm and don’t look silly on ANYBODY’s wrist!!).

More varieties in future posts.

Note Prices are only a rough guide and may range from pristine pre-owned to new models.

OK Monster

My new Citizen Diver unfortunately has not yet arrived, I thought I’d show my other model – my Seiko diver, which may not need any introduction, but for those who don’t have one, here it is.

Seiko Orange Monster

Seiko Orange Monster

And this is a real favorite amongst many it seems – the Seiko SKZ781K3 “Orange Monster”.  It’s one of those “tactile” models, you know the thing – once you wear it and really see it close up, it is one very solid chunk of stainless steel and yet it somehow just “feels” right.  Mostly and deceptively, because it is NOT large – not at all!  So don’t be put off by those massive looks, because in reality it is remarkably compact, though looking like it’s title – a Monster!  The case is a very clever and dare I say, almost extravagant, stainless steel that really does give a great feeling of solidity.  There is absolutely no doubt it has that something about it and the specification’s pretty decent too.

As I say – this is a compact diver at 42mm x 13mm so a great size for those if us with normal size wrists 😉 and the band/lug width is a tight 20 mm, so easy to source an alternative bracelet or strap.  (See my wrist shot – and I only have 170mm wrists).  Unfortunately no screw in lug/strap bars, which would be my preference, though Seiko do use really heavy weight spring bars between the lugs for strap or bracelet fitting

Monster fits my 170mm wrist just fine!

Monster fits my 170mm wrist just fine!

My Monster here sports a non Seiko ladder flexible rubber strap though is due for a change, but that’s no reflection on the watch of course.

The large 120 click uni-directional bezel is very “in your face” with sharp black clear markings and a luminous dot @12.  It also slopes down slightly towards the Hardlex Crystal, which is gently domed for optimum viewing under water, so the eye naturally is drawn to the super clear orange dial.  Large luminous markers and a minute track on the perimeter, broad black edged Lumibrite hour and minutes hands complimented by a black luminous tipped arrow head seconds sweep hand.  An excellent and very clear day and date window @3 with edge highlight in black plus contrasting white background discs with black letters, means it’s easily read without the need for a magnifying bubble.

Monster dial

Monster dial

At the 18 minutes position the well defined Screw Down Crown sits, very well protected by a crown guard above and below by the very clever extended steel case lug.

The movement is the 21 jewel mechanical automatic (self winding with movement of the your arm) Seiko 7S26, so will never need a battery and is a reasonable accuracy for a mechanical engine.  It is also a very well tried Seiko Japanese movement so there should be no surprises with it.  It is also a non-hacking movement, which means when the crown is pulled out to adjust the time, the second hand does not stop. (I understand newer model versions use Cal. 4R36, which is hacking).  However with a mechanical watch I’ve personally never needed such split second accuracy anyway, so I’m fine with that.  Accuracy-wise the 7S26 at 21,600 bph is maybe +/- 5 secs per day with a power reserve of up to 40 hours.  The movement also doesn’t hand wind but simply waving it about a bit, starts it off easily, so just put it on and your away!

Steel screw back and crown protection

Steel screw back and crown protection

Overall impressions with this watch is that it’s a built like a tank and is very solid and reassuring.  And as any Diver should, it has a 200m Water Resistance rating and a good sized screw down crown.
So overall in my opinion and that of many others apparently, this is an exceptional watch for the money, of that there is no doubt – and whilst it may be a bit of a statement, indeed almost a cult watch, it actually does the business, does it very well and looks stunning.

Seiko Monster - looks the part, but only 13mm depth

Seiko Monster – looks the part, but only 12.9mm depth

Just a word about the luminous quality of the dial.  There is no question that if exposed to daylight for any length of time, the light “charge” is bright and very effective.  If you then put the watch in a dark place soon after, the luminous markers and hands etc. are outstanding, very bright and clear so you could almost read a book by it!  This image is taken in a darkened room (not fully dark) and shows the luminous quality – note the black outlines accentuate the hands rather well.

Luminous effect after about 10 minutes (after the initial charge dies off).

Luminous effect after about 10 minutes (after the initial charge dies off).

Of course this brightness does not remain as the image above and does fade, though I’m happy to say the “Monster” performs well enough to tell the time in the dark even after 6 hours or so.

5 am - luminous dial still readable

5 am – luminous dial still readable (Sorry – not my best photo!)

Whilst the luminous dial does fade and dependent on the initial charge as to how long this fading takes, it could just glow a little by early morning.  However your eyes will be well adjusted to the dark and should still be able to make out the time.  So overall not bad and almost as good (though not quite!) as my old Breitling, which always manages to retain a luminous quality, regardless of light exposure.

So in conclusion the Seiko lives up to it’s reputation very well and especially with this model, which really represents excellent value as a Diver class model.  And as soon as my Citizen turns up I hope to check it out here and perhaps do a comparison.  Anyway it’s nice to have two different takes on a theme from competing brands – should be interesting.

Update – Thursday 5th December 2013

I noted that the non-Seiko ladder rubber strap on my Monster was needing replaced.  I did this the other night and used a twin button over locking deployment type in Silicon rubber.  It was 20mm width and apart from the fact I had to coax the heavy weight Seiko spring bars into the strap fixing holes with a touch of WD40 (they slid in easily then) it fitted just great.  Gives a much lower profile on the wrist and more comfortable too.

Replacement Silicon deployment strap for under £12

Replacement Silicon deployment strap for under £12

As you can pretty much guess, I don’t do diving these days so my simple lume test was basically day time/bed time and see what I could see on wake up.  But from that it’s pretty obvious that underwater, what with the light before the dive and the initial descent, the Lumibrite will absorb more than enough light to manage the task.  As to the strap; if I was diving or scuba/snorkeling or whatever, I’d fit a full rubber strap, as it’s long length would allow me to wear it over a wet suit and so on.   I’m unsure if the bracelet version of the Monster has an extension (like my Breitling) to extend the wrist length just for that purpose, but whatever, this does show that strap and bracelet wise this watch will take almost any standard item, no problem.

Update –

You may be pleased to note that the Orange Monster series is still going strong. v2 appeared in 2012 with the upgraded 4r36 hacking and hand winding movement.  Series 3 appeared in 2014 with the 6r15 automatic movement with a 50 hr reserve.  I note that the latest 4th version has reverted back to the 4r36 movement for reasons unknown.

Personally I love the Series 1 and wouldn’t consider parting with it – it’s iconic, great to wear, smooth as silk and never lets me down – ever. Personally I’m always on the lookout for limited edition series 1, which feature different dial colurs, but they are tricky to find. But always hopeful.

Davis Watch Company

Whilst trawling around the web I found this Company, the Davis Watch Company, who have a rather neat range of mid priced Quartz models plus a few more up market mechanical watches too.  Always on the lookout for a sensible priced quartz Dress watch I came across this rather nicely styled model from their “AllRound Series”, the 0582, which I think has a rather elegant classic look about it.

DaVis AllRound model 0582 Dress Watch

DaVis AllRound model 0582 Dress Watch

I like the look of this model as it harks back to just a hint of Art Deco and Classic, without being actually Retro.  The overall appearance is interesting and that little bit different with the leather strap and integral tan stitch fitting into smooth hidden lugs case design – very stylish in my opinion and as a Dress watch, pretty much what I was looking for.  Additionally the dial is elegantly configured with fine Guilloche background and three multifunction sub-dials.  The indexes are white applied with stainless accents which aides clarity, the hour and minute hands similarly outlined.

It features Day, Date and 12/24hr time and is powered by the MIYOTA quartz movement Caliber 6P29 (SR621SW battery) and has a accuracy of around +/- 20 seconds per month.  The case is brushed Stainless steel, has a Water Resistance of 100m and dimensions are 50 x 33 x 10mm, so a relatively neat watch and it comes with their International 2 year guarantee.

We tend to forget these days that Dress watches are exactly that and surprisingly rare to find, or those of decent appearance anyway.  They are simply not meant to be Military, or Divers or big and flashy, but instead are sleek, smooth and elegant, meant to slip under the shirt cuff.  I think this one is just that and at a very agreeable price of under €130 (Euro).

Davis also make quite a decent range of non dress models too and this one  – the Davis Aviamatic 1020 features Chronograph, Day and Date, in brushed Stainless Steel, which is also available in white.  A 22mm leather strap compliments this neat 42mm x 11mm case with a 50m Water Resistance and screw down crown.  The solid performing MIYOTA quartz Caliber OS21 with a +/- 20sec/month movement is used here and has an approximate battery life of 3 years (SILVER OXIDE SR927W),

Davis Aviamatic 1020

Davis Aviamatic 1020

This model has a larger version, the 0450 at 48mm diameter and other dial colors are available, which makes it quite versatile.

The high color yellow and black Aviamatic model I alluded to and posted an image of, in my last article, though for me a little on the large side at 48mm, will certainly appeal to many as it really has that “military” look.

Davis watch also offer a few mechanical watches , though there is a price premium to pay, they are still very reasonable and feature Miyota mechanical movements.  I have a couple of other brands using these movements and I rarely, if ever, have a problem with them and they invariably represent excellent value.

Ladies are not left out and they have a few different models in their range and should you wish to see these, this is the link to them.  From ring watches to designer and even ceramic, they are that bit different from the mainstream, in my opinion.

Davis Aviation 10260 Orange

Davis Aviation 10260 Orange

Refreshing to see a not so well known watch brand (to me at any rate) with such a diverse range of pretty good looking models and at not unreasonable pricing across that range.  I like the fact they major on good solid mainstream and standard quartz movements such as Miyota in that it gives confidence that the engines will work pretty well and be reasonably reliable.

In fact I’m rather taken with more than one model myself and might just be tempted to acquire one, or at the very least persuade my Wife that one of them could make an “AllRound” Christmas present.

That’s a hint my Dear!