For 2018, Hong Kong brand Crafter Blue releases its first dive watch. It is called the Mechanic Ocean. Providing 300m of water resistance and a helium escape valve system that prevents gas build-up and internal damage at great depths, it is not only for scuba diving but also for saturation diving using helium gas.
The most significant feature of this watch is the oversized 10mm crown on the left hand side. Such a large crown not only creates unique appearance, but also functionally offers comfortable handling for time adjustment.
This new piece is not small at 45mm wide, 15.8mm thick, and 52mm from lug to lug. However, the watch looks pretty small on wrist. This illusion is caused by the relatively small dial at only 28.5mm wide. Between the dial and bezel, it has a fully brushed metal ring that creates different reflections depending on what angle you are viewing the dial from. That is a reason why the piece is so elegant and stylish at first glance.
If you’ve heard about Crafter Blue before, you already know that they focused on developing the curved end rubber strap for both Seiko and Tudor dive watches. Now, this technology also comes with their new watches. Each Mechanic Ocean is fitted on a Crafter Blue bi-color rubber strap. Each of them is made from vulcanized rubber that offers softness and toughness in use. Moreover, the strap linked to the lug features a curved end design that enhances the character of the watch. As a specialist of rubber straps, Crafter Blue produces the functional rubber strap truly designed for professional divers. It features 15 holes to offer flexibility in length. It also allows divers to adjust the length under the condition of wearing a wetsuit.
If you are not just satisfied with the rubber strap only, you can choose the metal bracelet version. The bracelet and buckle are made of high-quality 316L stainless steel with very fine finishing. Unlike other watches using third-party buckles, Crafter Blue made its own buckle that is only present on this watch model so far.
- Bracelet: Bi-color and vulcanized rubber strap / 316L metal bracelet
- Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal
- Case: 316L stainless steel
- Case Diameter: 45mm
- Caseback: Stainless steel
- Dial color: Blue
- Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal
- Movement: Crafter Blue Calibre 3531 (Based on Seiko movement)
- Water Resistance: 300m / 999 ft , helium escape valve
The watch is powered by the Crafter Blue Calibre 3531. It is based on a Seiko movement, modified and decorated by Crafter Blue.
The Mechanic Ocean has 3 different color models. They are MOSS001.B, MOSS002.SB, and MOSS008.O. All models come with 2 versions. The first version only comes with a rubber strap. The other version comes with a rubber strap and a metal bracelet. Both versions are now available for pre order with 15% off and free shipping. Pricing ranges between $425 USD and $599 USD. For more information, please visit Crafter Blue’s official website and subscribe to their newsletter to get the most up-to-date details. crafterbluewatches.com
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