May 15, 2011
by Ariel Adams
The big daddy watch from Reactor is this Poseidon model – and has been available since last Fall or so. It is available in a standard and limited edition version. Each has style differences, and the Limited Edition Poseidon model contains a Seiko made Kinetic (automatic rotor spins to charge the battery) quartz movement. There is even an exhibition caseback so that you can see the rotor. Exhibition casebacks on quartz watches are very rare. You can see the limited edition here with orange hues and different hands. I do like the limited edition better.
The standard Poseidon model has a standard Japanese quartz movement with a 10 year battery. The two watches share a number of characteristics, including the chunky 48mm wide steel case with brushed steel, and black applications. The metal bracelet is two tone as well. At standard model is available on either strap, but the limited edition comes with both the metal bracelet and rubber strap.
Reactor gives the Poseidon Limited Edition their Never Dark (ND) treatment, which is use of SuperLumiNova as well as tritium gas tubes. The standard model has only applied lume (no gas tubes). In my review of the Reactor Gamma Ti, I explained a bit more about the benefit of having two types of luminant.
These are heavy watches at about 255 grams (without the bracelet I think). The case is also 17mm thick and water resistant to 1000 meters. I am not sure of the crystal the Reactor uses for the Poseidon. I think it is gonna be a mineral crystal, but it could be sapphire. I am not sure. Sometimes they like using the mineral crystals more because it can pass certain military standards (as they chip, and don’t really shatter like sapphire crystals can – with lots of force).
A really cool feature are the double bezels. There is a standard external rotating diver’s bezel, as well as an internal rotating bezel (operated with one of the two crowns). I have never seen this type of treatment before. Though I would have liked each of the bezels to have more than one point of lume. Style is very much on point with Reactor these days, but follows the popular looks of the Gamma. The Poseidon watches are masculine, a bit showy, and functional. As diving watches they will work very well (and pass pro ISO dive watch specifications). These are tool watches at heart with a penchant for bright colors. While the limited edition only comes with the orange trim, the standard model has a black and red dial, or a mostly yellow dial.
Reactor is offering the limited edition for about $900, and will have 500 pieces available total. The standard Poseidon price is retails for $575. Is it worth paying extra for the style of the limited edition along with the ND tech and the Seiko Kinetic movement? I think so.