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The New Oceaneva Deep Marine Explorer 1000m Pro Diver

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The list of new dive watches just keeps on growing, stimulated primarily by the continued proliferation of small and even micro brands as well as the enduring popularity of the classic style of dive watch. This short topic concerns one of the latest additions to the dive watch list, the Oceaneva Deep Marine Explorer 1000m Pro Diver, which actually hails as an offshoot or co-brand of Aquacy – itself a small US-based watch company with its own eponymously branded dive watch. Given the immediately apparent similarity in style between the Oceaneva Deep Marine Explorer and the Rolex Submariner and Sea Dweller models, comparisons have been made, especially in terms the specifications of the Sea Dweller as against the Oceaneva Deep Marine Explorer. I am not going to enter the problematic subject of comparisons with Rolex here, partly because this particular style of watch has been used and abused over many years by many watch companies both large and small, and I consider that today's use of this style is now in a state that could be called “copyright expired.” So, taking the Oceaneva Deep Marine Explorer on its own merits, what does it have to offer?

 

 

 

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The bulk of the Oceaneva is constructed of brushed 316L stainless steel and the watch has a 42mm X 14.8mm thick case. It has a 7mm wide X 4.5mm signed, gear-edged, machined steel crown, with sculptural crown guard, and a diver extension equipped bracelet tapering from just under 22mm to 20mm, using an Omega design for the clasp and milled links. There is no facility for micro-adjustments on the bracelet clasp, but half links are available from Oceaneva free of charge and are apparently now to be included with every watch. The clasp exterior is engraved with the Oceaneva trident logo, as is the crown and dial, and a brick design that matches the bracelet links.

The watch has a helium valve at the 9 o'clock position and a screw-down crown that is branded and also bears watch information. The 120-click unilateral rotating bezel is in polished stainless steel with a thick, high quality polished ceramic inlay that bears the engraved and Superluminova BGW9 lume-filled indices. The watch has a domed 4.8mm thick domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal well-sealed with a 1.4mm X .45mm I-ring, and the dial edge features an angled steel rehaut bearing black lettering with “HELIUM ESCAPE VALVE” on the top part and “LIMITED EDITION” on the lower portion. The indices on the dial are raised and BGW9 lumed and the watch has “Mercedes” main hands (presumably named after the small hand which terminates in a Mercedes auto emblem shape) and a “lollipop” sweep hand. A small date window is in the 3 o'clock position. The dial also bears the stated water resistance, rated at 3,300 feet.

 

 

 

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(Three pics above from zaltek.co.uk)

 

 

The Oceaneva Deep Marine Explorer 1000m Pro Diver is powered by the popular Swiss-made, 26J, 28,800 bph, automatic and hacking Sellita SW200-1 movement which has a power reserve of about 38 hours. The watch is being produced as a limited run of 1000 pieces and each watch is numbered. There are ten different dial and bezel colourways available, including versions with a black, blue or white mother of pearl dial. Note that to allay any fear that the two colourways with gold highlights will not fare well in salt water, I can tell you that these are double plated with 48-hour gold plate, designed to last for many years.

The Oceaneva is being produced as a limited run of 1000 watches and each watch is numbered. There are ten dial and bezel colourways available, including watches with black,white, or blue mother of pearl dials, and to allay the fear that the two colourways with gold highlights will not fare well in salt water, I can tell you that these are double plated with 48-hour gold plate, designed to last for many years. Note that the watch comes with an alternative rubber strap and a strap removal tool (see pic below).

 

 

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The Oceaneva Deep marine Explorer 1000m Pro Diver is fresh out of the starting gate and so we have no long-term evidence on which to base a full judgement. However, from online comments and limited review material, it is clear that this watch is well-made, well-detailed and a sturdy piece of kit. At the moment, Oceaneva are selling the model at between US$904 and US$999, depending on colourway, apparently in a sale saving some US$100-120 on the usual retail price. My feeling is that this still represents a reasonable deal, in spite of the spoiler of a sudden initial hike in prices taking the watch out of the bargain category. In corroboration of these remarks, I see that the latest issue of GQ Magazine gives the price range of the Oceaneva Deep Marine Explorer as $549-$799, well below the current price range stated by Oceaneva.

 

 

 

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Another great article Honour - thanks. Quite expensive by the time you add on shipping and VAT compared to the very similar looking Steinhart range (another Rolex copy/homage).

I also wonder if these Rolex copies have been tested for the claimed WR or if it is based on some computer model.

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4 minutes ago, richy176 said:

I also wonder if these Rolex copies have been tested for the claimed WR or if it is based on some computer model.

Can't see it being too much of a problem.

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5 hours ago, WRENCH said:

Can't see it being too much of a problem.

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Do those work for such a high WR? Only wonder after seeing pictures of the equipment that Rolex use.

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