The $500 Dive Watch That Should be $5,000: Anstead's Oceanis
Fine watches are tools. Beautiful, expensive tools.
And what you're seeing here is a fine watch, indeed. The Anstead Oceanis is a dive watch inspired by the rigors of naval service, but at just $499.00, it’s a fine watch that won't break the bank. From wetsuits to tuxedos, the Oceanis is an all-purpose built timepiece that'll look fantastic in every situation. Let's take a closer look.
Design-wise, the watch takes cues from a number of significantly more expensive watches. Most notably, if a Breitling Seawolf Avenger ($4,325) and Bell & Ross 123 Sport ($3,100) had a baby, it would come out looking like the Oceanis.
The first thing you will notice is the weight: it's heavy, but not in a bad way. The Oceanis is made of surgical 316L steel, making it extremely strong, which is much needed with the 300-meter dive depth.
The crown is screw-down, the bezel a 120-click unidirectional, and the anti-reflective sapphire crystal means you will always be able to clearly see the face. One of my favorite features was the Superluminova-painted numerals and markings on the face. The glow is mesmerizing.
The watch is powered by the widely-used and reliable Miyota 9015 24-jewel movement. This movement has been proven again and again to be one of the most dependable automatic movements available. A 40-hour power reserve means you wont have to reset the time if you happen to give it a day off the wrist.
You won't regret adding the Oceanis to your collection.