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.

Gavin Woolard is an editorial intern at Supercompressor. He's been wearing the Oceanis for three weeks and doesn't want to take it off. Follow him on Instagram.