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Dievas Oceantimer 1330 Arrived  Rating:  Rating
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 Posted: Thu Feb 14th, 2008 08:32 pm
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My black dial Oceantimer was just delivered and I wanted to post my initial impressions.  I'm going to fully test the lume tonight, but so far it seems to be just "ok".  I have the Oceantimer in a drawer side by side with my SAR-D, and after an hour, the SAR-D is still glowing, whereas the Oceantimer is almost completely black with no lume what so ever.  When it's first charged, the hands on the Oceantimer appear to be brighter than the indices on the dial, and seem to hold on to the lume longer (the indices seem to fade really fast).  Given I'm at work, this could all change, as testing lume in an office vs. a dark room at home can be completely different.  Definitely more to come on this aspect. 

Visually is where the Oceantimer excels; it's a substantial looking dive watch that exudes a strong presence.  It's a little smaller than the Dievas Endurance in both case size and lug width, but I think it actually might weigh more.  It definitely isn't a watch you'll forget that you're wearing.  The caseback has a minimalist design that features the Dievas logo and 6 hexagonal screws that give the watch a real beefy tool look and feel that I like a lot. 

The biggest positive (or negative depending on where you're standing) is that the Oceantimer looks a bit like the UTS line of watches.  To some that's a good thing (me), others, not so much.  Considering I've always wanted a UTS watch but never had the funds, the Oceantimer is a perfect option, as it features a number of similar aesthetics to UTS to satisfy my craving, and yet still fit my budget.  Yes, the Oceantimer is quartz and the UTS is automatic, but at the end of the day you have to ask yourself if spending a lot of extra money is worth it for the automatic movement.  For my wallet, the answer was the Oceantimer.  

Overall, in the short time I've had the Oceantimer, I'm very pleased with my purchase.  Anders at Gnomon was fantastic to deal with, and I highly recommend him and his company (if you're reading this Anders, I'd love to see you make a blue tritium version of the Oceantimer!!) as they're top notch all the way around.  Something tells me that the Oceantimer just might be a "sleeper" hit with the dive watch crowd.  

Thanks for reading.  I'll report back with lume info in the next couple of days. 

 

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 Posted: Fri Feb 15th, 2008 10:15 am
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 Posted: Sat Feb 16th, 2008 04:57 am
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Hi mate,

Thank You for your initial review.

The Oceantimer 1330 is our test at technical manufacturing.

Some of the challenges in the Dievas Oceantimer:

1) The case design
2) The bezel. If you look closely, the bezel actually has grooves on it and in the groove, you can see its beadblasted and on the surface its circular satin brushing.

3) The precision manufacturing of the caseback and case. No tolerance in this espect as any deviation means the 6 hex screws cannot be screwd in

4) The 400m rating on the watch. In fact the watch can go deeper. But just thought nobody has a 400m. So there you go.

5) The dial's finishing. Its actually satin brushed before application of the paint.

6) The all steel construction of the watch. Even the movement holder/spacer is machined from stainless steel. No nlyon can be found in the Oceantimer 1330.

7) The hi-end quartz movement that is found in many high end brands.

8) And lastly of course the color of the hands. Its not easy to come up with an indigo red/orange minute hand.

There you go.

Basically, the Oceantimer is a giveaway. As the features and technicality can only be found in watches costing a couple times more.

Regards
Anders



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 Posted: Sun Feb 17th, 2008 10:42 pm
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I would like to say that comparing the lume of the Ocean Timer that uses applied lume material to a Marathon that uses gas tubes designed to glow bright 24-7 is not a fair comparison ...it's actually like comparing grapes to watermelons in this caseyahoo.gifjust my 2 cents

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 Posted: Sun Feb 17th, 2008 11:26 pm
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Ordinarily, I'd agree with you, but the watch I mentioned above for comparison purposes is the Marathon SAR-D, which uses Mariglow, and not Tritium. Sounds like you're thinking of the GSAR/TSAR.

Last edited on Sun Feb 17th, 2008 11:26 pm by Bloom

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 Posted: Mon Feb 18th, 2008 12:21 am
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my bad....maraglo would be more compared to superluminova c-3 from what I've heard....so we would be comparing apples to oranges instead....jmhohand6.gif:D

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