My oldest son is really into rocks and it’s not just in the “oh that rock looks cool let me get it for my collection” way either. He is extremely fascinated from a geology standpoint. So much in fact that he wants to be a geologist when he grows up. When I showed him the watch that I will be reviewing today, he was beyond excited. His eyes lit up when I told him what the dial was made of. Just as my watch enthusiast eyes lit up, but it was extra special for me to see my son’s excitement, especially through the eyes of a future geologist. The Nethuns Ocean 300 with the meteorite dial is the watch we will be exploring together today.
A substantial watch, with a good heft/solid construction first came to mind when I took the watch out of the box. The bronze case was ready to start it’s journey of time, just begging for that natural patina to start forming. Especially around the bezel, with the stainless steel hexagon screws, that decorate it ever so nicely from a functional and aesthetic standpoint. The screws are a nice combination of brushed matte and polished finishes, which catch the light brilliantly. I really like how the fixed bezel received the same finish treatment, giving the case a nice 3-dimensional appearance.
The bezel really sets the tone for this piece as a rugged, can handle anything type of watch. I don’t know how important that is to you guys, but it is a feature that definitely makes me take a watch more seriously. I don’t abuse my watches on purpose but I don’t baby them either. They have to be able to keep up with me on my outdoor adventures and my active lifestyle. A sturdy case and a screw down crown are two things that I personally look for when I am looking for a watch. The Ocean 300 definitely seems to meet those two needs from my initial handling.
A watch that has a 300M depth rating I would not expect anything less than a sturdy, easy to grip screw down crown. Nethuns kept the crown guards to a minimum which hasn’t sacrificed any protection value but it also allows easy grip of the crown itself, which operates perfectly on this piece. The crown has some nice detail as well including the gear style edges and the raised signed details with the Nethuns ‘N’. The stainless steel screw down case back has been kept simple with a laser etched old school navigational map compass.
Now onto the dial itself which of course is a major feature of this watch. It is my first meteorite dial experience which I must admit that I was skeptical at first. That skepticism quickly fled once I got my hands on this watch. What I find unique and cool about a meteorite dial is how the fine details and color change with the lighting. In some lighting the dial appears to be very flat with very little detail, but then it hits other light. Bam! You see why meteorite dials are so cool. It looks like it has great depth and texture, even the colors change. A really cool alternative backdrop material for a dial. I am glad Nethuns kept the text on the dial to a minimum. I would have also liked the exclusion of the date window at the 6 o’clock position to keep the dial more intact.
I like what Nethuns did with the hour markers and the hands in terms of the color. Since the material that was used for the dial is quite old, I like that Nethuns went with an aged look for the marker color and hands color/finish. The nice thing about it is that it looks fantastic and not gimmicky like some faux patina/aged finish that you find on some watches these days. The colors on the hands and markers nicely coordinate with the text color, right down to the tip of the lollipop shaped seconds hand. I like the brushed finish on the semi-skeletonized hour and minute hands which keep true to the overall style details on this watch.
Ticking away inside the Ocean 300 is a Japanese made Seiko NH35 automatic movement, 24 jewels, power reserve 41 hours. The Ocean 300 was timed at -10 sexonds per day during my review process. The Ocean 300 comes on a black canvas strap with leather accents that has camo print and grey stitching. I didn’t know how I would like this but seeing it person I see that it was done with tact and it actually looks good. It is hardly noticeable actually. The oversized buckle on the other hand is quite noticeable. I have heard some initial complaints that it’s too big, but I disagree. I think that it’s quite suiting and I think it extends the watches personality perfectly. There are larger hexagon screw heads on the buckle that match the screw heads on this bezel.
The Nethuns Ocean 300 is a well built watch packed with nice details at a decent price of $640 USD. I really like the bezel and crown in terms of the case design itself as it offers a bit of a different design that other watches. The dial is definitely a nice highlight on this watch and adds to it’s overall appeal in my opinion. I also think that the canvas strap is well made with a nice sturdy buckle. I would recommend this piece to anyone looking for a bronze dive style watch that will fit well and comfortably on most wrist sizes. The Ocean 300 did endure some scratches on the case during my review, but like I have said before scratches and patina on bronze watches just add to it’s ever changing personality. Bronze has personally taken second place in my case material choice. It has definitely moved up on my list.
I would like to personally thank you for reading my review and as always your questions and comments are welcome below.
I would also like to thank Nethuns.
Diameter 43.5mm width, 51mm lug to lug, brushed/polished bronze (alloy of copper and tin), 15mm thick.
Brushed stainless steel.
Sapphire crystal, 3.5mm thick with anti-reflective coating.
30 bar (~300 meters).
Japanese made Seiko NH35 automatic movement, 24 jewels, power reserve 41 hours.
Hours, minutes, seconds & date at 6 o’clock.
Bronze with 6 decorated screws.
2 layer dial, Natural Meteorite Stone with SuperLuminova markers.
22mm canvas/leather strap with 22mm bronze buckle.