So the highly sought after flat tube version of Deep Blue's T100 DayNight Ops watch is finally in my hands and I can finally give my opinions on it instead of reading everyone else's. It feels good, and I'm happy I took the plunge to trade 2 watches in return for this. Although I do miss the two I did trade. A big thanks to Joeyny80, the WUS member who traded with me, she's in good hands I promise!
Cost: This watch is listed as a $799.00 watch on Deep Blueís website, while I didnít pay anything for this watch I did receive it off of a trade. Although after owning this watch and other watches from Deep Blue to compare the quality I can honestly say that this watch has a well-justified price tag.
Variety: How often do you see a flat-tubed tritium watch on someoneís wrist? Weíre all WISís here on this forum so I KNOW you look donít deny it. Iíll answer for you though, you really donít, aside from the occasional Ball there is no other watch company producing T100 tubed watches in the US. The DOXA styled second hand, sword styled hour and minute hands, and bold outer bezel leaves for quite the wrist presence.
Size: The size of this watch is 44mm, itís a hefty piece of horology thatís for sure but it most certainly isnít a 10 lbs. weight attached to your arm. Itís got some weight to it so you do know that you have a watch on but its not so overbearing to the point that I dread wearing it.
Finish: The finish of this watch is great. From the T100 tritium tubes, to the lumed rotating bezel, to the brushed bracelet, and even the clasp this watch screams top quality to me.
Bezel: The bezel on this watch is one of the only places I can knit pick. The swiss superluminova on the bezel of the watch under light looks hastily painted on but I would imagine the difficulty of trying to cram paint into the tiny spaces would not be easy. My watches bezel was sent back to Deep Blue to have it locked at the 12 oíclock position because the original owner kept knocking it off of 12 and was a bit of a perfectionist. But I can send it back to Deep Blue to have it Ďunlockedí if I would like to do so, so its great to know thatís an option.
Crown: The screw down crown of this watch is just another place for this timepiece to shine. The fluidity of movement when winding, setting, or screw/unscrewing the crown is superb. The attention to detail shines here as well with a nicely executed Deep Blue logo etched onto the hardy looking crown.
Braclet: While some bracelets on watches Iíve owned are a huge let down and cause nothing but pain as it rips seemingly every single arm hair from its root this bracelet does the exact opposite. Wearing this watch is a great experience on its own, but when you add in a bracelet that is a joy to wear as well you are met with complete horological bliss. The brushed bracelet has solid links with screw links in-between them and are paired with a push button deploy clasp with safety. The clasp is etched with ďDeep BlueĒ and the Deep Blue logo along with the safety having ďDayNightĒ etched onto it as well. This is just another place where attention to detail was taken into consideration.
Lume: Ah, now we are to the pinnacle of this timepieceís qualities. This watches lume is out of this world when you compare it to other tritium watches. When you add in a superluminova painted bezel the results are just exponentially better. Thereís not much I can say here other than take a look at the picture. I think Deep Blue picked some excellent colors for this watch. They are bright enough to read clearly at night but not bright enough to where itís burning your retinas.
Visual appeal: Visual appeal on this watch is going to very, if youíre into diving watches then youíre going to want to pick it up yesterday. If you are more into dress watches, pilots, or G-Shocks you may think this is beyond ugly and should only be used as a night-light or nightstand clock. To each his own, for me, I love divers and think this watch is executed perfectly.
Overall, the more I wear this watch the more the sorrow of trading 2 watches for this subsides. The more I see it at night the even further that sorrow dissipates. The lume, build quality, bracelet, clasp, styling, movement and craftsmanship in this watch is something Iím proud to have people see on my wrist, whether they are a WIS or not. The ETA 2824 movement in this watch is a great movement that Iíve loved from the day I had it in my Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic and continue to love it in this brilliant diver. If youíre on the fence trying to decide whether or not to pick one up, do it. You can thank me by buying me a strap for this watch later.
What's that over yonder?!
Oh oh its a Flat Tube beauty! Look at her!