TWCO SRD #20 Touchdown in Australia!
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    TWCO SRD #20 Touchdown in Australia!

    So folks, as the name suggests, the only Australian delivered Sea Rescue Diver arrived via FedEx yesterday (NYE here).
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    Upon unwrapping the FedEx packaging, the bright orange Pelikan case was revealed, prominently branded with the TWCO logo
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    Cracking the two snap lugs, a verrrry solid chunk of bead blasted stainless steel is revealed, comfortably nestled in its foam bed, accompanied by the strap changing tool on left and the two screwdrivers for bracelet adjustment on the right
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    Popping the SRD out of its foam encasement, underneath was a very well made, fitted orange rubber strap as well as spare spring bars and a spare tip for the strap changing tool.Name:  ImageUploadedByTapatalk1357014191.856892.jpg
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    Initial impressions on handling the SRD were very good. The watch is quite heavy and the level of workmanship is superb. There were no parts of the watch that had escaped the bead blasting, all fittings opened and closed the way they should without rubbing or sharp edges. There is no lint or foreign objects under the crystal and the bezel clicks solidly and, more importantly, lines up with 12!
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    Having a little girly wrist (very hairy but still girly!), I needed to take two links out of each side to make the watch fit me correctly. With the screwdrivers, this took 5 mins to do. The screwdrivers fit the link screw exactly, reducing the chance of slipping and inadvertently burring the screw heads.
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    Whilst resizing the bracelet, I took the opportunity to photograph the lugs of the watch, showing the second set of drilled holes allowing a perfect snug fit of the rubber bracelet, as well as the solid bracelet end link that has a set of 'horns' integrated, making fitting and removal of the end link so much easier.
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    The case back, clasp and divers extension detail is also very well done showing attention to detail and no sloppy workmanship
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    With the watch now fitted securely to my wrist, I was able to appreciate for the first time how it felt on, rather than just gauging it by holding it in my hand. I have to say that the weight becomes a bit of a non issue. The only other watch I've owned that weighed anything close to this was a Citizen EcoZilla in stainless but the weight was a lot more concentrated with that watch because it was smaller and higher. No such problem here
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    So on to a comparison to a well known, iconic watch that will hopefully let some people understand the size and detail of the SRD. I've used an Omega 2254 as the comparison watch. Firstly here is the weight difference between the two in grams.
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    As you can see there is a substantial weight difference. Bear in mind that these weights were taken on my wifes totally uncalibrated and unscientific kitchen scales after both watches were sized to my wrist!
    Next are thickness and case diameter shots.
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    Again, the SRD is much thicker. Bear in mind though that the SRD is designed for greater depths.
    Here is another gratuitous comparison shot just for kicks!
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    Last comparison shot is Lume. Omega on the left, SRD on the right.
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    Lume shot was taken after holding both watches 10cm from an incandescent bulb for 60 seconds and then turning said light off. SRD is somewhat weaker than the Omega.

    So summing up.

    SRD Pro's
    Fit and finish
    Crystal
    Bracelet comfort
    Ease of link removal
    Legibility of dial
    Value for money

    SRD Cons
    Non drilled through lugs
    Bezel numbers a bit small
    Lume lacking a little

    Would I buy this watch again? At this price point? Absolutely! It outperforms other watches worth much more in fit, finish and equipment. I have already communicated with Robbert and have expressed my interest in any other models he intends to produce in the future.
    Lastly, a couple of extra shots including a couple just out of the pool. Thanks for reading
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    Last edited by wheels; January 1st, 2013 at 13:53.
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    Re: TWCO SRD #20 Touchdown in Australia!

    Hello Wheels great review thanks for sharing so nr 20 is in Aussie hands now. Enjoy and wear it in good health
    Happy 2013
    Doe wel en zie niet om !!!

    Greetings Jan

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    TWCO SRD #20 Touchdown in Australia!

    Thanks Rodi. Hopefully I haven't gone too 'in depth' and people will read it and not find it boring. I must also apologise for the photography. My 5d is in getting a sensor clean so I used the wife's point and shoot. It's a little hard to control aperture with that one!

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    Re: TWCO SRD #20 Touchdown in Australia!

    Wheels, "in depth" this watch supposed to stand that just kidding,its a good review with lots off nice review pictures
    Doe wel en zie niet om !!!

    Greetings Jan

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    Re: TWCO SRD #20 Touchdown in Australia!

    Good to see it arrived safely "down under" and thanks for the good review!

    Regarding the review i noticed (and i had this question before) that i need to do some further explaining regarding the double lug holes.
    There is a very good reason why i choose double lug holes, and i will fully explain in a new thread, Coming soon! Stay tuned!

    PS. The bracelet and the silicon strap both use the same lug holes (the lower ones).
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    Re: TWCO SRD #20 Touchdown in Australia!

    Solid write up. Right on.
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    TWCO SRD #20 Touchdown in Australia!

    Thanks mate. A quick photo getting it wet ;) A bit of tropical for all those in the grip of winter at the moment.
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    Re: TWCO SRD #20 Touchdown in Australia!

    Great review, the more detail the better- love the comparisons with the Omega as well, for point of reference!

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    TWCO SRD #20 Touchdown in Australia!

    Thanks mate. As far as comparisons go, I really should be comparing the TWCO to a similar 600m diver such as the Omega Ploprof but I don't have one! That and I don't know too many people that wear a Ploprof on a day to day basis. This watch is a daily wearer, much the same as a Rolex Sub or a Omega SMP and hence the comparison.
    In about a month or so I'll do another write up about how it is to live with the SRD. I've already smacked a couple of door frames and taken it jogging and surfing. Little hint - don't take it jogging! It's like a mobile wrist dislocation ;)

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