Review of one of Dans (OWC) finest, Explorer-5517
I wanted to get something bit dressier in my watchbox to be used in weddings, formal parties and such. But I had a catch in mind, I wanted a watch that gives out bad ass attitude, utilitarian feeling and looks right at home on my wrist. I'm usually drawn to military styled watches so when I asked Dan if he had something like this. He showed me couple of watches and few concepts, this one popped right off and screamed to me "get me". So I did. Dan's a great guy to do business with and knows his business. One of the most pleasurable watch purchases I've made.
Now to the watch. It has Explorer styled case, sword hands in memory of military Submariner and Dans MilSub dial with ultra shiny surface. Lume is great and I'll take a shot of it when I have some spare time. It came with Dans mesh bracelet and few NATOs. I'm mostly nylon guy so It's on nato right now. Althou the mesh looks great and is definitely suit worthy. Watch has tried and tested Seagull that's direct ETA 2824-2 replacement (copy). It's hacking, hand winding and quit accurate (haven't tested that out yet thou).
Watch is 36mm across with out the crown (38 with it) and 40 from lug tip to lug tip.
Oh and as this is prototype/custom made/one off. Dan used what he had handy as parts, So don't be alarmed by the small marking on crystal, if this goes to production there's no markings like that! Dan has a idea about Explorer styled watch coming along, but I'll let you know when I know more of it. But it seems like it's worth the wait :)
This is one kick ass watch and it has made me even more eager about Dans MilSub-5517.
But now to the business. The pictures!
First ones show the watch with included mesh and included NATO:
Then couple pics with off the shelf silicone.
And proper lume shot for those that can't scroll the thread down :)