I have been wantinga professional diver’s watch for a long time, and have been looking at allsorts of models and types. Many of themare what I consider to be “supposed diver’s watches” and by that I mean thosecommercially produced watches by major watch makers. They’re all good and decent watches, but Iwanted something different, something that to me just screams, “I’m a diver’swatch and there is no doubt about it!”
Well, Ifound exactly what I was looking for, but unfortunately since I’m by far not a wealthyindividual, and at over $4000 dollars, there was no way I thought I could everafford what I felt was the ultimate diver’s watch…then I stumbled on a websitecalled West Coast Time (www.westcoastime.com), and there it was...my ultimate diver’swatch! I mean this thing even lookedlike that $4000+ dollar watch I thought was my ultimate unobtainabledream. I read and re-read thedescription, I sent WCT an email, andwas responded to within a few hours. Finally, I telephoned and spokedirectly to Mr. Howard Marx. Howard isone heck of a nice person. He wasknowledgeable, informative, and most assuring regarding the watch. I decided I wanted to buy one, but first I’d have to wait for my income taxrefund which I expected would be within another week or so.
After myrefund arrived, I contacted WCT once again, and placed my order with Howard forone of the watches. It only took acouple of days, and the package arrived. I eagerly opened the box, and then opened the watch box, and my jaw nearlyhit the floor. IT WAS POSITIVELYBEAUTIFUL, AND IT WAS BIGGER THAN I EXPECTED. I mean when you read about something and its size that’s one thing…whenyou see it in person, all I can say isWOW! I started having doubts aboutit. I picked it up, and let me tell youit was one heck of a substantial piece of German engineering! It was thick, it had weight to it, and itfelt like quality and then some…very hard to describe! It came mounted on a black Zulu band whichHoward had installed prior to sending it to me at my request, and it was reallycool looking! Also included was thesuper high quality solid stainless steel bracelet with a very secure doubleflip locking clasp. I’m not a fan ofmetal bracelets, preferring the Zulu style straps on the watches I wear, butwhat a great plus for any buyer...the best of both worlds included with thewatch! I guess I should mention herethat the lug bars for the bracelet or strap are not those cheapie spring barsyou find on most watches…this watch had serious lug bars! The bars are held in place by screws! Now that’s a really well thought out piece ofengineering in my opinion.
I startedwearing it, and at first the weight (I weighed it on my postage scale…this suckerweighed 6 ounces!) seemed excessive, but after only a short while of perhaps ahalf hour or less, I noticed I wasn’t aware of the weight…and I have to tellyou, after glancing at it frequently, I started to really begin to appreciateit. So very easy to read…straight blackdial with no writing on it to jumble up one’s eyes when glancing at it, boldstrong hands and an easy to see sweeping seconds hand, even the date which islocated at the 6 o’clock position just stands out for ease of reading. I actually don’t like taking it off, it’sthat great!
The watch isreally large and robust…my measurement is 45 mm in diameter, 17mm in thickness,and 22mm between the lugs. I love the rotating bezel, and boy, does it everglow in the dark! The hands, markers, the “dot” on the rotating bezel, and eventhe sweep hand glows! Will never have a problem reading this in an underwatersituation or in any dark area!
It’s allsolid stainless steel with a screw down back and crown, and is pressure testedfor 1000 meters! That’s about 3300feet! A tough sapphire crystal whichaccording to the maker is about 5mm thick, and like all the other expensive andseriously professional dive watches I’ve looked at, there is a heliumrelief/escape valve. It has beenaccurate too. Automatic winding with a25 jeweled Swiss ETA 2824-A2 movement…this thing has the best of Germanengineering and toughness combined with the reliability and accuracy of Swisstime keeping engineering…I am one super happy customer of West Coast Time!
All I canhonestly say is if you’re looking for the ultimate in a dive watch, but like medon’t have 4-6 thousand dollars to spend…check out www.westcoastime.com You’ll be super glad you did!