Cruising this or any other watch related site will have you see the Rolex sub and various homages or some derivative of it. The centre of this review is one of the latter sort.
The De'Tomaso San Remo aka Oceanmaster takes some general design cues from the Rollie but is not a copy. The dimensions are bigger. 43x51 versus 40x47. The dial and hands are also nothing near the original.
Speaking of the dial, it reads San Remo Professional 300m=1000ft. The one I ordered should have had Oceanmaster printed on it instead of San Remo. Apperantly there are two versions of the same watch. The carton box containing the wooden case and watch did have a sticker saying Detomaso Oceanmaster.
After two days San Remo befits the watch better than the term oceanmaster.
Pricing on this piece is haphazard. The e-bay store from whom I got it sold it to me for €95 shipped while having a buy it now for €159 and advertising it in his own onlineshop for €185.
So what do you get for €95 or maybe less.
Inside lives a miyota auto although I didn't check that by opening it. Nowhere on the watch did I detect where it was made. Not even the "Japan Movement" so it might be a Chinese movement for all that matters.
Where ever it may have been made the watch does feel solid. The 22mm solid endlinks have no play between the lugs and fit flush to the case. The case itself has polished sides and the topside of the lugs is brushed. However the brushed finish on the case is coarser than that on the bracelet. Don't know if it was intended that way but my guess is it came from different manufacturers without much coordination like the dial printing and packaging.
The bezel is 120 firm clicks. Grippy by design but a coarse, dry plasticky click unlike the smooth ratchety click on many sweet Seikos.
The bracelet is quite hefty with 4mm solid links (centre links all solid too). Adjusting the bracelet gives you plenty options with 3 half and 4 whole screwed links and 4 hole microadjust at the clasp. It tapers from 22 to 18 with the clasp being 20mm wide. The clasp is a nice thick cutout threefold with fliplock and features a solid wetsuit extension.
Lume is virtually none existant. It fades instantly to a very dim green but stays that for a few hours though.
Brandmarkings can be found on the dial, clasp (logo) and etched on the side of the case you'll find DE'TOMASO.
case: 42mm with bezel 43mm
lug to lug: 51mm
Overall I think it's a fun watch to wear but nothing to pamper or much worth reselling. Quality is a bit of a hit and miss. Bracelet is good, like that one very much. Bezelaction is poor and so is the lume. The screwdown crown will probably be threadless by the end of the year. 300m??? I won't do more than 3m but 30cm will possibly hold before the crown gives up.
Why did I buy it? I wanted something that was sub like but not a copy. This De'Tomasso offers a different look in the dial and handset department so I gave it a shot. Would I buy another one in green or gold? Nah...