I wanted to do a little writeup for anyone who has been looking at the Momentum Divers, but is a little scared to take the plunge due to the lack of info about them on the web. I certainly couldn't find as many reviews as the other popular divers on here. I was in the search for an affordable diver as a daily wear and semi "beater" since many of my others are "dress" divers. I've been keeping an eye on the Momentum and Deep Blue Line of watches, but many of their offering were a little too big for my liking. i stumbled upon the Momentum Shadow 2 . I was turned off at first by the initial pictures on Amazon. The picture looked like the crown stuck out wayyy to far, but upon further investigation, the picture was with the crown unscrewed. Anyway, after looking at real pictures online I fell in love with the look of the watch and had to see for myself. The watch arrived yesterday, and I'll be honest, I didn't have high expectations for a diver at this price point-$150. I also have 7 inch wrists so I was interested in it's modest dimensions of 41mm x 12mm. That's hard to find in a diver these days.
Upon picking the watch up I was immediately impressed by its heft and feel. It has just a perfect weight too it. Not too heavy and not too light. Very solid. What immediately jumped out at me was the detail on the dial. The markers are raised with a nice silver edging. It really makes the dial pop. The hands are also tastefully done in a nice silver that's not overly reflective. The second hand is red tipped. I was also pleased to see that the second hand hits all of the markers dead on. I wasn't expecting that with a cheaper quartz either. My biggest surprise was how nice the crown operated. Once again, at this price point I usually find gritty feeling crowns that don't catch very well and feel like awkward upon threading. This crown is at the 4 o'clock position. It caught very easily and screwed down very smoothly. I'm not sure what lume is being used and I only tested it briefly. It wasn't the best I've seen, but it wasn't bad by any means either. The day date box also is nicely done with silver trim as well.
The band on this watch is fantastic. A thick, yet soft and pliable, masculine looking band that doesn't come with all of the diving logos, lettering, and decompression time limits plastered all over as you see with some of the citizens. The buckle and catchers are both ion plated stainless steel. The watch case is also 316L stainless coated in Black Ion. For those that don't like the black ion, you can find the regular stainless steel version of this watch under a different name, the "Storm II". The only negative I have found on this watch so far is the bezel. It is unidirectional and operates very smoothly, but it has a ton of play in it when it's stationary. I can move it back and forth 1-2mm each way. Other than that, this watch has exceeded my expectations on every level and I'm looking forward to more Momentum Divers in the future
Here are a few pics: