So I've recently become dive certified, and although I have many many dive watches I figured it was a good excuse to add another to the watch drawer. I ended up adding two, kind of accidentally.
I bid on eBay for a Depthmaster 3000m, and when I was sure I'd be outbid I went ahead and found a brand new Master Explorer online all the way in Australia (I'm in NJ, USA). Well by the time the Master Explorer was on it's way to me I ended up winning the Depthmaster, so now I've got two new Deep Blue watches.
I ended up getting the Depthmaster lightly used for half off, and I gotta say this is an impressive watch for the price. I'm not wild about how busy the design of the case is, or the design of the bezel, but the sapphire bezel insert is a great touch and adds a really nice look to the watch. The domed crystal is really great too. It's a beast of a watch, and very well made. The bezel is one of the best bezels I've ever owned... so incredibly solid and the ratcheting mechanism is amazing... it's better than my Panerai Submersible and both of my Omega Seamasters put together.
When I bought the Master Explorer I didn't realize it was one of the cheaper offerings from Deep Blue. I really wanted the DayNight Scuba, but when I saw the Master Explorer I jumped on it. Quality-wise I think I should've went with the DayNight. The ME is a beautiful watch...it's got that classic dive watch look. But the bezel is very cheap and the ratcheting mechanism is very weak and the clicks are not positive at all. With the Depthmaster I feel like once I set the bezel it won't move no matter what... but on the ME a rub against a wetsuit or equipment can easily turn the bezel. And the lume on the dots between 12 and 3 is very uneven... some dots are filled flush with the bezel, other dots are below the bezel. On the whole it's a very nice looking bezel, but I wished for more. The bezel is kind of an important part of a dive watch.
The dial is really nice and looks great, although the text on the lower part of the dial is small and hard to read. And the machining around the helium escape valve is a little sloppy... almost like someone had shaky hands when they countersunk the case before inserting the valve.
My few complaints aside, this is really a nice looking watch and a solid feeling watch for the most part and I'm excited to dive with it. Oh yeah, a note about the Miyota 9015. These are my first Miyotas as far as I know, and they have been keeping excellent time. Panerai is my favorite brand by far and my Deep Blues have been crushing my Panerai's in-house movement in terms of accuracy!
I'm just passing through, but I thought I'd throw out some shots anyhow.
Just got this Master 2000 II, Orange Lume face. The ETA movement is very nice and speedy. I like how the date changes over with a snap rather than gradually.
Haven't decided if I'm keeping it.
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Last edited by Phreddo; April 24th, 2015 at 15:21. Reason: Added pics
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