2011 was the year I discovered dive watches, 2012 was the year I discovered WUS and it was fairly recently that I discovered Boschett.
Thanks to many logged hours of research and reading here I've developed a strong affection for the micro-brands, which in my view offer the most bang for your watch buck as many before me have noted, this from both pragmatic and asthetic points of view.
Which brings me to my newly acquired Boschett Reef Ranger, direct from Keith Boschett. Having consumed every bit of Boschett info I could find I ran a WTB at the sales forum looking for a yellow dial Cave Dweller. After waiting all of 20min I reached out to Boschett directly and made contact with Keith. He didn't have a yellow dial Cave Dweller but he did have a yellow Reef Ranger, 2hrs later it was on it's way to me. Thank you Keith!
I received the watch today and couldn't be happier. Better looking in person than the site pics and Keith shipped it in a Wolf watch winder! More on that later.
The anticipated delivery from Boschett arrived, securely packed and appearing more or less bomb-proof..
The Boschett Reef Ranger is a beauty, no doubt about it. The enamel dial is crisp and clean, are lum'd and easily read. The bezel ratchets and locks perfectly, smooth and again crisp.
Others have made mention of the Boschett signed crown and I agree, a nice touch on a watch like this. Winding is smooth as is unscrewing the crown and setting time and date- awesome.
The Reef Ranger 300m/1000ft water restistance - a diver in more than just name, where I live in Gloucester MA will provide plenty of opportunity to test it. Shown here on an Isofrane 22mm strap
Fit and finish is excellent- SS chapter ring, brushed satin finish on the case back, high polish case sides, extremely well done bracelet [ screwed in links] and clasp [divers extension, scissor-stlye divers clasp ], contrasting bezel is striking and also well executed.
The laser engraved and logo'd screw-in caseback is thick, offering adequate protection for the gold ETA 2824-2 and the watch features"Swiss Made" as on the dial. Like everyone else I appreciate the solid end links on the bracelet and the sweet sapphire crystal.
As mentioned earlier the watch shipped in a Wolf watch winder[ shown here with a Helson Shark Diver tucked inside]. I'm not familiar with this model winder and am not sure what results to expect, I'm sure some of you reading this are well familiar with this winder, your insights and thoughts are most welcome!
The Boschett Reef Ranger is a well made and asthetically pleasing dive watch, reinforcing my appreciation of micro brands in general and Boschett watches in specific. The only changes I'd wish for would be;
- spring bar holes drilled in the lugs
- bezel indices w/ C3 lum
- stronger lum over all
Beyond these quibbles I'm well pleased and will be interested to see how the ETA 2824-2 movement works out[ this is my first watch with an ETA].
Now if I can only find a yellow dial Cave Dweller...