Just a quick picture and some thoughts on my "new to me" Stow Seatime Prodiver with black dial, hands, and bezel. I recognize this is a rather generic combo but I like the understated nature which allows the watch to "blend in" regardless of attire. Regarding the quality of the watch, I had high expectations given my experience with Stowa (I already own a Antea KS and also purchased a Antea for my brother-in-law) and the Prodiver shows the same high level of attention to detail that I have come to expect from Jorg.
I was a little worried that the black hands on the black dial might negatively impact how quickly I could read the time with a rapid glance but I am happy to say that the large hands and bright lume make the readability of the dial/hand combo excellent. While the black second hand makes accurate timing by the sub-second difficult (particularly in low light) I was surprised how, in practical terms, the large lume on the second hand makes up for this. It's almost as if the watch lacks a second hand for quick glances but as soon as you really look at the dial, the lume indicator on the second hand pops out at you. Also, the visual appeal of the lume indicator seemingly "floating" smoothly around the dial is very cool.
As I had read in previous reviews, the lume is very good, equaling or perhaps slightly surpassing that of my Omega Seamaster 2254.
Although I have read several threads where individuals were surprised by the overall size of the Prodiver (particuarly on "for sale" posts), I find that the watch does not wear particuarly large. What it does do, and what would be one of my few criticisms of the watch, is ride rather high on the wrist. I suspect that the increased thickness of the caseback when compared to the standard Seatime is responsible for this. Thus, when wearing the ProDiver the primary contact point of the watch on the wrist is the circumference of the case back, as opposed to the entire width of the case. Fortunately, the bracelet is very comfortable and allows ample adjustments for fit, allowing you to achieve a fit that is neither too tight or loose (which is important given the way the case rides on the wrist). Overall, I am quite impressed with this watch. It is a relatively unique design (it certainly doesn't look like every other diver on the market), is built solidly with great fit and finish, and comes from a company with horological history and great service/support. In my book, that's a winning combination.
On a sidenote, I purchased this watch on the same day that our family had to put our cat of 15 years to sleep (stomach cancer). I thought it was rather fitting that the black and white combo of the Stowa mirrored his black and white appearance.
Here are some pics next to some of my old dive gear.
And some outdoor pics I took this morning (in response to everyone's enthusiastic comments):
and a shot of the back showing the contact patch where the watch rides on the wrist.
And a wrist shot on my 7 3/4" wrist for Ikagan:
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