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    San Martin Soul Bronze Diver review

    X-posted from the main forum in case you dive watch enthusiasts are interested.


    I thought I might put down my thoughts on a new watch I got in that you are unlikely to have seen before.





    Iíve been living in Shanghai for the past few years and have access to the Chinese e-commerce site Taobao. Iím always buying straps and the odd interesting Seagull but this one jumped out at me when I first saw it. Its a San Martin Soul and comes from a micro-brand based in Beijing.


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    Anyway I absolutely love California dials and am bronzo curious so at the price decided to take a punt. I was given a build slot to select (of 200 pieces in total apparently) and then waited a couple of months for the watch to turn up.





    There were a couple of options of movement. Seagull 2130 ETA clone and the ETA2824. I chose to pay the extra for the ETA movement as it wasnít much more expensive. I also since learned that movement choice influenced the grade of bronze used. The Chinese movement apparently comes with a Bronze/Tin alloy whereas the ETAís come with a Bronze/Tin/Phosphor alloy for your extra coin which has a slightly pink hue, rather like pink gold when polished up.





    The watch came in a nice waterproof hardshell case and was supplied with leather, rubber and Nato straps. These were all quite basic and so where put to one side immediately in favour of this awesome 22mm Buffalo leather Rios 1931 from Panatime with an included bronze buckle.





    The ETA2824 movement winds very silkily and the screw down crown engages and winds in smoothly. The dial is beautiful with inky shiny black depth to it. So simple and easy to read the hands at a glance with C3 Luminova on the hands and numerals. The dial is also available in brown or green but I thought the gloss black looked excellent. The 120 click bronze bezel turns quite stiffly but has a nice lume filled triangle at 12. I believe the crystal is sapphire and must have an anti-reflective coating since its legible at some very shallow angles in strong light.





    I guess the most interesting part is the case which is clearly modelled after the 41mm Tudor Black Bay. I have a Black Bay Blue and comparing them side by side they are not exactly the same but the influence is clear with the slab side, downturned lugs and slightly proud crown. Overall dimensions are a reasonable 41x49.5x12.5mm. There is a Helium valve in one side which is a shame as its made of stainless steel and doesnít work visually with the bronze but the watch is rated at 500m so it may have been a necessity. Some of the finishing was a bit rough in places and the patina had already begun when I received it so I gave it a once over with some Brasso so that I could observe the patina develop from a shiny shiny new case. Therefore the pictures here represent the watch polished up on day one. Finally the 316L stainless steel case back contains an engraving of Patrick from Spongebob Squarepants which is the icing on the cake!





    Overall Iím really pleased with it so far. I think it looks magnificent and am looking forward to watching the patina develop.





    No affiliation to the brand at all. Just a happy customer who is now tempted to pick up one of their bronzo pilots watches next








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    Re: San Martin Soul Bronze Diver review

    That case back is fantastic.

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    Re: San Martin Soul Bronze Diver review

    It's look good. I don't read Chinese. How much is it after conversion?


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    Re: San Martin Soul Bronze Diver review

    USD $295 at todays rate I think

    Quote Originally Posted by petalz View Post
    It's look good. I don't read Chinese. How much is it after conversion?


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    Re: San Martin Soul Bronze Diver review

    Well great price for a bronze auto with 500m w/r that's for sure. I love SpongeBob but for some reason the caseback is a turn off for me. The case shape and overall appearance is certainly nothing new. But the total package seems to be put together rather well and (as noted) for that money, it's a deal for sure.

    Enjoy it!
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    Re: San Martin Soul Bronze Diver review

    Any chance they ship to the US?


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    Re: San Martin Soul Bronze Diver review

    Quote Originally Posted by househalfman View Post
    Any chance they ship to the US?


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    No idea but their website has an email address...
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    Re: San Martin Soul Bronze Diver review

    How is the lume quality? I wonder if it is really rated for 500m? Kinda like a cross between Armida A8 and Black Bay. I'm still hesitant on dropping that much on a "Parnis" type watch though..............
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    Re: San Martin Soul Bronze Diver review

    Is it sold out? Hoping to get similar setup like yours with the black dial and the eta.

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    Re: San Martin Soul Bronze Diver review

    Quote Originally Posted by rhaykal View Post
    Is it sold out? Hoping to get similar setup like yours with the black dial and the eta.

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    Sorry, I'm not sure. You'd need to shoot them an email to find out.

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