So folks, as the name suggests, the only Australian delivered Sea Rescue Diver arrived via FedEx yesterday (NYE here).
Upon unwrapping the FedEx packaging, the bright orange Pelikan case was revealed, prominently branded with the TWCO logo
Cracking the two snap lugs, a verrrry solid chunk of bead blasted stainless steel is revealed, comfortably nestled in its foam bed, accompanied by the strap changing tool on left and the two screwdrivers for bracelet adjustment on the right
Popping the SRD out of its foam encasement, underneath was a very well made, fitted orange rubber strap as well as spare spring bars and a spare tip for the strap changing tool.
Initial impressions on handling the SRD were very good. The watch is quite heavy and the level of workmanship is superb. There were no parts of the watch that had escaped the bead blasting, all fittings opened and closed the way they should without rubbing or sharp edges. There is no lint or foreign objects under the crystal and the bezel clicks solidly and, more importantly, lines up with 12!
Having a little girly wrist (very hairy but still girly!), I needed to take two links out of each side to make the watch fit me correctly. With the screwdrivers, this took 5 mins to do. The screwdrivers fit the link screw exactly, reducing the chance of slipping and inadvertently burring the screw heads.
Whilst resizing the bracelet, I took the opportunity to photograph the lugs of the watch, showing the second set of drilled holes allowing a perfect snug fit of the rubber bracelet, as well as the solid bracelet end link that has a set of 'horns' integrated, making fitting and removal of the end link so much easier.
The case back, clasp and divers extension detail is also very well done showing attention to detail and no sloppy workmanship
With the watch now fitted securely to my wrist, I was able to appreciate for the first time how it felt on, rather than just gauging it by holding it in my hand. I have to say that the weight becomes a bit of a non issue. The only other watch I've owned that weighed anything close to this was a Citizen EcoZilla in stainless but the weight was a lot more concentrated with that watch because it was smaller and higher. No such problem here
So on to a comparison to a well known, iconic watch that will hopefully let some people understand the size and detail of the SRD. I've used an Omega 2254 as the comparison watch. Firstly here is the weight difference between the two in grams.
As you can see there is a substantial weight difference. Bear in mind that these weights were taken on my wifes totally uncalibrated and unscientific kitchen scales after both watches were sized to my wrist!
Next are thickness and case diameter shots.
Again, the SRD is much thicker. Bear in mind though that the SRD is designed for greater depths.
Here is another gratuitous comparison shot just for kicks!
Last comparison shot is Lume. Omega on the left, SRD on the right.
Lume shot was taken after holding both watches 10cm from an incandescent bulb for 60 seconds and then turning said light off. SRD is somewhat weaker than the Omega.
So summing up.
Fit and finish
Ease of link removal
Legibility of dial
Value for money
Non drilled through lugs
Bezel numbers a bit small
Lume lacking a little
Would I buy this watch again? At this price point? Absolutely! It outperforms other watches worth much more in fit, finish and equipment. I have already communicated with Robbert and have expressed my interest in any other models he intends to produce in the future.
Lastly, a couple of extra shots including a couple just out of the pool. Thanks for reading