Steinhart, a smaller watchmaker set in the Swiss Jura district has launched a new diving watch called Ocean Two. The smaller sized steel timekeeper is supplied with a self-winding automatic movement with hacking seconds. As for the traits that are useful for diving, these are naturally its water resistance to 300 meters (990 feet), as well as the presence of a 120-click diving bezel. The newcomer is available with a black or a white dial and it is quite affordable at the price tag of around $600.
As the brand states, the creation of Ocean Two timekeeper lasted several years. Its representatives likewise underline the difference between the newcomer and its predecessor named Ocean One which is a bit questionable since they shara several crucial traits, including the same beating heart. The movement in question is ETA 2824-2 Elabore self-winding mechanical movement. It is the second lowest grade of said movement with minimal decorations and it has a lower accuracy than the ones that are chronometer certified. More accurately, the highest daily rate of the caliber is +/- 7 seconds, its positional error is +/-20 seconds per day, while the maximal isochronism is +/- 15 seconds during 24 hours. The caliber is 11 ½ lignes wide and 4.6 mm thick, and it includes 25 jewels in its construction. It features lower-end Etachoc shock system and it is supplied with a power reserve which lasts for 38 hours. Its supported features are three central hands (with a hacking second hand) and a date display which is shown through an aperture which is placed at the bottom of the watch’s dial.
As a diving watch, Steinhart Ocean Two is supplied with several traits that go towards enabling higher waterproofness of 300 meters. Moreover, it sports a 120-click unidirectional diving bezel. This means that it completes a full revolution after 120 movements. It is a more popular type of bezel than the one with 60-click since it allows better alignment with the 12 o’clock position, More importantly it is a bit more functional since it allows more precise placement of the bezel to the required position. The bezel is made of stainless steel and it features a black and silver inlay made of aluminum.
The material of choice for the round case is once again stainless steel which received alternating polished and satin-finishes for an improved appearance. The housing is 43 mm wide and 13 mm high, while its weight measures to just over 100 grams. It also includes a screw-in crown in the traditional place which has the same serrated appearance like the bezel. The rear side of housing is screwed, made of solid metal and embellished with appropriate engravings. The final segment in the architecture of the piece is a domed sapphire crystal which features a double antireflective treatment on its inner side.
Under the sapphire is a no-nonsense dial which can be in white (the serial number 70231) or black (70230) which is basically the same, just in contrasted colors (this opposite color scheme is also found on their silver and black bezels). It features hour markers in the shape of an elongated trapezoid which are, just like hour and minute hands, coated with white Superluminova BGW9 coating.
The case of Steinhart Ocean Two timekeeper is joined with the attachment with steel lugs with the width of 22 mm. As for the wristlet itself, there are actually two options. The first one is a calf leather strap with rubber inlay and contrasted stitching, while the other one is a stainless steel bracelet.
The latest newcomer by Steinhart costs around $600, including VAT. For shipping there is a slight additional cost that depends on the country, but does not surpass $33 as it is for the United States.