another new in today is the Deepblue Nato 300m
i have always been a bit funny about Deepblue for a couple of reasons, firstly when they had just started out although they had some great designs the watches were fitted with IMO inferior movements, but that seems to be normal for "new starts" and secondly as a company they were not particularly honest, on another forum [
] i had a run in with the CEO of Deepblue who absolutely denied any involvement with any other watch makers or designs, i pointed out that their first dive watch was actually a rebranded JIUSKO....this one to be exact:
the Deepblue version:
anyway denials were made.....hissy fit taken and the CEO cleared off in a huff
some of you may remember
since then they have used rebranded Citizen Aqualands and others, now...i dont have any issue with this providing the Deepblue brand name doesn't attempt to increase the cost or value of them, but i have avoided them simply because of that one instance of dishonesty, the categorical denial of any other watch makers input
that was until i saw the Deepblue Nato 300m.
i first thought it was a Seiko SKX009, but then i noticed the name, i then thought.... DAMN ! they have now rebranded a Seiko, happily i was wrong and despite appearances it is a very different watch.
it is 44mm wide and 13mm deep...the SKX009 is 42mm wide and about 11mm deep.
lug width is 22mm same as the Seiko, but the biggest dimensional difference is case length which is 55mm as opposed to the Seiko at 45mm ...quite a difference !
it has a screw down crown which feels far superior to the Seiko and the thread length is longer and a lot smoother
the watch also has a 300m WR, the Seiko is 200m
the crystal is flat 4mm thick, inner AR coated Sapphire. Seiko is Mineral
and the movement is the Seiko TMI 24 jewel NH35 auto, hand wind and hack so again another point against the Seiko SKX range which is still using the 7S26
This watch IMHHO is where Seiko should be with their SKX range, they could have kept the old range going as they will sell for ever more they are such a classic, but what an upgrade to the line this watch would have been...far be for me to tell Seiko what to do though
the watch is also a limited ruin, this one is 447 of 5000 worldwide,it comes as standard with just the Pepsi Nato, but mine also has the bracelet and the rubber strap, all in a smart padded fabric case.