Not long ago I reviewed a BLWRX and a Neymar dive watch; both brands are from the same manufacturer. I found both to be homages of amazing value. For this review I have one of their newest models, the BLWRX 42mm automatic with magnified date and interchangeable bezel. The company, officially known as Shenzhen Bo Lin Watch Industry Co. LTD, continues to expand their model range and this new line is a dress watch with the heart of a dive watch. It is offered in different color combinations and each watch comes with screw on interchangeable bezels, something I have not seen before. Included with each watch is an interchangeable fluted bezel and a smooth, rounded, polished bezel. This gives the wearer the option of two different designs, both of which take homage to classic Rolex and Seiko designs.
With a 200 meter/20 atm water resistance rating, this completely 316L stainless steel watch is suitable for most water activities, something that is generally frowned upon by other brands of similar watches. The brushed, signed and engraved, screw down case back is a variation of a Rolex design, but is more interesting due to the engraved watch information on it. The screw down, signed, gear edged, 6mm diameter crown works exactly as it should but without a dive watch crown guard. The overall size of this watch is also similar to many dive watches; 42mm in diameter, 13.5mm thick, 49mm lug to lug, 22mm between the lugs with a bracelet that tapers from 22mm to 20mm. The clasp is a dive watch design; completely brushed with a signed flip lock, milled folding links and dual push button releases. It has two micro adjustments and fits my seven inch wrist quite well. The outer links of the bracelet are completely brushed while center links are polished. The polished center sections of the two solid, three across end links are longer, as they are in many bracelets of this type. I prefer a greater downward curvature to these center link sections for a closer wrist fit and polishing added down the center of the outer surface of the clasp to match the polished center links.
The sides and top of the case are polished as is the smooth screw down bezel that I have chosen to use. The face on my model 126311 is a design that I can’t seem to find on watches from other companies. There are 48 black line indices and 12 Roman numerals circling the outer edge of the face with 11 raised, white, silver polished edge, rectangular lumed indices. There is a large 3 o’clock black on white date window with a highly magnified and precisely placed cyclops on the raised and beveled edge sapphire crystal. Thin, slightly tapered diamond cut, beveled hour and minute hand and second hand use blue BGW9 super luminova, uncommon for a dress watch. A tapered, polished, lumed lollipop second hand helps this watch achieve it’s excellent dress presence. The center of the upper portion of this porcelain white face has the BLWRX name printed in black, while the center of the lower portion indicates, in three smaller lines of black text, the watch’s water resistance, number of jewels and that it is an automatic.
The movement in this watch is the almost universal, automatic Seiko/TMI NH35, which by now needs no further introduction. The amazing part of this movement, in this application, is it’s almost COSC accuracy. BLWRX’s movement calibration can only be described as superb. If you are looking for a larger, 42mm dress watch that does not scrimp on anything and can take rough handling and water activities, you should seriously consider this watch. Available from Amazon, in a wide variety of face, bracelet and bezel combinations, it is only $169.99. I consider this BLWRX watch a truly remarkable value. Available on Amazon.com
Bert Kanne is a freelance contributor to MBWW with a love for well made dive watches and chronographs. All photos by Bert Kanne unless otherwise noted.