Oceaneva is a new microbrand from the Aquacy brand.  At this time their mission with Oceaneva is offering the best value homage there is.  Personally, I believe they have done it and as a result they have affirmed my belief that microbands are just about the only type of new watches that should be purchased.  Not all microbrands are wonderful, but some, like this Oceaneva are to the point it has to be seen to be believed.

This watch is not a Rolex Submariner homage, but it very closely specs out to a Rolex Sea Dweller.  I am hoping that a YouTube video comes up soon with a fair and accurate comparison of the Oceaneva with the Sea Dweller.  The 316L Oceaneva is 42mm in diameter, 14.8mm thick, 49.5mm lug to lug with a 22mm lug width, It’s beautifully signed, gear edged, machined stainless steel crown is 7mm in diameter and about 4.5mm high.  This watch is actually one mm smaller in diameter than the Rolex Sea Dweller. 

The completely solid, totally brushed finish, diver extension equipped bracelet tapers from just under 22mm to 20mm.  Oceaneva models purchased with gold center link bracelets are double plated with 48-hour plate to last for many years.  The milled clasp links and clasp on this watch are an Omega design.  The only flaw with this stunning bracelet is it does not have any micro adjustments however bracelet half links are available from Oceaneva to customers that desire them free of charge. 

It is beautifully engraved with the Oceaneva trident (as used on the watch face, crown and case back) and a simple brick like engraved pattern that mimics the watch’s bracelet link design.  The watch case has a completely brushed finish with a beautifully sculpted crown guard as well as a 9 o’clock helium escape valve.  I much prefer a brushed case finish to a polished finish simply because smudges, fingerprints and what not are not as noticeable.  The screw down case back used on the Oceaneva is similar to the case back of a Rolex but far more interesting.  It is perfectly engraved with pertinent watch information as well as branding details. 

The rock solid, 120 click, unidirectional, ceramic inlaid, polished stainless steel, fully BGW9 lumed bezel is exquisite.  The ceramic used by Oceaneva is of the same quality and thickness as used by high end brands.  Of course, it is fully polished and engraved with BGW9 lumed, indices.  The watch uses a domed 4.8 mm thick, anti-reflective sapphire crystal that is solidly sealed with a 1.4mm by .45mm I-Ring.  The Mercedes handset and lollipop second hand on this watch are flawless.  My particular example is finished in the very popular deep black face with eleven raised, normally white BGW9 lumed and polished edge indices and a green bezel.  A small black on white date window is located at 3 o’clock.  This color combination was once offered on the now discontinued (and very expensive) Rolex “Kermit”, but only as a Submariner.  The Oceaneva’s face has a stainless steel, somewhat angled rehaut finished in black lettering with “HELIUM ESCAPE VALVE” on the upper portion and “LIMITED EDITION” on the lower portion.  Each Oceaneva is numbered and is rated for 3300 ft w/r, not much less than a Sea Dweller’s 4000 ft. 

Powering the Oceaneva is the very popular Swiss Made Sellita SW200-1.  Though very accurate (my example is less than 4 seconds a day fast) it is not as precise as the +/- 2 seconds per day, COSC certified, Sea Dweller.  Sea Dwellers have a 70-hour power reserve while the 26 jewels, 28,800 bph Sellita in the Oceaneva has a more typical 38 hour power reserve.   The only flaw I can find with the Oceaneva is it’s lack of micro adjustments on the watch’s clasp; half links are going to be available and included with each watch.  Quality, design, finishing and comfort on the Oceaneva are superb.  When you factor in that the Oceaneva Deep Marine Explorer Pro Diver is available in numerous finishes and color combinations and is approximately $1000, you have to wonder what makes a dive watch icon like the Rolex Sea Dweller worth anywhere close to its over $11,000 price tag.  I highly recommend checking out this Oceaneva before all of the 1000-piece run is spoken for.  oceaneva.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.