Phoibos is becoming a big name in the microbrand dive watch world, regularly bringing out high quality, high value lines of watches. The watches satisfying almost every one of my dive watch hot buttons but without a major brand mark up price. The Reef Master is my second Phoibos review, my previous review being their Wave Master. This Reef Master is a different design combining a sandwich dial, fantastic lume, outstanding quality and accuracy in a design that isn’t another homage. There are five different models of the watch available. This one has sky blue accents on the watch face, hands and strap.
This watch hits the sweet spot of size that the majority of dive watch wearers like. It is 42mm in diameter, only 48mm lug to lug and measures 14.75mm thick, topped off with a double domed sapphire crystal with a/r inside and a 300M water resistance rating. Inside lug width is 22mm, with a comfortable leather blue stitched seven hole strap, with one fixed and one loose strap loop, tapering to 20mm. It includes a perfectly proportioned signed, brushed DLC finished buckle. The relatively unobtrusive 6mm diameter screw down crown lacks a guard (which would upset the design, imo) but has a easy to grip, gear edge with a great brushed finish and the Phoibos octopus logo. Case construction is 316L with DLC (diamond like carbon) brushed finish with polished case shoulders. The stainless screw down back is a standout with it’s well proportioned etched octopus logo and watch information circling the case back edge.
A real plus, rarely found at this price point, is the ceramic, 120 click unidirectional bezel. It has no back play, a great edge, and is fully lumed with a polished finish. The white indices are all recessed into the dial. Sky blue is used for highlights on the minute hand, second hand, 12 points of the dial and lower face printed info “300M AUTOMATIC”. The upper half of the face is printed white with the Phoibos octopus logo. The brand name is spelled out only on the case back and clasp. Phoibos uses 15 layers of Super Luminova BGW9 on the hands, indices and bezel, which performs as it should.
Powering this watch is the most popular Seiko SII NH35A automatic that needs no introduction. The movement in this particular watch seems to be COSC accurate, which I find to be amazing at this price point. This is a cool dive watch, that only needs a stainless DLC bracelet (or the included rubber strap) to handle any environment. Currently it is on sale from Phoibos for only $239. This dive watch is another incredible value from Phoibos. phoiboswatch.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.