Before the whole covid19 / coronavirus epidemic went out of hand, I was lucky enough to meet up with Mr. Akshay Solomon, the Founder & Co-owner together with Niranjan of Audric Watches (named after Akshay’s son), a new brand from Singapore that would be joining the Microbrand Watch industry with their first Swiss made model – Seaborne 500 that is planned for 2nd June launch via Kickstarter. Thankfully, I was the first few reviewers who was able to hands-on the prototype watch before it was then sent to Loren from TheTimeBum. But this review is a bit late due to my lack of free time to work on it since the outbreak situation that impacted my daily routine. Nonetheless, here is my share of thoughts of the Seaborne 500 by Audric Watches.
Technical Specifications :
- Case Diameter : 43mm
- Case Material : Stainless Steel 316L
- Case Lug to Lug : 51mm
- Case Thickness : 15.4mm including crystal
- Lug width : 22mm
- Bezel : 120 clicks unidirectional sapphire filled with BGW9
- Glass : Domed sapphire crystal with 5 layers of anti-reflective coating
- Crown : Screw down crown with logo etched. Logo filled with white luminous (BGW9)
- Water Resistance : 50ATM
- Helium Escape Valve : Yes @ 9 o’clock position
- Dial : Sunburst pattern Sandwich Dial (minute markers in C3 Lume) with Matt background and Applied indexes Rhodium plated (filled with white luminous BGW9)
- Hands : Rhodium plated hour, minute and seconds hands filled with white luminous (BGW9)
- Strap : Stainless steel 316L bracelet with diver buckle and extender. Solid end links on the fitted bracelet with screws in the links
- Movement : Sellita SW200-1
Here’s what my thoughts of it…
Case : From the moment I held it on my palm, I felt the weight and notice its’ chunkiness eventhough it’s only 43mm case size. But that’s neither a bad statement nor first impression as it was built to be a combination of a diver and tool watch. I like how the case features both fine brush finishing and polish chamfered edges. The signed and lume crown guard is a nice addition to protect the screw down crown and does not hinder its’ operability to unwind. The caseback features a large sea turtle engraving, which the brand claims symbolizes strength, endurance and agility. There’s also a serial number assigned and engraved to each watch. Overall, the quality built is solid, but this is what to be expected for watches that are made in Switzerland.
Bezel & Dial : The highlight of the watch design. I love the stamped radial sunburst pattern on the dial with applied rhodium-plated hands. To top it off, a multicolour dial depth gauge concept on the minute chapter ring, eventhough I doubt many wont be utilizing its’ actual functionality but rather aesthetically it gives a vibrant colour to the dial design. I also like how the brand incorporated the sapphire bezel insert and filling it with Swiss Superluminova BGW9. Protecting the dial is a double dome sapphire crystal glass. What I didn’t like is the shape of the calendar opening which should be circle instead of square to give it a well balance symmetry view.
Strap : It is only fitting that a diver / tool watch should be accompanied by a stainless steel bracelet and that is what the brand has offered together with the watch. The bracelet links are measured around 4mm thick with an adjustable diver ratchet clasp and extender. The only feedback I had about the strap is that the sizing was really in between for my wrist, either a bit tight or a bit loose however I adjust. I guess this is missing the micro-adjustment on the clasp which I feel it’s not really a show-stopper.
What changes I feel that would make the watch better…
- The hand designs seems a bit common to my liking. Would have preferred if they have gone bolder with colours, sizing and design similar to brands from H2O.
- The calendar opening should be circle instead of square to balance with the hour index marker at 9 o’clock position.
- I would prefer if the brand logo is placed on the 12 o’clock hour marker index instead.
Conclusion to my review…
Overall, for a $600 swiss made divers watch packed with all the necessary features, I feel it’s worth to be considered though those with a small or weak wrist will need to take note of its’ chunkiness and weight. As Mr. Akshay highlighted during our meetup, he wishes to build a brand that create quality watches and not worried about the quantity. I have no doubt that this watch will definitely fly within the divers community and I wish the brand a success in their upcoming kickstarter campaign on 2nd June !