- PoliMalaka wrote:
- Please tell me what the big deal is with this watch.
I just don't get it.
Ok, I'll try...
As I've said before the Marine Master was my most satisfying purchase this year.
I'm still trying to put my finger on the most salient reasons why.
This is also why I never posted a new watch review - Below is where I am so far (perhaps this makes up for it).
Borrowed excellent WUS photos for lack of my own.
1. Retro design - perhaps it conjures up some deep Sea Hunt memory from my past, Corvettes and Astronauts as well.
2. Tangible Quality - As simple as it seems the fit/finish, design elements all work to exude a solid, capable, high quality watch.
3. Cohesive/Balanced Design Elements - Every design element is perfectly complimentary to the others.Shroud:
While a somewhat controversial love/hate feature, it plays more to what you CAN'T see - your imagination. Implying some greater hidden complexity to the bracelet/lugs as they retreat beneath it. Or to the bezel partially obscured at opposing arcs reinforcing the offset crown. What happens to the bezel as it enters the the tunnel darkness? All left to the imagination of the owner.Shroud Bolts:
Key to the watch's power. While perfectly balanced at the 2,8,10 (4 being the crown), they are also asymmetrically placed juxtaposed to the top shroud edge cutouts as they rise and fall. The bolts are big as if a necessity to hold such a thing together.Crystal:
IMO, domed crystals (however slight), always convey a higher level of sophistication. The refraction and reflections at the perimeter make this one appear very thick. I have no idea how thick it is, but I like the sense of depth it provides.Dial:
Extremely simple but bold powerful shapes. Big 12 triangle with large committed hour marker dots all around. Slightly larger at 9,6.Hands:
Also powerful angular shapes with extended needle tips to imply greater precision no doubt. Brushed steel with lume inlay. Second hand has nice needle + lume dot counter weight for easy night viewing.Bracelet:
Some say too thin but I think it's just right. Especially since it exaggerates the case thickness, which really isn't that thick at 11mm (shroud edge), 15 to crystal center. Same as a Citizen Orca, or Croton Pineapple Diver. The taper also exaggerates the case diameter.Ratchet Divers Extension:
Yet another dose of complexity and machine like in the sound it makes. Center ratchet hole repetition reminds me of some Sci-Fi architecture pattern.Metallic Date Wheel:
Often lost in most photos, but one of my favorite subtle features. A small window into an all steel center - or so I like to think. BTW the Day is standard black on white.
Hope that helps - To hold one is to love one.