Yesterday, we started taking a look at the ceramic-encased Meteor from Ocean7. today, we’ll have a look at the remainder of the specs, and wrap up our review.
So, what’s hiding away inside the 44mm (15mm tall) case? You’ve got the very familiar ETA 2824-2, in either a standard or COSC grading (bear in mind the COSC movement is a $400 upgrade). This then, of course, drives your basic time functions, as well as a date display. This date display is (thankfully) on a black background, which allows it to blend quite nicely into the dial.
Nestled into the 24mm lugs you’ve got one of Ocean7′s trademark carbon-fiber style leather straps. While I love CF used on a dial, when it comes to applying the pattern to a leather strap, I’m undecided. That said, it is rather comfortable; I don’t know if I’d take it into the water if I was testing the 100m water resistance rating, though.
Last, but not least, we have the pricing. At $899, this is perhaps a touch higher than you might expect to pay for a three-hander (frankly, if you’re interested in the Ocean7 catalog, that’s already the ballpark you’re playing in.)
That all said, I think this ceramic case merits that price. It just felt sublime in the hand (and on the wrist), and as a whole, the watch was very functional. With the large, lumed hands (in your choice of yellow, orange, shadow, or “vintage”) this watch is very readable, day or night. And of course, you’ve got a very well-known quantity with the automatic movement. Final recommendation? If this is in your budget range for a new watch, you owe it to yourself to explore the LM4 V2.