Ooh! Shiny!

Posted on 26 January 2013 by Patrick Kansa

 

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Say the word shiny, and many folks will interpret a different meaning.  For me, I tend to think of it in the Firefly sense, or perhaps in terms of folks who might get easily distracted by a shiny object.  Now, for that second camp, the Venn diagram intersects directly with us watch folks in today’s example from H20 Watches.

The Orca is one of their newer lines, and as far as I can tell, this polished variant is the newest of the group.  To come up with this limited edition (only 33 pieces), they started with a standard Orca, and then polished the following:

  • Outer and inner case
  • Bezel
  • Crown
  • Bracelet
  • Buckle
  • Screw Heads

Not too surprising that only 33 are available, given the amount of hand-labor that had to go into producing these watches.  Aside from a blinding exterior, what do these watches offer?

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Well, you have a 44mm stainless steel case with sapphire crystals front and back, a screw-down crown, and a water resistance rating of 2000 meters.  All of this is to protect the ETA 2824-2 movement that is working away underneath the dial.  That’s just where the model starts.  From the asking price of $990, you can tack on various other options including:

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  • Choice of bezel and bezel inlay (no charge)
  • Sapphire crystal:  flat, or one of two domed options (pictured above)
  • Dial and handset choice
  • Case hardening (surcharge)
  • Bracelet choice (hardened or not)

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It’s definitely an intriguing beast of a dive watch –  I especially dig that super-domed crystal.  This particular variant, being high polished, I think would start showing some desk-diver marks if you even thought about wearing the watch to the office.  In that vein, you may want to check out one of their more affordable versions (shop page).

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