REVIEW: Ocean7 LM-5CQ

Posted on 12 February 2013 by Patrick Kansa

 

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If you’ve read my earlier reviews of the Ocean7 LM-5 models (here and here), you’re aware that I’m a fan of this particular line, due, in large part, to the lumed sapphire bezel that is installed.  This latest model, the LM-5CQ, introduces two things we didn’t see in the other models – a chronograph function, and a lower price point.

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Before we get into those differences, let’s review all the (great) things that stay the same from the earlier LM-5 models:

  • Swiss Made
  • 42mm steel case (13mm thick in this case) with 22mm lugs
  • Swiss Super-LumiNova Dial Markers and Hands
  • Domed Sapphire Crystal With Inside Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Uni-directional 120 click bezel with domed sapphire insert (fully lumed)
  • 100m water resistance rating (screw-down crown engaged)
  • Strap:  comes on a standard rubber strap, or you can upgrade to Milainese mesh for $149

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And of course, the major styling carries over as well, whether you choose the blue or black dials.  That said, the styling has to be a little different, as we’ve got a Ronda 5020.B Quartz movement (the other models are mechanical) adding in a chronograph function.  This also affords the addition of the “big date” window down at the 6 o’clock position.

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While these are all welcome additions, it throws the balance of the dial off ever so slightly for me.  The midline of the chrono subdials isn’t exactly on the line you’d draw between 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock – I’m guessing this is due to spacing in the movement to handle the date display.  Not a major issue, by any stretch of the imagination.  However, if you have a bit of symmetry OCD (as I do) when it comes to your dials, you’ll want to take a closer look.

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The switch from a mechanical to quartz movement, aside from complications, also brings us a much lower pricepoint than we’ve seen before.  On the stock rubber strap, this model comes in at $379.  This makes it for an attractive option if you’ve been eyeing the LM-5 lineup, or other sapphire bezel watches in general.

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Let me know in the comments what you think of the LM-5 lineup, or if there any other models from Ocean7 that you’d like us to take a look at.

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  • http://IndividualDesign.com Mark Carson

    Glad that you pointed out the sub-dials being above the 3/9 center line. I might not have noticed that right off, and it bothers me only a little, but some.

    I do like the blue dial and bezel. I wish they offered that on the LM5 GMT mechanical model.

    I’m less inclined to buy a quartz anything these days (except for a beater) but this seems to be a nice watch for a fair price I guess. Thanks for the review.

  • http://gravatar.com/jonro1 jonro1

    Can you recommend any vendors who sell these watches?

  • WnS

    Lovely watch, I bought one recently and it looks even better in person than photos One thing you haven’t mentioned is that under fluorescent lighting, the sub dials can give off a rainbow sheen.

    I’m glad it’s quartz because if this was a mechanical chrono, it would be priced above $1000 and 16mm thick. And costly to service.

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