I was quite intrigued when I came across news of a new model from the folks at Ocean7. It seems they’ve brought forth a new Pilot Chronograph, and it’s offering quite a great bang for your buck.
As you can see by the picture at the top of the post, they’ve certainly nailed the styling. Whereas the black and beige combination has become a bit more commonplace in aviator watches (I still find it quite nice), they’re offering a welcome change of pace here, swapping in orange for the brown. I’m also very pleased to see that the date wheel features a black background (with orange numerals). Keeps things blended, yet still readable.
So, it’s obvious I like the way this watch looks. What’s going on, in terms of the specs on the watch?
- 44mm sandblasted and DLC-coated case (15mm thick)
- Swiss ETA 7750 Chronograph movement
- Domed sapphire crystal
- 50m water resistance
- 22mm lugs
- Orange superluminova
With this, it comes standard with a polyurethane strap. This, of course, can be upgraded to either a leather strap (+$30) or the carbon-fiber style leather strap (+$45) (you can see this strap in our earlier Ocean7 review).
But, I get ahead of myself here, talking upgrades when I haven’t told you the base price. That is a surprisingly affordable $799. I label this affordable simply due to everything that Ocean7 includes in the watch. With the movement and the DLC coating, you’d be looking at prices well over $1000 from many other manufacturers – and it doesn’t appear that they’ve cut corners.. If this watch is up to the standards I experienced with the LM-5, you won’t be sorry picking this one up.
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