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REVIEW: Benarus Sea Snake (Part 2)



Yesterday, we started taking a look at the latest model from Benarus, the Sea Snake.  Today, we’ll wrap up our review.

We left off talking about changing out the bracelet, and the strap is where we’ll pick things up today.  You should note that the rubber strap is a true natural rubber strap.  As such, it has a nice bit of stretch to it, as well as a faint vanilla aroma to it.  For me, I’m undecided about the scent, but perhaps that’s just my nose.  (Oh, and do keep an eye out for a future post – this very Sea Snake will be showing up on some leather we have in for review).

Given the simplicity of the dial, the watch is quite easy to read.  Now, ours did not feature the orange minute hand, but really, that wouldn’t impact the readability in my estimation.  And when the lights go down, prepare to be blinded by the lume (I really dug the lume on the bezel as well) – I think the only other watch I’ve seen come close to these levels is my Orange Monster.  So, lume hounds, take note!

I’ll also direct you back to the dial again – on our sample, we received the blue dial, which I think gives a bit of visual interest when compared against the black of the bezel.  I know to some it may seem off-putting that they don’t match, but I rather liked it.  And, as I noted yesterday, the color wheel is matched to the dial – a nice bonus.  Oh, and one last note on the bezel – it’s 120 click, and has as close to zero play as I’ve encountered – definite plus there.

At $730, this is not a watch for everyone.  If you’re in the market for a good dive watch, however, the Sea Snake has a great combination of guts (ETA 2824), construction (stainless steel), and style (just look at the pictures) from a company that’s produced some great dive models.  In short, this is a compelling option you really should consider.

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  1. It’s nice that they color coordinated the date wheel with the dial. But since they probably had to have them made to order, it would have been nice if the date number was printed at 45 degrees so it would be vertical within the circular date window.

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