Yesterday, we started taking a look at one of the newest models to come from Portugeuse brand Prometheus, the Baiji. Today, we’ll wrap up our tour of the watch.
Since we left off talking about dive usage, we’ll start back there. Of course you’d need water resistance, and this watch can handle depths 300 meters. This is due to the construction of the 43mm stainless steel case and it’s screw-down crown and the AR-coated sapphire crystal. The stainless steel is also carried through to the 22mm bracelet, which features screw links. Very easy to adjust – just make sure you’ve got two small blade screwdrivers handy to size it!
Of course, all this isn’t going to be very interesting if it can’t keep time very well. Here is where things get interesting. The watch features a Seagull ST2130 movement, which is actually a clone of an ETA 2824 movement (to the point of the parts being compatible); you can read up on the movement here.
In my recent experiences, I’ve been very impressed with what I’ve seen coming, in terms of movements, from Chinese manufacturers. Specifically, Seagull really has a great reputation these days, and the movement in this watch seems to go right along that vein. In terms of daily use, it kept time quite accurately – and there’s something just mesmerizing about hearing a high-beat movement whirring away. But, you don’t have to take my word for it – WUS has a review of the movement here.
Finally we come to the aesthetics of the watch. I enjoyed the stark simplicity of the black/white color scheme in play on our sample, and felt that the solid style of the case went well with it. Of course, should want some other variety, you can opt for a stainless (rather than PVD) finish, or a black or orange dial.
Frankly, there’s a lot to like with this watch, between it’s look and feel, as well as the movement being used. And, at prices around $400 (outside the EU; pricing inside is higher), this seems to be a very reasonable way to add a higher-beat movement to your collection.