The last time we looked looked at a watch from RedSea, we talked about their Six Pounder. And that was really only an overview, not a true review. Today, we’ll be looking at their Holystone model, which we were able to spend some hands-on time with. One note on our review “sample” – apparently the watches are moving quickly; we were actually loaned an employee’s personal watch. How’s that for some dedication?
First and foremost, the Holystone is a diver’s watch. This is evidenced by the 300M water resistance rating, as well as the included straps. When you order one up, you get (and this is standard, mind you) a 5-link divers bracelet, a rubber strap, and a NATO strap.
Our review had a little different mix in the box, but all the straps were comfortable, and well-fitting. In fact, the NATO straps were among the softest I’ve ever seen. It really felt like they were woven out of cloth (whereas sometimes a NATO can feel stiff and/or plasticy). The leather strap was nice as well, but the Pre-V buckle was a bit large, as they most are.
While we didn’t have a bracelet to test, from the pictures I’ve seen, it looks like a nice bit of kit with push-button release – though, there isn’t any micro-adjustment or built-in divers extension. So, if you’re truly going to go diving, you may want a different bracelet. For the rest of us land-lubbers, though, it should be just fine.
So, what is that strap holding in place? Glad you asked:
- Case: 44mm 316L Stainless Steel – in plain or PVD finish; 14mm high, 22mm lugs
- Movement: Miyota 9015 (28,800 BPH)
- Lume: by LÜM-TEC®, in blue
- Crystal: Sapphire, with AR coating on the underside
So, at 44mm by 14mm tall, this is not a small watch. In the little bit of time I had with it, however, it did not feel overly large. Of course, if you’re not used to wearing a diver, it’ll be an adjustment for you. You’ll also need to adjust to the fact that our post will end here, and part two will be ready for you tomorrow.