Yesterday, we started taking a look at the Holystone from RedSea Watches. We gave a brief overview of the piece, talked about the straps, and had a rundown of the basic specs. Today, we’ll cover the rest, and wrap the review up.
In daily wear, I found it to be a great watch. If you have a need for the 120-click unidirectional bezel, you’re in for a treat – I really didn’t detect any play, and it’s quite easy to get a hold of with the scalloped edges. And an additional nicety is the fact that the bezel is lumed – this is a major plus in my book for a watch with a functional bezel.
I also enjoyed that the lume in use on the watch (bezel, dial, and hands) is a nice shade of blue. It’s something you don’t see a whole lot, and it’s a much softer glow for your eyes in a darkened room. A minor detail, to be sure, but if you’ve got some great lumed watches in your collection, it’s nice to add some variety.
As far as the aesthetics of the piece go, this is a very well-sorted diver. The case itself, and the bezel, are a deviation from what we might normally see, and that’s refreshing. As to the dial, it’s clean and well done, which helps to make tracking time a breeze. Of course, the red outline on the minute hand also helps in this regard (as well as providing some visual interest). Finally, you’ve got the color-matched date display at 3 o’clock keeping you on schedule.
So, is this the watch for you? That depends on the status of your collection. If you’re looking for your first automatic, the $665 asking price ($695 for PVD) might be a bit steep (you’d probably be better off going for the Orange Monster). It’s not to say beginners can’t “handle” this watch – it just may not be as appreciated by someone starting out.
For those with a more established collection, regardless of if it has a diver, I think this would be a worth addition. This newer (introduced in 2009) high-beat movement will provide great accuracy, and the design and lume use set it apart from other similarly-priced divers.