Steinhart is a brand that we are sure many of you are familiar with (and if you’re not, well, consider this your introduction). The German brand has been making some very compelling watches at affordable price points for some time now. While we’ve not had any in for an on-the-wrist review (and we’ve tried, believe us), they do seem to have ardent supporters. So, with that preamble out of the way, let’s see what the just-announced Steinhart Ocean 2 has on offer.
As you might suspect, with a name like the Steinhart Ocean 2, this is a dive watch. A 210g stainless steel case, domed sapphire crystal, 120-click bezel, and 300m WR rating all support that idea as well. Then again, I’m not a diver, so what’s it about this watch that I like? Well, for starters, the fact that the bezel is a sapphire insert that is (wait for it) lumed. Yes, indeed, another lumed bezel, and I like it. I have no idea how useful it would be on a dive (I’d like to think it’s useful), but on the surface, I just like the extra bits of “light show” that they provide.
The Steinhart Ocean 2 isn’t all show and no go, though. Tucked inside the 43mm case is an ETA 2892-A2 Elaboré grade movement, which should lead to plenty of accurate timing, whether you’re tracking how long you’re under water or how long the tater tots have been crisping up in the oven (mmmm, tater tots).
For those who like some choice in your watch, the Steinhart Ocean 2 does offer that – you can opt for a black dial (with the bezel being 3/4 black) or a white dial (again, the bezel being 3/4 white). While I can applaud the color coordination (which extends to the date wheel, thankfully), one does wonder what it would look like to swap the bezels between the two models. Particularly having the mostly black bezel paired to the white dial – I think that would be a tidy combo.
Nevertheless, whichever model of the Steinhart Ocean 2 you go for, expect to be putting $644 down on the barrel, which is not a bad sum (those in the EU can expect to pay €650 which includes VAT). If there’s any readers out there who pick this up (or have another Steinhart watch), please do reach out to us either via email (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Steinhart) or – better yet – join us over in our Slack room (LINK) to talk us up. Oh, and along those same lines – that bezel configuration reminds me of another watch, but I can’t put my finger on it. What is that other watch, internet friends? Inquiring minds want to know! https://www.steinhartwatches.de
- Brand & Model: Steinhart Ocean 2
- Price: $644
- Who we think it might be for: You like higher-end Swiss movements tucked into your small-brand dive watch
- Would I buy one for myself based on what I’ve seen? Up in the air, since I can’t speak for the brands build quality from first-hand experience
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: Allow the buyer to swap the bezels to break up the color-match
- What spoke to me the most about this watch: Lumed. Sapphire. Bezel insert. ’nuff said.
Tech Specs from Steinhart
- Movement: ETA 2892-A2 Elaboré Premium
- Swiss Made
- 21 Jewels
- second stop
- golden rotor with logo
- screwed Crown
- date at “ 6 “
- Stainless steel 316 L satined
- Diameter: 43 mm
- Height: 13 mm
- Weight: 210 g
- Lug width: 22 mm spring bar
- Sapphire glass domed, with double anti-reflecting coatings on the interior side
- Bezel Sapphire glass , silver and black
- Back Stainless steel 316 L screwed with sapphire crystal
- Waterproof to 30 ATM
- Dial & Hands
- Dial applied indices , silver, Superluminova BGW9
- hour and minute with Superluminova BGW9
- central second hand
- applied indices, silver, Superluminova BGW9
- Strap & Buckle
- Strap Stainless Steel 22mm screwed
- Buckle stainless steel safty clasp 20 mm with Logo