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Hands on Review: Obris morgan Seastar

Dive watches are certainly one of the most popular types of watches out there today and they come in different designs. With lots of microbrand popping up these days, most charging way over $500 for a Miyota powered piece, personally, l say they’re just too much (unless you really like the design and value and package). Which is why when I saw what Obris Morgan had done with their latest piece – Obris morgan Seastar, it was a breath of fresh air.

I have been following this brand Obris Morgan for a while now, l was intrigued with the introduction of the OM infinity and Explorer-11, very impressed with what I saw: a well-crafted Swiss automatic watch at a reasonable price.

Now let’s dive into the newest member of the OM family: the Obris morgan Seastar, tagged #BACKTO60S. The objective of Obris morgan with this new piece was to capture and rebuild the original vibe of divers in the 60’s.

Obris morgan Dial
Obris morgan Seastar

SPECIFICATION OVERVIEW

  • Obris morgan Seastar
  • 316L Stainless Steel
  • 200 meters Water Resistant 
  • Manual Helium Escape Valve
  • Screw-in Crown 
  • Japan made Movement (Miyota 9015)
  • Anti-Magnetic 
  • 120 clicks Unidirectional Bezel 
  • Shark Mesh Bracelet (Adjustable)
  • Swiss SuperLumiNova BGW9 (Blue Glow)
  • 40.40 mm excluded Crown
  • 40.00 mm Bezel 
  • 11.20mm thickness included caseback
  • Price: 349.00 USD

THE CASE

According to Obris morgan, in other to capture that vintage spirit, the Seastar case shape follows the 50’s/60’s Divers style – elegantly small, handsome and streamlined. I must admit, seeing the Seastar in flesh, the case is strongly influenced by cases of vintage divers from the 1960’s, with a very classic look.

I had mix feelings about the outcome of the Seastar which was my initial thought when I first saw pictures of the Seastar but when the watch arrived in flesh, I was very pleased to find that the case and finishing was very good for an affordable piece.

The case is made from high-grade stainless steel, measuring 40.40mm excluded Crown and a 40mm in diameter with Bezel. Thickness is 11.20mm thickness included caseback, making it a decent size overall as l find it perfectly wearable.

Flipping the watch over we see that Obris morgan stamped a really cool STAR logo design on the screw down caseback. I like the design, but the finish work feels rough and uncomfortable when you rub your finger against the engraving. It’s a great touch that really raises the quality of the watch for it price point in my opinion.

CROWN & BEZEL

The Seastar features a screw-in crown with the Obris Morgan logo etched into it, also is there a second screw down crown at 4 O’ clock position that serves as manual helium escape valve, both well made. The threading is good and plentiful, reassuring you of the 200m water resistance and also that it won’t thread easily.

Obris morgan

The bezel of the Seastar features a satisfying 120 uni-directional clicks with a cool ceramic bezel that’s very nice to touch. The bezel has very little play indeed, something which is must for me on a diver

THE MOVEMENT

Obris Morgan have decided to put in a fairly hard core and sturdy no-nonsense movement in the Seastar, the durable Miyota 9015 is a solid 24 jewel automatic workhorse movement which also helps keep the pricing down. It feels very solid in the hand whilst winding and changing the time. There is a date function on this movement that adds more beauty to the look of the dial. The accuracy of the movement is -10 – 30 seconds per day.

THE DIAL

The dial is appealing, Obris morgan has made different dial variation to choose from, for this review we chose the blue dial. Within the variation of dial to choose from is the blue/black dial, for me personally is the main feature of the Seastar, the dial is divided by a circle. You can enjoy the dial colours when placed against a light source at certain angle. It works effectively at drawing the eye to the centre of the dial.

At the 12 o’ clock marker, you’ll find the Obris morgan name imprinted and at 6 o’ clock is the name of the model – Seastar, the water-resistant metering (200 meters) and the type of movement written, also at at 3 o’ clock is the date function. Personally, l would have preferred less writing so as to appreciate the beauty of this dial, but this does not take away from the overall beauty of the Seastar.

Obris Morgan Seastar Lume shot
Obris Morgan Seastar Lume shot

The hands and markers of the Seastar are filled with Super-LumiNova BGW9. The lume on the Seastar is quite impressive but gets weaker after few minutes of exposure, although l would have loved to see the lume applied at its brightest, probably with the Super-LumiNova C3 X1.

BRACELET

The Seastar comes with two set of straps, a mesh bracelet and a rubber strap. The mesh bracelet gives the watch that vintage look of the 60’s diver. At the time of writing this review, the manufacturer has produced another bracelet to go with the Seastar. Please see link – Seastar 3 links Stainless Steel Bracelet

FINAL THOUGHT

The Obris morgan Seastar no doubt is a great watch. Is it perfect? No, but it’s certainly well built, and you can hardly complain about the package you get for your cash. Sapphire crystal, Japan made Movement Miyota 9015, 200m Water resistant, Anti-magnetic featured with Anti-magnetic shield inside. Manual helium escape valve at 4 o’clock position, Super-LumiNova BGW9, and a ceramic bezel. These are specs you don’t expect to find on a watch that cost 349.00 USD, what’s not to love?

Obris morgan continues to grow from strength to strength with new ideas and design of quality watches at an affordable price point. The Obris morgan Seastar goes on the list of one of my favourite affordable watches I have reviewed to date. This one is a keeper. If the styling appeals to you, then I urge you to buy one here. Obris morgan Seastar

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