Introducing the Steinhart Ocean Titanium 500 Premium
Last time we expounded on Steinhart, it was to announce the Ocean One Vintage Dual Time , their interpretation of the infamous white-dialed Rolex Pan Am GMT. As one would expect, our perusers welcomed that discharge with blended feelings, with most naysayers bemoaning Steinhart’s continued affinity for respect watches.
Now, there is no denying that Steinhart bacome famous by selling reverence watches dependent on a number of different Rolex references, and due to that Steinhart is often a lightning bar for analysis. Yet, while the Ocean One line might be the brand’s bread and butter, Steinhart has additionally delivered a number of original designs throughout the long term, among them the Apollon, the Triton, and the entire Ocean Two range. Prior a week ago, Steinhart announced their most recent jumper, a watch the falls conceptually somewhere close to their two jumper lines, the Ocean Titanium 500 premium.
The Ocean Titanium 500 comes in a 42mm case that is stylishly like what you can find across their Ocean One range. This time, notwithstanding, Steinhart decided on brushed titanium with a helped water resistance of 500 meters, which is made even more noteworthy when you consider that the case back highlights a viewing window. It’s not unheard of for a watch to have these two highlights, however it is atypical for a watch to pull off both and remain moderate. Notwithstanding, that viewing window opens up the delightfully designed Soprod A10, a movement that is seeing more use with Swatch Group’s continued press on the industry. On the other side there is a domed sapphire with interior AR coating.
The face of the watch is a to a great extent original design, though for certain apparent prompts. The hour markers–a blend of rectangles, circles, and triangles–are a nod to the Submariner. The hours and minutes hands, which are in no way, shape or form original to Rolex, harken back to the “McQueen” Explorer II. When united, be that as it may, these two elements don’t feel subordinate and give the piece a modern games watch feel. Contributing to that is the excellent utilization of blue, which accents the dial and shows up on the bolt tipped seconds hand, the model designation over 6 o’clock, and at each 5-minute interval along the minutes track on the section ring. The evenness of the dial is maintained through a date window at 6 o’clock. Framing the essence of the watch is a unidirectional bezel boasting a new artistic inlay with completely lumed engraved markers. And speaking of lume, the watch includes the consistently famous SuperLuminova BGW9.
There’s a ton to like about the Ocean Titanium 500, particularly at the cost. At 496 EUR (roughly $562) without VAT, the Ocean Titanium 500 presents an incredible worth. All things being equal, there could be no other company offering anything near a titanium-cased jumper with an artistic bezel and a top-grade Soprod movement at a particularly available value point. For $500, you’re undeniably bound to get a Miyota 9015, an incredible movement, no uncertainty, however it’s nowhere as refined as the A10.
In terms of the design, the Ocean Titanium 500 certainly works. All things considered, I’d like to see Steinhart take the next iteration of this watch (if there is one) above and beyond. A new case would be a welcome change. Maybe something a touch more refined, similar to what we see on the Ocean One Vintage or the Ocean Two, would work out positively to advance the top notch reserve this new watch is trying to fill. The equivalent goes for the dial, which could benefit from a touch greater dimensionality and surface. Additionally, the Ocean Titanium 500 helps me a piece to remember another jumper, the MKII Fulcrum, to a great extent since indeed, both are Rolex inspired jumpers, yet additionally in view of the blue accents. Other shading options like red and orange may open up the range a piece more.
Despite my criticisms–and I wouldn’t truly even call them that–the Ocean Titanium 500 is a positive development for Steinhart. I’ve long felt that Steinhart should seek after more original designs, which would undoubtedly open the brand up to individuals who are turned off by the constant stream of praise discharges. The Ocean Titanium 500 is an extraordinary bundle that should interest those very individuals, offering great looks and quality at an unmatched price.
To buy, head over to Steinhart’s store .