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The OCEANIC Dive Watch by Thomas Gref

By TLex Whilst I can't always bring the new, I can certainly bring you the lesser know. Thomas Gref watches have been around for a few years now, the US based Swiss Watchmaker has a nice looking diver in his collection. It has the look of a Seiko Monster and its name 'Oceanic' is perfect for its intended use.

By Thomas Gref:
The Oceanic is an impressive 300 meter dive watch with a unique style. The stainless steel case measures 42mm in diameter and is 13mm thick. The top-quality bracelet features solid links, solid endpieces (20mm), and a foldover clasp. The bracelet is adjusted using screw links (not pins). The unidirectional bezel is made from solid stainless steel with the numbers and markers permanently etched into the surface. Both top and back crystals are sapphire.

The Oceanic is available in many different options. In total, five dials are available, all of which use Superluminova. The 'arabic' dial is available in black, blue, and dark red. This 'arabic' dial is fairly complex, because it is made from 14 separate pieces (the base, 12 applied hour markers, and the white applied ring for the minute track). The 'Geo' dial is available in black and orange.

Two casebacks are available, either the solid or display back as shown.

The automatic movement is a Swiss-made ETA 2824-2, which features 25 jewels, 28,800 BPH (beats per hour), hacking, and a quickset date. This particular movement is one of the highest grades of the ETA 2824-2 . The movement has a durable rhodium finish and is highly decorated with perlage on the main plates, and geneva stripes on the rotor. The power reserve is 40 hours.

Thomas Gref watches are used and endorsed by Jonathan Bird, who is a professional underwater cinematographer and photographer. His films have appeared all over the world, on networks such as National Geographic Channel, PBS, ABC, USA Network, Discovery and even the SciFi Channel. He has won two Emmy Awards and two Cine Golden Eagles for his work. He is the author of seven books of underwater photography and the host of his own program on public television, 'Jonathan Bird's Blue World'.

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