Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2009-09-05

REACTOR Trident Review



FIRST IMPRESSION
The Trident came presented in a very cool black canister, the type of which one might expect to find radioactive material. Its Tritium tubes were glowing brightly even though the watch had been submerged in total darkens for the last few months or so. I wasn't expecting a huge watch when I got it, but given its modest proportions was pleasantly surprised by its wrist presence and overall stature. It seemed a lot larger than 40mm, more like 42 or 43.



AESTHETIC
The Trident in my opinion is one of REACTOR's most stayed and subdued designs and it was for this reason that I chose it. It’s as suitable at play in the ocean as it is in the office.



INNOVATION
The Trident uses Never Dark® Technology a clever combination of C3 Superluminova and Tritium gas tubes. Giving you the best of both worlds, the unequaled longevity of Tritium and the bright glow of C3 SuperLuminova.



* The Trident has a screwdown crown that can remain watertight even when open.

* It has a solid Screwbar Case-to-Band Attachment system giving its wearer all the more confidence when putting the watch through its paces.

* The Trident uses K1-Hardened mineral crystal with anti-reflective coating on inside.

* The Trident is powered by a 10 year battery.

* All REACTOR's polyurethane straps use a very simple yet ingenious stopper adding a little extra security whilst wearing the watch in rough and testing conditions.



MOVEMENT
Japanese Quartz. I'm not going to get too technical here, it's quartz! It’s incredibly accurate and reliable. The movement features a day and date functions and is powered by a 10 year power cell.



CASE
(case / caseback / crown / bezel / crystal)

40mm X 13.2mm / 198grams / lug width 29.2mm / clasp 22mm / forged 316L marine grade stainless steel / unidirectional rotating bezel / solid forged case back / hardheaded mineral crystal / screw down crown / 200M/660Ft depth tested



The case itself is very simple, a generic diver if you will, not a bad thing really, if you want something a little more flamboyant REACTOR has it. The unidirectional rotational bezel is the 120 click type with an elapsed time scale. It has a very nice solid and smooth action.



WATER-RESISTANCE
The Trident has been depth tested to 200M or 660Ft complying with industry standards for a dive watch.



BRACELET / strap
I love REACTOR bracelets they are always extremely comfortable and look great on the wrist. The Trident's was no exception. It’s big, chunky and very well built, none of the usual rattle that one might expect from a watch in its price category. The design is really very beautiful and for me reminiscent of a Panerai bracelet by the way in which the links have been designed and fitted together.



A HUGE stainless steel clasp completes the rugged no-nonsense look and with its trip lock closure is very secure. The polyurethane strap wears incredibly comfortably. It has a very cool polished steel REACTOR logo that has been incorporated as stopper so that your strap won't accidentally come undone. The strap and bracelet can be easily changed over by means of the 'quick-change-system' with hex-nuts.



FUNCTIONALITY
As far as being a true functional dive watch is concerned, the Trident does very well. Its 120 click uni-directional bezel features an elapsed dive scale, the bracelet has a trip-lock clasp, the lume is excellent, the crown and caseback are both screwdown types and it's water-resistant to 200m.



As I mentioned before the Trident wears much bigger than it actually is. It is incredibly comfortable, especially on its 'soft as butter' polyurethane strap.



DURABILITY
Durability is REACTOR's middle name; the Trident reflects that in every aspect of its build and design. Expect to pass this watch onto your grand-kids!



VALUE
The bracelet version can be picked up from online vendors for as little as 350USD, a real bargain in my opinion. It gives the look of Swiss watch without putting a huge dent in your wallet.



LUME
As mentioned above, the Trident uses REACTOR's Never Dark® Technology, combining C3 Superluminova with Tritium gas tubes. The Trident literally outshines the completion.



OVERALL IMPRESSION
I recently took the Trident with me on my annual surfing trip to the Indonesian Archipelagos. It was as at home in the heavy surf as it was exploring the coral reefs. I never gave it a second thought or care. The day date function was very welcome as when I'm on my summer holidays I often forget what day of the week it is.



The Trident is a great all-rounder. If you're on a budget and you need the ONE WATCH that can be worn on any occasion whether that be hard at play scuba diving and surfing, or hard at work in the office, the Trident's the perfect choice. It’s the small sports watch with big presence. I'm stoked with how well it performed and am already considering a second black Nitride version!


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