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Tianjin Sea-Gull Ocean Star 200

Post by koimaster » July 22nd 2016, 9:11am

An unexpected gem from Tianjin Sea-Gull just recently showed up on their Taobao shop in the form of their new 200 Meter Automatic Ocean Star dive watch. The Ocean Star follows up on the success of their Limited Edition Dragon King diver from 2012. There are a few similar elements to the Dragon King, but many more unique features that show a step in the right direction for China's oldest (and the worlds largest) watch manufacture.

http://www.eastwatchreview.com/blog/201 ... dive-watch


Not a bad looking watch and for $360 pretty much a bargain.
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Post by Mortuus Fakeuus » July 22nd 2016, 11:42am

Those are some beautimous, sportimous watches, not to mention the fact that they mention the AMCHIPR, which all of us are lucky to have as a resource in support of Chinese horological purchases we might wish to make...cool stuff, Alain! ;)

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Post by abduksion » July 22nd 2016, 2:35pm

koimaster wrote:An unexpected gem from Tianjin Sea-Gull just recently showed up on their Taobao shop in the form of their new 200 Meter Automatic Ocean Star dive watch. The Ocean Star follows up on the success of their Limited Edition Dragon King diver from 2012. There are a few similar elements to the Dragon King, but many more unique features that show a step in the right direction for China's oldest (and the worlds largest) watch manufacture.

http://www.eastwatchreview.com/blog/201 ... dive-watch


Not a bad looking watch and for $360 pretty much a bargain.

Its a nice looking watch but for $360 to me seems
a little high. I've seen Seiko monsters with the new
upgraded dials and movements sell for less. If they were $200 I'd be all over it.
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Post by AlbertaTime » July 22nd 2016, 2:52pm

Mortuus wrote:Ron: you kick some SERIOUS ass!


Thanks!! Appreciated. But, if I do, it's because I learn from the company I keep.
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Post by AlbertaTime » July 22nd 2016, 3:05pm

A writer at another forum commented:
I'd be all over this if it wasn't a homage.


And I responded, because that poster had a decent point:

Y'know, I get that and original design is a much higher bar, there's no debate about that.

But here, I think, there's a lot of beauty in a simple idea well realized. Lots of quite legitimate companies like Bulova, Orient and Glycine for quick examples, have very nice Sub-alikes. And my thinking is that, at least based on looks, and for a sub-alike, they kinda nailed it, here.

And maybe it's actually not that close to the usual Sub-alike, when it comes down to it.

The star, especially its placement, is a classy attribute of 60s/70s Omegas and, unlike most Sub homages, this one doesn't call in the usual circular indices, or the usual cathedral hands, or the usual middle-dot second hand.

And the second hand on this is really nicely played, but more like an Explorer. The stick indices are much more like a thin version of the Datejust II, and the dial is closer to Datejust II than Sub overall to my eyes. It's a nice crisp blend of classic ideas, here, instead of a "model copy", and the shade of blue looks like a great choice. So there's that. I think it works pretty well.

Now, I haven't held one and for me, it all ultimately depends on build quality. Like others, I'm looking forward to hearing from folks who wear it, and hold it.

Well, that and I wish I had one...but...saving for the next China trip
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Post by AlbertaTime » July 22nd 2016, 7:41pm

conjurer wrote:Well, they kinda ripped off the name from Mido.


I wasn't fond of that, either.
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Post by conjurer » July 22nd 2016, 7:46pm

AlbertaTime wrote:
conjurer wrote:Well, they kinda ripped off the name from Mido.


I wasn't fond of that, either.


To be fair, there're only so many words you can put after "Ocean" that don't sound dumb.
My little brain can't even comprehend how deep that is.

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Post by conjurer » July 22nd 2016, 8:48pm

Mortuus wrote:How's about the "Ocean Conjurer"?


Possibly. I was thinking of the "Ocean Mortuus." Unfortunately, that might have negative connotations for those who are, you know, not already dead. This might be a drawback for a dive watch.
My little brain can't even comprehend how deep that is.

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Post by Mortuus Fakeuus » July 23rd 2016, 5:41am

conjurer wrote:
Mortuus wrote:How's about the "Ocean Conjurer"?


Possibly. I was thinking of the "Ocean Mortuus." Unfortunately, that might have negative connotations for those who are, you know, not already dead. This might be a drawback for a dive watch.

Not if they're, you know, buried at sea... 8-)
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