Android Divemaster 200 Automatic Review

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Android Divemaster 200 Automatic Review

Post by sweetb » August 31st 2014, 9:08pm

The new Android Divemaster 200 is a serious tool watch for the money. Let's start with the substantial, well constructed case (45 mm in diameter with a 15 mm thickness) of brushed stainless steel. The hardened mineral crystal has been treated with a non-reflective coating that provides exceptional clarity under all lighting conditions. The crystal is slightly raised above the bezel.
The bezel design suggests a homage to many vintage dive watches and the bezel on this watch is exceptional. The bezel is large with a flawless black IP finish. The size of the bezel provides a visual impression of the watch actually being smaller than its actual dimensions. The of the bezel to the case is so well tuned and tight that you wonder how Android can produce this level of quality at this price.
The dial is oil-pressed winter white with super luminova hands and markers and a day and date window. The sweep second is a metallic bronze and offers a nice contrast to the raised super-lumed markers and sword-type hands.
The bracelet is a 22 mm all-steel three section push-button type with solid end links. The bracelet perfectly flushes with the case. In fact, removing the bracelet is a major pain in the ass. The positioning of the retention pins makes it impossible to use a third party bracelet with this watch.
The watch is powered by the 24 jewel Seiko Instruments SII NH36A automatic with a day/date function. This movement keeps a respectable +6 second a day rate when worn daily.
The street price for this watch is $140.00 which makes it competitive with the Seiko 5 series of automatic watches. I picked mine up for $89.00, which given the quality of the piece, provides a fairly high value versus price.
Pros:
Comfortable, well-constructed case and bracelet
Highly legible dial with well constructed bezel
Vintage "look"
Seiko SII NH36A Automatic w/ 24 Jewels

Cons:
Over-sized crown is poorly machined leaving "rough" edges

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