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Android Divemaster Predator Review

Post by koimaster » March 12th 2011, 7:59pm

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I purchased the Android Divemaster (Orange watch) above to review after reading about them in several forums. This review is of the Swiss Automatic version of the watch with an Orange Sunray Dial. I ordered the Orange as Wing did not make this is green for Oregon football games and I do not have a watch with an Orange dial. I was not going to discuss the Presentation boxes as I either throw them away or put them aside until I sell or give the watch away but everyone seems to want to see them.

Gratuitous photos of box. The bottom opens and contains the instructions. The top opens and contains a watch. It is not cheesy yellow and that is a good thing.


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The watch caught my attention after reading about it and knowing the reputation that Wing enjoys on many forums I was curious to see how this watch was constructed and presented itself.


Blends in well with the Oscar Myer Weiner mobile.


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The watch is heavy but less than a T-Rex and about the same as my 43mm Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Reveil Globe. It fits well on the wrist and when the watch arrived, I was surprised by how comfortable the watch is. The bezel moved easily and with conviction into the place I wanted her without any drama by which I mean it is tight, not a loose fit. Compared to my Deep Blue Marine Diver, which has a similar style bezel, this one has cuts in the bezel edges broken up with an equal spacing of a smooth transition section. I like this bezel better than both the Invicta Grand Diver and Marine Diver.

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Note the smooth edges of the Deep Blue Marine Diver which in my opinion is a major shortcoming. It also makes it appears almost as a clone to the Invicta Ocean Ghost in that regard.


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Crown was easy to work, very smooth without drama setting the time, or the date wheel. I credit this to the movement, which is the workhorse Swiss ETA 2824 Automatic w/ 25 Jewels, which is 25 Jewel movement and an honest $60 will buy you a new movement these days. I like a three hand watch far more than a Chronograph so this works well for me. The Minute hand sweep is smooth, not jerky or does not stumble as some movements do.

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A sapphire crystal as befits a dive watch and nice lume.

My one complaint is the bracelet on this. I do not like it so it will be swapped out for more to my liking. This strikes me as a concession to fashion rather than function. I would also like to see this on Rubber which is something I will look into in the future. A lot of ability to adjust this bracelet though. Micro adjustments and half links made this easy to size. A generous amount of bracelet also. I have a measured 8” wrist (no big deal, just using as a reference point) and there is room in this for a large wrist. Solid End links are also a selling point for me.

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Compared to Deep Blue 1000 Meter and Invicta Grand Diver


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Exhibition case back shows the ETA Movement and before anyone sends me an email, I had the case back opened by my watch guy who some in Salem also know and use. The movement is a REAL Swiss ETA 2824. Not a Swiss parts, nor Swiss/Asia.



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The dial is easy to read and the lume ( sorry no lume shots) is excellent. The Cyclops over the date is great for people like me who hate to wear reading glasses while wearing the watch on shore.

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Conclusion on the watch above, a keeper which I have worn for several days since it arrived. For the price point of $238.00 this was a steal IMHO. For those who need them, I think there were value pays on this one (?) Compare this to other offerings out there in this price range or $250-$400 and see what you find outside of Seiko and a few other Asian brands. Compare this to the current crop of watches sold on cable venues and this comes out heads and shoulders above many of those offerings. I would like to see this is a Green or Yellow, Sun Ray not required, so I can wear this to Autzen Stadium. I also like the Black version of this watch. A tip of the hat to Wing and Android for offering this watch at the price point is sold at with a SWISS movement.


• Movement: Swiss ETA 2824 Automatic w/ 25 Jewels
• Crystal: Sapphire
• Crown: Screw Down
• Clasp: Deployant
• Case Measurements: 48mm
• Water Resistance: 20 ATM - 200 meters - 660 feet
• Warranty: Two year limited warranty provided by Android.
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Re: Android Divemaster Predator Review

Post by WatchDorks.Net » March 12th 2011, 8:04pm

Nice review. I agree that the Divemaster Predator is very nicely executed and at an attractive price point as well. Comfortable to wear to boot.
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Post by conjurer » March 12th 2011, 9:02pm

Great review, Alain. I've looked at that one, but it's just a bit too big. Your macro shots show it to be well made and machined. Bravo!
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Re: Android Divemaster Predator Review

Post by George the Fart Guy » March 13th 2011, 8:05am

Laid_Back_Dude wrote:Boscoe, my wife has called Android and ordered direct from them before. It would be worth a call.


http://www.android-usa.com/

They list their watches at full retail but if you call them and let them know that you saw the watch at shop, they will honor the price listed or sold at shop. Sometimes Wing will answer the phone himself. You can also email him direct, let him know that you would rather buy direct and he will give the shop price also.
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Re: Android Divemaster Predator Review

Post by Guest » March 13th 2011, 1:25pm

Good review Koi. As I already pm'd you a week or so ago my purple version (high school color I help assist coaching) arrived dead. I've had good luck with Android so my replacement should be arriving any day now. I guess I could blame it on shipping....but the box was in perfect condition. Maybe it was that inertia thing that some people we know blame issues on... Image As we discussed, I think it was an anomaly and my hopes are that the replacement is in good working order.

Thanks again for the information and great pics.
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Post by poot74 » March 13th 2011, 4:29pm

Yeah...I know what your saying about following Jimblow..the other night Android was on so I looked in to see who Wing was with and it was Asswipe so I stayed on for a little while...I don't remember what watch he was showing but it was only one and it had a blue dial...So Shit for Brains said by wearing this watch...it made you cool...Wing said to Jaws...your cool without it and your a sexy man too...I was like...Holy Shit...He's up his ass big time...I wish someone else saw that...I changed it right after that...poor Wing...what he has to do to sell his products...he has to trick himself out to that Bitch Ass Pimp...
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Post by WatchDorks.Net » March 13th 2011, 5:17pm

I wonder if Jimmy boy has a separate line item on his 1040 for "Anal Lube"... he certainly goes through a lot of it.

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Re: Android Divemaster Predator Review

Post by Guest » March 15th 2011, 2:31am

I have wanted one for a while but that bullet shaped magnifier has kept me from buying. I assumed the watch was built pretty well so that was not an issue for me. I may give them another look after seeing those excellent pictures. Thanks
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Re: Android Divemaster Predator Review

Post by mosc » April 6th 2011, 8:26am

Great review. I like the Preditor.

@poot74 I saw that show. I'm a Wing fan. Wing behaved in a gentlemanly manner, as he always does.

@waynebaker06 i like big watches, and I've told Wing that, so I think he's listening to me, not JS. He listens to his customers. I think big ones sell well. As for the Sea Gull movements, Wing has said he is very impressed with their quality and accuracy. I expect he'll do more in the future.

@koi Nice review. Thanks for sharing. Good photos. I really like the bracelet on the Preditor. The loose rotating bezel is something some other people have noticed. Mine is just about perfect to my taste; easy to rotate, loud clicks, and well aligned.
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Post by TemerityB » June 13th 2011, 2:02pm

That Oscar Meyer shot is both arty and hilarious. I don't know if it was intentional, but it's certainly classic.
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