Steinhart has a habit of making really solid watches with great build quality and they doing it more than reasonable prices.
The newly released Ocean One Premium Blue is completely in step with this philosophy and its a great looking addition to their premium line of timepieces.
On the surface, the Premium Blue shares many of the features of other Steinhart dive watches. Apart from the blue face, one of the big differences is the use of the swiss Soprod A10 movement, known for its high quality and accurate timekeeping.
The Premium Blue also moves away from Metal Bezels in favour of a blue ceramic bezel which we think definitely adds to the quality of the finish. Metal bezels are much easier to scratch, and that scratch shows through easier. Ceramic bezels are much hardier than metal ones.
The hour markers are identical to other iterations of Steinhart’s Dive watches. Big dots with dashes at 6 and 9 o’clock positions whilst the 3 is taken up by the date marker which we love.
Lume is all the rage these days and the watch face is lumped at hour and minute markers in Super Luminova Blue which has a really nice appearance.
Dimensions and weight of the Premium Blue are once again almost identical to the other Ocean 1 lines. Owners of previous models will know exactly what to expect.
Case: Stainless steel
Back: Stainless steel screwed (see through window)
Diameter: 42 mm (1.65 inches), without crown
height: 13 mm
Weight: 190 g
Dial: Sunray brushed blue
Crystal: Sapphire, with double anti-reflecting coatings on the interior side incl. date magnifier.
There are bound to be comments to people that this homage range of Ocean 1 classics is getting a bit old, a bit long in the tooth. We agree that we’d love to see Steinhart mix it up a bit. Do all these watches need an hour Mercedes hand? Is the blue too bright? Does the face that the bezel and face are two different shades of blue bother you? Are the straps getting boring? This is all a matter of taste really.
Personally I love the fact that they’ve done a blue, when when I say it was pretty well the same in most respects apart from the movement and colour to my Ocean Vintage Military, it has put me off a bit. Plus, I’m not a big fan of the blue they’ve used.
But I’ve owned a few Steinhart watches and the one thing I can say is that they always produce a cracking product for the price. If you paid twice as much, you probably wouldn’t be over paying. They are just a high quality item, and you can’t go wrong.
Watches are an intimately personal purchase. If you look at this Premium blue and you love the colour and all that you see at face value, then buy it, you’re very unlikely to be disappointed in the quality of the product.
Price is currently about $675 AU