If you plan to spend the upcoming holidays at a sea resort, there is good news for you from the American brand Deep Blue Watches. As prolific as they are (well, in a good meaning of the adjective), the guys have recently introduced a very affordable Deep Blue Sea Ram 500 diving watch that also combines an impressive water resistance rating with a scratch-resistant ceramic bezel: a rare mix in its price range.
Currently offered on their web-site at a “sale price” of just $300, the new watch comes in a massive stainless steel body that houses a Swiss made Ronda 715 quartz caliber (it also powers cheaper versions of the 2012 Victorinox Swiss Army Dive Master 500 timekeeper).
Although not as sexy as a mechanical movement, the mechanism still looks more practical for a tool watch that needs good protection from shocks and magnetic fields and also won’t stop suddenly if you forget to wear it for a couple of days. Again, a cheaper caliber seems to be an adequate tradeoff for a virtually ageless ceramic bezel that also looks quite cool with its pink diving scale.
Rated for 500 meters, the watch is equipped with a screw-down setting crown and a very nicely decorated case back cover that features a stylized figure of a diver surrounded by something that resembles that famous “tremblage” technique, which is usually reserved for very expensive timepieces. Of course, this one is just an imitation of the real thing, but it still looks very nice.
The crown, by the way, is not only large, but is also quite long, so, if you prefer to wear a timepiece on a loose bracelet closer to your palm, you should probably take this into account: the watch may bite at a moment when you least expect it.
As it is customary for the American watchmaker, the new timekeeper has virtually no legibility problems (well, perhaps the date aperture is too small for my taste) and its dial is easily readable at any time of the date thanks for its 12 luminous hour markers and hands that, too, are treated with green Superluminova.
As was already mentioned, the watch is massive. Measuring impressive 45 millimeters in diameter, the watch is definitely larger than, for example, the legendary Seiko SKX781 Orange Monster and is just a bit smaller than the gargantuan CX Swiss Military Argonaut 1000 TQ that is rated for whole 1000 meters of water resistance. The specified 15 millimeters in thickness, too, don’t make this device especially comfortable when it comes to daily wearing.
Yes, you can still use the gadget as your daily beater, but just bear in mind that you will have to combine it with clothing that has more or less flexible cuffs.
Judging by the “0022/5000” plaque on the cover, Deep Blue plans to limit the Sea Ram 500‘s total production to 5000 pieces. It is still too many for the watch to be considered a true “limited edition” model, but it is surely good to know that the watch that you currently wear is not produced by the millions.
Photos: Deep Blue Watches
WWR preliminary verdict
Build quality: 5/5
Value for money: 5/5
Deep Blue Sea Ram 500 Ceramic quartz diving watch specification
Price: $299 (Retail)
Movement: Quartz, caliber Ronda 715, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: No data
Power reserve: 60 months
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: White ceramic
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 45.00 mm
Case height: 15.00 mm
Lug width: 24.00 mm
Hour markers: Luminous
Water resistance: 500 meters
Strap: Black soft silicon strap
Case back: Solid, screw down, stamped