Ocean Crawler Paladino WaveMaker

I really like dive watches. Not that I’m diver, but I like the way they look, with their sportly style, and I like the fact that I don’t need to worry about taking them off just in case they might be splashed over. 

The watch I’m reviewing today belongs to that category, offering a style of its own and being able to face almost any situation: the Ocean Crawler Paladino WaveMaker.I’ve been following Christian Champion’s work for some time and always thought that his watches were different, having their own identity and looking very qualitative. 

Let’s see how it goes, starting with the specs: 

  • Case Diameter (excluding crown): 43.2mm
  • Case Thickness: 15.2mm, Lug-To-Lug: 50mm, Lug Width: 22mm
  • Case Material: 316L Stainless steel and Aluminum
  • Internal Bezel: Rotating Bezel with 120 Clicks and Swiss C3 Superluminova Markers
  • Movement: Swiss Made Sellita SW200-1
  • Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour
  • Water Resistance: 600 meters, 2000-feet or 60 ATM
  • Power Reserve: 40 hours 

This is the description on Ocean Crawler’s website:”The Paladino WaveMaker from Ocean Crawler has been designed to be the ultimate diving watch. Every single Ocean Crawler has been immersed in water and has been thoroughly tested to withstand pressures up to 2000 feet. The Paladino WaveMaker is a must-have under-water accessory for water sports enthusiasts who scuba dive, spearfish and even ocean-bed exploration.” 

This watch really is a one-of-a-kind! It features a compressor style case, made of both brushed stainless steel and aluminium. A helium escape valve is located at 9 o’clock, while both crowns at 2 and 4 allow to action the inner rotating bezel or set the watch. I admit you have to love the orange color (which I do 🙂 ) , but it’s really well made! The case feels very qualitative, and I definitely love the waves around it. The screw-in crowns are quite large, which could have been a problem with a standard configuration at 3 o’clock, but in this case it’s not at all. They’re easy to action, and they’re both signed with an engraved lumed logo, I love that!The piece is a bit thicker than the average, but this is what it takes to withstand pressures up to 2000 feet! The glass is a 4mm domed sapphire which was AR coated, offering a perfect legibility in any situation. Let’s take a look at what’s underneath 🙂 

Most dials are quite flat, apart from their applied indexes. Here the Paladino benefits from a real depth impression, increased by its sandwich dial and large markers. To maximize its legibility, hands & markers (on the dial and on the inner bezel) were covered by Swiss C3 Superluminova. Even the 2 crowns were! You just have to get a bit of sunlight and see how it glows when back in the shade 🙂 

The movement the Paladino is equiped with is the renown Swiss Made Sellita SW200-1. It’s both robust and reliable while remaining affordable. A perfect choice IMHO. 

The watch comes with an orange (depending on the version you went with) vulcanized rubber band featuring a signed deployment buckle. It feels secure and easy to adjust and doesn’t attract dust like a silicon band would. 

This watch has been growing on me even before I was able to see in person. It has a real style, Ocean Crawler’s signature, and after having been able to finally wear it and touch it I can only recommend it to anyone aiming for a piece that could face water sports, from the beach to the ocean-bed. 

Christian offers us a 20% discount with the code AWDO20% on https://www.oceancrawler.com/. That’s very generous, thank you!

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