Roebuck Scuba

I’ve had the occasion to get my hands on the Roebuck Scuba prototype during a few days. It was a first for me with a watch created by Guy Roebuck so I didn’t really know what to expect. The Scuba is his new diver that will be launched next month on Kickstarter, let’s discover it.

The specs

  • Bezel: 120 click uni-directional sapphire with BG  W9 lume, knurled finish to the sides.
  • Glass: flat sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating to the underside.  
  • Hands: brushed with C1 lume to hour hand, BG W9 lume to the minute and second hands. 
  • Dial: sandwich dial with cut out stick markers with C1 lume, gradient with sunburst finish.
  • Movement: Miyota automatics, 90S5 non date version, 9015 date version. 
  • Case: 316L stainless steel  octagonal with brushed finish.
  • Crown: signed screw down crown with knurled finish and lumed ring.  
  • Case back: features a 3D artwork.  
  • Band: integrated two tone rubber strap.  
  • Dimensions: 42mm width minus lugs, 47.3mm lug to lug, 11.75mm thick, 20mm lug width. 
  • Weight: 120g.  

Notes

The watch I’m reviewing is a prototype and has a few QC issues that will be (of course) addressed before production:
The lume will be improved, especially on the bezelThe hands will be darkened a bit to improve readability.
The logo is the wrong way around the clasp.
The lower clasp is tight and hopefully can be loosened up a bit.
Some of the sample bezels were slightly misaligned.
Triangle in the logo is in the wrong position.

The case

The case of the Scuba is octagonal with brushed finish and sharp edges. Six parts of the octagon are also angled in two surfaces, creating a beautiful perspective that reduces visually an already low thickness (11.75mm). If you look closely you may even notice that the sides have been brushed horizontally while the lug sides were brushed vertically, increasing that perspective.The watch feels really well built, the only downside would be the bezel that is a bit difficult to handle, but it’s definitely not a big deal. 

The dial

The sandwich dial is protected by a flat sapphire with a very good internal AR coating, definitely one of the best I’ve seen: the legibility remains perfect in any light conditions! The Scuba is definitely an eye-catching watch with its vivid colors, the orange bezel inlay compliments the fumed blue dial perfectly. I was a bit skeptical before seeing it in person, but it’s really growing on me, I like it! Since the lume will be improved on the production model, I thought it wouldn’t be relevant to take lumeshots. 

The movement

The watch is equipped with a Miyota 90S5, a no-date version of the 9015. We’ve already written about that movement, a very good choice for the Scuba. Unlike many watches today, the movement is kept hidden behind a (beautiful) solid caseback, which also helps keeping a contained thickness. 

The strap

The semi-integrated rubber strap is another thing I like about the Scuba. The absence of lugs makes it sitting extremely well on the wrist, and you can adjust the clasp finely to your needs, well done! 

Conclusion

With only 120g, you’d quickly forget the Scuba on your wrist if it wasn’t attracting the eye so much with its bold colors! It’s becoming quite difficult to find a cool dive watch that doesn’t look just like another one, and while Guy’s goal is to “craft watches that stand out from the pack”, I believe it’s fair to say that his mission is a success with the Scuba! I have thus no doubts the KS campaign will reach its target quickly 🙂 

Discover more here: https://www.roebuckwatchco.com/scuba

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