By Jovan Krstevski
I have been a big fan of divers watches mainly because they are just awesome and sturdy which kind of suits my life even though I am not underwater most of the times although a bit of a dip would suffice I guess. Okay so for this write-up, I am going to introduce Andersmann watches. It is not very often that I get to enjoy introducing a watch brand so here we go.
Andersmann is the creation of Raymond Chan which by the way is a really nice guy. They are based in Hong Kong but all the watches are purely Swiss Made and with that, of course, comes with everything and I guess you know what I mean by that statement. However to give you a brief history, Raymond Chan has been mostly inspired by divers watch his father gave him as a gift when he was a child. Just like horology fans, he started collecting various divers watches from then. I don’t know about you but every horology fan is guilty of doing this. Then sooner or later, he started dreaming about designing his own and it took him a year to come up with one working design.
Oceanmaster II 1000m ref. ANN0853
So I guess Andersmann is all about divers watches made with passion and love and the result happens to be chic and proudly Swiss made Andersmann creations. And this is clearly illustrated by the Oceanmaster I 1000m ref. ANN0832 and Oceanmaster II 1000m ref. ANN0853. For this review, I’ll start with the latter. The brushed / polished 316L Stainless steel case of the Oceanmaster II 1000m ANN0853 is rightfully sized at 47 mm which is perfect for those with strong arms. I mean if you really look closer at this watch, you will clearly see its marvelous engineering. The lugs are great and follows the traditional divers watch macho look especially when you take into account the nice crown with superb protection for depth abuse. The unidirectional rotating bezel in ceramic and brushed steel also happens to be favored by most divers watch fans.
Then there is the beautiful black grained dial with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers which looks just stunning. I am more of a minimalist fan so yeah, I like how this watch appears to be both minimalistic and very stylish. Although I still have personal suggestions like maybe a better font type for the hour numerals and a better color too matching the markers on the bezel. I am a sucker for black and white so a complete dark will not do or a complete white but what the heck, yellow against dark is just fine especially the hands are superb and very readable. All these details are protected by a double curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating.
As for the reason why I think that the Oceanmaster I 1000m ref. ANN0832 is better, well for one it’s a concept piece. No changes within except the more subtle look which is the true embodiment of black and white masterpiece. What I like about the 47 mm stainless steel case which is large by the way is its matte black DLC coating. Mind you for a sporty divers watch, the Oceanmaster I 1000m ANN0832 is the way to go. The bezel which features an unidirectional rotating function also sports black DLC coating which just adds more uniformity to the total appearance of the watch. The lugs are also beautifully designed with 26 mm width making them appear more robust and is perfectly mated with the subtle screw-down winding crown.
Oceanmaster I 1000m ref. ANN0832
Alright, so I’m more fussed about the black grained dial with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. We don’t see large numerals here just the plain and awesome hour markers in both dots and angled traditional quarter hour markers that glow in low light conditions which are just perfect for diving. There is also the blued seconds hand which is just stunning. The branding on the dial looks very inconspicuous too, I guess it has something to do with the overall simplicity of the watch itself. These lovely details are all protected by the double curved sapphire crystal boasting a thickness of 4mm thick with anti-reflective coating. At 1000 meters this curved feature becomes indispensable for easy reading.
What powers both the Oceanmaster I 1000m and Oceanmaster II 1000m is the swiss automatic movement ETA 2892-A2 which is known to be the upscale version of the basic ETA movements. This automatic movement is just perfect for the watch’s accuracy and reliability and, believe it or not, it is actually better than some in-house movements from higher-end brands of the scale. You can see part of it through the sapphire caseback. It also comes with 42 hours power reserve and it functions flawlessly even at 1000m.
All Andersmann watches have a limited production (100/year) so hurry up to get yours over the internet. They are all delivered with sporty personalized natural rubber strap for that perfect and comfortable fit including the worry-free warranty for your piece of mind. There are also other equally stunning variants of the Oceanmaster I 1000m and Oceanmaster II 1000m watches such as the OCEANMASTER I 1000m sporting polished steel instead of black DLC coating. Their online store also allows you to mix and match various Italian leather straps that best suit your personality.
For more info, please visit andersmann.com
JOVAN KRSTEVSKI – FOUNDER, PROPRIETOR & EXECUTIVE EDITOR
Jovan Krstevski has been collecting watches every since his father bought him an Omega Seamaster back when he was just a teenager. He launched Watchgeek back in 2011, which is now known as WristReview and is one of the most widely read watch blogs on the Web. He quotes ’WristReview is a site to help people find, explore, discover and enjoy wristwatches.’ Besides WristReview, he also writes for a number of publications. Read his articles here