If you have been following us for the past year, you may recognise the name, Aquatico. We review the Bronze Sea Star and frankly we loved the watch and recommend the watch as a buy. They have now launched a new model called the Aquatico Sea Star V2, and we will be reviewing the Black Dial edition.
Features of Aquatico Sea Star V2
Lug to Lug Length: 50mm
Lens: Dome Sapphire with Inner AR Coating
Dial and Hands: Vintage Green
Bezel: 120 Clicks Unidirectional Ceramic
Swiss Sellita SW200
Bracelet: Solid Stainless 316L
Water Resistance: 300m
The packaging of the Aquatico Sea Star V2 has not changed from the Bronze Sea Star Military. The first feature which will attract your eyes when opening the box is the dial. The black dial and the little red market at the 12 o’clock along with the vintage green colour scheme grab your attention straight away. The black dial and the brushed stainless steel also makes the watch stand out.
If we are going by first impression, this watch is definitely one of the best we have seen. But let us see if what is inside is worth the price tag.
Let us start with the size of the watch. The diameter is 42mm and this is the norm for dive watches. This will not get in the way on your wrist and legibility is great. The thickness of the watch is 22mm. It is 8mm thicker than the Sea Star Military but it does not get in the way of the wrist. The curved lugs helps to push the watch on the wrist and makes the watch sits well. The lug to lug is 50mm. If you have a small wrist, the dial will look big on your wrist, however if your wrist is large, this watch will suit you well.
Now let us move on to the showpiece of the Aquatico Sea Star V2, the bezel. The 120 clicks unidirectional bezel is crisp and sharp. The teeth cut design on the circumference of the bezel gives a good grip to turn the bezel. The index on the bezel are in 10 minutes interval with batons to represent the rest of the intervals. The numbers are large but not empowering enough to distract you from the dial. Both the numerals and batons on the bezel are lumed with Superluminova BGW9. Another interest feature on the bezel is the red arrow.
The screw in crown has a teeth cut design and the logo has been engraved. The size of the crown fits the size of the dial. We are thinking if the crown was guarding as part of an extended casing? Let us know what you think.
The back casing is open and has a custom Aquatico rotor.
The dial is simplistic. The index have rectangular bars at every 5 minute interval and the rest of the minutes have been replaced simple batons. The colour of the index goes well against the black dial and visibility is great. The index also have been given a Superluminova BGW9 coating and visibility during low light is impressive. However, we would recommend to recharge the lume with a UV light.
The hands used have a sword design. It follows the simplicity of the rest of the dial and they also have been given the lumed coating. The second hand follows a different design, a sharp arrow in red. The end of the second hand has also been given a lumed touch.
One feature which is missing is the date window. There is enough space for a date window and we think it would suit the watch.
The lens is made from Sapphire glass with Inner AR Coating. The coating helps to prevent any reflection and the domed glass helps to focus the dial and the indexes.
The 316 Stainless steel is a perfect choice for the watch. The strap is also brushed to give a polished finish. In terms of adjusting the strap, a simple tool would do the job. For the review, we were also given a rubber strap. In fairness, we are indifferent on which strap looks better. In terms of comfort, both strap do the job well and fits the wrist tightly. We like the dark theme the black rubber brings and we also like the brushed finish from the 316L Stainless Steel. If we are pushed to choose one, we would go for the 316L Stainless Steel
Inside the watch we have a Seiko NH35, 24 Jewels movement. It is definitely a solid and great movement. We have come across this movement many times and you cannot go wrong with the movement. The time accuracy is around -20/+40 seconds per day. Given a full rotation, the power reserve is around 36 hours.
Buy, Shortlist or Avoid?
As always, we talk about the price. The RRP of Aquatico Sea Star V2 is $299/ £215/ €250. The price is very much affordable and given the features of the watch, we would class this watch as a buy. The watch has a great movement and if you are looking for simple dive watch, this will definitely suit you. However, if you want a more powerful movement, Aquatico Sea Star V2 does have a Swiss Sellita SW200.