We have not reviewed an independent watch brand for a while. The previous brand we review was Roue Watches. Now it time to review a new brand on the market, Boderry Watch. The brand was founded in GuangZhou and prides itself as a Chinese brand. While many Chinese brand tend to hide before their origin, Boderry Watch is not scared to show the market what it is capable of producing. The watch which we will be reviewing is the Navy Blue Seaturtle Ocean.
Movement : Miyota 8215
Case Material : CuSn8 Bronze
Case Diameter (mm) : 40
Case Thickness (mm) : 12.5
Lens : Sapphire Crystal
Dial Color: Blue
Band : Genuine Leather
Water Resistance : 10ATM
The packing of the watch was well presented. The Boderry Watch Bronze Automatic was at the forefront of the package and it looks very appealing. The one feature which will attract you to the watch straight away is the dial. The pattern used on the dial is something new and very much alluring. The colour of the watch also looks good and the overall colour scheme has been well chosen. But will the watch live up to what is expected?
This has to be best place to start. The index used is simple, with batons on the outer index. The batons are in a bronze colour, matching the casing. Large batons have been used at each five minutes interval. The inner index has regular octagons to represent the number. From afar, you may think that the octagons are just circles, but it cool feature. The 12 o’clock position has a large pointy arrow, as you would probably see in many diver watches. The colour feature for all the indexes on the Boderry Watch is the same and goes well overall.
The most interesting feature and alluring feature is the background of the watch. An octagonal ‘fish net’ design has been applied across all the blue background. Again from afar, you may not realise this feature, but a closer inspection will make you realise the small yet intricate feature. To make this feature stand out, the ‘fish net’ design, has been given a luminous coating. In low light the whole background lights up and it looks fantastic.
The date window has also been well thought of. A white background has been used to help you distinguish it from the largely blue dial. The window is a good size and is visible from far. To keep with the bronze colour feature, perimeter of the date window has been given a bronze finish.
Alpha hands has been used for the minute and hour hand. They look sharp and goes well with the design and theme of the watch. The second hand has been given a Breguet design. Only the hour and minute hands have been given a luminous coating.
While luminous coating looks really in an aesthetic way, the practicality may not be the best. The hands do get lost with the ‘fish net’ design and they are not too bold to distinguish them easily. It will take a while for you to locate the hands and to tell the time.
Apart from that little sticking point of the luminous lighting, the dial looks good and suits the design of the watch.
The casing on the Boderry Watch Sea Turtle Ocean is 40mm by 12.5mm. For diver watch, it can be said that the size of the casing maybe slightly too small and to an extent the casing is small. However, there is not a lot of feature on the dial and a smaller casing size fits the watch. The case sits well on the wrist with the help of the curved lugs and it is very comfortable.
The bezel has 120 clicks but we have to say that the clicks are not as strong as you would wish. They do look slightly flimsy. The circumference on the bezel is rugged and bold with its design. This design has also been used on the screw in crown. The crown is covered and protected, which is an excellent feature and would love to see this on more watches.
In terms of the lens, Sapphire crystal has been used and there is some glare at some angles. However, the dial is clear to read and there is no issue.
To back casing is closed off, but to make up for it, a sea turtle has been embossed on the back.
Overall, the choice of the colour for the dial and the casing has been well thought of and they do complement each other. The Boderry Watch Sea Turtle Ocean is a smart looking watch.
Powering the Boderry Watch is a Miyota 8215. We have come across this movement in many watches before and it is a steady and reliable movement for new watches entering the market. You can expect a time accuracy of -20～＋40 sec per day and a 42 hour power reserve. We have not encountered any issue with the movement and works fine.
A thick genuine leather strap has been used on the watch. It will need breaking into, but comfort wise, the strap fits around the wrist well and is also very comfortable. There are enough holes available, if you have a small wrist. Unfortunately, there are no quick release pins to change the strap.
Buy, Shortlist or Avoid?
As always, let us discuss the price of the Boderry Watch Navy Blue Seaturtle Ocean. The RRP of the watch is $159/£144/€160. The price for the watch is very much reasonable and when comparing to other entry dive watches, this is a steal. However, with most dive watches, you would expect a minimum of 30ATM, but this watch is only 10ATM and this is a let down. Therefore, we would shortlist this watch.