Steinhart Ocean Titanium 500 GMT Premium it’s not a revolution by any means as we all have seen it before. It’s more an example of evolution. The addition of GMT function will be welcome by people who travel a lot but also by people like me, who simply enjoy the additional complication.
The watch still features the same case that was present in the Steinhart portfolio from the very beginning of the existence of the company. It’s a 42 mm case, which take its design cues from Rolex Submariner. However, this time it’s made of Titanium. This means the weight of the watch is lower than a regular stainless steel watch. I’m not a fan of super light watches because I like to feel that timepiece on my wrist.
With the Ocean Titanium 500 GMT Premium designers at Steinhart decided to go for a black-blue “Batman” color scheme. It’s definitely a handsome combination, which I’m sure will find plenty of buyers. Looking at the past history release of Steinhart, I think it’s safe to assume that at some point we will also see a blue-red “Pepsi” and black-red “Coke” variants. I they are ever to release a version with stainless steel case and bracelet, I’m sold.
The interesting change over previous Ocean One series from Steinhart is addition of a more tapering bracelet. The original Ocean One series featured a 22 to 20 mm tapering bracelet, which wasn’t bad at all. However, starting with Ocean Titanium 500 and 500 GMT, Steinhart introduced a bracelet with a more generous taper: 22 to 18 mm. It’s a very welcome change which will highly improve everyday wearing comfort. Unfortunately, they still haven’t change the flip lock clasp, which was burdensome to use in my opinion. There is no push to release buttons and you have to use quite a bit of force to release it with your fingernails.
One of the unique features of Steinhart Ocean Titanium 500 GMT Premium is it’s dial. It’s no longer trying to be a Rolex Submariner/GMT Master homage but instead, Steinhart designers decided to go for something more unique. Hence we have large hour markers printed with Super Luminova BGW 9, which will glow blue in low light situations. There is no longer Mercedes-style handset but rather a broadsword modern looking handset. I think it’s a great change as the watch looks more contemporary than the previous watches from the Ocean One series. Of course, there is additional blue hand measuring time in 24 hours system, which nicely fits in the overall aesthetics of the watch. The only questionable thing about the dial for me is the printing. The “Titanium GMT” text doesn’t look professional at all with it’s thick blue contour.
The bezel on Steinhart Ocean Titanium 500 GMT Premium is made of ceramic, which becomes an industry standard. However, colored ceramic is still quite a rare feat to see, especially on an entry level brands such as Steinhart.
The latest release from Steinhart is powered by ETA 2893-2 movement, which they call “Premium”. It’s not an official version from ETA and that’s why I assume they called it Premium because of the custom golden rotor. ETA 2893-2 is an automatic movement with a GMT complication, which means in can show independently a second time zone with a help of additional GMT hand. It has 28 800 VBP, 42 hours of power reserve and features a date function.
Steinhart Ocean Titanium 500 GMT Premium shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who follows the brand and their releases. However, it’s still a great timepiece with a GMT function, which is not that common, especially among entry level brands. Design wise it’s a great looking watch with a slightly modern approach. The use of Titanium as a build material is questionable to me but surely there are people who will appreciate the lightweight of the watch. Despite being packed with features, Ocean Titanium GMT is still quite reasonable priced at €660. You can purchase it directly from Steinhart’s website.
|Model||Steinhart Ocean Titanium 500 GMT Premium|
|Lug to Lug||50 mm|
|Lug width||22 mm|
|Crystal||Domed sapphire crystal with double AR coating on the inside|
|Movement||ETA 2893-2 Premium – GMT, 42 hours of power reserve|
|Water resistance||500 m|
|Price||€660 excluding shipping|