Steinhart Ocean One Vintage Dual Time Premium


Steinhart Ocean One Vintage Dual Time Premium

Steinhart has been feeling a bit vintage lately, and the result of that is the new Ocean One Vintage Dual Time Premium, a watch that pays tribute to the 1950s. It was an exciting time for aviation, an era when transatlantic flights were becoming more common. As this was happening, there was also a demand for pilots to have a watch that would be able to show time for an additional time zone. It didn’t take long for such a timepiece to be developed, and in 1954 pilots were offered a Swiss-developed timepiece that would meet their needs for transatlantic flights.

Highly domed sapphire crystal emphasizes the vintage character of the watch

Highly domed sapphire crystal emphasizes the vintage character of the watch

So, without any further ado, let’s focus on Steinhart’s new vintage traveler. The new Ocean One features a stainless steel case, with satin and polished finishes. It measures 42 mm in diameter, while the thickness is 16 mm. On the right side of the case, we have a matching screw-down crown, but what’s far more interesting is definitely the unidirectional rotating bezel. This part of the watch has an aluminum inlay in two tones, blue and red, displaying a 24-hour scale. On the back of the case, we get to see the movement, thanks to the see-through window there. On the front, we have a highly domed sapphire crystal, emphasizing the vintage character of this timepiece. Also, this component features double anti-reflection coating on the inner side, for optimal visibility. Last, but not least, we have the water resistance. This watch is able to withstand pressures of up to 30 ATM, or in other words, it can withstand depths of up to 300 meters, which sounds fantastic.

The luminescent coating resembles aged radium

The luminescent coating resembles aged radium

Complementing the steel case (and the two-tone aluminum inlay on the bezel), we have a gray-beige dial with a radial gradient effect. The hour and minute hands, as well as the indexes, are all completed with ecru-tone Superluminova, whose appearance resembles that of aged radium, another cool vintage detail on this watch. Next, we have the second hand, and another hand for the second time zone. The latter is painted in red and it features a small arrowhead. Adjusting the second time zone can be done in two ways, either by the dedicated hand, or by setting the bezel. Finally, we have a date indicator at 3 o’clock. What’s interesting about this component is that it shows numerals in two colors, red for even days and blue for odd days.

Transparent case-back reveals the movement, and its golden rotor

Transparent case-back reveals the movement, and its golden rotor

Powering this vintage traveler is an automatic movement with 25 jewels, the caliber SOP A10-24hTop by Soprod. The movement itself (or at least, better part of it) can be seen through the case-back, including the golden Steinhart logo.

The watch can also be fitted with a leather strap

The watch can also be fitted with a leather strap

Completing the watch is a sporty stainless steel bracelet, which perfectly matches the case. But that’s actually just one of the two options Steinhart has prepared for this timepiece. The Ocean One Vintage Dual Time Premium can also be fitted with a stylish brown leather strap, which gives it a more sophisticated look. Finally, we have a stainless steel buckle, together with a safety clasp.

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