Audaz Octomarine Diver
If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive dive watch, or even as some would call it, a bargain, the Audaz Octomarine Diver might be a watch to look at. Believe it or not, it is hard to even for me to keep up with all the watch brands out there these days. It seems like every day I find a new brand on social media, or through an email from them directly. Now, this is good and bad, as I feel the market is getting flooded. I felt it was getting flooded a few years ago, as there is a lot of, well, let’s just call them less desirable brands or watches out there these days, and you have to really try and discern what is really worth the money. The Audaz brand and the Audaz Octomarine specifically is a new brand to me, and this is the first model I have checked out in person. The brand is not really new though. They seem to have been in business since 2016, but it really is hard to find any info on the brand online, including their own website. Audaz seems to have a few homages or watches that could be mistaken for others, but the Octomarine looks to be mostly all original, at least in case design. On the website, they are $400, but you can sign up for the newsletter to get 30%, which brings this 42mm brightly colored watch to $280. What do you get for that money?
Audaz Octomarine Specifications
Case Material : 316L Stainless Steel
Case Diameter : 42mm ( Excluding Crown )
Case Length (L2L) : 51mm
Case Height : 16mm ( Including the Crystal and Caseback )
Lug Width : 22mm
Bracelet : 316L Stainless Steel material with SOLID END LINKS
Dial : Blue
Crystal : Sapphire
Bezel : Unidirectional with CERAMIC Insert & Lume markers
Crown : Screw-down
Water Resistance : 500m and HEV mechanism
Movement : Seiko NH35A – Automatic Movement
Watch Weight: 225 Grams
Price $400, but use WR30 to get 30% off, or sign up for the Audaz Newsletter to get the same discount, which brings the price to $280.
If the brand is offering a 30% discount and you can seemingly get it regularly, it is not a $400 watch but rather a $280 watch. So, looking at it for under $300, at face value, this watch has a lot to offer. Actually, the Audaz Octomarine is quite the bargain. But before I get into that, allow me to touch on the company itself. I know nothing about the brand at all. I know my contact at the company who sent me this model for review, his name is Sean. I know they are produced and shipped from Hong Kong. That is about it. I have not seen the brand on the forums or Facebook watch groups and I have no idea if they are what most of us consider a microbrand or a factory brand that is just branding and producing watches, much like Spinnaker is. For many people, that does not matter. Many watch guys just want a good watch for the money and are not concerned with the brand behind it, especially when considering the price tag here. For those that are concerned about such things, I wanted to make sure I put this out there front and center.