Jiusko Deep Sea Quartz Chronograph
Today I’d like to share my thoughts on a very nice value watch model, the Deep Sea Quartz Chronogragh, offered from Jiusko Watches. The Asian based company has released quite a few bangs for your buck watches, including some automatics using Seiko automatic movements. I will review one of their automatic watches at a later date so stay tuned. The Deep Sea Quartz Chrono on rubber retails for $499 but can be purchased through Amazon regularly for around $220. At $220 many of us probably wouldn’t expect a whole lot as far as quality specifications are concerned but in reality this model packs quite a punch with some very good specifications not often found at this price point. Some of the basic specifications of this model are as follows:
- Water resistance: 300 meters
- Case material: Stainless steel
- Case diameter: <44 mm
- Case thickness: <15 mm
- Crystal material: Sapphire glass
- Band material: Silicon
- Clasp type: Buckle
- Model number: 71LSB1302
- Manufacturers suggested full retail price: $499 USD
- Amazon price – approx. $220USD
First, I’m going to start off with giving props to Jiusko for providing superior packaging that most certainly isn’t always included with watches at this price point. The Deep Sea comes packaged in a hard shell dive case similar to the ones used by other micro brand dive watch companies. The packaging provides ultimate protection during shipping, travel and wet conditions. The packaging is identical to what comes with any other watch models offered by the company. While I like dive cases I’m still hoping to see more functional packaging used by watch companies such as zipper travel cases or canvas travel rolls. Of course multi-slot dive cases would also be great to see more often.
Next, I want to discuss the features, measurements and components of the stainless steel case. The case measures approximately 44mm and a substantial 48mm including the main crown. The lug-to-lug measurement is approximately 51mm, combined with a weight of approximately 125 grams, 15mm case thickness and the other case specifications, provide quite a substantial appearance on the wrist. As many of you are well aware I despise case branding so I was quite relieved when I didn’t find the Jiusko brand name etched into the non-crown side of the case. Instead Jiusko opted for a simple Helium Release Valve (HEV), which is one of the first nice features for a watch at this price point. Now I am not a huge fan of He for Helium being etched into the valve as I’d much rather see a sterile appearance or a company logo if possible but of course that is just me being extremely picky.
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