When it comes to dive watches, I have reviewed many here, from the affordable to the more high end, automatic and quartz. Quartz is sometimes a word that is taboo in the watch community, as many people tend to prefer automatics. But there is something to the “grab and go” quartz, at least to me, and a no nonsense dive watch.
Enter the Momentum M50 Mark II, this time with a full luminous dial. This is not the first time Momentum has done the full lume dial, but is the first time they put it in the M50 line. What you get is a great looking dive watch, with a sapphire crystal as standard, high quality rubber strap or solid metal bracelet, and a quartz movement with a 6-10 year battery life.
Please check out the video review for a real time look at the Momentum M50 Mark II below:
Momentum M50 Mark II Full Specifications:
- Case and Bracelet: 316 stainless steel
- Matte/bead blasted finish
- Case diameter: 44.08mm
- Lug to Lug: 51.50mm
- Thickness: 14.67mm
- Lug Width: 22.00mm
- Quartz Movement with long life battery
- Sapphire crystal
- 500m water resistant
- Price: $295 on rubber strap $350- bracelet
The Momentum M50 Mark II case is 44mm wide, with a screw down crown located at the 4 o’clock position. The crown is large and easy to grip and does extend from the case a a bit, and as you can see does not utilize crown guards. With that said the crown is extremely solid and in its position on the case, I don’t think crown guards are needed to protect it. It has a finely bead blasted or matt finish which is very smooth to the touch. The case, while at first glance is a standard round diver case, has some nice lines and curvature to it, and I do not believe I have seen a similar case used by other companies.
The bezel is two pieces, with a unique design with the cutouts in between the grip sections, with an aluminum dive bezel insert, with thick font markers and numbers for easy readability. Because of those grip sections, the bezel is easy to grasp and turn and has a nice ratchet to it with little to no play.
Going along with easy readability is the dial itself. As far as design, the lume dial is the same as the black dial, but instead of chrome hands and lume painted numbers and markers, the hands and numbers are all black, as the white dial itself fully illuminates in the dark. I have always liked the dials of the M50 Mark II series (which differed from the now discontinued from the M50-DSS), with its matte dial and arabic numerals. Now with the white dial in the mix, it gives customers another option. I would love to see Momentum come out with more colors in the Mark II line, possibly a grey or blue dial, or maybe even an orange.
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