Obris Morgan is a brand that continues to impress me. Some might say I could be a fanboy of them, and for the most part, I would say that is probably true. But there is a reason. Obris Morgan continues to build a fantastic watch for what might be the best value when it comes to micro brand dive watches.
The Explorer 2, is an update to the Explorer model released in 2013. While there are not a ton of upgrades, ( the case and bracelet are basically the same, and still a Miyota 9015 movement), there are some nice improvements. One of them being something I have been saying to Justin, the owner of Obris Morgan, for quite a while, date window. Some of their previous offerings (Branco, Nevon, and even the Explorer 1) were lacking a date window, so it is nice to see one here with the Explorer 2. Some of the other differences are a thickness of 12mm as opposed to 10, and a 3.4 double domed sapphire crystal.
Here is a video below to get a nice real time look, and also the full specifications.
Obris Morgan Explorer 2 Specs:
- 200 meters water resistant Tool Diver
- 28,800 BPH High Frequence Movement (Miyota Cal. 9015)
- 120 clicks Unidirectional Bezel
- Automatic Helium Escape Valve
- Thick Printed Superluminova Lumed Indices and hands
- Horizontal Brush Dial
- 3.4mm Double Domed Sapphire , Anti-reflective Coated
- Super Engineer 4.6mm thickness 5 links Bracelet
- Stainless Steel Movement Holder
- Triple Seal Screw-in Crown
- 42mm diameter excluded Crown
- 12mm thickness included caseback
- 51mm lug to lug length
- 20mm lug width
- 216g net weight
- Price $279 for Brushed version ( as shown)
The running theme of this review, will be value. In the video I give a good look at the watch and point out many of its key features, so here I thought I would talk about what I really love about the Explorer 2, and what little changes I would have made.
The case is a brushed 42mm with 20mm lugs. Except for the added height, which comes from a thicker case back and thicker sapphire crystal, it is still that great Explorer case with its chunky body and slightly curved lugs. As with the first iteration, there are no crown guards, which might make the crown susceptible to damage, but it also allows for easy manipulation and setting. The dial is the same as the first as well, but this time with a thicker lume application all around, which is easy to see to the eye, a date window located at the 3 position and some nicer font and coloring for the text on the dial. There is nothing overly flashy with the dial, but it has that tool diver look many of us have come to enjoy from many brands, and it is crisp and clean, easy to read with its brushed chrome hands against a beautiful brushed blue dial. The dial was hard to capture with my studio lights, but if you look at the photos that were taken outside, you can see the true deep blue of the brushed dial, and matching aluminum dive bezel. If you are a fan of blue in watches, you really need to check this watch out in person, it is just that nice.
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