The case back, as always with most Obris Morgan watches is a nice combination of brushed and frosted finishes, but the engraving has changed, now along with the usual specifications, it has 2 dive tanks in the middle, offset by the brushed horizontal lines. While it is not the most spectacular case back ever, Obris Morgan could have easily used the older case backs, instead they decided to make something new, and anytime that you do something new, that means more money for the molds. Yet still this watch comes in at the same price as the first version did.
The bracelet is the very comfortable 5 link engineer style bracelet with dive clasp, (but still no dive extension). The bracelet has no rough edges, is easy to size with the one sided screw bars and just wraps around the wrist. If you are not a bracelet person, the Explorer 2 also includes a natural rubber, vintage isofrane style strap, which is another great addition to the Obris lineup. I believe these straps are $20 if purchased separately, and look and feel great, and honestly Obris Morgan could probably charge $40 for them if they wanted to. The straps are meant for people with about 7 inch wrists or more, so if you have a smaller wrist, you might be in the very last hole on the strap. I show the Explorer 2 here in pictures on the bracelet, but you can see it on the strap on my 7.5 inch wrist in the video.
As I mentioned at the top, one of the key upgrades was more lume application. The lume on the Explorer 1 was on the weak side, and Obris Morgan listened to their customers and added more lume compound to the dial and hands. And I would say they did a damn good job, as you can see the lume is very bright, and also lasts many hours in the dark, I would say from about 4-5 hours of easy readability in complete darkness. Now, some people will argue that, and I have always said it depends on your eyesight. My eyesight is pretty decent and adjusts to the dark allowing me to see the lume on most of my watches for hours. While the Explorer 2 does not retain the initial brightness after about 45 minutes (most don’t), I still had no issue seeing the time at 4 am after hitting the sheets at Midnight.
Like I said in the beginning, overall the Obris Morgan Explorer 2 is another excellent value. At $279, I am not sure if there is another dive watch out there at this price that can compete. You are getting a very nice brushed case, a great dependable automatic movement with the Miyota 9015, sapphire crystal, solid link bracelet and natural rubber strap, and it all comes housed in a pelican style case with extra lug screw bars, screwdriver, and a polishing cloth. Oh, and another thing I forgot to mention, the $279 price includes shipping!! If I sound emphatic with this review, its because I am. With so many of us on a budget these days with the prices of necessities going up and up, it is nice to see you can still get a great quality watch with all of the bells and whistles, for under $300.
Thank you for reading, you can look at all examples of the Obris Morgan Explorer II on their website HERE.
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