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Reactor Fallout 2 Watch Review

Hands on Watch Reviews Independent Reactor

The dial on this example is a deep shade of blue, and while it’s hard to tell in some photos, the outer portion of the dial is textured; matching the texture of the crown, bezel and the lug screws.
The Reactor Fallout 2 features a day/date and also the inner part of the dial has your 5-second increments. I am not sure why they chose to do this with the seconds or minute markers, considering you also have hash marks on the outer portion of the dial, but maybe it was to leave one for regular time keeping and use the outer track with the dive bezel. I think I would have preferred 24 hour markers on the inner part of the dial. One feature that really stands out on the dial is the 3D markers. I say 3D because the amount of lume paint applied makes the numbers and dials raised, not only allowing the watch to have excellent lume, which you will see in the lume pics, but makes the hours and markers easily readable.

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The solid stainless steel case is unusual, as is the case with most Reactor Watches, but that is one of the things that makes them stand out. Reactor watches do not look like every other watch out there. The case is an all brushed finish and measures 45mm without the crown, and has a lug to lug of 57mm. Now, while 57mm does sound long, the lugs do have a curvature to them. The long lug to lug and the hex screw bar attachment, where the screws extend from the lugs, is part of what gives the case its unique look. The knurled bezel, which I like to refer to as the meat tenderizer, allows you to grip it easily. Another great feature is the way the bezel and case are constructed. The bezel insert sits below the bezel, which gives the bezel a stadium effect. While this not only looks different, it actually prevents the bezel insert from getting scratched and dinged up , compared to a flat bezel insert that sits atop the bezel itself. The crystal is a K1 hardened mineral crystal and is domed. Reactor uses this crystal on most of their watches as it is more scratch more resistant than regular mineral, and more impact resistant than sapphire. Personally, these days, many dive watch companies are using 4-5mm thick sapphire crystals and I have banged and cracked them pretty hard with no ill effects. But I guess a scratched crystal is easier to replace than a shattered one.

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The case back is a forged stainless steel case back and is screwed down, helping give it its 200m-water resistance. Another thing that Reactor does to ensure its water resistance is a triple o-ring sealed crown. I am betting that with the way Reactor constructs their watches, they would be able to withstand more than 200m worth of pressure, but they only test to 200m, so they do not overstate it. Below is a picture from their website, which shows the Reactor DNA and their core construction of their watches.

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The bracelet is thick and chunky, and definitely reminds me of the Panerai style bracelet in terms of the link shape. This is a solid bracelet.  Reactor uses split pins to attach the links, and the tolerances are very, very tight, so keep that in mind when sizing.

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I've been an avid watch lover since the age of 7. Watches are not only my hobby but a passion. My favorite style used to be dive watches, but field or non bezel watches have been growing on me. When I'm not reviewing watches I am either cooking or with family and friends.

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