As I talked about in the video, Strider Watches are manufactured in China, in partnership with Android watches, and hand assembled in the USA. These are not Android watches though. The entire case, bezel, crown, dial, and hands were designed by Jim.
The design definitely stands out amongst other micro divers. It is not an homage, definitely not your classic design, and that is what I like about it.
I will be honest. When I first saw the Hyperdive announced with the photos, I was not sure what to think. The knife blade hands, the style of the hour markers, the large dots and rectangles on the bezel, etc. But the more I looked at the Hyperdrive photos, the more I started to appreciate the different look.
When the watch arrived for review, I really started to appreciate how unique it was, while still retaining the basic DNA of a dive watch. It has all the goodies; 9015 automatic movement, sapphire crystal, sandwich dial with dual lume, large screw down crown, and as many know, my favorite, the ratcheting dive clasp.
The dial has a pebbled texture, and while it is black, in certain light it plays more of a dark charcoal grey. The minute hand is designed to resemble a tanto knife blade. The hour markers are huge, and allow for greater readability at a glance. One thing of note though, there is no minute/second hand marks on the dial. From a design standpoint, I get it, but it will be hard to really judge accuracy on this watch, because without those markers you cannot really keep track of exact time. Another thing to note, there is no lume on the second hand. Personally, I do not need to know what second it is in the dark, but if you do, this could be an issue.
The bezel is a pvd plated stainless bezel, and yes, the markers are lumed on the bezel as well. The bezel is very quiet and solid, and turns easily, but stays firmly in place where you put it. The large crown is easy to grasp, whether on the wrist or in your hands, and has a very solid feeling crown as well.
The bracelet we have all seen before on other brands. The bracelet and clasp are the only parts of the watch that are not custom. Just because they are not custom, does not mean they are sub par. The bracelet is 24mm wide, with no taper, and and wraps around the wrist very comfortably. The bracelet attaches to the case using one sided hex screws, and is super simple to remove and put on one of the included straps, or one of your own. All the tools needed are included with the watch in the large packaging supplied. The bracelet uses one sided standard screws, which again, makes sizing a breeze. And for the larger wrists out there, fear not, this watch will fit you. With all the links, the Hyperdive should fit up to a 10 ½ inch wrist, and should size down to just about a 6.5 wrist.