The case back shown in the pictures is the optional sapphire exhibition caseback that costs an extra $50 USD. I show a picture of the standard case back as well. Truth be told, I am not a huge fan of exhibition case backs with a Miyota 9015, only because it is a rather plain looking movement; It is nice that you have the option to choose the case back that you want.
Another great feature of the Hyperdive is the lume. The hands and outline of the markers use C3 superluminova, while the inside of the markers are painted with (BGW9). The bezel also integrates both of the lume compounds. The lume looks fantastic, and is sure to get some comments when you are wearing the watch. I have to say though, while there is lume almost everywhere, (including the “S” logo) the lume is not flashlight bright. I would say Lum-tec or Reactor watches are still much brighter, but you should not have an issue seeing the time in the dark at all, as my unedited lume shots show.
On the wrist, the Hyperdive is very comfortable, and really does a great job of curving to my wrist. This is a large watch at 46mm, and it does look even bigger than that due to its large dial opening. Because this is such a large and heavy watch, perfect sizing is key here. This would not be a watch to wear on the looser side, in my opinion. Fortunately, between relatively small links and the ratcheting extension clasp, getting a perfect fit should not be an issue.
I always try and convey my honest thoughts as best as possible in my reviews. Personally, I love the style and look of the Hyperdive, but I know its non traditional dial and hands might not be for everyone. If you take a look at the current offerings from other micro dive watch brands, I think you will see that the Strider Hyperdive offers the same, if not more features than many of them, at a much lower price. And the quality is there. The watch is solid, well finished, and is put together with tight tolerances. This is not a cheap feeling watch by any means. In the watch world, there is no shortage of competition, and these days we have so many choices. I would say if you are looking for a bold, unique and large dive watch, or if you are on more of a budget, this watch is definitely worth a look.
Thank you to Jim for providing the Hyperdive for review.
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