96Zero, Designed by those who have served
Welcome to another microbrand review, This is a special one and honestly for now it may be a hidden gem, but it won't be for much longer. Who or what is 96zero, simply put they are is a father and son watch company founded in England, by two watch collectors, but more importantly, they have both served their country in the military. The name 96Zero was the last three digits of co-founders Christian's Squad number when he was serving. The mission of the company is to make 3 types of watches, that cover the three branches of the armed forces, air, land, and sea. This is the sea version. The land version is due for release soon.
Let's get into it, starting with the case. The guys over at 96zero wanted to create not just a regular diver, but one with a military pedigree. Firstly the size 44mm, I know straight away from your thinking, that's huge I could never wear that, but not ask me how, but they managed to make a 44mm wear more like a 41mm. Made from 316l stainless steel and featuring curved brushed lugs which simply hug the wrist, providing an exceptional fit. The lug to lug of 50mm is the perfect size for a watch of this caliber and features a black 120 click bezel with ceramic inlay, which as you'd expect for a watch created by former military feels extremely solid. Along with a screw-down case back providing a more than adequate 200meters of water resistance.
Encased with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, The matte back dial features a date window at the 3 o clock position, along with light yellow hour markers, and a minute hand. The orange hour hand provides a great contrast against the black stealth-like dial, which has a real retro feel to it, features a great lume for nighttime missions, along with a screw-down crown. You can tell this watch is designed to be put through its paces and come to the other end laughing at any challenge it faces.
Moving on to the all-important part of any watch- The movement and here we have the very reliable Miyota 9015 which has a power reserve of 42hours and features 24jewels which ensures all mechanics run smoothly and accuracy of -10-+30seconds a day. So let's finally talk about the strap or in this case straps. Four to be exact, 3 various colored nato straps, along with a brushed stainless steel bracelet that features a double push-button folding clasp with engraved safety. All of which are extremely durable and exceptionally comfortable.
Before I give my final thoughts, let's just talk about what you get for your money. The watch comes in an Army Green watch roll, which contains your three nato straps, a very handy strap removal tool, along with of course your 96zero diver. The RRP for this watch is currently £399. which I feel is of great value.
I was skeptical about the size and the weight, which is 148grams. But don't ask me how, but they have managed to produce a 44mm dive watch, that wears like 41mm and feels as light and as durable as titanium, except this, it will scratch, but it is meant to be worn in the sea and on the land. Honestly, I think the more scratches it has the more character it gives it. I can't recommend this watch highly enough and I for one cant wait to see what 96zero has planned next. Click the link below to discover the brand and what they plan next.