NSB Watch- Born In The Sunshine State

10/14/2022

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Hello, and welcome to another review, where I ask the question, yes Florida makes some dam good orange juice , But are there watches any good? Before I talk about why you are here, the watch, let me tell you about the brand and the man behind it. NSB watch was founded by Italian/American Matteo who as a kid always fascinated by watches and that passion grew as he grew older. Until one-day tragedy was to strike and his beloved grandfather passed away. But what Matteo didn't know at that time was that tragedy would be the reason he would start his watch brand. You see his Grandfather had left him a very special watch, an Omega Speedmaster and he took this as a sign to turn his hobby into a career and pay tribute to his Grandfather. 



Review Time 

Ok history time is over, let's talk watches. The entire Nsb collection has one thing in common, New Smyrna Beach in Florida. Matteo wanted to create a brand that tells a story and when you look at the collection they have a hint of sun, sand, and surf. So the watch I was looking at enough to get my hands on is the Shaka, which straight off the bat has certain, Citizen Promaster vibes, But it still has its personality. 

Ok time for the good stuff, Straight out of the box this watch just feels quality, a perfect balance of a solid feeling watch without the feeling that you'll break your wrist wearing it. Made from polished stainless steel with a diameter of 41mm and lug-to-lug of just 44mm, makes this is easy to wear for any wrist size. Your screw-down crown is nestled in the four o lock position, protected by polished crown guards. Lug width we have 22mm the ideal size for those looking to change straps on a regular basis,  the addition of curved lugs with a perfect blend of polished and brush finishes means the watch will size perfectly under any shirt even with a thickness of 13mm. 

Sitting front and center on the Shaka we have a polished 120-click uni-directional bezel with a blue accent. The bezel itself felt really solid and framed the sapphire-covered dial exceptionally well. 

The star of the show on The Shaka is without the dial, featuring a rich blue that transcends into an intense deep blue as you reach the outer circle of the dial as if to be a metaphor for delving into the unknown. Swiss lume-coated hour markers,   and perfectly shaped hour, minute, and seconds hand ensure no matter how deep you dive or in the darkest of nights your Shaka will remain bright. A contrasting black and white date window occupies the 3 o clock position and like everything on the dial it fits just right.   

To the rear, we have a polished screw-down caseback featuring the brand's logo and your limited edition number, All protecting the watch's movement. The Pt5000 is a Chinese mechanical movement released in 2015, with automatic and hand-winding capabilities which beats away at an impressive 28,800 VPH to provide a buttery smooth sweep to the second's hand. Power reserve of 38hours is more than acceptable for daily wear. Last but by no means least the strap, if I'm honest the only thing that really bothered me about the Shaka, while it fits and feels great and is made from highly durable rubber, it is lacking one thing, quick release springs bar, Apart from that its great. 

Final Thoughts 

Overall for a company that's relatively new to the market, they have produced a phenomenal dive watch, available in black, green, and blue, Nsb has a serious dive watch on their hands. Now before I go, there is one thing that may or may not put a spanner in the works for some people. The price RRP is $750. Don't let that put you off as there are alternatives on their site, which you can check out below. Thanks for reading. 

https://nsbwatch.com/