Oliver Green- Danish Design , Thats friendly to your pocket

11/11/2022

Introduction-

Hello and welcome to microbrand land. The land where I review microbrands and tell you if you should smash open that piggy bank jump on google and click buy now, or simply turn over and go back to sleep. 

So today I have managed to get my hands on the Mare, no not the horse, but the dive watch by Copenhagen microbrand Oliver Green. Mare -Translates to Sea in Latin.  History lesson over I'll begin. Oliver Green is in their words " a no bullshit unisex watch brand" now does that translate into a brand that simply throws together cheap and cheerful watches that will last you a month, Are you listening MVMT?  Thankfully for the consumer, while they make their watches affordable, they are also passionate about watches, so want to make quality pieces all while trying to be as sustainable and affordable as possible. Everything is done in their Danish Hq from design to packaging, cutting out the middleman and passing on the savings to the most important cog in the wheel, you the consumer. 

Their packaging box is made from premium FSC-certified craft paper, with protective pyramid foam inside. To add a further protection, they packed every component in recyclable aluminum bags.

Review -

So Introduction is done,  and the history lesson is over. Let's talk about the MARE, while I mentioned its quality that doesn't naturally translate into a recommendation. As always starting with the case, now for me when it comes to dive watches, I want to tick two key boxes, size, and weight. I don't want to feel like I'm going to sink to the bottom of the sea when wearing it. So it has to be compact on the wrist and light enough so I don't feel like I'm going to drown while wearing it, but also solid enough to feel it can handle anything the sea or land throws its way. 

Luckily for me, the team over at Oliver Green are mindreaders as well as watchmakers. So they created a 40mm 316l stainless steel case complete with domed sapphire crystal, Ar coating, and a thickness of 12.5mm. With a nice blend of polished and brushed finishes, to the side is where you'll find your screw-down crown protected with polished crown guards, seamlessly leading to your curved lugs which make the 46mm lug-to-lug feel more like 44mm and make  The Mare easily accessible to the small wrist brigade. To the rear is where we find the screw-down case back with the watch's serial number and brands logo etched into its core, The Mare provides 200meters water resistance, which is plenty given the fact that most dive watches rarely go deeper than a bathtub.

 Finishing off the case is a matte black coin-edged  bezel with contrasting silver markers and a classy touch of a red tip with built-in lume to help those when setting intervals


DIAL TIME-  Moving forward to the black sunray dial which has to be seen to appreciate its natural beauty.  But without a doubt, the star of the show is The Mares, Swiss Lume, which you can find on the watch's hour, minute and seconds hands, along with the dot hour markers and not forgetting the red tip on the bezel. They say a " picture says a thousand words" so I'll put a photo up of 'The Mare' in full lume. Simply put, Oliver Green wanted to create a watch that didn't just look good but could also perform and offer users, the important features of a dive watch.  When and if needed.  

MOVEMENT/STRAP - Under the covers is where you'll find the watch's movement. Powering 'The Mare' is the Miyota 2305 quartz movement,  with a life expectancy of 3 years at which point you unscrew the case back, pop in a new battery, screw it back on, and be on your merry way for another 3 years. Now, will this movement blow your socks off, No? It's one of Miyota entry level movements with that said it's a reliable movement with an accuracy of +/-20 seconds a month so it should be an issue and maintenance-free, apart from when you change the battery 3 years later. 

So depending on your strap preference, Oliver Green has you covered. Bare in mind there is a price difference for example I opted for the 20mm quick release, black silicone strap with waffle detailing and engraved buckle for a total RRp of $249, also available for $249 are leather, nato, and Milanese straps options. But for those who fancy a bit of bling in their life, upgrade to an oyster style or jubilee bracelet for $279 total.

Final Thoughts 

Firstly as I mentioned in the intro, Oliver Green is a unisex brand, making watches from 32mm- 40mm, along with a choice of  Chronographs, Divers, and Classy Dress watches. With prices starting at $179 for The Caeli, their dress watch. 

Back to 'Mare'. I like it honestly would I like an automatic version? Yes, but that would significantly increase the weight and price, so I'll stick with my $249 diver, thank you very much. Now one thing that may not be everyone's cup of tea is the packaging, now it's recyclable and well-constructed. But it comes in individual packages, the case, the straps, and the manual. Now, it will take you a whole five seconds to take the straps out and click them on. So if you can handle such an inconvenience, click the link below and get yourself and your partner an Oliver Green watch. 

https://olivergreen.com/collections/mare/products/mare-steel-black-36mm

As always thanks for reading.