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The Hidden Gem in Steinhart Ocean One
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The Hidden Gem in Steinhart Ocean One

The beauty of Swiss gems in timepiece
Dec 25, 2020

Introduction: 9 Important Insights of Steinhart

If you are a fan of high-quality watches, you probably have some knowledge of various watch manufacturers from around the world. However, one brand that very few people seem to know about is Steinhart Watches. This may be because they are a relatively new brand compared to many companies that are their direct competitors. Here are ten interesting facts about Steinhart Watches.

1. They were founded in 2001

Compared to its competitors, it is one of the newest watch brands. The company was founded in 2001 by Gunther Steinhart, a watchmaker. He is the chairman of this watch company now. Steinhart Watches is a German brand founded in the city of Augsburg. The company headquarters are now based in Stadtbergen in Germany.

2.Their Most Popular Watch is Ocean 1

The first watch produced by this brand was the Ocean 1 and it is this watch that remains the most popular product produced by Steinhart watches. It has a very majestic diver watch design. Despite being an affordable watch, it is built to a very high standard and this is why people are so excited to own the Steinhart Ocean 1.

3. They Only Sell Through Exclusive Partners and Their Shop

Most watch brands sell their watches in a variety of ways. They may sell them online but usually also have distributors sell their watches at specialty watch shops or at jewelery stores. Steinhart Watches has taken a different approach to selling their product because it is only available online. They distribute their products direct from Germany headquarters and do not use third-party distributors or retailers to sell their watches.

4. Their Watches All Come with a Swiss Movement

An important feature of watches manufactured by Steinhart watches is that they are all equipped with Swiss movements. While the base model is equipped with an ETA movement in the workspace, the upgraded model has a Soprod movement. Steinhart is also now creating his own in-house movement.

5. They Have Six Collections

Currently, Steinhart has six watch collections. This includes a diver's watch, a pilot's watch, a marine watch, an advanced model, a chronograph, and a limited edition watch. Steinhart also has a premium range that includes premium diver's watches, premium marine watches, and premium aviation watches.

6. They Raise Money for Charity

Steinhart Watches makes special limited edition watches to raise funds for charity. Gunther Steinhart has traveled to Russia to visit a kindergarten in the city of Staritsa, near Moscow. They desperately need funds to provide free childcare to more than 100 children, feed them four meals a day, and provide a variety of fun and educational activities. To help raise money, Steinhart watches began manufacturing Nav. B-Chrono 44 Bronze 'Kiga No. 2 '. Profits from the sale of watches are sent directly to support the good work of a Russian kindergarten charity. Part of the funds raised was used to renovate the building while the other funds were used to purchase resources.

7. They Also Sell Accessories

Apart from their watches, Steinhart also sells a variety of accessories. These are mostly parts or replacement parts that they can switch to to create a different look. The accessories listed on their website include bracelets, buckles and fixtures.

8. Steinhart Watches Have One Designer and Three Watchmakers

Steinhart Watches is still a small company and has only one designer and three watchmakers. The company's designer is Simon Schmidt. Its watchmakers are Thilo Barnessoi, Reinhold Runge, and Pia Zellerhoff.

9. Steinhart Watches Are an Affordable Option

One of the greatest advantages this brand has over its direct competitors is the price of its watches. They cost a lot less than many other watch brands to buy, with some of their base models only costing $400 including shipping. Therefore, this brand is the right choice for those who want to have a quality watch but have a limited budget.

As mentioned to be the most popular series, Gnomon has collected Steinhart Ocean One series for watch enthusiasts.

 

Steinhart Ocean One 39 Black Ceramic for Gnomon

Introducing the Exclusive, Classic, 3D Ceramic Dive Watch, made in everyday sizes. Produced by Steinhart for Gnomon Watches.

Previously in 2019 when Steinhart had introduced Ocean One Pink Gold Ceramic followed by the exclusive Ocean One Black Ceramic Gnomon in 42mm, they received applause, and we love it for its casual lifestyle using the staple Ocean series while still keeping its modern resilience. . Apart from the pink gold plated case (for the Pink Gold variant) and bezels, another key feature that caught watch enthusiasts' attention is the first-ever black 3D ceramic bezel inlay.


While initially found only in the Pink Gold and 42mm steel variants, we at Gnomon Watches think that not all of us want to go big with our wrist candy. Rather, it wants to increase its classic appeal and versatility without losing sight of the nature of the Ocean One sports equipment. Hence, we decided to collaborate with Steinhart once again for something unique and catered for something to suit our everyday wear with the appropriate 39mm size.

Behold, Steinhart Ocean 1 Black 39 Ceramic For Gnomon, is what we have wisely planned for those who still prefer full steel with a diver's watch in Steinhart's latest Ceramic bezel. On par with the Ocean collection, our new watch represents Steinhart's exquisitely crafted diver's watch. Made in Switzerland and powered by the Swiss Made SW 200 automatic movement, élaboré, this elegant and straightforward watch is designed to maximize the enjoyment of all that lies within it.

Steinhart Ocean 1 Ceramic Black 39 For Gnomon is produced to the highest Swiss specifications. The Black Ceramic case of Steinhart Ocean 1 is made of stainless steel 316L.  Featuring a satin brush finish on the top lugs and polished casing sides. This finish follows a stainless steel bracelet. The 39mm case is 47mm of lug-to-lug dimensions which makes it quite comfortable on most wrist sizes. We are focused on offering highly wearable sports watches that have the ability to be versatile.

To the main highlight of this wrist candy, the bezel on the Ocean is the most important place and the first we look at. The Ocean 1 Black 39 Ceramic For Gnomon has a unique 3D ceramic bezel. The characteristics of ceramics are strong resistance and scratch resistance joined together. Further, what is meant is that the numbers and markers stand out while the background is hidden. When you rub it, you can feel the depth! With luminous pip at 12 o'clock position.

Knurling on the side of the inner bezel and clean. This helps to obtain a strong grip for smooth bezel operation on the bezel. The 120-click bezel clicks positive into position. With the new ceramic bezel installed, Gnomon Exclusive Ocean One Black 39 Ceramic appeals to those who want a dive watch that is uniquely design oriented and "ready for any occasion".

The threaded winding knob marked Steinhart is located at 3 o'clock and is suitable for the 300m water resistance level. For improved transparency in various lighting conditions, Ocean 1 comes with a sapphire crystal with an inner anti-reflective coating. It also has a date magnifying glass. Button in Ocean 1 Black with marker applied. SuperLuminova luminous is applied to markers, minutes, hours and second hands.

The Steinhart Ocean 1 Black 39 Ceramic For Gnomon features a tapered satin stainless steel bracelet with screw joints and a folding lock that improves its flexibility to finish things off. 

Overall, the outstanding value continues to be Steinhart Ocean 1 Black 39 Ceramic For Gnomon. Apart from the pink gold plated case (for the Pink Gold variant) and bezels, the first-ever black 3D ceramic bezel inlay is another key feature that caught the attention of watch enthusiasts. The new 3D ceramic bezel makes for a refreshing new dive watch with multiple displays on the wrist. This is the exact kind we thought of, owning a fun, fun dive watch from a proficient brand at an honest price like Steinhart.

Get yours now on Gnomon Store!

Steinhart Ocean One 39 GMT Ceramic Blue / Red

Steinhart Ocean One 39 GMT Blue / Ceramic Red is a new brother to join the famous GMT Sea Black Ceramic 1. Made in Switzerland and powered by the Swiss Made Sellita SW330 Elaboré automatic movement, this timepiece is exquisitely crafted. Simple and elegant.

Steinhart Ocean One 39 GMT Blue / Red ceramics are manufactured to the highest Swiss standards. The Steinhart Ocean 39 case is made of 316L stainless steel. Featuring a satin brush finish on the top lugs and polished casing sides. This finish follows a stainless steel bracelet. There are 47mm lug-to-lug measurements in the 39mm case, which makes it very convenient for most wrist sizes. 

The bezel at Ocean 39 GMT is a classic diver design. The Ocean One 39 GMT Blue / Red features a new blue / red bezel made of a ceramic that watch collectors commonly know as "pepsi". The new ceramic bezel has numbers and markers all engraved to provide depth. To balance the theme with the luminous pip in the 12 o'clock spot, the cavity is then filled with white enamel. The engraved bezel makes the numbers and markers visible in all lighting conditions. With luminous pip at 12 o'clock position. Knurling on the inner bezel side and clean. This helps to get a good grip on the bezel for easy bezel operation. The 120-click bezel clicks positive into position.

The Steinhart marked mm threaded winding knob is located at 3 o'clock and is good for the 300m water resistance level. For improved transparency in various lighting conditions, Ocean 1 comes with a sapphire crystal with an inner anti-reflective coating. It also has a date magnifying glass. The dial at Ocean 39 GMT is black with markers applied. SuperLuminova luminous is applied to markers, minutes, hours and second hands. The Steinhart Ocean One 39 GMT comes with a stainless steel band in satin with screw and fliplock connections. What's unique about the Ocean One 39 is of course the new 20mm bracelet that tapers to 16mm. Making the 39mm model look more refined and elegant.

Overall, the Steinhart Ocean One 39 GMT Blue / Red Ceramic exhibits a very high score. And perfect for those who think the 42mm Ocean is too big. The smaller size also makes this watch comfortable on even the smaller wrists of women. You get a Swiss Made watch for the price with an Elaboré SW200 movement, a 300m stainless steel 316L diver's watch complete with a SEL bracelet and a well-made and robust overall watch. This was previously unattainable until Steinhart arrived and may also be the reason why Steinhart had a large following despite only being around for 15 years.

Steinhart watches come with a 2 year Steinhart international warranty. Steinhart Ocean One 39 GMT Blue / Red Ceramic is available on Gnomon Store.


Steinhart Ocean One Vintage GMT

The Steinhart Ocean Vintage GMT is based on the Ocean One diver line and therefore has a water level of up to 1,000 feet or 300 meters. Made in Switzerland, the material used for the case and band is 316L stainless steel with a satin brushed and polished surface.

The watch case is 42 mm wide (excluding the crown). It is 49 mm long from lug-to-lug while the thickness is 13 mm. It has a fixed GMT bezel with a brushed surface and a polished bevel that surrounds the edges. The back of the solid case is screws. While the width of the lug is 22 mm. The Steinhart Ocean Vintage GMT features a satin-coated stainless steel bracelet that tapers from 22mm to 18mm on the clasp. The end link is sturdy and the part of the bracelet is connected by a screw link.With four micro-adjustments, the signed clasp has a flip-lock protection mechanism. Despite being a diver, the bracelet does not come with a diver extension.

The Steinhart marked 6.5mm threaded crown is located at 3 o'clock and the dial is protected by a domed sapphire crystal with an internal anti-reflective coating for added clarity under different lighting conditions.

Powered by the Swiss Made ETA2893-2 automatic movement, apart from the standard 3 hands, it also has GMT hands and a date wheel.

The dial of the Ocean Vintage GMT is solid black. The straight walled chapter ring is polished and the dial surface is printed with all the markers. A single scale has a combination of line, square, and rectangular markers to represent minutes and hours. A special top side triangle is given for 12 noon. The date aperture is provided to the left of the 3 o'clock position on a white background. All major markers are filled with old Super-LumiNova radium for illumination in the dark.

There are six lines of logo and text. The top of the dial has the Steinhart logo, brand and series name. The bottom of the dial highlights the water rating, the type of movement used and the "SWISS MADE" tag. Even though there are lots of lines of logos and text on the dial, you can still see a lot of the matte black dial as Steinhart uses a smaller font to compensate for it. However, I am not sure that many statements need to be added to the dial. Some of them can be downgraded to case-back if needed.

The hour and minute hands are straight swords with an old Super-LumiNova radium in the center. The seconds hand has a ball section on the front end and is also painted with old Super-LumiNova radium. GMT hands painted orange with the triangular front ends painted in the old Super-LumiNova radium are the only specially crafted hands. 

The illumination of the painted parts of the watch is sufficient to allow one to refer to the watch in the dark (provided the watch gets a chance to absorb light energy first).

The bezel is fitted and the Arabic numbering and borders are engraved on the metal surface and painted black. Running my finger lightly over the bezel, I can feel the scratched surface easily.

The knob marked screw down is slightly detached from the watch case. It has a pair of shoulder protectors which do not appear to be effective in protecting the crown from impact because the top of the crown is still open when screwed. Although the pair of protective shoulders appear to be similar with some other watches, the choice of a longer crown on Steinhart negates its effectiveness somewhat.

The watch case is paired with a stainless steel bracelet. Attached to the lugs are solid final links. To access the lug bar, you have to go through the back because there are no pass-through lugs available. This makes changing bracelets even more tedious. Instead of inserting screw pins, Steinhart offers the option to break the connection just before the final link. 

Measuring bracelets is not difficult. The only tools you need are a precision mini-slot head screwdriver and a bracelet clamp. Note that the screw pins used are machine screwed at the factory, so they will be tightened to turn first. That's why a good bracelet clamp is needed; otherwise, the screwdriver may slip and scratch the metal surface.

While there is some 'sway' in the bracelet (i.e. not as tight), based on the price Steinhart puts on this watch, it is more than adequate. Machine bridge connector between the two sides of class radiating bracelet. For the price paid for this watch, it wouldn't be wrong to expect just a simple, inexpensive pressed metal plate to connect the bridge.

The only part of the bracelet I comment on is the hook. Notice from the image below, the flip-lock safety system doesn't seem to fit properly when closed. The gap you see appears too wide and will need to be adjusted further to make it tighter.

The back of the sturdy screw case has some great graphics and is full of information. It is emblazoned with the Steinhart Ocean logo which features King Neptune brandishing a trident and riding a chariot drawn by a sea horse. The serial number is not on the back of the case but I suspect this number is located on the inside of the lug wall.

The machine that drives this watch is the automatic ETA 2893-2 caliber. This caliber is part of the ETA Mecaline Specialties range and uses the ETACHRON regulator system and regulator corrector. It has 21 gems and operates at a frequency of 4 hertz or 28,800 BPH. It has a power reserve of about 38 hours and has hack and hand wound capabilities. The caliber has typical functions such as the hour, minute, middle second, date and the second timezone GMT hand located in the center.

GMT is set independently. Release the knob and pull it to position II, turning it forward / clockwise will adjust the GMT hand in one hour increments. Turning the crown backward / counterclockwise will adjust the date. This is very convenient because you can adjust the GMT needle without hacking (stopping) the movement. Meanwhile, position I allows the watch to be turned by hand, while position III enables a hack to change the time or trigger a second stop unit. 

Wearing Experience

The Steinhart Ocean Vintage GMT is a watch that is very comfortable to wear. The size is perfect for adults and can be used in all occasions. The inclusion of a domed sapphire crystal provides a classy touch that belies the price of the watch.

Feel the luxury touch at your wrist. Get Steinhart Ocean One Vintage GMT now on Gnomon Store!

Steinhart Ocean 39 Explorer - Gnomon Exclusive

"Nowadays, the so-called 'Explorer' option is very trendy and pursued after." 

The Steinhart Ocean 39 Explorer carries the retro charm of a dive watch from the 1960s that has an unusual dial style with a mix of three Arabic numbers and regular stick hour markers. This special edition was made exclusively for Gnomon Watches and bears a very close resemblance to the hugely famous Ocean One Vintage but not without distinction. Ocean 39 Explorer will be made in limited production to maintain exclusivity.

The Steinhart Ocean 39 Explorer is built to the highest Swiss standards with true vintage flair. The Steinhart Ocean 39 case is made of 316L stainless steel. It features a satin finish on the top lugs and polished case sides, much like the old dive watch finished in the 1960s. This finish follows a stainless steel bracelet. There are 47mm lug-to-lug measurements in the 39mm case, which makes it very convenient for most wrist sizes.

The charm of the Ocean 39 Explorer lies in that dial, and that's where things get interesting. With so much demand from collectors, it takes design cues from the highly sought-after rare dive watch from the 1960s. Why is it so? The dial layout, referred to as the "Explorer-style" dial was first invented on very rare 60s dive watches, where the Arabic 3-6-9 numerals were applied to the tri-compax layout.

Furthermore, the handset is gold plated in gold, filled with Superluminova "old radium", which matches the markers and wording of the dial on the dial. For the first time ever Steinhart introduces a lug hole drilled in the Ocean 39 collection. No details have been preserved in the build-up of the Ocean 39 Explorer. Therefore, make the Ocean 39 Explorer a modern interpretation of this antique magical charisma for watch enthusiasts.

Oh, did we mention the bezels are polished to get as close to the original as possible? It has a classic diver bezel, with a luminous pip in the 12 o'clock position. Knurling on the side of the inner bezel and clean. This helps to get a good grip on the bezel for easy bezel operation. The 120-click bezel clicks positive into position.

The threaded winding knob marked Steinhart is located at 3 o'clock and is suitable for a 330 feet water resistance rating.For improved visibility under various lighting conditions, the Ocean 39 Explorer comes with a domed sapphire crystal with an internal anti-reflective coating. The Ocean 39 Explorer has a sturdy back case that engraves the watch's important information.

The Steinhart Ocean 39 Explorer is powered by an automatic caliber, SW 200, operates at 28,800 BPH (4 Hertz) with both hacking and hand scrolling capability. It has 25 gems with a power reserve of about 40 hours.

The Steinhart Ocean 39 Explorer comes with a stainless steel band in satin with a screw link and a folding lock. What's unique about the Ocean 39 Explorer is, of course, the new 20mm bracelet that tapers to 16mm. Making the 39mm model look more refined and elegant.

Overall, the Steinhart Ocean 39 Explorer is one of the exclusive models to flaunt an "explorer" type dial. It is packed with great value and is suitable for those who find the 42mm Ocean too big. We fell in love with the explorer dial because it's a refreshing break from the usual submarine dial designs.

Like every Steinhart x Gnomon collaboration, this one will end up in the hall of fame. For the price you get a Swiss Made watch with the SW200 Elaboré movement, a 300m stainless steel 316L diver's watch complete with a SEL bracelet and a sturdy watch that is well finished overall. This was previously unattainable before Steinhart arrived and may also be the reason why, despite only being around for 15 years, Steinhart has quite a following.

Steinhart Ocean 39 Explorer - Gnomon Exclusive is an opulence collection for those who enjoy luxury at heart. Check Gnomon Store now!

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