Ratio FreeDiver Helium-Safe 1000M Sapphire Automatic (1068HA96-34VA-ORG) | A timepiece with a real tool-watch appeal!
Its specs and construction approve of its claim as a serious, tool watch that’s equally efficient out of the deep. Breaking the love/ hate design barrier common with every hunk of steel, the Ratio Free Diver Helium-Safe 1000M Sapphire Automatic (1068HA96-34VA-ORG) men’s watch exhibits a fair amount of Brutalism, with its modular and bare-all, bright looks! Not just diving, you may also wear it to work where ‘strictly formals’ are not a prerequisite. And everywhere else where you might feel!
Facts before figures
Ratio upgraded its dive watches excellently and one of them is this heavy-hitting sibling; in the new batch of Helium-safe, automatic, 1000m diver watches. It’s suitable for anything between heavy equipment handling/operating and diving to the end of the Twilight zone. The Ratio Free Diver Helium-Safe 1000M Sapphire Automatic (1068HA96-34VA-ORG) is provocative and catches eyes with its sharp angles and bold tones, the chief one being its bright, orange dial. This iteration of the previous Freediver-s is more grown up; it has gotten a little more matured and sensible.
The freediver moniker is just a simple term of classifying this watch but that’s where it starts. It has been built for depths extremely hard to reach. Yet, it is priced lower than many diver-styled watches from big, fashion houses and actual divers with similar specs. It is sure to strike a chord with watch collectors and actual users alike.
This isn’t a monster-sized watch but it’s a different beast altogether! A big, chunky dive watch, it’s been smoothened around the edges for a superior finish, as good as in watches double or triple its price. This watch is a little slimmer than most other mechanical dive watches, but carries the same on-your-face styling as some of the most well-known dive watches today.
- A corrosion-resistant, stainless steel bracelet for a greater durability.
- Bright orange dial is easier to spot in the waters; in fact, in any low light situation.
- Everything just feels right about this combination of features and specs, offering nothing you might call ‘slouch’. A solid and fully integrated construction wrapped around a workhorse movement, it has an on-the-wrist presence superior to many other of its contemporaries.
- The Ratio Free Diver Helium-Safe 1000M Sapphire Automatic (1068HA96-34VA-ORG) is a real diver’s watch that meets the requirements for freediving, snorkeling and scuba to deep sea diving using breathing mixture. Its grooved and knurled crowns are easy to grip under wet/damp conditions. A 120-click, uni-directional mono-block stainless steel dive bezel works as a countdown timer is free from any sort of play or wiggle; it keeps the feel of the bezel rotation good.
Figures define the watch
The Seiko workhorse in-house caliber NH36 movement drives the hours, minutes, seconds, and date of the Ratio Free Diver Helium-Safe 1000M Sapphire Automatic (1068HA96-34VA-ORG); it’s highly robust and shock resistant with 24 jewels, a 3Hz (21,600 vibrations per hour) beat rate and a 41-hour power reserve. It exhibits a great deal of accuracy compared to other stock movements in the category. Still, the cost remains very reasonable.
It is equipped with an automatic winding rotor and can also be manually wound. Its hacking ability allows for accurate time-setting. The dates change gradually (creeps up slowly before midnight) rather than moving up semi-instantaneously or instantaneously.
Should you buy it?
The Ratio Free Diver Helium-Safe 1000M Sapphire Automatic (1068HA96-34VA-ORG) might run two to five minutes slow or fast when you recheck after a month, but ultimately it’s a suitable alternative to an exorbitantly-priced chronometer diver unless you want to spend in five figures to curb those six extra seconds.