Oceanaut Watches – Big and Beautiful
No two people have the same taste when it comes to wristwatches. Some like gold, diamonds and bling. Others like record-setting water resistance and earthquake-proof shock resistance. Others like elegance and styling. Still others like bold designs, oversized faces and bright colors.
If you fall into that last group, you’ll love Oceanaut watches. This relatively new California company is making a statement with their build quality, features and relatively affordable pricing.
While Oceanaut watches aren’t for those with more traditional taste in styling, younger buyers will probably like them a lot.
You can read our full Oceanaut watches review below.
The build quality of Oceanaut watches is quite good. They use stainless steel cases and the watch faces are protected with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Water resistance is good; many models offer resistance to 100 meters or more. All in all, these watches are built well and with proper care, you should get a number of years of use out of them.
The company advertises that their movements are Swiss and Japanese. While the movements do come from those countries, all of them are quartz electronic movements, rather than mechanical, which tend to cost more. It’s also our understanding that while the components of the movements may be Swiss or Japanese in origin, the watches are actually manufactured in China, which can also help keep costs down.
For many buyers, this won’t matter, as the timepieces are good quality timepieces that are offered for sale at an affordable price point, at least as luxury wristwatches go.
You won’t see much in the way of technical innovation here; they’re not about that. They’ve taken what works and put their emphasis on styling and looks. If you’re looking for mechanical complications, a tourbillon or other things of that nature, you’re not going to find them in the product line. You will, however, find a reliable, good looking timepiece.
Big, bold and colorful are what these watches are all about. Many of the models in the product line feature oversized cases and bright colors. These colors aren’t just restricted to the bezel or the strap, as is the case with many brands.
Many models also feature brightly colored faces, and you can find models in blue, yellow, orange, pink and more. The company makes roughly an equal number of models for men and women. Displays are all analog, despite the quartz workings inside. A few women’s models feature Swarovski crystals and couple even include genuine diamonds.
A number of men’s models include chronograph features, so if you like lots of dials, you’ll be at home. All in all, they’ve likely got something for everyone, though you won’t find too many models in the product line with traditional styling.
Care and maintenance should be minimal, as they all include highly reliable quartz electronic movements. You will, of course, need to have the battery replaced every two years or so, but aside from that, you shouldn’t have any maintenance issues. Be sure to store your timepiece in a cool, dry place and keep them away from strong magnetic fields or extremes of temperature. With proper care, your watch should run well for years to come.
The warranty offered with the purchase of Oceanaut watches is the industry standard. Your purchase is warranted against defects in materials and craftsmanship for two years from the date of purchase. These are quality timepieces that are tested thoroughly at the factory prior to shipping, so you shouldn’t expect to find a defect.
As luxury timepieces go, we think you’ll find prices to be moderate. While not cheap, the bulk of the Oceanaut watches product line is priced in the hundreds, rather than the thousands of dollars. At the low end of the price range, you can find models with a list price of about $350.
At the high end, models are priced at about $1500, with most of the models falling in about the middle of that range. We’ve seen higher prices on some models that are now out of production, but we’re not yet seeing collectors paying high prices for the brand. That may come in time, as the company is still a fairly new one. Most collectors prefer well-established brands, but these watches may become more collectible down the road.
You can find the brand for sale at a number of brick and mortar retailers, including department stores and a few jewelry stores. You can also find them for sale on the Internet, and we’ve found that this may offer your best opportunity to buy at a discount.
In fact, we’ve occasionally seen the brand for sale at online retailers for prices that are as much as 88% off of the suggested retail prices. While you might not find the largest selection at these discount retailers, it’s hard to beat the price. Keep in mind that the company offers dozens of models, so it’s unlikely that every retailer will have all models in stock. Still, you should see a good representative sample at any retailer you visit.
As we said in our opening, this brand isn’t going to be for everyone. If you like a watch with traditional lines and colors, you’re better off going with something from one of the century-old Swiss firms. On the other hand, if you like the new, the modern and the bold, you might find a lot to like here. They’ve got oversized faces, bright colors, terrific build quality and pricing that’s quite competitive. If you want something that’s a bit different while still offering good looks and quality, we think Oceanaut watches represents a good choice.