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Bernhardt Sea Shark Review | Ross Watch Review

Case and Crystal

The case is rugged, but refined 42mm diameter without crown.  It is brushed everywhere, giving it more of a tool watch look, but the lines are smooth with no sharp edges anywhere.  The curved lugs make this watch really hug your wrist and feel more comfortable.  The crown is signed with the signature Bernhardt “B” and is screw down.  It’s smooth and confident with the threads very well done.  The crown is protected by crown guards, which are unobtrusive and a good feature on a dive watch.  The watch is rated to 200m and is very solid.  The bezel is a 120 click uni-directional with a rather unique style of minute markers.  The bezel ratchets very smoothly, but is a little jittery when you press down on it.

The crystal is flat sapphire with no AR coating.

Dial and Hands

The dial comes in a variety of colors.  My specific one is the dark black.  The indices are applied onto the dial and have super luminous material painted on the top of them.  The indices are in a “shark tooth” pattern, hence the name “Sea Shark.”  The 9 and the 3 balance the dial very well and add visual appeal to the shark teeth indices.  The minute and hour hands are silver with luminous fill.  The minute and second hands do not reach all the way to the minute registers around the outside of the dial.  The second hand is a lovely stark white with no luminous material.  I would have liked some luminous material on the second hand, but in every day use this isn’t a major factor.  The dial has “Bernhardt” printed onto the dial at the top and “Sea Shark 200 Meter Water Resistance” at the bottom.  It’s a bit too much text for my liking and I think it should have stopped at “Sea Shark 200M.”

Bracelet

The bracelet again is where Bernhardt truly sets themselves apart.  Since this bracelet is the same exact bracelet as on the Binnacle GMT, I will reiterate what I said in that review.

Wow. This is a chunky, solid end link, solid link, screw-link bracelet. This is the best bracelet I’ve worn in a long time (and I’ve worn a ton!). The links are screw links with the link that’s attached to the end-link having a screw and the normal number of links for adjustment. The clasp folds are machined, not stamped, and fit neatly together and secure closed with a flip lock closure. There is no diver extension on this bracelet, as it’s not a dive watch. There are 4 micro-adjust holes on the clasp, which allows for a wonderful range of precise adjustment. I’m a micro-adjust freak and I feel like Bernhardt has it perfect on this watch. The mirco-adjust can adjust a whole link’s length, so you can get the exact right fit and will never be between adding a link back in and having it on the smallest micro-adjust and removing a link and having it on the largest micro-adjust hole (this has happened to me on other bracelets).
The bracelet is 20mm at the lugs and tapers slightly to 18mm at the clasp. The bracelet is solid link and all the links are 4.35mm thick (very thick). As a comparison, the invicta 8926 has 3.6mm thick links, most Alpha bracelet links are between 3.2mm and 3.7mm thick, and Orient Mako bracelet = 3.55mm thick.
The links are drilled so the screw links go all the way through, as in you can see the screws on both the side with the screw head and the other end (see pics). Some people don’t like this (they want the end of the screw to be contained in the solid link), but I love it and it doesn’t detract, it adds to the look of the bracelet.

Movement and Accuracy

Bernhardt used the workhorse Miyota 8215 movement in this watch.  This has proven to be a solid movement running about +8 sec/day.  The movement is a 21-jewel uni-directional winding automatic running at 21,600 bph.  The movement does not hack, but does hand wind.

Overall Impressions

Bernhardt really struck the right balance between quality and affordability with this watch.  At $199 new, it’s a great value.  This is an extremely comfortable watch that comes in many dial color choices.  Bernhardt’s customer service is beyond belief and the company and it’s owner Fred Amos will go the extra mile to make sure everything is perfect with every order.  This is a solid dive watch that you can feel confident wearing anywhere.  It’s a bit larger at 42mm, but is well within keeping for the trend to larger watches.  My 6.75″ wrist sometimes has a hard time with the size, but the curved lugs and fabulous bracelet make this watch comfortable and well placed on the wrist.

Quick Specifications

  • size: 42
  • 316-L surgical stainless steel
  • sapphire crystal
  • 200 meters water resistance
  • Super Luminova on hands and indices
  • Miyota 21 jewel automatic movement
  • screws in bracelet for sizing

~Ross

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