EXPLORER DLC Version Review on WatchReport.com

Author : Kenneth Drysdale

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In for review this week is the Obris Morgan Explorer. Obris Morgan, a Hong Kong based manufacture, has been around for quite some time now, producing quality watches at affordable prices. The Explorer model we’re going to take a look at is the DLC, blue dial and blue bezel combo. Let’s get started with the dry specs from the Obris Morgan site:

Price: $299.00 USD (DLC Coating FInishing, Blue Dial, White (C1) Color indices,Blasted hand set, Blue Bezel, 5 Links Bracelet, PU Strap)
Automatic Calibre : Miyota 9015
Material : SUS316L Stainless Steel
Frequency : 28,800 bph (beats per hour)
Accuracy : +/- 10 sec/day
Dial : SuperLuminova Lumed (C1) indices
Hands Hour : 2 Face blasted Skeleton hand fill superluminova lume (C1)
Minute : 2 Face blasted Skeleton hand fill superluminova lume (C1)
Second : blasted Skeleton hand fill superluminova lume (C1)
Case : 316L Stainless Steel- Brush – Blasted – DLC Black Coating
Bezel : 120 Clicks uni-directional bezel
Movement holder : 316L Stainless Steel
Dimensions : 42mm diameter, 12mm thickness include
Case Back, 10mm thickness without Case Back
Lug to Lug width : 51mm
Automatic Helium Escape Valve (Operate on 4 atm pressure inside)
Lug width : 20mm Lug to Lug width : 51mm
Crown : Stainless Steel – Brush Finishing – Blasted Finishing – DLC Black Coating
Water Resistance: 20 ATM / 200 meters
Case back: Solid 316L Stainless Steel
Crystal : 2.4mm thickness Sapphire(Single side anti-reflective coated)
Net Weight with Bracelet: 214g

Obris Morgan does a really great job with the presentation of the Explorer. Arriving in a bright orange pelican case, there is no doubt that the watch is secure during shipment. The pelican case, in my opinion, is a great case that enables you to re-use a watch box for multiple purposes: securing items while boating, beach travel, or even a carry on for all sorts of travel purposes.

When you open the case, the Explorer is rested comfortably in a cut out foam casing. With the Explorer comes a rubber strap, extra screw-bar, screwdriver for switching from bracelet to strap, and the regular warranty and instruction manuals. Overall, I was very pleased with the packaging of the Explorer. Getting to the watch, the Explorer model sent for review is the DLC, blue on blue model. With black watches, DLC is the only way to go in my opinion. When I wear a watch, I don’t want to have to worry about being cautious and constantly keep reminding myself not to bang my wrist on anything. I want the ability to put a watch on and go about my day knowing that the casing and bracelet of my timepiece is going to hold up. DLC provides you that comfort.

The Explorer case is made from 316L stainless steel, and measures a total of 42mm in with (45mm case to crown) and has a LTL measurement of 51mm. I have a 7” wrist and this is my preferred case size for my wrist. On the 9 o’clock side of the case is where you will find the HEV (Helium Escape Value), which activates at 4ATM of pressure. The crown of the Explorer is made from 316l stainless steel, is deeply coined engraved, and displays the Obris Morgan logo. The case back is solid 316l stainless steel. Being black, the Obris Morgan logo is a bit tough to decipher, but be assured that the logo is nicely engraved and can be seen at the right angle.

Protecting the dial you have a 2.5mm sapphire crystal, equipped with inside AR coating. The dial of the Explorer is simple and clean. No date window is used on this model. I think this adds to the overall cleanliness of the watch, making the Explorer very modern looking. The dial is marked with hour and minute markers, no Arabic numerals on the dial. A triangle marker is at the 12, with single enlarged markers at the 3 and 6, and dual enlarged markers at the 6 o’clock position. The hour and minute hands are blasted, skeletonized and filled with C1 Superluminova. While I am not a huge fan of the skeletonized hands, Obris Morgan did a great job at keeping the hands “chunky”, allowing for a good amount of lume to still be placed on the hands.

The overall lume of the Exploer is good. The hands are surprisingly brighter than the dial, but don’t let that detour the overall lume of the dial. While I have seen brighter, the Explorer dial lume does it’s job and supplies enough brightness at last a movie.

The bezel is a 120 click, unidirectional bezel with tight movement. Matching the dial, Obris Morgan used a triangle marker for the 12 o’clock setting, and 15, 30 and 45 Arabic numerals for the other settings.

Powering the Explorer is the Japanese Automatic Miyota 9015. This is a great movement that is truly reliable. Over the course of a 24-hour period, the Explorer marked at +6 seconds, making it very accurate in my books. The bracelet of the Explorer is a 5 link, 20mm, stainless steel DLC coated bracelet. 5 link bracelets, in my opinion, are extremely comfortable to wear, and allow proper configuration to the wrist. The clasp on the Explorer is a double-locking, fold over clasp with push button release. While this clasp gets the job done, I personally would have liked to see a higher quality clasp with a ratcheting extension.

Overall, I really like the Explorer by Obris Morgan. With a price tag of $299.00, I really think you’re getting a good “bang for your buck”. The Explorer is well equipped with DLC, sapphire crystal, automatic Miyota 9015 and a comfortable 5-link bracelet. The only thing I think would really step up the Explorer would be a more high quality clasp with ratcheting extension. If your in the market for a nice diver in the $300 price range, I would highly recommend giving the Explorer by Obris Morgan a try. Check out the Obris Morgan website: http://www.obrismorgan.com/explorerpage.html
Thanks to Obris Morgan for supplying the Explorer for review.

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