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Old 04-18-2010, 09:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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now i know that they are not entirely japanese, however, the movt and im pretty sure that most of the parts would have come from the far east too ;D

so...whats your opinion of them? ive had 3 now and flipped them all.......at first i thought it was becuase of the massive domed xtal on it...so flipped that, then got another in a trade........and the dome did'nt bother me so much.....but still flipped it......then the last one i got went within 3 days.....but i cant remember why

are they a marmite watch? when ever i see a pic of one, im always thinking that they look stunning..........will i ever learn??



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According to Orsa's website, the movement, in the Sea Viper anyway, is a ETA 2824-2. Seems, IMHO, that most of the Orsa line is really "tool" watches.
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You need to try a different model, MrTT - I think the domed crystal on the Monstrum would be a turn off for me too. I have the Sea Angler. They're a little harder to find since they were produced in limited numbers (mine is one of only fifty in the black colored dial). It has a very slightly domed crystal, with an ETA 2824 movement. There may be a significant number of Asian parts - nowhere on the watch does it say "Swiss Made" - but I can't point to any one Asian country as the place of origin with any degree of certainty.

Oh, and nothing against the Monstrum, but I think the Sea Angler just looks like a better made watch. This first pic is mine. The second pic is someone else's, although I also have this strap.



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You need to try a different model, MrTT - I think the domed crystal on the Monstrum would be a turn off for me too. I have the Sea Angler. They're a little harder to find since they were produced in limited numbers (mine is one of only fifty in the black colored dial). It has a very slightly domed crystal, with an ETA 2824 movement. There may be a significant number of Asian parts - nowhere on the watch does it say "Swiss Made" - but I can't point to any one Asian country as the place of origin with any degree of certainty.

Oh, and nothing against the Monstrum, but I think the Sea Angler just looks like a better made watch. This first pic is mine. The second pic is someone else's, although I also have this strap.

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i think your right as it happens...i really like that model, although i think i might go for the quartz version
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According to Orsa's website, the movement, in the Sea Viper anyway, is a ETA 2824-2. Seems, IMHO, that most of the Orsa line is really "tool" watches.
i think that the monsrtum is a miyota, which was actually a really nice movt in the three i had, if a little loud......essentially, your right, its a tool watch, but at the price point there at, they represent great value for money......not on equal to seiko build quality, but not that far behind
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A few weeks ago I traded a modded Seiko Monster for an Orsa Monstrum. I had that watch only for a couple of days but I tool some photos and wanted to share some impressions. the watch is a real Monstrum, bigger then the Seiko monster at 47 mm of diameter and at least 15-16 mm tall.


To my surprise it is actually really nicely made. The finish is some sort of blasted, I guess sandblasted, it looks like my Archimede Pilot. The lugs are 22 mm, the bar holding the strap has two screws on the sides that stick out a bit. It looked a bit odd to me. One screw was missing and I ordered one set from Orsa. The crown is big and screw in nicely, with a lot more thread then any other Divers watch I had. Really nice and easy.


The bezel spins with about 60 clicks I think, less then the Seiko Monster. The crystal is sapphire and is domed, it distorts the view of the dial a bit. The lume seemed adequate but I did not use the watch and so I don't know how long it lasts. The back is nicely designed. The movement is the Citizen Myiota, I believe it handwinds but does not hack. It started right up when shaken. Overall a great tool watch, massive and visible. Not my taste particularly and so it is gone now, but I was quite impressed, if one includes the 300m water resistence, and the relatively low price, this can be a great bargain for a great watch.































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see....im looking at that again thinking that i really must get another one of those
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Hello Guys ...

A few months back I acquired an Orsa Sea Angler and I really like and enjoy the watch.
Jeff I really like the look of yours, mine is also #1 of 50 so thats kinda cool, and Swiss made as you can see with the ETA movement.
You should try one of these mrteatime I don't think you will be disappointed.

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I don't think the Monstrum is a top quality watch but for the price you can't go wrong. But I would go for the Sea Angler and you will like it better. I think it is of a better quality and it fits better IMO. Great looking designs by Orsa too!
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IMHO, while the latter Swiss Orsas are better constructed and have nicer movements, the original line of Sea Anglers with their miyota movements was by far the best looking of any Orsa divers that have come since. These are the ones I'm talking about:

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Are you saying you don't like mine Isthmus :'( LOL
I'm not quite sure how the ones in your pic differ from mine, they come in a wide variety of dial and hand colour combos.

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Oh I like yours, Arco. I just like the ones that preceded it better. for some reason the color combos on the second generation of the sea angler line, ever got the color combination (other than the black one) quite right, and at least to me, started looking a bit cartoony. So what has Orsa been up to of late anyway? I haven't heard anything about them in along time.
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Well I'm no Orsa expert, other than enjoying my own, but I know that they have a new model soon to be released.
Its not really my taste dial wise but 500m wr is good and the case and caseback also look very nice.
Dial may be a little cartoony, check out these pics.

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I love my Orsa's. Especially the Silver Surfer.
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Dave - and Ross - those Silver Surfers are gems! Great looking watches!
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Thanks Jeff !!!
I am very happy with it

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Thanks Jeff, I'm with Ross. I guess us Canadians stick together, eh? lol.
The silver surfer is a beast. Well, so is the monstrum.


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I just came across photos of the Orsa Silver Surfer and think it's a good looking watch - any interest in parting with yours?
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Hello guys, I got the Monstrum in black, great for the price.
I also have the Sea Viper in black wich is a different beast altogether.
ETA 2824-2 movement, very nice case.
Overall for the price , best bang for the buck for a swiss movement, SS case, saphire crystal, PVD bezel.
It reallty is fantastic for the price.

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I have a Sea Angler. Orange and black face with the stainless steel bezel. It has a Ronda digital movement in it. The quality seems better than my Monstrum that I once had. All in all, very high quality, but be aware that it is a big watch; with a thickness of 15.5 mm it will sit very high on your wrist, and it measures 54 mm from lug tip across the face to the other lug tip.

Right now I have a Watchadoo bracelet coming that will be tried on when it arrives.
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