June 08, 2023 2 min read
From the earliest days of human exploration, crossing the oceans has been an integral part of discovering new worlds. Whether we study with awe the skills of ancient mariners plying the seas using celestial navigation or marvel at the 2023 construction of advanced carbon fibre Volvo Ocean Race boats, having the right equipment to support your exploration has always been fundamental.
Such voyages have three parts. First preparation and setting out, gathering the best equipment, re-testing it and ensuring that it meets stringent requirements. Second, the voyage itself. The ultimate challenge for human and machine, crossing vast tracts of water to discover new worlds. And finally, arrival in an uncharted land. First light on a new shore is one of the great wonders.
Taking inspiration from this philosophy of travel and the need to explore Geckota introduces the new Ocean-Scout. A watch that draws inspiration from a vintage era of travel and sea borne exploration. A timepiece which has been crafted to accompany you on all elements of your voyage.
A 38.5mm 316L marine grade stainless case, with end points specifically designed to accommodate a military nylon strap, will withstand the punishment of the trip. The decision to do away with crown guards on the case projects a vintage look, reminiscent of some of the great 1960s dive watches such as the Rolex 6538. Box crystal keeps legibility clear and various strap options from a stainless bracelet to rugged nylon prepare the watch for all occasions. The case back is engraved with a compass logo to reflect the ethos of the watch design.
The blue or black dials are our take on the classic 3,6,9 design. Sword hands complete the vintage look and the designation Ocean-Scout is bold in red or orange to be under no illusions what the watch was designed for.
A 60-minute bezel in complementing colours or a special edition green, completes the external technical elements of the watch and lift it beyond a basic Field Watch into professional 200m diver territory.
Powering the new Ocean-Scout is the premium automatic Miyota 9039 movement. This slim unit has a diameter of 26mm and a thickness of 10mm.
It has 24 Jewels, vibrates at 28,800 bph and has a Parashock anti-shock system. A power reserve of 42+ hours will keep the watch running and hand winding and hacking capability will appeal to owners who appreciate direct interaction with their watch.
As part of Miyota’s 9000 family, this calibre falls within their Premium Automatic line. It tells the time via a standard 3 hand display with no date option and the crown has no phantom crown position.
The Ocean-Scout has a 20mm lug width and is available with three strap options; a steel bracelet, leather strap or nylon strap all of which have been carefully coordinated to compliment the case and dials. The high quality selection are the Berwick Stainless Bracelet in brushed steel, Ridge Military Nylon with matching keepers and our Stanway leather with a buckle matched to the case.
Whether you travel or just enjoy the imagination that comes with it, the Geckota Ocean-Scout embodies a certain way of life. It represents an ethos we can all identify with or aspire to; freedom, the open seas and strange lands yet to discover.
It is the definitive watch to join you on life’s adventure.
About the Author: Richard Brown
About the Author: Richard Brown
I truly believe one of the best partners in exploration and adventure is a fine watch. Over 30 years of collecting, my fascination with the technical capabilities of both vintage and modern timepieces has never abated and it is a privilege to be able to share this passion through writing.More Articles by Richard Brown