60s/70s dive watch cases from which this piece is very reliably patterned, were exceptional. the seiko CMAS diver was actually only one of many many companies putting their dive watches in these type cases. little did they know 50-60 years later the future would be entranced once again by that design.
which brings us to the Nethuns scuba500, one of the most beautiful and authentic renditions of this CMAS design. there are a few nods to the future we live in which remove it from pure retro accuracy. one is the case size, which given today's tastes, is completely acceptable. 41mm with another 4 or 5 for the crown is actually wonderful.
another nod to the 'now' was to change the proportions more than i'd prefer, since i'm a vintage junkie, but it's not disturbing enough to keep me from having purchased this exceptional piece. i'm talking about the case thickness, which is chunkier than any one of these style cases ever came in. however, the reasons for Nethuns doing that are clear...no CMAS style case of the 60s/70s ever had a 500m depth capacity. as did few other divers then.
so the chunk can certainly be forgiven, but in fact may not be such so egregious since many other squarish divers of the 60s/70s were quite this chunky, turning this CMAS style into a bit of a retro hybrid.
the thick raised sapphire crystal, which is rare in even retro watches, was a killer addition. there's been some poor feedback on using a Rolex style dial and markers on a very anti-Rolex homage, which i understand.to deal with that i opted for the Breitling style dial and hands...superbly done as is absolutely every detail and construction on this watch.
the dial lume and lumed ceramic bezel are superb. as is the buttery smooth and precise 120click bezel. my only sadness is that my piece is 17 sec/day. i don't know if these excellent NH35 Seiko movements are regulated by Nethuns but, unfortunately, mine wasn't.
other than that, i do love it.