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OWC MilSub MS-6538 ‘James Bond Large Crown’ Watch Review

OWC MilSub MS-6538 ‘James Bond Large Crown’ Watch Review

One of my #1 fan established and worked watch brands is Australia’s OWC . Initially known as “Orange Watch Company,” the little brand expected to change the name to just “OWC” in light of a nearby brand name issue. All things considered, a name change doesn’t adjust the way that OWC is as yet the noteworthy result of organizer Dan Fock’s vision. Dan conveys customary messages clarifying and complaining about his associations with the different providers he works with—generally about how they don’t satisfy his raised guidelines as a committed, fussbudget watch geek. OWC’s migraines with its providers are a demonstration of the uncommon perfectionist vision that has enlivened in any event a couple of individuals today to create mechanical wristwatches. Up for audit today is the OWC MilSub MS-6538 “James Bond Large Crown.” What precisely does that mean? It is important for OWC’s larger MilSub assortment, with a dial and bezel configuration propelled by the Rolex observe most popular for being worn via Sean Connery’s James Bond character.

OWC’s principle offer is straightforward—incredibly all around valued, quality games watches that are praises of military plunging watches from their brilliant ages during the 1960s and 1970s. OWC’s objective is to siphon however much worth and refinement as could be expected into each watch, which as I would like to think, more than compensates for the way that the plans are not what you may call “strictly original.” The OWC MS-6538 is certainly not an immediate imitation or respect to Rolex, but instead takes motivation in the general look of the dial, hands, and bezel. A look all things considered OWC watches represents that they are obviously propelled by Rolex and Tudor’s “MilSub” (Military Submariner) watches, yet the OWC watches are doing whatever it takes not to be duplicates or praises in all regards.


It is trying to clarify the long periods of perceptions I’ve had about OWC watches or my communications with the originator ( my first survey of an OWC MS-5517 watch can be found here ) in only a couple words. Dan is a watch darling who in some cases seems to appreciate battling his providers. He is an exceptionally involved individual who does a great deal of the get together work himself, yet the test for him or some other little autonomous watch brand is getting the correct parts. What’s more, getting the correct parts, yet getting parts which are high caliber. The OWC MS-6538 is one of the items in a progression of cycles that OWC has been creating throughout the long term—attempting to get the parts, refinement, and completing similarly as Mr. Fock needs it. Also, this man doesn’t pull his punches.

Until as of late, individuals purchasing the OWC MS-6538 had two development choices accessible to them. The more affordable model contained a Chinese Seagull reference ST-1812, which is basically a duplicate of the ETA 2892-A2. OWC has educated me that the same number of as 30% of the Chinese developments in some cases should be tossed out as a result of their bad quality, however the ones that really function admirably perform pleasantly. All things considered, OWC is currently dropping Seagull from the assortment on account of purchaser insight issues just as quality issues. Dan comments that the ST-1812 is an underestimated development, yet he doesn’t beat around the shrub with regards to quality issues from the well known Chinese development producer. With the Seagull development within it the MS-6538 had a retail cost of $999 USD, while the Swiss Soprod-prepared model is a couple hundred more because of the additional expense of the Swiss movement.

The marginally more costly form of the MS-6538, which will keep on being accessible, contains a Swiss Soprod A-10 programmed development, which is a similar size as the Seagull development. I accept that Soprod as of late changed the name of the development to the M100. The specific watch I am assessing contains the Swiss Soprod development, and OWC has better comments about their general quality. This is a 4Hz (28,800 bph) programmed development with around two days of intensity save, and it offers the time with the date.


OWC likes an unmistakable watch look, which is a 40.5mm wide steel jumper with a thick appearance and apparatus style character. This last component is typified in the timepiece’s utilization of great torx sinks both the case and arm band. OWC even supplies a couple of effectively measured torx screwdrivers. The case is somewhat on the thick side at 12.9mm thick and has a 51mm carry to-drag distance. The wristband is 20mm wide at the hauls and the steel case is water-impervious to 300m. A nearby assessment of the case permits you to like a level of designing exertion that you just don’t find in a ton of different watches, particularly at this value level. Models incorporate the specifying around where the backplate of the watch is attached to case, the wristband cleaning, and the crown and bezel development, also the dial.

A simple look at the MS-6538’s dial may effortlessly permit you to state “Rolex thump off,” and I don’t figure OWC would differ in principle (however I don’t figure Dan would utilize those exact words). The watch is about what a little free “garage brand” can do with simple coarseness and assurance. Like I stated, considering the retail cost and the assets accessible to OWC, the MS-6538 and his different watches are exceptionally noteworthy to those with an eye for the subtleties in watch development. This is a cutting edge device watch propelled by history’s extraordinary device watches. It’s anything but a swap for a Rolex but instead a demonstration of what should be possible when an appropriately inspired watch authority with some pioneering and designing legitimacy puts forth a concentrated effort to an undertaking over a time of quite a while. Supporting OWC isn’t about supporting the watch business, it’s about supporting the most fanatical of watch darlings (and I discover an incentive in that).


Compared to the last OWC watch I explored, the quality is better in the MS-6538, even in some negligible subtleties. The dial and hands are better, just like the bezel and crown. Great knurling has been applied to both the crown and the bezel, and however it’s tastefully satisfying, it’s used to make these components simpler to hold and turn. A dark clay bezel embed now has engraved components for the markers on which lume is painted. On the past OWC watch, I noticed the luminant was applied on top of the bezel embed, which takes into consideration it to wear off more effectively than lume painted in the marker grooves. On the dial, I like the “out of the way” date window, which has a coordinating dark date circle and doesn’t upset any of great importance markers. It is additionally critical to take note of that OWC produces this equivalent MS-6538 with a no-date dial in the event that you favor it that way.

While the wristband is entirely solid and offers a decent manly presence, it’s all in all too thick as I would like to think. A few people will adore the look, yet I am sitting tight for OWC to in the end get a tightened arm band and maybe figure out how to make the connections 20-30% more slender. Maybe I am comparing the watch an excessive amount to a Rolex, however I figure the general look would be a smidgen more exquisite with a marginally less accentuated wristband. The three-interface wristband actually looks fairly pleasant with a brushed completing on a superficial level and cleaned completing on the sides. The thick screws make for a pleasant visual that you don’t see over and over again in an arm band this way, and it additionally comes with a half-connection to more readily measure the wristband for your wrist. Another little complaint is the butterfly-style deployant fasten. It functions admirably enough and I don’t disagree with its utility, yet it isn’t consistently eye-satisfying to see the pusher “lips” standing out on a level plane around 1-2mm from under the arm band when you take a gander at it.

If you are on the lookout for a very much made instrument watch that is both recognizable looking and doesn’t come with a lofty brand exceptional, at that point requesting something from OWC will most likely fulfill you. It’s a pleasant brand to help (particularly on the off chance that you are Australian and need to help a neighborhood business). The retail cost incorporates a strong, locking plastic travel case, screw drivers, additional screw bars, and the watch itself (and it incorporates delivering). The cost for the OWC MS-6538 watch outfitted with the Swiss Soprod programmed development is $1,360 USD. orangewatchcompany.com


Necessary Data

>Brand: OWC

>Model: MilSub MS-6538 “James Bond Large Crown”

>Price: $1,360

>Size: 40.5mm wide, 12.9mm thick, 51mm carry to-drag distance.

>When commentator would actually wear it: As a day by day wear device style watch that has a comfortable look with basically no assumption, particularly when needing to fly under the radar yet authoritatively be a “watch guy.”

>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Enthusiast of more modest brands and customary MilSub watches inquisitive about maybe the best that is offered in this style at this cost point.

>Best normal for watch: That no time has been saved struggling with minor subtleties on the watch and the consistent enhancements in the brand’s generally introduction are something to consider. The watch itself is very much made, strong, decipherable, and positively a beautiful illustration of what can be created, even by a little operation.

>Worst normal for watch: Design pretty much needs inventiveness from a style point of view, which could kill a few purchasers. Arm band feels somewhat thick compared to the case size.

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