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... well, okay, I think Berg will let you go put a deposit on one ;-) . Only in pre-order stage now I believe.

I had the opportunity to photo Orsa's new Sea Viper hot off the proverbial presses just last week. Not affiliated with them, just do some photo work.

I tried to give the Orsa some tough love and be critical, but honestly there are not many nits I could find to pick with this watch. Bergs designs like the Sea Angler and the Monstrum are the dive watch equivalent of pounding in a finishing nail with a 20 pound sledge. This is seemingly the evolutionary next step after the Monstrum.

A lot of what I observed is simply a matter of personal taste and not an issue of execution. I try below to give some impartial opinions.

The Case: I never ever liked curved cases. I don't own any. This is a departure from the square look of the Monstrum and Angler for example ... and the types of designs I usually gravitate towards. I really really like the look of these. This case may have changed my mind. The curvature accelerates rapidly away from the bezel both front and back, almost creating a deep "bowl" effect hard to capture in photos at the underside. This is offset by the proudness of the caseback making it comfy to wear and sit well on the wrist. The curvature makes the overall watch conform to your shape. Above that, I mostly I noticed the way the case FELT. There are NO sharp edges anywhere and the brushing is what I would term "very fine". There is no roughness to the brush as it feels kind of like silk. Fits to all adjacent components is excellent. Really Excellent. This case is top drawer.

The New Crown: WOW! I love them ... so mechanical looking and "valve-like". A really sturdy look that is smooth and robust feeling in its operation. Screws down nicely without that "searching" for the first thread that sometimes occurs. Thank you, thank you, thank you for having these deeply engraved with the logo and not simply acid-etched. A nice touch that the overall crown shape kind of mimics the shape of the complete watch.

The Bezel: I think the Bezels turned out AWESOME. They line right up and 120 clicks really gives a nice feel. Orsa gets extra points on the blue for not only adding an orange minute hand, but adding the orange ring to the bezel. The shape slopes nicely with the case. The fit is superb, the quality of the PVD, paint, and finish, outstanding, although some will be disappointed that the white numerals on the bezel are not lumed. That being said the colored numerals match the dials perfectly.

The Dials: Personally I LOVE the vibrant colors! They do look just like the intended design. Sometimes the details get lost in production. I didn't expect the chapter ring and actually like that best on the orange. The lume is exceptional (as it is on the hands). The Blue is really striking and the kind of monochromatic orange and black gives the other a "doxaesqe" feel ... in a good way.

The Crystal: I was a little disappointed that the crystal is completely flat. I expected it to match the soft curve and continue the bezel shape ... just a slight dome. I am also a huge fan of double AR, but I do understand that this is not for everybody ... people seem to be split about 50 / 50. Double AR would really make these dials POP.

The Hands: I am a HUGE fan of chunky stubby hands. This is a home run!After seeing these it occurs to me that I don't think I have ever seen a square pip on a second hand before (except for maybe Doxa). I like the proportion of the ORSA better. I saw it in the design, but it plays much better in real life. For my money Orsa has always had some of the nicest hands in the business and these do not disappoint.

The Caseback: What can I say about it that hasn't already been said. People fell in love with this design the moment Berg showed it. I don't think a single person had any criticism. It is executed perfectly. Equal to, or better than the Monstrum, and that is really saying something. The Monstrum was one of the greatest casebacks of all time.

Finally, The Bracelet: THANK YOU for finally making an Orsa bracelet :) . My first reaction upon inspection was that they were too light. After handling the watches for a while I must say I think they are just right. I thought 22mm was a little small on the Monstrum ... this looks in proportion to the watch. The first think you will likely notice tho is a really nice tight fit to the case. A nearly undetectable uniform gap with solid end links give a SUPERB fit to the case. Some folks may criticize that the case bracelet holes and not drilled through the lugs. It does detract from the look but does make strap changes easier. The buckle is nice and once again, deeply engraved, not acid etched. It would be nice to have a divers extension, but the lack of it only slightly detracts from a really stellar metal bracelet.

I'll shut up now ant let the pics do the talking :-x ... I think Berg and Orsa definetly have something to be proud of here. It is hard to really describe in words how much I felt the build quality of these watchs was truly something special.























 

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Great photos and thanks for posting your initial impressions. Very nice to see a bracelet for an Orsa! IMO, that would be the only way to improve the Sea Angler, which is still Berg's best watch from where I sit.
 

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Have to say that the blue dial is certainly very striking. The lume looks much nicer on the blue dial I think. The crown looks great, the caseback is awesome with the anglerfish! :-!
That is probably the fault of my photography ... sorry. Here is a better angle of the lume on the orange:

 

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Caseback is awesome as usual from berg. The 1-12 on the bezel is uggh, but the rest is ok. Wonder if lume is good or average like the angler and monstrun. Overall nice piece.
 

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Pallet, great write up and photos, thanks for sharing.

The Sea Viper is an interesting new piece. Great dial layout...very unique, and I really like the new bracelet too. Very cool caseback Sea Viper design, Orsa always comes up with some great casebacks.

I am wondering if there will be a stainless steel bezel option that matches the brushed case finish. The PVD bezel is nice but I would prefer a matching SS bezel.

Overall, a great looking new watch. |>
 

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The Orsa watches have some of the nicest caseback designs that I've seen - this one is no exception. However, I'm struck by the very awkward looking angle of the crown next to the case. It looks as though the crown doesn't sit flush or even at the same angle as the edge of the outer case - I can't help it but that's bugging the crap out of me, must be my OCD :)

So did I miss the details of what the price will be and what movement is inside this model? Anyone know?
 

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The Orsa watches have some of the nicest caseback designs that I've seen - this one is no exception. However, I'm struck by the very awkward looking angle of the crown next to the case. It looks as though the crown doesn't sit flush or even at the same angle as the edge of the outer case - I can't help it but that's bugging the crap out of me, must be my OCD :)

So did I miss the details of what the price will be and what movement is inside this model? Anyone know?
First thing I saw too, Brian. That crown is not only hanging out there unprotected, but the lip on it looks even more likely to get snagged on things. :think: I love my Orsa quartz diver that I got on the Bay for $50 (about 6 years ago), and I'll never sell that one. But the other models all are a little too quirky for me, and this one is no exception. Still a nice effort, though.
 

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It looks great. I have to say though, there are more colors on this watch than on my christmas tree so I'm not going to jump on it right away. But I'm sure more versions will come out, by then I'll be ready to order. Furthermore....that crown is just waiting to get bent, it does look good though.

I have two questions:

1. How big is the case exactly? (in mm)
2. What movement is used?

If it's mentioned I apologize.
 

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So did I miss the details of what the price will be and what movement is inside this model? Anyone know?
I'd also be interested in these details as well as the case dimensions (excluding crown) and is the bracelet 22mm at the case and at the clasp (i.e. non tapering).

Thanks.
 

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I don't have all the requested info ... you will have to contact Orsa for pricing. Like I said, I am not affiliated with Orsa, I just do some photography for them. I can tell you:

The case is 14.5mm tall, but 17mm if you measure from the bottom of the lugs. Take a look at the side shot and you will see what I mean.

The movement is an ETA 2824

The case size is 45mm

The depth rating is 500m

The bracelet is 22mm non-tapering
 

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Sea Viper specs

Hi eveybody!

thank-you for sharing your fist impression on the sea viper,and thank-you paul , your review was a nice surprise . i know i cannot please everyone with this one , the second run will offer more options like bezel and ss bands ,case finish.

here are the specs :

Eta 2824-2 movement ( gold plated )
3mm Flat sapphire crystal with anti-reflecitve coating
500M water resistant
45 mm wide ( without the crown )
14.55 thick
8mm valve type crown
22mm stainless steel band
Unidirectional PVD coated rotating bezel with 120 clicks
brushed finish
white super luminova coated hands and dial

Stainless steel band ( will fit a 8.25 inch wrist max )
limited edition of 50 watches for each dial color

pre-orders will be available thru my web site in one day or two , you can email me at [email protected] , i will gladly anser all your questions.

available for now:

50 blue dial
25 orange dial
25 black dial

Berg

Orsa Watch Co
 

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Fantastic work by Berg again; the Monstrum is actually the watch I wear the most while diving. I've looked forward to a somewhat smaller watch and now it's here. Damn those employers for not giving me my pay check sooner...

OLA
 

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looks good. id be interested in seeing if in the future the bezel options will offer something a little less "busy." love the case back just alot going on up top. but maybe the options on the second run will fix this for me.
 
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