Yesterday this lovely ace came in, so I thought I'd share my thoughts and initial impressions. Living in CA, the idea of getting a diver which was designed, tested, and built in CA was the hook which got me, paired with a desire for a chunky styled diver a-la Kobold (although straigtaway I want to say this watch is different in the details and I think a SEAL or AD will actually compliment this in a collection someday).
After an extended pleasant conversations with Mrs. Resco over email, I was sold on the brand, and happily found the combo I wanted used and for a price I could manage. The movement choice and history of this brand have been talked out extensively so I'll focus more on what you can see. b-)
It's tall, but the bezel is steeped inline with the curve: a nice Koboldian touch. You are probably thinking this doesn't look like a double AR coated crystal-- and you'd be absolutely right! The first thing I did with this watch was remove the outer AR coating which was sadly already awfully scratched. I'll post another thread explaining the quick way I removed it. I think it looks better now! the dial is less clouded, the grey color comes out better (it really looked purplish to me before <|), and, surprisingly, the lume seems a bit more perky (perhaps the initial charge is simply more noticeable with a clearer crystal). There is indeed more reflection on the crystal but it is more than manageable with the inner AR and better than the alternative. I hear that Resco is stocking single side coated crystals, and for someone buying new, I'd recommend it.
The case is definitly the highlight of the watch (followed closely by the dial IMO). It's a milled/CNC machined case, and it shows. Given the fairly short lugs, the nato channels/sunk caseback were a very thoughtful fix. Despite wearing tall, the result is that the watch is surprisingly balanced, noticeably more so than the microbrew ~44mm divers I've owned (LM-6 and Helson SD for example). Of course, it's not as large as these watches, but given that most of us are cross-collecting, I think it warrants comparison. The Resco is also more comfortable than the Monster, which is the same size, but is less balanced with regard to weight. I think this might be the most ideal watch for NATOs that I've ever seen.
The printing between the lugs of the serial # and model # are done in the same font as the text on the dial, another nice touch.
The finishing on the case is top-notch amongst the 'brews I've owned, and dare I say, even comparable to the all brushed Breits I've had in the past. All the edges are crisp without being too sharp (another problem with my LM-6) For an example of nice finishing, the outside of the bezel notches are slightly more polished and horizontally brushed vs. the inside of the notches which are vertically brushed (poorly captured above). The brushing, however, is not as deep or rich as the Omegas I've owned. the finish on my 2254.50 was amongst the best I've seen (for watches under 1.5k).
The lugs have hex bars, which I initially wasn't fired up about...but they are growing on me. I've found it's noticeably easier to remove the bars stably, lowering the risk of annoying lug scratches. I changes straps all the time, so this could be a big deal in the long run. The lugs curve inward on the sides, creating a nice curve when viewed directly from under the lugs.
The bezel has Marathon-like wide notches, which are very grippable without being total overkill. The 120 click bezel has a firm metallic click. It compares the closest in feel to my old Breitling SO Pro,which of course was only a 60 clicker, so on the Resco the ratchets are shorter. The bezel turns easily but not loosely, more easily than the Helson SD and waaay easier than my Bluering (which is so tight I think it's a flaw of construction). The feel does not oust the UTS 500m for having the best feeling bezel action of the 'brews. I might get a UTS again someday just because that bezel was so perfect feeling, it's burned into my memory! Also, the #'s on the bezel are very articulate and balanced. I don't mind the countdown bezel, it's clean, and likely to be the only one in my very tiny collection. And of course you have got to love that huge lume dot. :-d
The crown is nicely machined, obviously grippable, and is complimented by some handsome looking crown-protector casework. I wish the trident on the crown was engraved more deeply. It threads soundly and with no wobble -!), but I have found that the Benarus Moray I and my Breits both had a smoother, finer feel.
What can I say? It's brilliant IMO. Totally readable, printed very crisply. The famous Lum-Tec uber thick lume lives up to it's fanfare and it's frankly gorgeous IMO. Again, perfect printing, so thick as to almost appear domed, and BIG! I chose the grey dial because I think the grey color balances the very loud large Brand/Model text and huge indices. For some reason it all seems to blend better to me with this color combination and the ss case. It will certainly present some challenges as far as strap selection goes, but after having a ton of black dialed divers, I think it will be fun. The grey is various shades in different lights, and still a bit purplish when the AR is visible (occasionally). One quibble: the depth rating does not appear perfectly centered under "Patriot," which is either my imagination, or a genuine mistake. Also, I have no good lume shots for now.
The hour and minute hands are good and simple, and the right size. The trident second hand is cool in my book, but I wish there was lume on the second hand (which clicks at a even but slow 18000 bpm), I don't see why that couldn't have been done. :think:
Other Stuff: Amagnetic is cool, it's keeping fine time, the swag that came with it was nice, blah blah blah I'm getting bored of writing. Here are more pics.
And the requisite wrist shot...
One last thing: When I let Resco know I had found one used, they were enthusiastic and congratulatory and said they are happy to help if the watch ever needs repairs, offered a discount on straps, and even to swap dials if I ever wanted. Well played! :-!