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Islander Black Dial Automatic Dive Watch with AR Double Dome Sapphire Crystal, and 120-click Bezel #ISL-57

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Product Code: ISL-57
List Price: $379.00
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Islander Black Dial Automatic Dive Watch with AR Double Dome Sapphire Crystal, and 120-click Bezel #ISL-57

The Islander ISL-57 has the familiar look of an iconic dive watch which has been discontinued. The Islander version mimics the the original but, it has an all solid link bracelet that uses screws for sizing (instead of the very fussy pin and collar system). The upgraded bracelet also features a more robust milled deployant clasp with a dual-push button release. Another Islander upgrade is a double-dome sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective (inside only) coating that provides scratch protection and a clearer view of the dial and time.

The movement is a 24-jewel NH36 automatic that offers you the same reliable performance as later editions of this iconic dive watch. The deep black dial features white hands and hour markers coated with SuperLuminova for reading the time in the dark. The day and date window is in the familiar 3:00 position.

The lugs are drilled for bracelet to dive strap changes. Lug width is 20mm. The case size is 42mm diameter by 13mm thick. 47mm tip to tip. Finish is brushed and polished. The crown and caseback are screw-in and the uni-directional rotating (slightly concave) bezel is a 120-click with a luminous PIP. Water resistance is 200 meters.


SKU:
ISL-57
Product Features
  • Movement:NH36 Automatic (self-winding, hand wind, hacks)
  • Case:Stainless steel, 42mm x 13mm thick. 47mm tip to tip
  • Caseback:Engraved screw-in
  • Band:Bracelet with all solid links, milled Deployant clasp.
  • Water Resistant:200 Meters
  • Warranty:1 Year
  • Crystal:AR Double-Dome Sapphire
Crystal: Double-Dome anti-reflective (inside only) sapphire
Water Resistance: 200 Meters
Lug Width: 20mm
Strap Material: Stainless Steel Bracelet, milled Deployant Clasp
Case Diameter: 42mm
Case Height: 13mm
Case Tip to Tip: 47mm
Movement: NH36 Caliber Automatic (self-winding)
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bezel: 120-Click, Uni-Directional
Bezel Insert: None
Caseback: Screw-in

Customer Review

4 Reviews

  • 5
    Black monster

    Posted by Bill H on Apr 29th 2021

    Recently received my watch and couldn't be more pleased. Always wanted a monster, but Seiko's shot up in price to levels I feel are not justified by the watch. So, in this review, I want to alleviate some concerns and address some comments I've been hearing about this Islander and Seiko's. Is the Heimdallr monster better than this watch? The short answer is...Absolutely not, and I'll tell you why. I got both this and the red Heimdallr for review . The Heimdallr came first. After wearing it a week or 2, i liked it. However, I did begin to notice problems with it. The red is beautiful, and I like the shark teeth design, but, it's just not as refined as this Islander, and you don't really feel the difference in quality, till you have both in your hand.For example, notice the top of this watch where the lugs come down to points over the bezel. On the Heimdallr, they're very sharp and pointy. So sharp in fact, that if you don't watch turning the bezel, you could possibly cut your fingers,same for the crown guards. This Islander's edges are crisp, yet smooth and machined, not pointy. The bezel action on the Heimdallr is very gritty and tough to move. The crown a bit too. The Islander is the same 120 click, but again, smooth and feel easy to move, with no back play. The lume on both seem equal, as are the time keeping/movements. The dial's are different and liking, of course, is subjective. I like both, but the Islanders 12'o clock tooth and indices really appeal to me more than I thought they would,. it really is a gorgeous and legible dial. I love the stainless steel bezel on both, but give a slight edge in quality to the Islander. The biggest difference for me, is the bracelets. The Heimdallr, while finished nicely and probably a bit more faithful to the original, is absolutely the worst pin system I have ever seen. I don't know what these pins were they use, but they have no arrow telling u on the bracelet which way to go, and either way seems impossibly hard to get them out.They go form large to small and I didn't like them at all. I honestly gave up and put it on a strap. The Islander, is odd. If I'm understanding it correctly, it has half screws and the rest of the links are pins, that are not meant to be removed? You do your sizing with the 3-4 links below and a couple micro adjustments. That threw me at first, but once I figured it out, it was a breeze to size and fits great.The end links, while not your typical fit, look great and were the easiest end links I've ever installed, and love the drilled lugs, both have them. Also, the bracelet is very well done. Milled clasp and I prefer the more muted brushing, as opposed to the Heimdallr mirror polished center links. You can just feel and see the quality in the Islander. Yes, the Heimdallr is a decent, nice looking watch, and a bit cheaper. But, you sometimes, you get what you pay for and for me, there is no contest. for around a 100 dollars more, you're getting 10x's the quality and supporting semi small business in America. I would say, if financially, it's an option for you, take one of these Islanders over the Heimdallr any day. You won't regret it. Nice job again Mark, keep it up.

  • 5
    Islander Black Monster

    Posted by Lon R on Apr 27th 2021

    Thank you Mark for making this watch. I wore the original on a rubber strap every day of my 3 plus years total spent in Northern Iraq. Your version is a rock solid homage and is reminding me of those days each time I look at it. For anyone wondering if the Islanders are too good to be true, my opinion is they are not. The quality of this watch is fully equal to my modern Turtle. With the upgraded specs (I love this domed sapphire crystal) and lower price they are easy to recommend. This won’t be my last Islander.

  • 5
    better than the Seiko at half the price

    Posted by edward on Apr 24th 2021

    all the features and more than the Seiko at half the price, love the screw pins

  • 5
    Quality

    Posted by Michael Hinzmann on Apr 23rd 2021

    Mark, stop making watches I have wanted for years. You are killing my budget. This is another example of how good a watch can be. Easy bracelet adjustment, domed sapphire crystal, hackable, hand wind movement. This is what a dive tool watch should be. Great job.

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