I have owned a few of the micro brands (Deep Blue, Helson, Armida, Bernarus) and I must say this is one of the nicest for the money. These were originally sold under a German brand Essex and sold new for over $1800. Some time between 2010 and 2012 the brand switched to Hong Kong based Pantor. Same watch.
The only reason for the sale is I have fallen out of the watch hobby and into other interests. Yes, the band is for real and very unique. I have gotten more compliments on