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Hands on with the Pantor Sea Lion Diver

Pantor is a watch company based in Hong Kong and – up till now – they only had one model, the Sea Horse. After success with that model, they have released their next model, the Sea Lion. While not as “extreme” a name as some other brands may use, I personally love the “Sea Lion” name. In my early years of diving off the northern California Coast, sea lions were commonplace. Every morning when I would go to the Coast Guard Jetty in Monterey to dive I would always be greeted by the honking barks of the sea lions basking in the sun, and hear what sounded like laughter under water. New models mean prototypes, which we were able to get our hands on. Let’s take a look!

The Dial and Movement

This model is offered with black, blue, or green dials. Over those dials, you have large, easy-to-read handsets. The hour and minute hands, along with all the hour markers, are painted with C3 Swiss SuperLuminova, as is the tip of the seconds hand. Topping the dial, and helping to protect the movement (more on that in a moment), you have an anti-reflective treated sapphire crystal. For the movement under the dial, you can choose the Japanese Seiko NH35A movement or the Swiss ETA 2824-2 movement. Both are familiar options for dive watches, but it is totally not a common option to chose one or the other, within the same watch.

The Case

The case is a classic style made from 316L stainless steel, which helps to enable the WR rating of 300 meters, good for just about any kind of diving. There is also a helium escape valve at the 9 o’clock position which is helpful for those few saturation divers that need it (editor’s note: in other words, no one). The lugs curve down so it fits very comfortable on the wrist. This has a standard screw down case back and screw down crown.

The Bezel

The Pantor Sea Lion comes with a uni-directional 120 click bezel with aluminum insert. Movement is tight, but not too tight, and there is very little play. Notched cutouts around the bezel provide for easy grip, which means no problem with gloves on, dive or otherwise.

The Strap

The Sea Lion comes with both a silicone strap and a nylon nato strap, which is where the only issue I have with the watch reared it’s head. As you can see in the picture, it is a lint magnet. The one nice thing about the silicone strap is that it is very comfortable on the wrist. If I was using this only as a diver I would not mind the strap at all. For daily wear, though? I’d have to change it out.