Watch review Pantor Sealion
Growing up I always heard my parents say “oh those were popular when I was growing up, styles always come back after so many years.” Some styles in my opinion should never come back, while other look just as good now as they did years ago. That is the case here today(pun intended) as the I will be looking at the Pantor Sea Lion, a watch that merges the past with the present.
First glance at the Sea Lion I get that 1970’s vintage dive watch feel and that in mainly due to the shape/style of the Sea Lion’s case which is very reminiscent of the vintage dive watches from that time period.
Even the pip on the dial screams vintage with it’s faux patina aged look which is a detail that I can really appreciate.
The 42mm stainless steal case has some nice details to it from the above mentioned case shape, to the automatic valve located on the case side at the 9 o’clock position. The screw down crown features an engraved sea lion logo that matches the solid caseback very nicely. The crown screws down and functions flawlessly. The ease of the crown operation is because of the good size of the crown and the edges of the crown. The crown side of the case is also has a very clean look to it which I believe is due to the fact there are no crown guards.
I am a fan of the Sea Lion’s bezel because of both it’s looks and it’s function. Sometimes faux patina can look cheesy but Pantor kept it simple and in this case simple is better as Pantor kept the faux patina limited to the pip alone. Something else that I believe Pantor got right is the larger/thicker numerals on the bezel itself which allows for easier legibility. The wide edges of the bezel makes it extremely easy to grip and operate with dry or wet hands which is an important detail when using this watch in the water.
The dial on the Sea Lion is very clean, balanced and has great legibility. No unnecessary BS here cluttering up this dial. The text is kept at a minimum here, you have Pantor under the 12 o’clock position and above the 6 o’clock 300m/990ft AUTOMATIC. The hour markers are nice and crisp, though I am a little disappointed that they are painted markers and weren’t applied markers. But that is just my personal preference and nit picking. The tooth shaped hour markers at 12, 6, 9 are a nice touch of detail, which look even cooler when the lume kicks in.