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PANTOR Sea Turtle dive watch HANDS-ON

This is the new Sea Turtle from PANTOR Watches, a relatively small brand that are solely focused on mechanical diver’s watches and who have continued to go from strength to strength. PANTOR Watches’ entire collection has just recently become available to purchase on

The Sea Turtle joins a collection of dedicated dive watches inspired by ocean fauna that includes: the NAUTILUS, Seahorse, SEA LION and Seal.

With its classic 45mm in diameter cushion case, you could say that the new Sea Turtle is a big brother to the 42mm Seal Lion.

The Sea Turtle whose case is made of Marine-grade 316L Stainless is finished with a subtle brushed finish along its sides while the top of the case has a high polish.

The case is fitted with: a solid steel 120-click diver’s bezel and a flat Sapphire crystal. The bezel has a nice a high profile and large teeth ensuring an excellent grip.

The bezel is topped with a black insert with a silver 45-min scale and a vintage-style orange luminous pearl at the 12hr position.

The bezel is super tight, as in it has zero slop or play and it also lines up absolutely perfectly. The dive-time markers are nice and sharp.

On the right lateral side of the case is a signed screw-down crown. The crown is without crown-guards, an aesthetic choice following the vintage design codes of watches like Aquadive’s legendary Bathyscaphe.

Over on the opposite case side is an automatic Helium Escape Valve making the humble Sea Turtle fit for SAT diving duty.

Flipping the Sea Turtle on its back we are treated to an engraved turtle motif with said critter in full flight as he makes his way through the sea.

The Sea Turtle has a very respectable 500 meters of water-resistance.

The Sea Turtle’s dial is available in matte black. I am not aware of any other colors on offer at this point. The dial is very simply laid out with a combination of circular and trapezoid markers at 3, 6, and 9.