The Oceanking’s excellent bezel design and implementation places it among some of my all-time favorites like that of the Tudor Pelagos and the Doxa Sub.
Case and bracelet proportions are excellent, with a wearable and comfortable in-the-flesh experience that is reflective of a thoughtful and detail-driven design process.
Speaking of reflective, the sapphire crystal is double domed and has an anti-reflective layer on the inside of the crystal.
Like me, both were very impressed with what Monta has accomplished with the on-wrist product, especially in terms of the ergonomics, the finishing, and the bezel.
Seeing as I’m something of a sucker for a good bezel, perhaps that’s an ideal place to start.
Furthermore, as they produce these straps as a third party without the direct support of Rolex, they are undoubtedly well-versed in the dense frustrations of managing minute production details in the hopes of producing a high-quality non-casual product.
The difference between a rubber strap and a 5 Everest strap is all details, it's about the comfort of the rubber, the shape of the strap, the quality of the buckle, the fine finishing of the edges, and their ability to achieve a perfect fit with a product they don’t control.The bearing-mounted design has a perfectly cut and very grippy edge surrounding a legible polished ceramic insert.The insert, while regrettably unlumed (even at 12), is laser cut and features the best use of font on the Oceanking. I would describe it as mechanical without being notchy.Just take a close look at the “5” in “15” and “45”. It feels like each click pulls the bezel to its next stop.It’s remarkably quiet too, which is great when you want to set it in a meeting or be able to use it without drawing a glance (some bezels are so loud).Though each successive generation may be small in numbers, their effect has been incredible.