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Initial Impressions: MK II Sea Fighter

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Articles | 11.18.2011

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*Check out our full review of the MKII Sea Fighter here.  

Thanks to the good folks at MK II Watches, Zach and I recently received the newest (and final) iteration of the Sea Fighter for review. Initially released in 2008, the Sea Fighter is based on a Swiss-made German combat diver from the 1970s and features a Swiss ETA 2836-2 automatic movement.  Today, with MK II’s contemporary touch, the Sea Fighter is a rugged, classically styled diver that we are very excited to spend some time with. 

The Sea Fighter comes in a simple black utility case with foam lining, that feels not only sturdy, but quite light and transportable.  It features a small MK II logo on the exterior, but is otherwise unmarked.  Inside you’ll find the watch of course, user manual, and two small screwdrivers for removing the screw down lug bars.   These tools look and feel of high quality, though we haven’t yet used them.

With the Sea Fighter in hand, I was immediately struck by it’s build quality.  At first sight, it’s not the most physically imposing watch, but it feels quite significant in both weight and construction.  The screw down crown has a nice feel, and the bezel is easy to adjust, yet feels precise and well machined.  On the wrist, the 42.35mm x 14.22mm case also wears larger than it appears.

Lastly, in the days since first receiving the Sea Fighter, I have found it to be one of the most easy to read watches I’ve worn.  The oversized orange minute hand directs your eye to the minute marker with efficiency, and the clean black face makes reading the white hour hand and day/date functions a breeze.

So those are my observations of the Sea Fighter this far, having spent just a few days with it.  Check back in a couple weeks for my full review and gallery.   Thanks for reading.

p.s. For a fascinating look at MK II’s production process, check out this really well done step-by-step pictorial that they’ve put together.  It’s very in depth and features some great pictures.

  • http://pretenseofknowledge.com/ Speedmaster

    Wow, that looks great!!!

  • malbino

    I was about to buy a Squale Atmos 50 or a Aquadive 100, but your pics and story have me now hooked on a version that is not available anymore at MKII in the bead blasted version.
    What to so but keep trying to track one down or convince MKII to make just one more.

    Great pics and story you have me hooked.

    cheers from Sydney Australia