Introducing the Deep Blue Deep Star 1000

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Deep Blue Watches is a brand that definitely knows its niche. Over the years they have been active, Deep Blue has produced dive watch after dive watch. They have covered bases from lower priced quartz to Miyota automatic movements to Swiss. Their watches are big, beefy and command attention. Recently the brand released another new model that again fits the mold, the Deep Star 1000 Automatic.

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  • Case: 316L Stainless Steel
  • Movement: Miyota 9015
  • Dial: Black or Blue
  • Lume: Vintage Green Superluminova
  • Lens: Sapphire
  • Strap: Stainless Steel Shark Mesh Bracelet
  • Water Res.: 1000M
  • Dimensions: 45 x 54mm
  • Thickness: 16mm
  • Lug Width: 22mm
  • Price: $999

Right off the bat you can tell that Deep Blue was not messing around. The case is a substantial piece of steel at 45mm in diameter and 54mm in length with a height of 16mm. The cushion case hearkens back to dive watches of the 1960s and 1970s, making this one of the most stylish pieces in Deep Blue’s collection. At three you have a large screw down crown flanked by chunky guards, and off 9 o’clock a helium escape valve for those that really do use the watch for serious diving. Of which, with its 1000M water resistance, it is certainly capable. The Deep Star has a solid case back showing the number of the watch out of 5,000 and behind the case back beating away inside is the Citizen Miyota 9015.

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The dial of the Deep Star comes in either black or blue with matching bezels. The dial design is reminiscent of the Aquastar Benthos made in the 1960’s. The indices are lumed with vintage green Superluminova and the 3, 6, 9 and 12 markers are mirrored on either side. The chapter ring has an interesting design with thicker and thinner indices alternating every five minutes, giving almost a sense of motion. The hour and minute hands have a ladder design, splitting up the lume,  while the seconds hand is fully colored. The ceramic bezel is unidirectional and turns with 120 clicks. The bezel markers are also fully lumed for great visibilty. Accompanying the watch is a 22mm stainless steel mesh bracelet. The bracelet has a push-button deploy and safety clasp and really rounds out the vintage look.

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The Deep Blue Deep Star 1000 is currently available from the Deep Blue website and will set you back $999 USD – right now the watch is on sale for 40% off at $599 but no word on how long that will last.

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Residing in North Idaho, James has been wearing a watch for over 35 years. With growth of the internet in the late 90s watches as an interest turned into an obsession. Since that time he has been a watch forum moderator, watch reviewer, contributor to Nerdist, and operates Watches in Movies in his spare time.
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  • silkhead

    if it were only a 42

    • I feel the same way. Seems that Deep Blue loves the 45mm case size.

  • TrevorXM

    I do like this watch. But I do wonder about the movement. We see these Miyota 9015 based small brand watches a lot (and this is maybe the best of them, in my opinion) and I wonder about this movement. It seems hard to get a lot of info on it beyond basic specs easily, though maybe I’ve just been looking in the wrong places.
    1) Are their grades of the movement or is it just one grade which is equivalent to ETA’s 2824 standard grade? It seems like there is only one grade according to Citizen’s pdf on it. So could we say that the Deep Blue and all the others are using a movement that’s equivanlant to ETA’s 2824 Standard grade?
    2) Do any manufacturers adjust them in multiple positions before putting them in a watch? Far less importantly, do they even decorate them? I can’t ever find reference to either possibility. Did Deep Blue do anything to this one, for example? Does anybody?
    3) What is the accuracy of these? What I love about my Zenith and my Damasko is that maybe once a month I might notice that I’m off a minute or two and I set them — compared to other watches I’ve had that I was setting every week and I became annoyed. The published -10 ~ +30 seconds/day published by them is not encouraging.

    • Raymond Oesterreich

      I cant;t see this watch being much more accurate than any ETA 2824 Standard which I believe is assemble or perhaps made in China. I’d rather pay more and get an in house movement.

      • Quiescent

        Maybe W&W could do some testing between different movements in terms of basic accuracy? I haven’t seen this anywhere and it’d help sort out what is probably more of a non-swiss snobbery than anything else.

        • TrevorXM

          That would be a remarkable thing to see a watch blog do. I’ve never seen that done anywhere, either. Just a test of like 5 “workhorse” movements would be brilliant. ETA 2824, Miyota 9015, Sellita W200, Seiko (what’s their “workhorse” movement that fits as direct competition that new watchmakers are using?), maybe some Chinese version of the 2824 that’s commonly used like Seagull.

          For me, there’s a huge difference in the “annoyance factor” that comes with a watch that’s 20 sec plus a day off and one that’s only a couple of seconds off

          • Ilya Ryvin

            The thing is, most of these movements can be adjusted to achieve greater accuracy if you were so inclined. You can honestly do it yourself or have a semi-competent watchmaker do it for very little cost. I think discussions of accuracy get a little overblown, especially with collectors who have 5+ watches and wear a different watch every day.

    • You will be seeing the Miyota and Seiko movements more as the ETA supply goes away for non Swatch members. The Miyotas are reliable and reasonably accurate. They also help keep the price down.

    • Jim Skelton

      I’ll try to address your concerns in order:
      1) There is only one grade of 9015, it’s a premium grade similar to ETAs “elabore”. The 9015 was developed to compete head-to-head with the ETA 2892A2 (bypassing the 2824-2 which is a lower grade than the 2892). This means higher grade components, better fit/finish and a higher degree of accuracy due to multiple adjustments made prior to shipping.
      2) The 9015 is actually a decorated movement. As to adjusting, they are already inherently accurate, but some brands have adjusted them further (Strider Watch LTD and Android have adjusted them to within +/-5spd).
      3) I have yet to see (or read any reports) of any 9015 exceeding 5spd accuracy.

      I was fortunate enough to be the first person outside of Citizen to handle their first prototype movement, and here is one of the photos I took back around 2009 I believe.

      • AW

        Tisell does some crazy sino-korean magic with them because mine was at +2spd, and I wasn’t some crazy exception.

  • 200 Fathoms

    I don’t get the different thicknesses of the marks on the chapter ring. They’re distracting and busy.

    • Terrance Steiner

      I don’t really like it either but it is not really different thicknesses. It is different colors. If you look at the thin lines as the minute marks then they just alternate between black and grey/white. I think it is ugly but I get what they are going for.

  • Никита

    54 mm long = surfboard on my arm.

  • Wayne McCombe

    This greatly resembles the Aquastar Benthos 500

    • And the Zixen Trimix. And the Armida A7. And the Benarus Remora. And the Helson Spear Diver. And the Longines Heritage Diver. And the Aevig Huldra. And The Eterna Kon Tiki Super. Et al. All of which offer either a better movement for the price, or a better price for the same movement in the DB.

  • Chris

    Sure wish DB would put out something in the 40mm range. All of their cases are 45mm+, too big for me. Beautiful watch, though. Like their use of tritium.

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