Nodus Blacks out the Retrospect for a Very Limited Special Edition

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Fresh off the release of their Sector series, Nodus has returned with a new version of an old favorite. The Retrospect II Singularity is a limited edition version of their popular Retrospect dive watch. For the unfamiliar, the Retrospect, like many Nodus designs, is something of a fusion between the classic and modern, and has a bunch of great, subtle features that make it a versatile and fun watch to wear. The new version of the Retrospect is a very different take on a familiar aesthetic, but slots in smoothly with previous Nodus designs.

Nodus Retrospect II Singularity

  • Case Material: DLC coated stainless steel
  • Dial: Black
  • Dimensions: 40.5 x 13.5 x 49mm
  • Crystal: Sapphire     
  • Water Resistance: 200 meters 
  • Crown: Screw down               
  • Movement: Seiko NH35A
  • Strap/bracelet: Rubber, kevlar weave mil-spec
  • Price: $450
  • Reference Number: n/a
  • Expected Release: March 20 (sold out)


The Retrospect II Singularity is effectively a blacked out version of the watch, with a hardened DLC coating. Where the original Retrospect was clearly indebted to classic divers, the Retrospect II Singularity has a look that is unmistakably modern and tactical. To that end, it’s paired with not only a rubber strap, but a durable and secure Kevlar-weave mil-spec strap as well. The bright orange minute hand offers a welcome pop of color, and there’s a ton of impressive lume detail as well, for those that are into that sort of thing (not only the hour markers and hands, but the bezel numerals and indicators, as well as the date window and brand logo are given a lume treatment).

One of the best features of the Retrospect design is the inward sloping rotating bezel. This not only draws extra light onto the dial surface, but helps give the impression of a slimmer, sleeker timepiece by reducing height at points on the interior of the watch. On paper, this is a chunky watch at 40.5mm in diameter and 13.5mm tall (inclusive of the crystal), but the wearing experience of a Retrospect is that of a watch with significantly less girth, thanks in large part to the bezel design. This version, in black, is likely to wear even smaller (as black watches tend to).

The Retrospect II Singularity is limited to just 40 pieces, and was released on Friday and sold out in a flash. Those sales went to a good cause: a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Nodus has shown throughout the brand’s short history that they’re committed to outreach and networking with their customers on a one to one basis, so it’s no surprise that they’re thinking about how they can make a positive impact through the release of their new watch, and we think they deserve some credit for that. Nodus

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Zach is a native of New Hampshire, and he has been interested in watches since the age of 13, when he walked into Macy’s and bought a gaudy, quartz, two-tone Citizen chronograph with his hard earned Bar Mitzvah money. It was lost in a move years ago, but he continues to hunt for a similar piece on eBay. Zach loves a wide variety of watches, but leans toward classic designs and proportions that have stood the test of time. He is currently obsessed with Grand Seiko.
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