Pita Barcelona Oceana Watch Hands-On
When the watch is worn on the wrist, the rubber strap hugs the nubs holding the back plate into place - ensuring that you don't accidentally adjust the time. A really clever little design feature. The construction of the case offers very few places for water to enter, and thus the watch has a gasketless design. A draw back is that the automatic movement does not offer hand-winding - only automatic winding. The movement is a highly modified Swiss ETA 2678, called the Pita-003.
Gallery: Pita Oceana watches
The timepiece has a charming, friendly look to it. Like a tank would look if it was a cartoon, painted orange. It is a beast of a timepiece technically speaking, but had a great design and aesthetic. The dial is very easy to read under the specially made polycarbonate crystal. While the watch is made using some strange techniques, the idea is to make it maintenance free- a lofty, and highly desirable outcome. One thing I was happy to get clarification on when meeting with Pita Barcelona and checking out the watches is the exact operate of the seconds hands / depth meter. The watch has a colorful three-pronged seconds hands in the center of the dial. The colors are cute, but not just for show. In a diving situation the deeper you go, the less colors are able to penetrate the deep water. As you go deeper, certainly colors on the chromatic seconds hands will go away. Thus, you can generally gauge your depth given the colors of the seconds hand. It isn't a super precise system, and you need to educate yourself briefly on which color light wavelengths are able to travel deeper, but it is useful and fun to have. Apparently some people aren't fond of the style of the seconds hand that looks a bit like a pinwheel. Personally, I love it, and think it should be part of the brand DNA. I believe that prices for the Pita Oceana start at about $4,000 bucks. Very good price for a super indie watch maker who does everything by themselves, and for a timepiece of this quality and originality.
Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch review site aBlogtoRead.com.