Steinhart Ocean One and One 39

This German-made homage to the Rolex Submariner is particularly well made and is providing amazing value for money in the world of mechanical watches.

The dimensions of the Ocean One are slightly bigger than its luxury counterpart: 42mm diameter, 13mm thick, 22mm lug width.

However, a 39mm version is available on some models, notably the Ocean One 39 black ceramic (103-0981) which is a serious affordable alternative to the Rolex Submariner. Those 39mm models are perfect for smaller wrists, although they have a similar thickness to the 42mm ones, they have a lug width of 20mm.

  • Ref: OCEAN 1 BLACK Aluminium 103-0903, BLACK Ceramic 103-0902
  • Diameter: 42.00 mm
  • Thickness: 13.00 mm
  • Lug width: 22.00 mm
  • Caliber: ETA 2824-2/SW 200, élaboré

The Ocean One 39 is a great affordable alternative to the Rolex Submariner for small wrists, the models with black ceramic and green bezels look particularly good! Available on eBay.
The Ocean One 39 is a great affordable alternative to the Rolex Submariner for small wrists, the models with black ceramic and green bezels look particularly good! Available on eBay.

As you can see on the pictures, the Steinhart watches look very similar to the Rolex Submariner, they sometimes have been criticized for their very close resemblance.

The Rolex-like models have a black dial, with applied indices and the famous Mercedes hands. They are protected by a saphire crystal which also features a “Cyclop” magnifier. The lume on hands and indices is SuperLuminova, which provides a decent legibility in the dark through its bluish glow.

  • Ref: Ocean One 39 black ceramic (103-0981), green (103-0725)
  • Diameter: 39.00 mm
  • Thickness: 13.00 mm
  • Lug width: 20.00 mm
  • Caliber: ETA 2824-2/SW 200, élaboré

The Steinhart Ocean One can be found with a Ceramic or Aluminium Bezel depending on the model. It retails at €395 for the aluminium version and costs €430 with a Ceramic insert.

The watch sports a classic yet reliable Swiss ETA 2824-2 Elaborated (+/-7sec/day max +/-20sec/day).

It is definitely a robust homage/alternative to the Rolex Submariner, with a 300m water resistance it will keep up with your dives!

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