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INTRODUCING: Nodus Sector Deep

The Nodus Sector Deep in stainless steel.

A fantastic dive watch at an incredible value.

We’ve been keeping our eyes on Nodus Watches ever since we first caught sight of the Sector Dive, its first dive watch a couple of years ago. Based entirely in Los Angeles, with its supply chain right within the United States, it’s a microbrand that’s reviving American watchmaking along with companies like Shinola.

Watches from the Sector collection have a similar case middle, with sizes between 38 and 39mm, a 20mm lug width, and relatively slim designs. They are designed as sport-centric daily wear models but would not look out of place when paired with a suit. The tool watch vibe is more apparent with the choice of bracelets or straps – calf leather or 3-, 5-, and 7-link bracelets are available for you to choose from.

The Nodus Sector GMT, a great dual time piece that's incredibly affordable.
The Nodus Sector GMT – a great dual-time piece that's incredibly affordable.

The Sector GMT is perhaps the brand’s most popular and incredibly well-priced GMT watch. It uses a Nodus-regulated Seiko NH34 movement with GMT complication (the same movement powers Seiko’s own Seiko 5 GMT), adjusted to within +/-10 seconds a day. But its latest release is the Sector Deep, a dive watch that goes further than most professional dive watches – 500m of depth.

The Nodus Sector Deep is a relatively slim dive watch with a 500m depth rating.
The Nodus Sector Deep is a relatively slim dive watch with a 500m depth rating.

With most dive watches, depth tends to equate to a thicker case. However, Nodus managed to keep the watch relatively slim at 13.6mm – not quite as thin as Atelier Holgur’s, but still great under a shirt cuff – while keeping the architecture of the Sector’s case middle. And while some of the Sector models feature polished and brushed elements in the case, bezel or bracelet, the Sector Deep features bead-blasted surfaces all over for a matte grey finish.

In the dark, the Nodus Sector Deep glows bright.
In the dark, the Nodus Sector Deep glows brightly.

The watch is also a slightly larger model at 40mm, with a 42mm bezel that protrudes slightly so it can be easily adjusted if you have (diving or other) gloves on. The larger bezel also allows Nodus to create a dual indicator on the surface of the bezel with a 12-hour indicator and a minute track with 15-minute diving markers. On the matte black dial, oversized indexes and hands are bead-blasted, coated with white OVD and filled with lume. The same applies to the bezel markers, and in the dark, the lume glows brightly to ensure maximum legibility underwater.

The Nodus Sector Deep.
The Nodus Sector Deep.

Another small touch is the ‘destro’ design of the watch, with its crown on the left. This ensures that if you’re diving with the watch, you don’t accidentally dislodge the crown. The bracelets also feature an easy-extension adjustor button that goes up to five times in 2mm increments – ideal for those wearing a thicker diving suit.

The Nodus Sector Deep is priced at US$575 and will be on sale at 9 am PST tomorrow, translating to 11 pm Bangkok time and midnight in Singapore. If nothing else, this will be a fun watch to add to your collection and one that you can happily go diving with. 

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Darren has been writing about, and admiring the craft of watchmaking for over a dozen years. He considers himself lucky to live in a golden age of horology, and firmly believes that the most difficult watches to design are the simplest and the most intriguing to discover.


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