When offered the chance to go hands-on with the new Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Replica — in its most eye-catching form — I of course jumped at the opportunity. It didn’t take much wrist time with the titanium-cased, yellow-strapped Okto II to get excited. Hands-down, this Replica Linde Werdelin interpretation of an ideal timepiece for the modern diver is a winner. You can decide for yourself after this extensive review — kicked off with some “hands on” video of the piece followed by many, many awesome photos. Believe me, this is one Oktopus you don’t want to miss.
The Oktopus II is available in three variations: titanium case + black ceramic bezel with yellow or black accents, or a higher end model with rose gold-bezel and titanium case. Though Oktopus II carries through strong design influences from its predecessor, it is overall an advancement from the original Oktopus in both form and function. Most notably, the piece boasts a brand new 5-part case construction inspired by a diving bell (an air-tight pressure chamber used for diving simulations or to transport divers to depth in the ocean). For me, it is this case construction that embodies the overall attractiveness of this piece: it looks great, but not at the expense of function. LW Founders Morten Linde and Jorn Werdelin did a fantastic job of bringing both form and function into the design of the Oktopus II.
The multi-part, anti-corrosive case is mostly brushed titanium, with two strap-mount pieces at nine and twelve o’clock, two black DLC-finished insets mounted on the sides (where the dive instrument mounts) and the fixed ceramic bezel on top. The whole surface of the case undergoes a microbillé and a satin finish to reflect light or shadow — and it looks great, too.
In case you die-hard divers are wondering, I did confirm that the fixed bezel is an intentional design feature; a rotating bezel (for calculating dive submersion time, for example) is obviated by the the clip-on dive instrument with which this swiss watches replica online is intended to be used with.
Water resistance is tuned in to 300 meters — perfect for taking the Oktopus II out of the pool and into the sea for some real underwater exploration.
At 46mm, the case reads large on paper but it does not wear this big on the wrist. I found the Oktopus II to be a very comfortable replica watch, sitting nicely on the wrist despite the all the case angles up top. As a point of comparison, I wristed the Okto II alongside a dive-replica watch standard bearer, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean XL. Though the design contrast is obviously stark, the Omega SMPO and the Oktopus II are comparably sized (45.5mm vs. 46mm) and share the same degree of great wrist comfort.