A couple of years ago, we reviewed the OCEAN7 G-2 Chronograph, and today we bring you the re-tuned follow-up: the G-2S. The G-2S is largely similar, but brings a few nice updates and changes over the original G-2 including a changed dial style and subdial layout, revised pushers, PVD finishes, and an HeV (helium escape valve) to aid in increasing the water resistance to 1000m (the original G-2 is 200m). As we covered in our last review, the G-2 series of dive chronographs are heavy duty tool dive watches with usable features and a unique design. Let’s look at the features:
•Brushed Steel case.
•Sapphire Crystal with internal AR coating.
•Water resistant to 1,000m or 3,300ft (hence the HeV and screw-down pushers).
•Matching bracelet with deployment clasp.
•Helium escape valve.
•Black painted dial with a wider diameter.
•Screw down chronograph pushers.
The G-2S shows that little changes can have a big impact; the distinctive carbon fibre dial of the original model has been swapped for a matte black dial with the OCEAN7 logo moved to the 3 o’clock position. Running seconds are now shown at 6 o’clock and elapsed minutes and hours at 12 and 9, respectively. The new dial is slightly larger, cleaner, and feels altogether more focused than the somewhat busy carbon fibre dial. The original G-2 had a butterfly clasp that was nice but felt out of place on a tool diver; that clasp has been swapped for a standard deployment fold-over clasp. The lugs are 24mm wide so the G-2S (and the G-2) can be easily fitted to a bevy of strap options. I fitted the G-2S to the rubber strap that normally stays on my LM-2 and was very happy to find it comfortable and considerably lighter than the bracelet (if you get an OCEAN7 watch, I highly recommend that you pick up the rubber strap as an accessory). The size and weight of the G-2S is unchanged, and the watch is still very large and noticeable with its 17mm height.
The case has changed slightly as a helium escape valve has been integrated at 10 o’clock and the chronograph pushers have been changed from paddle style pushers to more traditional screw down pushers. The inclusion of an HeV shows that OCEAN7 is positioning the G-2S as a serious full featured tool dive watch. The screw down pushers and HeV allow the watch to boast an impressive 1000m (3300ft) water resistance. I think the new pushers look great; while the screw down style adds a little complexity to the use of the chronograph, they also improve water resistance.
Perhaps the most noticeable change over the G-2 is the availability of a PVD finish. It comes in two variations: only the controls (blacked out bezel, crowns and pushers), or all over PVD. We opted for the all over PVD on the review model because the physical size of this watch could use some stealthy styling. The PVD is thick and carries a medium matte finish; the watch and bracelet look amazing completely blacked out, and both match the finish of the dial perfectly.
The OCEAN7 G-2S is evolutionary rather than revolutionary as it is a slightly more conservative and mature re-working of an already great watch. Boutique quartz dive chronographs are hard to come by, especially as tough and well made as the OCEAN7 G-2 series. The G-2S is sold exclusively through OCEAN7 and retails for between $399-$475 depending on your choice of PVD options. At this price point, the G-2, and the G-2S are very attractive choices for buyers looking for a unique, well-built dive chronograph that looks great, and is backed by a reliable company. The G Series family of watches is almost without peers in its price range as any comparisons would come from much more expensive watches.