Sunday, July 12, 2009
I always take a keen interest in discontinued models and so have decided to include the Alba 200m Divers "Blue Manta-Ray" into my Seiko collection. Alba is a subsidiary brand of Seiko and the Manta-Ray uses the standard 7S26 caliber. The Manta-Ray got her nickname from the textured dial. If you look closely, the dial is made up of repetitive prints of manta-rays. The indices resemble shark's teeth and the hands are of gothic design. This dressy diver maintains mainly the steel colour tone. The knurled screw crown is easy to operate even between those large crown guards. The black day-date wheel and drill-through lug holes are nice touches. The unidirectional bezel rotates in smooth clicks. Surprisingly the rubber strap is more comfy and seems to wrap the wrist better than the Seiko Z22 strap. Since I am not a rubber person, I change the strap to a blue stitched black racing leather strap. Alba could have improved the functionality design of this ISO rated diver watch by using larger hands and better lume.
Posted by kohym