Pantor is micro-brand based in Hong Kong.
They only make dive watches and the owner is the architicual designer behind them with a goal to offer purpose-built time instruments that last you a life time.
Hong Kong maybe in China but what powers the Pantor Seahorse is quality Japanese.
Inside the Pantor Seahorse is Miyota calibre 9015 automatic movement. This movement is a step up from the previous Miyota 8215.
It does share all the functions of the 8215 – hand-winding, Parashock system and 42 hours of power reserve. But in the 9015 hacking gets added and the jewels go from 21 to 24,
With the increase in jewels the beats per hour went as well, from 21600 to 28800 bph. Which means the daily accuracy is increased.
Some known brands that use this movement are Citizen (parent company), Deep Blue, Tempest, Zelos Helmsman and Lum-Tec
A rather large brush finished stainless steel case of 45mm by 16mm protects the Miyota movement. Making sure it stays in place is a screw down stainless case back with a seahorse etched on it.
Over on the front is a sapphire crystal that is pressed between the case and a stainless steel, uni-directional bezel. The bezel has three colour options – black, blue and plain stainless. On all three a luminous marker sits at the zero position.
A black dial is highlighted by Swiss C3 super luminova hour makers and hands. The minute hand points to a small chapter ring with arabic numbers marking every five seconds.
Almost inconspicuous is the date window sitting between the 4 and 5 markers.
If you have been looking at this watch you may have noticed the small circle at the 9 o’clock position on the outside of the case. This is actually a helium escape valve.
If your work involves being in a diving bell you will know what the helium escape valve is for. For those of us that will probably never get into a diving bell rest assured we have no use for this ingenious little device.
Looking at the dial you will have noticed that it has 1000m printed on it. This dive watch is water resistant to 1000 meters, however, that only applies when inside a diving bell. I also don’t think any of us will be scuba diving to those depths and living to tell about it.
If you look at the watch bracelet, it is actually a nice piece of engineering. Each link is made up of 15 pieces. It’s also nice to know that Pantor did not just slap a three piece link bracelet on this watch.
The clasp has a 6 step micro adjustment that allows you to adjust the stainless steel bracelet while the watch is on your wrist. Or allow the watch to fit over a wet-suit sleeve.
Pricing varies a little, from around mid 500 dollars to 650, so do a little searching if you want the best deal.