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Prometheus Jellyfish Review

Friday, August 12, 2011

14.4mm thick, 44mm wide, 47.2 at the 6.9mm crown.
195g sized to 7.5″ wrist
316L stainless steel case, sapphire crystal with inner anti-reflective coating
90-click unidirection bezel with inset tritium tube
Tritium tubes on all three hands and hour markers. Green color except at 12, which is orange.
SII NE15A (6R15) automatic movement, handwinding and hacking, quickset date, 40 hour power reserve.
Signed, screw-down crown
Water resistant to 300m (990ft)
3-link Oyster-style bracelet with screwed, solid links, solid end links, brushed throughout. Clasp is snap closure with signed fliplock and 3 microadjustments.

One of the things I quite like about the Prometheus watches I've reviewed is their consistently uncluttered and readable dials and designs. A lot of new brands put lots of text on the dial; the Jellyfish has only a small logo and the brand name. Wonderful! Even the caseback is an etched Jellyfish, a nice change of pace from some of the macho model names I've seen.

The Jellyfish is available with black, white yellow or blue dial. In white or black it's most versatile and would make an excellent do-anything watch. In yellow it's more of a casual timepiece, quite fun to wear.

This is my first watch with the SII NE15A. Introduced in 2007, this is a competitor to the ubiquitous ETA 2824 and I'm quite pleased. Smooth to handwind, no rotor noise, fast date change, excellent timekeeping, good date wheel alignment, it's a great movement and in my opinion is at least as good as the competition Miyota 9015 and ETA 2824.

Notice how you can read the time quickly, and how the date window at 4:30 is visible but unobtrusive. The uncluttered yellow dial reminds me a bit of the Halios Holotype,another nice design. Also note how they rotated the tubes at three, six and nine to make room for an Arabic numeral. Simplicity is harder than it looks.

The bracelet is excellent, and at this price point I was taken aback. Screwed links, solid end links, signed clasp and lots of extra links, no squeaks or rattles here.

As suits a solid watch, the bracelet is non-tapering, which helps keep it from shifting around on the wrist. The brushed finish is low-key and businesslike.

The bezel is great. Easy to use, even when wet, with 120 clicks and markers all the way around, plus tritium pip at 12.

At this point you might question my enthusiasm for the Jellyfish, so I should explain that it costs just $345 (non-EU price). At that price, it has no competition, and the quality is amazing. You really cannot go wrong here.

I personally like the cheerful yellow dial, but it's a less versatile color and would be a stretch to wear in a formal environment. More of a summer, casual-Friday look. The black or white dials would work better for that, or perhaps the blue variant.

There aren't a lot of watches I can recommend like this one. The price is fantastic, the quality amazing, and the style is versatile enough for most occasions. A bit sporty for the truly dressy, if anything, the combination of automatic movement and tritium illumination also excels at starting conversations.

Highly recommended.

Our thanks to Prometheus for the review loaner.

By Paul Hubbard
source: Watch Report

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