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    Zeno PRS-3; new owner’s thoughts

    I’ve long been a fan of the mil-diver and, like a lot of other people, missed the boat when CWC prices were reasonable.

    My first expensive watch was the Omega 2264 which is obviously a firm nod to a previous era of such watches. I’ve also owned Eddie’s current incarnation of the Precista branded PRS-3 which is a hell of a watch, if slightly on the large and heavy side.

    Having owned several Zeno I’ve always been very impressed with the quality of fit and finish so I can’t really explain why I’ve not bought the PRS-3 before now. Never the right time I suppose.

    A week or so ago I got the chance to buy one at a great price (especially when compared to the used CWC prices) so took the plunge.

    Firstly I’ve not worn anything else since the moment it arrived! My thoughts after a week are:

    The good:

    Perfect size for my 6.75 inch wrist
    Combination of brushes and polished surfaces is spot on
    Lugs at 20mm are much better than the 22mm on the Precista
    Second hand hits every marker
    Crown, stem and assembly are form and smooth (admittedly they’ve just been replaced at Zeno)
    Bezel action is firm
    Looks fantastic on loads of NATOs and straps
    Spring bars are a lot more convenient than the CWC fixed bars

    I’m not so keen on:

    Green dial lume
    Lume on dial and hands don’t match and have different brightness in the dark

    All-in-all I think it’s a fantastic little watch that represents great value for money.

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    Are they any different from the Broadarrow version that were flying about a few years back ? I love CWC but the prices are a joke recently.

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    Also why is the crown out ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Owl1 View Post
    Also why is the crown out ?
    The crown is out so I could set the time to a photogenic ten past two. Pure vanity ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post
    The crown is out so I could set the time to a photogenic ten past two. Pure vanity ;)

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    Your observations are spot-on, David.
    I've handled one and it's a decent watch for the money.

    Quote Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post

    I’m not so keen on:

    Green dial lume
    Lume on dial and hands don’t match and have different brightness in the dark
    Same here. However, what bothered me to no end was the lack of AR on the crystal.
    I guess I've become spoiled by my Damasko and Citizen Chronomaster, but sapphire crystals without effective AR coating are a pet peeve of mine that can really ruin a watch for me.

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    Agreed. Great value for money.

    Quote Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post
    I’ve long been a fan of the mil-diver and, like a lot of other people, missed the boat when CWC prices were reasonable.

    My first expensive watch was the Omega 2264 which is obviously a firm nod to a previous era of such watches. I’ve also owned Eddie’s current incarnation of the Precista branded PRS-3 which is a hell of a watch, if slightly on the large and heavy side.

    Having owned several Zeno I’ve always been very impressed with the quality of fit and finish so I can’t really explain why I’ve not bought the PRS-3 before now. Never the right time I suppose.

    A week or so ago I got the chance to buy one at a great price (especially when compared to the used CWC prices) so took the plunge.

    Firstly I’ve not worn anything else since the moment it arrived! My thoughts after a week are:

    The good:

    Perfect size for my 6.75 inch wrist
    Combination of brushes and polished surfaces is spot on
    Lugs at 20mm are much better than the 22mm on the Precista
    Second hand hits every marker
    Crown, stem and assembly are form and smooth (admittedly they’ve just been replaced at Zeno)
    Bezel action is firm
    Looks fantastic on loads of NATOs and straps
    Spring bars are a lot more convenient than the CWC fixed bars

    I’m not so keen on:

    Green dial lume
    Lume on dial and hands don’t match and have different brightness in the dark

    All-in-all I think it’s a fantastic little watch that represents great value for money.

    Some pics:




















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    Quote Originally Posted by bradjenkins View Post
    Agreed. Great value for money.
    How much are/were they ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Owl1 View Post
    How much are/were they ?
    I think a few may still be available from Zeno and I think, but don’t quote me, they’re around the £250 mark. I bought mine used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post
    I think a few may still be available from Zeno and I think, but don’t quote me, they’re around the £250 mark. I bought mine used.
    Thanks

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    New bracelet:








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    Quote Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post
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    That does look good

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    Quote Originally Posted by Owl1 View Post
    That does look good
    Thanks, I love it.

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    What is the bracelet?

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    Looks excellent on the bracelet, a worthy addition to a cracking watch.
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by vortgern View Post
    What is the bracelet?
    It’s from Cousins and cost the princely sum of £14.95. It comes with several different sets of end links in 20mm and 22mm. Bargain

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    Cheers Simon.

    Quote Originally Posted by WORKSIMON View Post
    Looks excellent on the bracelet, a worthy addition to a cracking watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post
    It’s from Cousins and cost the princely sum of £14.95. It comes with several different sets of end links in 20mm and 22mm. Bargain

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    Cheers Simon.
    David what's the quality like at £14.95? Is it solid link, solid end links? Seems very cheap. I'd like a bracelet for my PRS3 Broadarrow but not bought one for fear it doesn't fit. I would like a Strapcode model ideally.

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