Imagine being the guy who has been all over the world; free diving, deep diving, going into the shipwrecks and wandering amidst underwater caves.
You will, most definitely, use a secondary timer; in case you lose your dive computer, a quite common phenomenon. A secondary timer, under such circumstances, allows guesstimating the decompression time you’ll need. In case you don’t use a dive computer at all, it will also help you track remaining total time of your diving session, which is, indirectly, how much of that breathing mixture you got left.
One might not feel certain if behind all those lightning-flashes of tech-philosophy, there is some sort of bigotry or biasness present or not; it’s not impossible to get carried away by looking at the beautiful forms and iconic statures; hearing praises as them being the tool-watches of the trade and that too, damn good ones!
But then again, it’s also true – in most of the cases – that any watch is only secondarily an instrument for work; it’s treated either as an object of mere intellectual curiosity or as a blatant or subtle show of something one can or could afford, even if that person has no use for it and cheat the world of a deeper message.
If mankind is to derive the highest benefit from a study of it, its appeal must be primarily to the spiritual consciousness that drives you towards a particular brand or model and that’s where the salient merits of a watch exists.
So we approach the Ratio watches with not only a grave concern for the discerning collector and casual wearers but also to address the profound reverence and fervour of the true diving-devotee.
- Stumbling across a name that reads RATIO.
- A few things you must know about RATIO
- Top 10 pieces from RATIO to keep you ahead Horologically
- Individual Model descriptions
- Conclusion: At the end of it all
- F.A.Q.- Everything else that you want to know about RATIO watches
It’s not very rare while browsing through a collection of similar items at a retailer that you stop at something that looks pretty similar to the rest in the array yet quite not the same. That’s when you feel some amount of curiosity and if there’s enough time, you start looking deep into it. With the passing moments, your object of intrigue flourishes, little by little, in front of your widening eyes until the moment arrives for pulling the trigger on the piece. It could be a pair of glasses, jewellery or it might even be a pen, a MontBlanc or a Lamy! It could pretty much be a watch!
In the same manner, your eyes stick to RATIO watches if they come across one. They are one of the many diver ranges, yet offer high-end features within affordable price ranges; you don’t regret putting one to harsh use knowing its durability and price.
Ratio represents one of the loftiest heights of underwater timekeeping, not one of the loftiest prices in underwater timekeeping. To the first-timers, they help you gain in the wisdom department. For seasoned ones, it will change your outlook towards inexpensive and moderately expensive watches, which is often so full of fright!
The usual diver concept is as much present in the Ratio Freediver watches as much as it contrasts to it. They practically can deal with any underwater activity between 200M and 1000M; predominantly Free- and SCUBA diving. There are no bells and whistles attached and have everything essential to show divers how by the path of right action he/she may prepare him/herself for even higher attainments. That stays the aim of the team building it and by Jove, they succeed! And they succeed well.
You’ll find similar watches with different Water Resistance capabilities within the Ratio collection and it applies to both their automatic and quartz ranges. This is for keeping their recreational/amateur models separate from the Professional grade watches. For, if you never intend to go beyond the snorkel, a 1000M Helium Safe Ratio FreeDiver would be useless. Unless for the sheer pleasure of wearing it. Then there’s nothing that can bar you from getting one.
Putting aside wholly all sorts of diving-related philosophic discriminations, let’s get into 10 essential models from RATIO watches that will help you gain a spiritual vision about the final goal of the diving wisdom.
Ratio’s model range primarily consists of divers; a dress and a field range are awaiting release. They got both quartz and automatic models. They are visually somewhat similar to the Citizen Promaster Marine; not just in their bulk, girth and heft but also in their material, fit and finish. Their many independent elements show readily; the helium valves, the rotating bezels or the pretty massive crowns – announcing their individuality in a manner far less than outrageous. The sapphire glasses too, add to it. They are tremendously luminous and the accordion straps/ steel bands are absolutely hypoallergenic. Fitted with Miyota and Seiko movements, they come with case backs, each engraved with an image of a free diver.
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I. 1038EF102V: Meant for both recreational and professional use; on the beach or under saturation environments. Divers, adventurers and street-fashion enthusiasts – grab it to feel the difference. The sapphire crystal and screw-down crown are extras that you’ll be getting at this price point! For further information, click here.
II. 36JL140: Inspired by the heavyweights and stalwarts in the category, the Ratio exhibits its originality surprisingly well! It appeals with its own merits to both the horologically erudite and ignorant; it’s an excellent example of what functional minimalism can offer without misguiding anyone. Built solidly from heavy gauge, surgical-grade stainless steel, it gets better over time and use. Its well-rounded flanks and crown guards rise gracefully from the case, which helps avoiding the resulting wrist bites. For further information, click here.
III. 1066KE20-33VA-BLU: An affordable watch for serious diving, it is created to go for the max levels of adversities Nature can throw at you! Uncomplicated in its functions, it is one easily affordable dive watch that fits the community swimming pools and recreational water sports as much as the wild and the deep seas. For further information, click here.
IV. 1066KE20-33VA-BLK: A professional divers’ watch with the capability of the high-priced pro-grade diver watches, it is defined by all goodness and no negatives. It is tough enough to ward off any damage a watch might be subjected to in the fields and will keep doing so unless you really intend to dispose it off for another model. For further information, click here.
V. 1038EF102V-BLU-V02: It’s a big and bright, burly watch from the Ratio 2nd Generation Free Diver range attached with a Helium-Safety valve. It is built with surgical-grade stainless steel, with two solid blocks of the same guarding the crown from all sides. The unidirectional bezel can handle any impact head-on! For further information, click here.
VI. 1038EF102V-BLU-V02:Enjoyable and induces a feel of safety both in and out of water, the Ratio Free Diver Helium Safe automatic watch is surprisingly accurate and hardy; its amazing resilience towards shocks and bumps is enough to give other, pricier dive watches a run for their money. Its solid construction ensures a hassle-free diving experience while the helium valve lets you us the watch for both recreational and deep sea expeditions. For further information, click here
VII. RTA109: Inspired by the SKX, it retains all the goodness of its role model including the looks, which it closely resembles. It fills the gap the SKX left and was introduced not just as an entry point to the world of diver watches but more as an entry point into the world of genuine divers’. For further information, click here.
VIII. RTA102:It seems kind of unbelievable, but it’s true! The Ratio FreeDiver Blue Dial Stainless Steel Automatic RTA102 200M divers’ watch bears a horological relation to the SKX and exceeds the SKX in a couple of its aspects. It is that inexpensive that you’ll absolutely find nothing at this price point that is even remotely competitive compared to its features and functions.click here.
IX. RTB200: Offering the same functional excellence as the legendary SKX which is now made no more; at first, it resembles diver watches with much higher price tags. Using it for some time will leave you with no doubt that it is indeed so, only that it doesn’t tax your wallet way lesser than the expensive, real-world divers. A rebuke to over-priced, over-decorated luxury dive watches everywhere, it is a perennially fantastic value proposition that even takes the SKX traits a little higher. For further information, click here.
X. RTB209: Housed in is a mechanical movement that can be broken and fine tuned to a very high degree of precision and with enough power reserve to prevent the watch from running down when you are in the middle of something important. The legendary SKX shows in it in a somewhat enhanced form; not just technically but also in its aesthetics! For further information, click here.
When you first start looking into watches, even before knowing what a dive watch is, you get the feeling that you need one of those big, heavy, bulky things on your wrist but as you look at the price tags, your ambition take a backseat.
That was how things were. Ratio introduces you to the present – How things are!
You don’t need to be an adrenaline junkie to own a Ratio. But it introduces you to that side of life without you having to pay the price. Whatever your passion is – water-skiing or skiing upon the snow or going deep under the surfaces, a Ratio Freediver watch is going to keep you company amidst every adverse situation. Even people who are put off at the lightest mention of marine sport will find the Ratio Freediver watches dissolve the fear of gasping for air underwater; if you know swimming, the Ratio watches are going to keep you far from the freak accidents resulting from time-related miscalculations.
With the fascination for dive watches going up every passing day – even for them who will never ever go near the water – chiefly due to their rugged looks, it is also for the reason that they convey the spirit of venturing into the unknown without crossing the practical limits. A no-nonsense tool watch like Ratio will be a go-to wrist companion under such circumstances and also when the surroundings are light and breezy.
Ratio Watches is a watch brand from Singapore who started recently, in 2017 and brings together Japanese technology and Italian craftsmanship together under the brand name.
Ratio Watches is a new brand that started in 2017, taking ideas, inspirations and technical know-how from the brands with decades-long presence in the high-end tool watch segment.
RATIO develops all their watches in Singapore under the supervision of a workforce comprising talented, expert artisans and traditional craftsmen from Italy.
RATIO makes watches that are in the same space with purpoe-driven Seiko and Citizen mechanical and quartz watches. They offer the proverbial “most bang for the buck” kind of experience.
RATIO is a value-added, mid-tier brand that exceeds your expectations for a comparatively lower price.
RATIO are versatile watches that can’t be pigeonholed. To ease selection, however; they are split into mechanical and quartz varieties; they are also divided into two categories depending upon the depth rating (200m and 1000m).
RATIO uses quite a few different mechanical and quartz movements but no Solar quartz movement. These movements are mostly from Seiko and Miyota; Swiss stock movements are expected to show up in 2022 itself.
Any RATIO watch is as good as its movement in terms of accuracy and durability, keeping +25 seconds (mechanicals) and +15 seconds (quartz) per day.
Arguably, they offer the best possible value – which is, an excellent value – among affordable tool watches using Japanese stock movements.
RATIO sticks to their ideology of maintaining the best ratio between price and purpose. Their aim is to offer a high-end watch for much less to the everyday Joe whose work takes him beyond the confines of the chairs, desks and cubicles. They are not the kind of watch that you display inside an iron safe; you display them at the field. They are devoid of unnecessary riches and super intricate, often-useless complications, which keep their prices down.
A Ratio watch is not an investment in monetary terms. However, it’s every bit a sensible investment where you can’t be sure about protecting your piece. That way, every Ratio watch is going to pay you off for every penny you spend on them.
The RATIO is one investment that is meant to be appreciated over time. With proper maintenance (daily wiping it clean and servicing every few years), you can extend their life largely, even after harsh, brutal use.
RATIO targets mostly the young adults and professionals from almost all walks of life, especially, where you need to deal with water or fairly corrosive liquids.
You mean: The best you can get for your budget that doesn’t violate your taste or overlook your needs. We already showcased the 10 best models according to their popularity.
RATIO, with its tank-like build and reliable Japanese stock movements, guarantee a consistent level of peak/optimum performance over very long periods.
RATIO creates reliable, functional, unique timepieces without sticking extreme figures to them. They are the perfect tool watches for a worry-free daily wear.