Astor + Banks: The Sea Ranger

By: Kaz Mirza

Very proud to have spent some initial hands on time with the new Astor + Banks Sea Ranger at Wind-Up SF 2019. The Chicago-based microbrand just unveiled their new diver with 3 dial options: blue, white, and black.

Initial impressions of the Astor + Banks Sea Ranger are incredibly positive. At 40mm the wearing experience is quite strong. But for me what tipped my wrist-time over the edge was the design. The Sea Ranger’s design combines classic field and dive watch tropes in an effort to bring folks a proper GADA watch (Go Anywhere Do Anything watch).

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The Sea Ranger is rated for 30 ATM WR (300 Meters) and also features a sunken interior military hour track. Plus (and what I found most fun), there’s a 12H bezel rather than a dive bezel so you can track a second timezone with the watch. Functionality profile aside, aesthetically, I think the Sea Ranger is a blast. Very fun to wear and a great visual look. Aside from the bezel and the military time track, I love how bold the pop of color and presence is on the seconds hand. What does everyone think?

Astor + Banks Sea Ranger Specs:

  • 40mm in diameter
  • Sapphire Crystal (AR Coating)
  • 316L Stainless Steel case (also available in DLC)
  • Screw-down case back | screw-down crown
  • Movement will be either an ETA 2824-2 or Sellita SW200
  • Drilled through lugs
  • $Final Price: $850 – currently $275 off on their site ($575)

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