Edox Grand Ocean 83006

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Edox Grand Ocean 83006

Post by temerityb » Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:40 pm

It must be more than a decade ago that I picked up – for just a few hundred bucks, thanks to the brand’s continued and unfathomable lack of recognition in the U.S. - my first Edox watch, a COSC-certified Grand Ocean; the model number escapes me, but I continue to insist it’s one of my favorite watches, with quality rivaling brands that sell for about $3,500 to $5,000 here (I am choosing my words carefully; the case, movement (an ETA 2892), strap, clasp, and overall quality was a complete shocker) rival anything else that’s in my varied collection. A photo of my old favorite:

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Now, I realize last year I said I was pretty much not going to buy any more watches – however, Edox’s 2020 and 2021 releases got me percolating again, so I started to eyeball the gray market for the first time in a long time (I remain, likely, the last proponent of brick-and-mortar in the lower 48). I am a fan of a watch with a terrible name – The Sky Dweller Neptunian, which makes absolutely no sense. But while lurking around to see if any auto models night have gone gray, on a whim I typed in “Edox” on the Costco website since I had seen an Edox on the display case of my local store – and I found a model I’ve wanted for years and thought was long gone. As it turns out, some of these are still floating about (or maybe they brought it back, tho it is not listed in the current catalog):

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This is the Edox Grand Ocean 83006, a model which originally came out in the next series of Grand Oceans that followed my previous one. Here’s the specs on this one: typical smooth as silk shake-it-and-it-runs ETA 2834 (Edox Caliber 83, whatever they do to it), 40 hour power reserve, 44mm, rubber strap (best I’ve ever felt and quite similar to my older one), 100m water resistance, SS, sapphire, absolutely no lume at all (not bad lume – NO lume, much like my other GO), you know the drill. I ordered it online, and picked up from a locker at the store similar to the way Amazon fulfills orders in their lockers, and of course there was no delivery charge. Given Costco’s outrageously lenient warranty policy, I had nothing to lose in dropping just a few hundred bucks on this (I read that the list is $2,700 on this, but who really knows). Seriously – Costco will refund the entire purchase price for watches purchased through them for any reason. That’s crazy good.

I am a huge fan of this era of Grand Ocean’s “porthole” casebacks, which you can see here in a shot I just fired off:

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I would not steer my friends here wrong: They don’t do it all the time, but on occasion Edox punches way above its weight, and this one is rock solid. I think it’s sharp, and it feels great on the wrist. Being a day-date, the dial is way busier than on my previous GO, but it also has the nautical-style dial that looks great in real time. I have no doubt it is as water resistance as claimed, but I think this looks versatile enough to be worn with anything from a suit to a wetsuit.

Edox continues to fare okay in European markets, but I don’t believe the brand even has any U.S. representation at all as I write this. Fine by me; all I know is that I’ve been able to scarf a handful of legitimately good watches for pennies on the dollar, brand recognition be damned. The old Kenjo store in NYC sold them (Kenjo is back, by the way), but I have never seen them in a retailer before or since. Thank goodness Edox’s brief flirtation with Slop seems to be long over and done with. Here’s another factor that I think keeps Edox out of the mind’s eye of a lot of watch fanciers: They’re about 60/40 quartz/autos, and that might lead some to shy away. Oddly enough, a Long Island repair place is listed as an authorized repair center, so that’s really odd – you can’t buy ’em here, but you can get ’em fixed here.

All I know is that now I have a handful of their watches and I feel like the cat that ate the canary. This is good stuff for, like, nothing. Fine by me. I recommend Edox all the time. I think conj likes an auto he picked up last year, and Hawk at WL had the same model I just picked up, I believe.
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Re: Edox Grand Ocean 83006

Post by biglove » Mon Jun 07, 2021 6:24 pm

Congrats. Edox remains on my radar for all of the reasons you mention. And at a steal of a price.
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Re: Edox Grand Ocean 83006

Post by Buster » Tue Jun 08, 2021 3:19 am

just looked it up on gurgle what colour is yours, just looking at a tasty black and gold one, mind you, they're all tasty.

Pictures suddenly popped up, That is a scorcher!! :D
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Re: Edox Grand Ocean 83006

Post by Buster » Tue Jun 08, 2021 3:34 am

With no desire to hijack, here are mine, it has just occurred to me that I don't have a round one!!
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Re: Edox Grand Ocean 83006

Post by temerityb » Tue Jun 08, 2021 4:56 pm

^^^ Never saw those before. Those look like they're in great condition.
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Re: Edox Grand Ocean 83006

Post by Buster » Wed Jun 09, 2021 3:10 am

The very top one was my grail, I was bought one for a big birthday, however, the date wheel never worked, so back it went and I was never able to get another... until last year, I found a NOS in Holland, negotiated a deal and got it.

The others were just opportunity buys, right time, right place, right price, the bottom one 'Les Combes' has an alarm function, took a punt on that one it was being sold off by a jeweller in Germany as an ex-display requiring a new battery, so I went for it, I think I paid 100 euro for it (about the same in USD) and I found it had a busted stem, not to be deterred, contacted my local watchmaker and $40 later - like new.

I have since developed quite a passion for Edox. And now some fucker has put the Grand Ocean on my radar (rattling the piggy bank as I type). :lol:
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Re: Edox Grand Ocean 83006

Post by svaglic » Wed Jun 09, 2021 5:19 am

I really like the looks of these. I really liked the GO, it was too big for me though. I keep tabs on the brand to see if one I like in a better size comes out.
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Re: Edox Grand Ocean 83006

Post by Buster » Wed Jun 09, 2021 11:05 am

svaglic wrote:
Wed Jun 09, 2021 5:19 am
I really like the looks of these. I really liked the GO, it was too big for me though. I keep tabs on the brand to see if one I like in a better size comes out.
Keep your eyes open for the classe royale quartz, they do a smaller one. Just a bit too wee for me but only just.

Also the 'Les Combes' at the bottom is slightly smaller.
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Re: Edox Grand Ocean 83006

Post by Mark » Thu Jun 10, 2021 11:39 am

Those are real nice TB, I particularly like the chronometer. The only thing that concerns me in the design are the proprietary straps. It does, however, look like you could remove the end links and go with a standard bracelet or strap if you ever needed to.
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Re: Edox Grand Ocean 83006

Post by Mark » Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:57 am

Mark wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:56 am
Buster wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 1:05 pm
I think the end links are actually part of the strap.

I might be wrong tho..
That's what I am saying. On some watches a proprietary, or perhaps I should say integrated, strap must be sourced to replace a worn one. This one looks to be replaceable with a standard strap once the end links are removed.
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Re: Edox Grand Ocean 83006

Post by temerityb » Fri Jun 11, 2021 6:10 pm

Mark wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 11:39 am
Those are real nice TB, I particularly like the chronometer. The only thing that concerns me in the design are the proprietary straps. It does, however, look like you could remove the end links and go with a standard bracelet or strap if you ever needed to.
Tell ya what: My watchmaker in Long Island is an absolute wizard with straps - if I wanted to swap the rubber strap out for a leather one, he can cobble it. He's amazing. He also sells nothing but high-end straps; they ain't cheap, but they're really nice. He did a job with one of my wife's watches that had a proprietary strap and I couldn't believe how well done the work was. Yeah, he shaves the leather. Just great.

One other point: I say this with sincerity - the Edox rubber straps from this era are the best made rubber straps I've ever experienced. They're not gonna crack or fray, and the watches are so balanced that there's none of that Invicta-like "I gotta get out of here!" from the rubber. There's nothing about this era of Grand Oceans that wasn't darn close to top notch - I really wish y'all could see and handle this one. The photos don't really do it justice. BTW, the white dialed watch is like a decade old, and the strap is still like new - no mars, no stretching, no worries.

Fifth day in a row on the wrist.
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Re: Edox Grand Ocean 83006

Post by Mark » Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:15 pm

temerityb wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 6:10 pm
Mark wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 11:39 am
Those are real nice TB, I particularly like the chronometer. The only thing that concerns me in the design are the proprietary straps. It does, however, look like you could remove the end links and go with a standard bracelet or strap if you ever needed to.
Tell ya what: My watchmaker in Long Island is an absolute wizard with straps - if I wanted to swap the rubber strap out for a leather one, he can cobble it. He's amazing. He also sells nothing but high-end straps; they ain't cheap, but they're really nice. He did a job with one of my wife's watches that had a proprietary strap and I couldn't believe how well done the work was. Yeah, he shaves the leather. Just great.

One other point: I say this with sincerity - the Edox rubber straps from this era are the best made rubber straps I've ever experienced. They're not gonna crack or fray, and the watches are so balanced that there's none of that Invicta-like "I gotta get out of here!" from the rubber. There's nothing about this era of Grand Oceans that wasn't darn close to top notch - I really wish y'all could see and handle this one. The photos don't really do it justice. BTW, the white dialed watch is like a decade old, and the strap is still like new - no mars, no stretching, no worries.

Fifth day in a row on the wrist.
Good to hear. Those of us that own more watches than any reasonable person requires, (that's most of us I'd guess) don't need to worry too much about strap wear. Personally, I've had to replace just one strap due to wear. That was a Panatime strap purchased for my Damasko ten plus years ago. With an 8 inch wrist, I'm preoccupied with strap options because many stock bracelets and straps just aren't long enough. I can't buy a watch without considering it.
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Re: Edox Grand Ocean 83006

Post by temerityb » Sat Jun 12, 2021 4:16 pm

Mark wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:15 pm
temerityb wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 6:10 pm
Mark wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 11:39 am
Those are real nice TB, I particularly like the chronometer. The only thing that concerns me in the design are the proprietary straps. It does, however, look like you could remove the end links and go with a standard bracelet or strap if you ever needed to.
Tell ya what: My watchmaker in Long Island is an absolute wizard with straps - if I wanted to swap the rubber strap out for a leather one, he can cobble it. He's amazing. He also sells nothing but high-end straps; they ain't cheap, but they're really nice. He did a job with one of my wife's watches that had a proprietary strap and I couldn't believe how well done the work was. Yeah, he shaves the leather. Just great.

One other point: I say this with sincerity - the Edox rubber straps from this era are the best made rubber straps I've ever experienced. They're not gonna crack or fray, and the watches are so balanced that there's none of that Invicta-like "I gotta get out of here!" from the rubber. There's nothing about this era of Grand Oceans that wasn't darn close to top notch - I really wish y'all could see and handle this one. The photos don't really do it justice. BTW, the white dialed watch is like a decade old, and the strap is still like new - no mars, no stretching, no worries.

Fifth day in a row on the wrist.
Good to hear. Those of us that own more watches than any reasonable person requires, (that's most of us I'd guess) don't need to worry too much about strap wear. Personally, I've had to replace just one strap due to wear. That was a Panatime strap purchased for my Damasko ten plus years ago. With an 8 inch wrist, I'm preoccupied with strap options because many stock bracelets and straps just aren't long enough. I can't buy a watch without considering it.
I hear you - I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum. I had a pinched nerve near my neck about 15 years ago, and the nerves in my arms got blocked from and they atrophied a bit (same exact injury as suffered by wrestler Paul "Mr. Wonderful" Orndorff; he only suffered with it in one arm but it got to both of mine). No lasting damage, but my left arm is bigger in circumference than my right one. Since then, I've been a second-from-the-last hole on the strap kind of guy; I'm not a small man (5'11, 190) but I can wear a 34mm watch and it looks right on me. So yeah - gotta consider strap length just like you do, but for a different reason.
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