When I learned that Nodus Watches was releasing a Sector Deep Random Rob Limited Edition watch, I snatched up one of the 100 produced before it was too late! Rob is a huge supporter and friend of StrapHabit, and we're the official strap of his YouTube channel. Plus the dial is an awesome orange color, so I knew I couldn't go wrong.
I've been a fan of Nodus ever since purchasing a Duality a few years ago. The brand has been releasing hit after hit and upping the microbrand game. with innovations such as the proprietary NodeX clasp. I fell in love with the brand's dive watch, the Sector Deep recently after checking out the Anti Watch, Watch Club Edition on the arm of a friend. Unfortunately, I missed my chance to buy one of those before they sold out, so I was glad to obtain one of the Random Rob watches.
It even came with one of Rob's signature coins.
Nodus Sector Deep Random Rob Limited Edition First Impressions
One of the reasons that I like the Sector Deep is that the markers remind me of my Sinn U1 S. It has some Tudor Pelagos vibes too, but is Nodus' unique design. The dial color is so fun, and I wish more dive watches had an all-steel bezel.
The chapter ring cutouts are also reminiscent of a Pelagos, or a Seiko monster. In no way does it come off as an homage, however. The Deep is a member of the Sector family.
Nodus Sector Deep Random Rob Limited Edition Details
Not only is the bezel brushed stainless steel, but it's dual-function. I like how it can be used as a dive bezel, or a "CMT" to track a second time zone in a pinch.
I also like the "pop of color" from the orange dots below the minutes. The sectioned bezel reminds a bit of a Doxa, but of course without the decompression scale.
As with other Nodus watches, the Sector models feature attractive case finishing not always found in the microbrand space. The lugs are mostly brushed but feature an attractive polished chamfer running down the top surface. The bottom of the case is also chamfered and polished, visually reducing the watch's thickness.
The crown is easy to grip with its knurled texture. The "lock" information actually helps me out a bit, as I'm not used to operating a left-hand screw-down crown!
In typical Nodus fashion, unique touches abound. In this case, the paint-filled crown.
The flat sapphire crystal features an attractive chamfer around the edge as well as a blue AR coating on the underside.
Wearing the Nodus Sector Deep Random Rob Limited Edition
The case width of the Nodus Sector Deep is 38mm, but the bezel overhangs and is 42mm wide. The result is a watch that wears comfortably but has a bigger wrist presence. A great combination for a bright orange dive watch.
It also makes the bezel easier to grip, which I like.
At 13.6mm, the thickness is very manageable for a 500m dive watch.
A 47mm lug-to-lug distance makes it quite wearable for most wrists as well.
The bezel clicks are crisp, distinct, and very audible. A friend who is another big fan of Nodus that you're not going to adjust the bezel on the Sector Deep discreetly during a meeting (not that we're in a hurry anyway).
The large and distinctive hands and hour markers provide great legibility. I love how the hands are framed in black, and the arrow-shaped minute hand. It also took me a while to notice how the cardinal hour markers taper ever so slightly toward the edge of the dial.
Bracelet and Replacement Straps for the Nodus Sector Deep Random Rob Limited Edition
The Nodus Sector Deep comes equipped with an oyster-style pracelet packing the brand's proprietary NodeX clasp.
Nodus devoted considerable resources to developing this clasp and it shows. Its on-the-fly micro adjustment works so well that the brand licenses it to other watch companies.
Despite its complex design, the clasp is quite slim and comfortable.
Should you choose to swap it out for a 20mm strap, the bracelet also features quick release springbars.
Of course, I've been wearing mine on a StrapHabit Ridge Rubber Random Rob Edition strap! Keep scrolling at the end of the articles to see other straps on the Nodus Sector Deep.
Nodus Sector Deep Random Rob Limited Edition Movement
The Seiko NH38 movement that powers the Sector Deep is the no-date version of the workhorse caliber. It's the perfect choice, as it's a reliable caliber for this tool watch, and avoids a phantom date position when pulling out the crown. is the perfect powerplant for a watch like this. It also has hacking and hand-winding.
This NH38 has 41 hours of power reserve. It oscillates at 21,600 vph, and spins on 24 jewels. Nodus also regulated it in-house, improving the accuracy specification to +/- 10s per day.
Eschewing the date was the right choice for the Sector Deep. The dial is so clean with minimal text that I think it shows restraint. Additionally, I'm not sure where you'd want to put it to look "correct" with a left-hand crown.
ConclusionThe Sector Deep with Random Rob's signature orange applied takes the dial color and funky design elements that I loved about the 1st gen Seiko Monster and combines them with much nicer finishing and higher build quality. Nodus is a brand that really gets the details right, and the Sector Deep is no exception. While there are less expensive microbrand divers out there powered by Seiko movements, not many of them execute watches at the level that Nodus does.
To find out more, visit the Nodus website here, and order your Random Rob Limited Edition while you still can.
Name: Nodus Edit0n Deep 0range Sect0r Rand0m
Reference Number: N/A
Diameter: 38mm (case), 42mm (bezel)
Lug Width: 20mm
Movement: Seiko NH38
Power Reserve: 41 hours
Water Resistance: 500m
Crystal: Sapphire with blue anti-reflective coating on the underside
Bezel: Unidirectional, 120 clicks, brushed steel
Bracelet: Stainless steel, NodeX Clasp, QR springbars
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