The exterior surface of this watch is actually very beautiful in comparison to most others on the market. The face of the watch is unfused (separate) from the body, with titanium steel, while the strap itself has a more ‘futuristic white’ color, giving it an overall sophisticated look. The nobs on the side of the watch are titanium as well, making the color scheme one cohesive piece. We really like how the digital screen of the watch appears to have a clear, transparent screen, giving it a ‘lighter’ appearance. In addition, the buckle part of the watch’s strap is titanium, which gives it a nice touch.
There are numerous features on this watch that make it something definitely worth purchasing for any and all divers.
The first feature of note is the Oceanic Exclusive Dual Algorithm. This is an innovative new feature for computerized watches that was originally developed by the manufacturers of the watch themselves. What this feature does is give the user a choice between the ‘Pelagic DSAT and the ‘Pelagic Z+’. In layman’s terms, the wearer has a choice between two different types of data storage and allocation modes, something that divers will surely find useful.
In addition to this wonderful feature, there are over 4 operating modes located on the watch itself, which we’ll cover below
Watch Mode: The watch mode allows the device to function like a watch; simple, but efficient. In this mode there is an alternate time-keeping feature, daily alarms that can be set by the wearer, as well as a countdown timer if they elect to use one.
NORM Mode: This mode is extremely useful for wearers as well. It allows them to switch between the air and nitrox while diving. This is extremely critical for divers as they must track these metrics to ensure the safety and stability of their bodies while they are out diving.
Gauge Mode: Gauge mode allows the watch to operate with a run timer. Run timers are extremely useful because many divers wish to calculate the amount of time that they’ve spent on a particular dive. This information is helpful for the future analysis of patterns, and assessing what strategy changes, if any, the diver would like to make in the future.
Free Mode: The ‘Free Mode’ is another part of this device that we really like. The ‘Free Mode’ allows for the tracking of calculations, which enables the watch to switch between NORM and Free seamlessly. This is extremely useful for divers who are particularly picky about making sure that all of their data and info is being accurately tracked while out in the water.
Unlike some of the other watches on the market, this one allows the wearer to switch between two different Nitrox modes, which is extremely useful.
Despite the sheer number of buttons on this thing, there isn’t much of a learning curve, and the user interface is relatively easy to ascertain, once users spend a little time with the watch (no longer than a day at most).
In addition to all of the features listed above, there are plenty of safety mechanisms that are enabled on the device as well. It is able to track the depths that one is traveling to, and make subsequent estimations about what the max should be from where they are. his feature is also integrated with a timer countdown, so that divers don’t have to worry about ‘running out of time’ before they can return to the surface, if they happen to run into a problem.
One of the greatest features of the timer is that a ‘2 minute counter’ is activated automatically as soon as the diver reaches about 50% of their max diving depth! This is not only extremely convenient, but has the potential to save lives as well, and that’s a great quality for any computerized watch to have.
One of the best aspects of the safety features is that the way the screen and the user interface is designed on the watch. It is so easy to decipher the information that the watch is displaying. The numerals on the watch are extremely big, making most of the settings fairly intuitive for the user. In addition, the back of the screen lights up, and the alarm device on the watch is easy to hear.
The memory storage on the watch is incredible as well. The manufacturers claim that the watch can store data and information for up to 99 different dives when using the free dive mode. The watch is also optimized as all of the data can be easily uploaded to a laptop or desktop computer, for more in-depth analysis of the data from any or all of the previous dives.
There are numerous altitude algorithms that are included on the watch, that make it efficient for not just diving, but when flying as well. The altitude algorithms work up to 14,000 feet, which is phenomenal to say the least. The battery on the watch is also optimized to work for at least 30 hours before it needs to be recharged. This ensures that divers will not have to worry at all about losing data, or having to cut a dive short because the watch is no longer functioning!
Overall, this is definitely one of the best computerized dive watches that any individual can purchase on the market today. We would absolutely recommend that individuals go out and purchase this device as soon as possible if they are looking for a high quality dive watch!
Watch this video review to get even more info on this Oceanic OCi Dive Computer.
About the author:
Garth loves camping under the stars with his Arb III, scuba diving, snorkeling, and also tanning. His favourite snorkel spots include Alanya (Turkey), Koh Rong (Cambodia), and Maui (Hawaii, USA).
He also loves to visit the cenotes in Mexico and he recommends everyone reads the book, “The Soul of an Octopus”, because, he says “they are sensitive, just like me”.