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Weekly Watch Photo – Sarpaneva Korona K0

| By Frank Geelen | 2 min read |

This week’s Weekly Watch Photo shows a watch I have here for a review. So in a few weeks I’ll write down how it was to wear the Sarpaneva Korona K0 dive watch for some weeks. For now I’ll share some first photos and experiences.

When seeing the official release of the Korona K0 (it’s a zero, not an “O”) it was (again) obvious how much attention Stepan Sarpaneva pays to details. Everything has been thought through and all aesthetics are congruent or make sense. That contributed highly to my experience when wearing this dive/sports watch made by an independent watchmaker.

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“One of few” is engraved in the case back, meaning this watch is not limited by numbers, but by time. Now it’s available, but maybe in half a year or one year it isn’t anymore. You never know. But these engraved words (“One of few”) can also be explained in a different way. Sarpaneva is actually one of few independent watchmakers creating a dive/sports watch!

Besides the Korona K0, I can only think of the Pita Oceana that, to my knowledge, is also the dive watch that can go to the deepest depth. With its depth rating of 5,000 meters (or roughly 16,500 feet) it goes deeper then the Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea. The Korona K0 has been made up to the ISO specifications of dive watches and has a depth rating of 300 meters, which is more then enough for me!

I’ll share my experiences in a full review soon, but for now I want to already mention one thing. When I read the specifications I was slightly worried to read the diameter measured 46 mm.  Although that’s a big number, it isn’t that big on the wrist due to the short lugs and typical korona-shaped case. The full review will be online in a few weeks.

This article is written by Frank Geelen, executive editor of Monochrome Watches.

2 responses

  1. Hi Frank,

    The one pictured is also my personal choice of the K0, here on a Hirsch Caoutchouc strap.

    And it is it so enjoyable to wear! Stepan will be sending me an alternative one using rubber inside inside of alligator.

    But do I really need it?

    I am not a diver or even a desk-top diver; but when setting off for a walk under a cloudless sky, I have been often surprised by violent rain storms, with no protection or shelter in sight, and returning soaked to the bone – to my home.

    Try that again in the night. This watch will take all that and much, much more! Let others dream about 5000 neters close to the ocean bed – at its deepest.

    It is also accurate to a couple of seconds per day, easily adjustible by the vertical-horizontal positions.

    And it is a dream, not a “wet dream” on my wrist.



  2. It’s indeed very enjoyable to wear, Amery! Enjoy yours. PS. most dive watches never come close to the sea 😉

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