domenica 20 maggio 2018

ZULUDIVER 284 Rubber Watch Strap by WatchGecko

Hello AD Blog readers,

today I would like to introduce you and review one of the best watch strap I owned: the ZULUDIVER 284 Rubber Watch Strap by WatchGecko, here mounted on my Seiko SBBN035 aka "The Dark Tuna"

First things first. I ordered my strap throughout WatchGecko site on 2018 May 10th. The package landed at my door on May 17th, so just one week from UK to Italy after my on-line order. Not bad at all. In the package, I found:
- invoice (32.99 GBP grand total, 22.95 watch strap, postage 4.09 GBP, VAT 5.95 GBP)
- WatchGecko company card (welcome on board, how to leave feedbacks, ecc.)
- cleaning cloth marked WatchGecko
- small plastic bag with three stainless steel spring bars (22mm, SST-178S)
- ZULUDIVER 284 Rubber Watch Strap (Sandblasted bucle, Green, 22mm)

First impressions are really positive. Easy to order on line (WatchGecko site is clear and friendly to navigate), fast shipping, fast communications via email, item well packaged, customer care, and also two gifts besides the item I ordered, the cleaning cloth and the spring bars. I can't ask for more. 
But now, of course, let' see the subject of the review, the ZULUDIVER 284 Rubber Watch Strap.

The ZULUDIVER 284 Rubber Watch Strap is manufactered by Bonetto Cinturini, an italian brand located in Vicenza (Italy) with more than 30 years of experience in watch straps making. There are 11 colours available for these straps, I choose the GREEN 22mm to match my Seiko SBBN035 also knowed as the "Dark Tuna" which previously sit on a green Zulu strap

 Let's see now some technical data of the Zuludiver 284 Rubber Strap, as per WatchGecko site:

Length(s) 140 / 80mm
Thickness 2.8mm - 5.7mm
Material Type Rubber
Material Finish Smooth
Padding Style Flat
Tongue Width 2.4mm
Clasp Type Buckle
Material Stainless Steel
Fittings Supplied Spring Bars
Strap Style Diver
Strap Material Rubber (ITALIAN)
Strap Style 2 Piece

The strap seems to be very well made (which is not a surprise to me knowing Bonetto Cinturini is the supplier of many high-end Swiss watch brand). The rubber is soft but substantial, all the details are well executed and precise. Same for the sandblasted steel buckle, which has the ZD (Zuludiver) logo laser engraved on

On the strap tail we find the circular wave motif, that's remind the "Tsunami" logo of the Seiko watches

Despite WatchGecko provided his own spring bars with the strap, I used the original Seiko 2.5 mm spring bars to fit the strap on my Tuna. They are a tight fit, but no biggie.
I'm glad to say that the Zuludiver 284 Rubber Strap match the watch very well, providing the Dark Tuna a look even more masculine, if he needs



Zuludiver 284 Rubber Strap is really comfortable to wear, at the same time keep firmly the watch on the wrist.  My wrist circumference is 200 mm / 7.87", and I place the buckle at the 5th hole of 9 holes, so there is a lot of space still available. Placing the strap tail through the loop it's easy (appreciate: I own several Isofrane straps and the same operation it's always a pain), anyway the tails sit firmly even while some intense activities (biking, swimming, hiking)

As a side note, I like more the loop the way below; not a problem, you just need to work the buckle spring bar, remove the buckle and turn back the loop

I'm wearing my Seiko Tuna on the Zuludiver 284 Rubber Strap since three days. Despite this is definitely not a long period, I'm sure this strap won't be not the last one Zuludiver I will buy. In fact, this rubber strap is one of the best - if not the best - I owned so far in his price range. Moreover, I found WatchGecko customer service simply perfect. I will use my Seiko Tuna on his Zuludiver 284 Rubber Strap for my next vacations in Croatia and Montenegro, so expect a short update of this review in September! 

Thanks to all of you for reading my script!

(C) Alfredo Doricchi

PO Box 185
Gloucestershire, GL20 9BL
United Kingdom

venerdì 1 dicembre 2017

RUIKE P135-SF review

Hello AD Blog readers,

today I would like to review a stunning folding knife, which I used during my last trip in Croatia this year, the RUIKE P135-SF

The RUIKE P135-SF is an all-stainles steel knife, in fact the handle is made of 420 stonewashed stainless steel, while the razor sharp blade is made of 14C28N stainless steel.

 The blade is deadly centered

Opening the knife is an easy thing, thanks to the flipper and ball bearing pivot design, the knife can be deployed fastly and effortlessy


On the handle, you may see the unique "Beta Plus" safety lock system, fitted to strenghten the liner lock mechanism, so is extra-safe handling the knife


The blade is 92 mm (3.62") in lenght, and 3,5 mm (0.14") in thickness. The blade grind is flat, and all the blade is brushed. The OAL of the knife is 214 mm (8.42"), the weight is 167 grams (5.89 oz). On the handle we may find a lanyeard hole, and a stainless steel pocket clip

Carrying the knife is easy; due to the well designed pocket clip, the knife sit safely and comfortably in the pocket

To make the extraction easier, you may add a lanyard to the knife. The lanyard hole allows for using a piece of Paracord 550

First impressions are really fine. Stunning workmanship,beautiful design, good materials, make this folding knife a winner. Now, let's try it on the field.

As I said, I have used the RUIKE P135-SF during my last trip in Croatia. I spent four weeks on a journey throghout several campsites, and the P135-SF was always with me.

I have to say it was very useful for a lot of tasks, especially to start fires when needen and possible due to the local laws

or making tent pegs and similar items

or, again, cutting fruit and bread

The RUIKE P135-SF it's really a good folding knife. Is comfortable, very effective, well machined, safe to use and - last but not least - beautiful. In few words, is a knife which I really enjoied to work with.  

(C) Alfredo Doricchi

RUIKE Knives
8/F, 2nd Building
DongFangMing Industrial Center
33rd District, Bao'an
Shenzen 518133
tel. +86-755-29631163/83/93
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