Long time experience with different materials of the Octo Finissimo

Apr 08, 2023,17:14 PM

The different materials available on the Octo Finissimo offer a quite diverse wearing experience. As I've owned 4 of those materials for quite some time now, I thought I'd post my experience with them. I do not own carbon or platinum variations, so I can't comment on those. Pls share you experience, if you do. Of course all of this is just my opinion and might differ from yours.

The Octo Finissimo is by design thin and light with a lot of sharp edges and a big, plain dial. The bracelet is also thin and rather light. The clasp offers no fine adjustement, but is on the other hand also thin and becomes almost invisible when it's closed on the wrist. The height of the case varies slightly depending on the materials, some offer a screw down crown and 100m of water resistance, while others only offer 30m of water resistance. If you take into account all of these traits, the user experience with the different materials varies more than expected at first glance.

The Titanium OF offers the most well rounded wearing experience. It's light, matching the watch's thin appearance. The Titanium case is also the thinnest out of these 4. It's showing all of the angles of the watch case, but it doesn't accentuate them. The Titanium bracelet is the most comfortable to wear. It adapts well to the wrists temperature and feels very smooth. The missing fine adjustement of the clasp doesn't matter as much, because the watch is very light and doesn't put pressure on my wrist or hand. The Titanium OF is the quintessential OF. Everyone interested in the OF should at least try a Titanium version and I'd definitely recommend it to people who want the best wearing comfort.

The ceramic OF is slightly thicker and slightly more heavy, but it's still light enough for me to not miss a clasp with fine adjustement. The edges of the bracelet feel a bit sharper on the skin, slightly lessening the wearing comfort. The black colour of the mat ceramic (not sure about the glossy ceramic) hides the edges of the case the most out of all of these materials, at least at first glance. If you have a closer look, they become visible. It's the most restrained case material, yet still offers enough wirst presence being all black. It could also be a good choice as your first OF, because it doesn't overwhelm you with the case design.

The steel OF is shiny and heavy compared to the OF variations mentioned above. It's also thicker, but on the upside it offers a screw down crown and 100m of water resistance. The steel doesn't try to hide the edges of the case, it accentuates them. The dials available on the steel OF pop. The edges of the bracelet are not as sharp on the skin as the ones of the ceramic OF, but also not as smooth as the titanium ones. The heft of the steel case can make it sit uncomfortably on the wrist/hand depending on the situation. With this material, I'm missing a fine adjustement of the clasp. If you want to feel a watch on your wrist and want more wrist presence, this can be your material. It definitely feels more sturdy. But it comes at a price. In steel, it's more Octo and less Finissimo.

The (newer) gold case has the same thickness and water resistance as the steel cases (older ones are different). Because it's even more heavy than steel, I opted for a leather bracelet instead of a gold bracelet, as I was already missing a fine adjustement with the heft of the steel version. You can of course go for a gold bracelet, but I recommend thoroughly testing it on your wrist before buying it. At first, I thought the OF is a watch made for a metal bracelet, but I've really come to love wearing this one on leather. The red gold colour fits the case well. It doesn't pronounce the edges as much as steel does, yet more than the other two. The golden OF does have a more luxurious appearance, yet it's fine luxury, not exaggerated luxury.

So, these are my impressions. I hope it helps people to make the right decision which case material to choose.

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Your favorite?

 By: K-Lo : April 8th, 2023-17:36

I do like them all and the differences I‘ve described are not huge. I found myself wearing Titanium the most, so it‘s my favorite.

 By: nafetS : April 8th, 2023-19:09
But I like „weightless“, thin watches and I do not care about water resistance as much on these. So there will be others, who prefer different materials based on personal preferences.

Good to know!

 By: patrick_y : April 9th, 2023-21:09
I have the titanium model myself, and I like it a lot. I got the steel "S" version as well, but haven't started wearing it yet. As mine is an all polished version, so it's a bit more of a special occasion piece. I still like the blue version you have the ... 

If you emphazise „in some sense“.

 By: nafetS : April 10th, 2023-07:53
I do not own a Nautilus, but two AP15202 and I don‘t see the Octo as a well fit replacement. I‘d rather see it as an addition. Yes, it‘s also a blue dialed integrated steel sports watch, but the case size (really thin, flat and rather large), design and f... 

No matter what you choose, you can never get wrong

 By: piccolochimico (aka dsgalaxy1) : April 8th, 2023-18:21
Finissimo is a state of wrist 🙏 I partially disagree when you say that the steel versions are less Finissimo, because I've found them surprisingly more comfortable than the titanium, which is undoubtedly THE flagship. I can confirm that none of mine have ...  

Thank you for the addition.

 By: nafetS : April 8th, 2023-19:22
I also do only partially agree with you 😉 While they‘re all good choices on their own, you can get it wrong, if you do not choose based on your personal preferences. Some prefer weightless, extra thin watches. Others like more heft, robustness and water r... 

Side by side

 By: piccolochimico (aka dsgalaxy1) : April 8th, 2023-22:06

I guess you can still swim with them

 By: Mr.Gatsby : April 8th, 2023-19:25
I would think Ti first and ceramic next. Steel or gold would be last. The OFs are cool for being thin and should stay thin. Also that gun metal effect from ti is just so nice. Best Gatsby

I wouldn't swim with Ti nor with any 30m water resistance watch...

 By: patrick_y : April 9th, 2023-21:15
30m is really just for rain, humidity, and light force accidental splashes. Probably not ideal for swimming. If you want to swim, I'd probably recommend that you use the versions with 100m water resistance. Which would be good with a freestyle stroke or b... 

Thanks Stefan and Patrick

 By: Mr.Gatsby : April 10th, 2023-15:41
Guess I’m a bit more of a dare devil Best Gatsby

Be careful!

 By: patrick_y : April 11th, 2023-12:08
Sometimes it’s better to err on the side of safety.

Excellent, thank you!

 By: blau : April 8th, 2023-21:08
I'm seriously considering one of these, they're so fantastic, and so wonderfully their own thing. The titanium one, I'd thought for sure, was the best version, but lately I've started considering the ceramic.

Let us know your thoughts when you try them on!

 By: patrick_y : April 9th, 2023-21:17
I've only seriously considered the titanium version and never really considered the ceramic version. Thus, I never really tried on the ceramic version.

Very insightful

 By: Arronax : April 8th, 2023-21:49
Thanks for sharing. I like Ti but I had tried the OF in Platinum on a black leather strap and it was amazingly comfortable, I should have bought it then!

Yes only 30m

 By: MiguelFlash : April 9th, 2023-21:06
I compared it to the titanium before purchasing. I chose the steel primarily because I liked how “white” the steel looks and it has a bit more heft. I have not tried the latest steel OF so can’t offer an opinion.

Ahh! This model is now discontinued and super hard to get!

 By: patrick_y : April 9th, 2023-21:17
Very cool watch! Another "quintessential" model. At first they wanted the color of aluminum. But the problem was that they couldn't make the watch out of aluminum as aluminum can be less rigid and slightly soft - making that matte texture a little likely ... 

Thank you for sharing!

 By: patrick_y : April 9th, 2023-21:11
I definitely agree with your titanium sentiments, as that's the only version I've really worn at length.