Finnish microbrand Pook Watches is based in North Karelia, inspired by diving and Nordic nature. Combining shimmering colors and timeless design, Pook has been offering watch lovers since 2016 with reasonably priced wrist watches.
Pook clearly doesn’t want to blend into the gray mass, but stands out in the watches with their personal design, storyline and quality materials. Among the dive watches that fit the background of the brand’s story are the wild-fashioned Nitrogen collection, which exudes a vintage spirit and sportiness.
The third model of the Nitrogen series is manufactured in batches of 100 units. In addition, Nitrogen I and II are available in a variety of color variants, with steel casing, with watch face and bracelet colors.
Pook Nitrogen III Limited – Dive into Details
The black casing 316L stainless steel is PVD coated (Physical Vapor Deposition), which not only enables black color, but also improves the abrasion resistance of the steel. The same plating method is widely used on watches worth several thousand euros, so it has proved to be an excellent choice for heavy use.
Nitrogen is a fairly modest size of 42 millimeters, which is a safe choice for a sporty chronograph. It sits well on my own 17.5 cm wrist. The watch comes with two straps, a nato strap and a rubber strap. Of these, the nato strap is a more pleasant acquaintance on the wrist, because the rubber strap feels too hard for my taste.
Nitrogen’s promised 100-meter waterproofness allows you to use the watch with care in everyday life and on the water. Often, low-priced watches neglect either waterproofing or material resistance, which Pook has successfully overcome. What better way to honor the demands of a brand-related adventurer?
The yellow leather nato strap is very soft and comfortable. In color it creates a contrast to the black case, which is sure to stand out. A leather nato strap may suffer from constant exposure to water, so if you are going to swim with your watch, you may want to buy nylon nato strap as a friend. In this case you will find straps that are suitable for a width of 22 millimeters.
Nitrogen is also a great wristwatch in the sense that it has a wide variety of straps. Colors such as gray, orange and snow-green yellow on the watch face of the Nitrogen III are a sure choice for straps – always in addition to classic black. These make your watch a truly versatile watch for everyday life and hobbies.
The technical specs are fine
The Seiko VK 64 quartz movement offers a stopwatch, diary and 24h display. A screw-locking crown improves water tightness. Inspired by the 1970s, the design language is fast-paced but easy to read. The watch gives you a quick view of the time and the lume is moderate.
Pook Nitrogen’s slightly domed glass is made of sapphire and has anti-reflection protection, which is not self-evident in this price range. Specifically, reflection protection is manifested to the user in the form of a beautiful blue pearl on the watch face, which is technically due to the filtering effect of other colors in the color spectrum.
I think I could have chosen an even more domed glass to add to the retro spirit of the watch, because I really liked the feel of the domed glass – so it could have been emphasized even more. Technically, there is nothing wrong with the watch, the materials and specs are in order. For these reasons, the price tag of € 249 is well aligned.
A relaxed adventurer’s choice
The watch is clearly aimed at an adventurer who appreciates the sportiness of the watch and does not want to pay thousands of euros for a hard-wearing watch. That is why the Pook Nitrogen III is an interesting choice for watch enthusiasts who are looking for lower-priced options to expand the watch collection.
In a Nutshell
- Manufacturer: Pook Watches
- Model: Nitrogen III Limited
- Movement: Seiko VK 64 quartz
- Case material: 316L stainless steel with PVD coating
- Case diameter without crown: 42 mm
- Glass: K1 anti-reflective sapphire glass
- Water resistance: 100 m (10 bar)
- Lug width: 22 mm
- Bracelets: black rubber strap, yellow leather nato strap
- Price: 249 €