Proxima MM300 Specs:
- Case material : 316L Stainless steel (Monobloc case)
- Case back : Titanium case back
- Case diameter : 44mm
- Case thickness : 15.8mm
- Lug to lug : 50mm
- Lug width : 20mm
- Bezel : Ceramic / Sapphire
- Bezel lume : Swiss C3 Super-luminova / BGW9 Super-luminova
- Glass : Sapphire glass with AR coating
- Dial color : Black
- Dial lume : Swiss C3 Super-luminova (Gold indices) / BGW9 Super-luminova (Silver indices)
- Movement : NH35
- Crown : Screw down crown
- WR : 300m
*Please note that all PROXIMA mm300’s secondhand is coming with a red dot.
The accuracy of caliber NH35/4R35 is between +45 / -35 seconds per day. This rating is based on normal daily wear on the wrist in temperatures between 5 ºC and 35 ºC. When testing your watch for timekeeping, make sure it is fully wound.
I first stumbled across WR Watches when looking for a bronze watch to add to the collection...
I was soon taken by the Proxima MM300 tribute.
As usual, I spent far too long researching and checking reviews on WR Watches, Proxima and their MM300. By the time I got around to ordering on February 2nd, WR Watches apologised but due to Chinese New Year, dispatch would be delayed due to the holiday closure of businesses. WR compensated by giving a 10% discount! Nice.
I then received an email, again apologising, stating that all existing MM300 stocks had been depleted and that WR was waiting on further units to be manufactured and received from Proxima. My fault for procrastinating!
Then Covid-19 hit. WR placed a notice to customers on their website, to the affect that, due to the pandemic, the subsequent lock-down meant that no orders could be fulfilled for the foreseeable future...
I received frequent emailed updates from WR assuring me that as soon as things were up and running again, my order would be filled and dispatched. Excellent communications from WR Watches.
Toward the end of March, I was issued a tracking number for my watch and a MM300 watch-strap (true to the original that I had also ordered.
The order was finally sent on March 27th. Tracking was well updated, with parcel arriving in Australia on the 30th, clearing customs on the 31st and being delivered to my home address in Canberra at 5.30pm on, (appropriately), April 1st. Kudos to the courier. Unfortunately, as I didn’t finish work until 6.00pm, the whole family were aware of “a package for dad” before I arrived home, including the Minister for Finance: my dear wife!
The package was well wrapped. Neither the outer nor inner gift box received any damage.
The watch itself was further protected with a layer of adhesive wrap. Looking it over, it showed no damage and excellent attention to detail in manufacture. Polished and brushed case surfacing showed a crisp interface; bezel alignment was true and its action pleasantly “clickey” ; the ceramic was smooth and the lumed numbering clean; the dial was well printed and the indices looked well applied, polished and filled with lume. The crown unwound smoothly with all actions feeling reassuringly mechanical. The movement was running on arrival.
The only disappointment, was possibly the fact that the reverse of the case showed just an impression of a dolphin: perhaps watch details: stainless steel, water resistance etc could be added. (looking on the net, it does appear to a bit random as to what is placed on any one watch...).
The rubber strap felt good quality, its buckle both brushed and polished and it smelled pleasant and faintly of vanilla(?)
The watch weighed a reassuringly solid 137g with the rubber strap. (It’s inspiration weighs a substantial 200g+ with the stainless band but I am unable to find any weight without despite plenty of owners apparently swapping it out for rubber/NATO etc due to this mass). I find it super comfortable and the weight is not an issue. I am yet to time the watch accurately, however it appears to be keeping excellent time, so far. If the gaskets are true to the original design then it should have no trouble with water sports or perhaps recreational diving.
I have in fact, as of today April 7th, been wearing it 24/7. This is the first watch I have worn to bed in a long time and so it is a tribute to it’s comfort. I find myself often looking at the watch, as in different conditions the face can appear sapphire blue, (due to the anti-reflective coat?) and the lume a pleasant aged cream, (where in most photographs they show stark-white). The bezel can also appear a gunmetal grey. All-in-all an astonishingly handsome watch but hard to replicate this in photographs.
In summary then, the Proxima MM300 is an excellent timepiece with an iconic design, beautiful manufacture and finish and fitted with a well-respected movement. I can’t comment on the metal bands but the rubber one suits it to a tee and is super comfortable. A bargain at this price and an every-day watch that can be dressed up or used as a true tool watch.
WR Watches is an easy business to deal with and have excellent customer focus and communication. I don’t hesitate in recommending them and look forward to further purchases once our dollar recovers from the current economic mire...
Thanks again and apologies for the long-winded review...
For the money I’m not sure you can get a more solid watch than this one. Sure, the design is not original but everything else is top notch and puts other much more expensive watches to shame. Also thanks to wrwatches for keeping me updated with information during the Corona ourbreak.
I have had many watches over the last 5 years including a Seiko Sumo and a Seiko Tuna. This Proxima watch does not disappoint. Really holds its own.
Good quality, nice finish in general!
Like it and it will be an all day watch.