Filippo Loreti is probably one of the most divisive watch brands in the industry. On one hand, lots of collectors seem to disagree with their aggressive social media marketing and won't buy any timepiece from them.
On the other hand, the $10,000,000 in Kickstarter crowdfunding and 14,000+ reviews on their website speak volumes on how high the demand is for Filippo Loreti watches.
Today, I will try to put any preconceived notions about the brand aside to give a totally unbiased review of their Okeanos timepiece. By the end of this article, you should get a feel for the Filippo Loreti brand, and know if it's the right timepiece for you.
Filippo loreti okeanos
The Filippo Loreti Okeanos is a mid-sized watch that's very similar in shape to the Seiko SKX/5KX and Orient Mako II. The main difference is that the Okeanos has a slightly smaller case, but the lugs protrude a bit more.
Above, you can see a picture of the Okeanos on my 6,25" wrist. In my opinion, the 48mm lug-to-lug length is at the absolute limit of what looks good on my small wrist, so I can't recommend this watch for men with 6'' and below wrists.
However, I must say that the lugs are quite heavily curved, and the watch lays perfectly flat on top of my wrist, which makes it feel much smaller. Overall, this is a very comfortable watch that can be worn throughout the day with absolutely no discomfort.
Filippo loreti okeanos
Miyota 2025 (Quartz)
Mineral w/ Sapphire Coating
100m / 10 bar
Hands & Indices
316l Stainless Steel
Very rarely do I start by talking about a bracelet before the watch itself, but the bracelet is definitely what grabbed my attention when I pulled my Okeanos out of the box. Usually, affordable watches share the same cost-cutting bracelet with low-quality links & buckle.
However, the Okeanos' bracelet is actually very respectable. For instance, it comes with all solid links (yes, even solid end-links), a thick & durable clasp, and a nice finish. Also, the styling is beautiful and quite refreshing compared to the usual Oyster or Jubilee bracelets that 90% of competitors use.
Filippo Loreti implemented quick-change spring bars to this bracelet, which should allow you to swap it out for something else in a matter of seconds. Personally, this isn't a feature that I deem necessary for a steel bracelet, but it's surely a welcomed addition.
After looking at the bracelet, I immediately started fidgeting around with the 60-minute bezel. This one's a bit odd since it uses a 90-click unidirectional mechanism. This is a first for me, as I've only experienced 60-click or 120-click bezels before.
One downside of this peculiar mechanism is that there's quite a bit of play on this bezel (not as tight as it should be), which can lead to small misalignments between the bezel and indices. On the other hand, this mechanism is very smooth and easy to operate.
The 60-minute scale found on the Okeanos' bezel is normally used by divers to calculate diving time. However, the Okeanos isn't a dive watch by any stretch of the imagination. Indeed, its 100m water resistance rating and push-pull crown make it adequate for swimming (and maybe snorkeling), but nothing more.
Although it's not a true dive watch, Filippo Loreti still thought it was important to include a healthy amount of lume to the Okeanos. Both the hands & indices have a nice layer of lume, which glows in a bright green color for a good amount of time.
In fact, I would even say that the lume is on par with your average Seiko watch, which is a big compliment. In my experience, this luminous phosphorescent will help you read the time throughout the whole night.
The crystal above the dial is totally flat, and it's what Filippo Loreti calls a "sapphire-coated mineral glass". In actuality, this resembles Seiko's Hardlex crystal, which is hardened mineral glass. Make no mistake, this crystal will be nowhere near as scratch-resistant as actual sapphire.
Powering the Okeanos is a Miyota 2025 caliber, a basic quartz movement by a very reputable movement manufacturer. However, the Miyota 2025 is nothing out-of-the-ordinary: +-20 seconds/month accuracy, and 3 years of estimated battery life.
I find this figure to be very conservative, especially considering the fact that the Miyota 2025 is a two-hand movement with no additional complication. In my opinion, the movement's battery will probably last at least 4-5 years.
Filippo loreti okeanos
Alpha & Dauphine
316l Stainless Steel
The Filippo Loreti Okeanos is undoubtedly a gorgeous watch, and its stunning design is the main reason why it's so popular. As soon as you lay your eyes on this timepiece, you will notice the heavy sunburst effect of the dial, which is a total light show under the right lighting.
I chose the green-dialed Okeanos, and I couldn't be more pleased. On this example, the dial is very iridescent, going from dark to light green depending on the room's lighting. However, where it shines the most is outside, under direct sunlight.
The applied trapezoid indices are relatively simple, but their thick shape and highly-polished trims add some depth to the Okeanos' dial. Also, the 3/6/9/12 o'clock indices are a bit longer than the rest, and they're "parked" in little notches in the chapter ring.
These little notches add a bit of complexity to the dial, but they also serve a purpose. Indeed, these notches are there to make sure that the chapter ring is perfectly aligned with the other indices.
I like the two-hand layout of the Filippo Loreti Okeanos because it's quite unique. Furthermore, the second hand on entry-level quartz movements often end up being misaligned with the indices, which I know is a dealbreaker to some collectors.
By removing the second hand, you avoid this potential problem, while adding some flair to your timepiece. For the hours, Filippo Loreti use an alpha hand, whereas the minutes are denoted by a dauphine hand.
I really like the styling of these two hands, but I find them to be a bit too thin. Indeed, the hands are literally paper-thin, which makes them seem a bit fragile and lower in quality.
The case is usually something I brush over for most watch reviews, but the Okeanos' case is very interesting. For instance, the case feels extremely smooth and the finish is above my expectations. While the sides & lugs are brushed, there's a polished chamfered area to connect the two.
I also enjoy the crown guards, which are smooth and get mixed in seamlessly with the rest of the case. However, the star of the show is definitely the case back.
As you can see above, you get a nice and detailed engraving of Oceanus, the Greek god of the Okeanos river. This engraving is extremely good-looking, making me sad that I don't see it while it's on my wrist. Also, you can feel the great quality of the etching when you run your finger across.
In conclusion, I think the Filippo Loreti Okeanos is a beautiful watch that's reasonably priced ($179). It's not "the best deal in watch history" like the brand's marketing wants you to believe, but it's definitely not overpriced either.
Also, you can use the code ROMEO15 and use the following link to get a 15% discount on your purchase, which brings down the price a bit more. If you're still not sure about the Okeanos, I wrapped up the pros & cons in the list below.
Disclaimer: Filippo Loreti sent me an Okeanos watch to review at no cost. In no way did this affect my judgment or neutrality during this review.