Seiko SARB033 Review : A Hands-On Review Of The Great Value For Money Dress Watch

Seiko SARB033 Review

A Review Of The Seiko SARB033 – An Affordable And Stylish Dress Watch

Seiko SARB033 worn hand

Today I’m writing about the Seiko SARB033 review, a watch that I’ve owned and enjoyed greatly.

The watch is intended to be dress watch and have taken its design cues from the Grand Seiko line – which says a lot of why it’s so good looking.

Simple, elegant and understated. Those are the three words that can be used to describe this watch.

 

 

How I Met My Seiko SARB033

I first encounter this watch a few years ago from watch forums and facebook groups. I still remember how impressed I am with the watch back then from photos shared by others. It was hugely popular and I can clearly saw why.

I didn’t pull the trigger back then. It was until I needed a more decent watch for work that I revisited the SARB033.

The thing is, I was mostly a dive/sports watch kind of guy. It’s versatile and can be used practically anywhere. But then, I sensed that it’s not a good fit to my image (had moved up the ladder in my company that time).

Thus, I needed a new watch, a watch that’s good looking and exudes professionalism.

And that’s how the Seiko SARB033 came to my attention again.

 

What I Feel About Wearing The SARB033

Now, I’m a proud owner of the SARB033 and I still am constantly wowed by the watch every single day.

It’s perfectly sized (my small wrist fits 38 mm diameter watches like a charm) and the deep black dial is just stylish and looks far more expensive that it actually is.

And the best part is it’s packed with so much feature at such an amazing price (sapphire crystal, automatic movement with open caseback, 100 m water resistance).

Long story short, if you’re looking for a stylish dress watch with an automatic movement inside it, you should seriously consider the Seiko SARB033.

 

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Seiko SARB033 Watch Specification
Diameter 38 mm
Thickness 11.2 mm
Lug Width 20 mm
Lug To Lug Distance 45 mm
Case Stainless steel case
Strap Stainless steel brushed bracelet with folding clasp
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Dial Black dial
Hands Sword style hands with lume
Markers Index markers with lume
Style Dress
Movement Seiko Caliber 6R15 Automatic self-wind movement
Movement Features 23 Jewels, 21,600 vibrations per hour or 6 beats per second, Able to be manually wind, Hacking feature
Accuracy +/-25 seconds per day
Power Reserve 50 hours
Water Resistance 100 m
Other Features Date display at 3 o’clock, Exhibition caseback (Hardlex crystal), Luminous hands and markers
Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Where To Buy? Amazon

 

As with the Seiko Cocktail Time, the SARB033 is also a Japan Domestic Market (JDM) model that is not available outside of Japan.

Luckily, there are a number of watch sellers online that we can use to get our hands on it (Amazon is a good choice). It only retails around $350 to $400, and in that price range, it is definitely unbeatable. A truly good value for money watch.

 

Seiko SARB033 black dial

A close up view of the watch face of the SARB033. Very simple dial design, but elegant and sharp at the same time. I totally dig the laser cut sharp hands and markers!

 

Simple And Understated Design

The SARB033 has the traditional look of a dress watch. It is small (around 38 mm), has Seiko SARB033 frontblackdial, has sword shape hands and index markers. It has a date display at 3 o’clock. The hands and markers has some lume on it for added functionality.

The index markers are quite unique as it has some indentation at the center causing it to have some sort of play with different angles of lighting.

The 12 o’clock marker has double indices to separate it from the other markers. At the outer edge of the dial are minute markers for more accuracy when telling time.

One thing that surprised me is the application of lume on the markers and hands. I did mention that it makes the watch more functional in the dark but it’s still interesting for Seiko to put it on a dress watch.

If you’re wondering if it’s a great lume as in Seiko’s diver watches, I’m afraid to say that is not the case with this watch.

Check out the picture of my SARB033 below and you’ll understand what I mean. (by the way, forgive me for the horrendous photo. That’s the best my photography skill with my phone can deliver LOL!)

 

Seiko SARB033 lume

While it has lume, don’t expect it to be as good as its dive watch siblings. It did give some help telling time in dark places though.

 

Simple Design Reminiscence Of The Rolex Datejust and Grand Seiko

Looking at the design, it is just so simple and clean. It reminds me of the Grand Seiko Hi-Beatand the Rolex Datejust due to the simple dial design.

Sometimes, simpler can be better and it is just true with watches. This Seiko SARB033 is not an exception in this regard.

Just look at both luxury watches below and you’ll understand what I mean.

Comparison between the Grand Seiko Hi-Beat (top) and the Rolex Datejust (bottom). Two top-of-the-line watches with simple dial design. No wonder the Seiko SARB033 has the nickname of “Baby Grand Seiko” as it has almost the same look, but of course with lower craftsmanship and movement quality.

 

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Excellent Craftsmanship by Seiko

Even though this watch only costs less than $500, we can see some serious effort by Seiko to Seiko SARB033 side 1make it look great. The case is made from stainless steel and is beautifully crafted. If you notice from the picture below, the lug is slightly curving down.

It’s a typical case design of Seiko for some of their watches and it just looks beautiful, not to mention it is very comfortable to wear. I have a Seiko Sumo (a diving watch SBDC003) with the same case/lug design and I can attest to how the watch just sits and grip my wrist perfectly.

Ask any SARB033 owner and they’ll agree that the strongest point about the watch is the exquisite craftsmanship, namely the case.

The case is mostly brushed, but it is polished in detail at some part of the case – namely the small space between the top of the case and the case’s edge.

Such attention to detail and effort poured into it is starkly different than what other watchmakers will give, at this price point.

The layering of brush an polish surfaces is very beautiful to look at. I can’t count the number of times when I had gazed on the exquisite case.

It’s truly a beauty!

 

Bracelet and Crown

The lug width of 20 mm make it easy to find another strap to suit it with. It’s very interesting to see how a watch will look like with different straps on it.

I’m a part of many watch groups on Facebook and the creativity of how the owners of the SARB033 never fails to astonish me.

They strapped the watch on leather, Nato, in various colors, – and everytime the watch turns out great. A good thing about black dial is how versatile it is with various straps and this is truly the case here.

There is also the Seiko logo “S” engraved on the crown. These small but satisfying application of details is very astonishing, not less because this is a low-middle range watch from Seiko.

 

Seiko SARB033 Review

Notice how the lug of the Seiko SARB033 beautifully sloping down as if to provide a grip to the wrist. Very comfortable and give a sleek design aspect to it.

 

A Lot To Be Desired From The Bracelet

As with any Seiko at this price range, the bracelet can be said to be it’s weakest point, and the same can be said for this SARB033. The stainless steel bracelet is solid and tough though, don’t get me wrong.

But what I’m talking about is that Seiko does not put as much effort on the bracelet, as it has done for the watch/case.

 

 Seiko SARB033

The bracelet is brushed, and have a small deployment clasp which looks modern. The Seiko sign on the claps is a nice touch too.

But the finishing of the bracelet could have been better in my opinion but then again we need to understand that Seiko had to cut corners on the bracelet to maintain a low price for this watch.

Another small mishap in the design is the gap in-between the clasp and the top bracelet links. But this should not be a huge issue, at least for me.

Sizing the bracelet is a tad bit difficult though as Seiko opted to use a pin and collar design. I’d suggest to check out Youtube (here is a great tutorial) on how to remove links and size the bracelet.

Fortunately a replacement strap is very easy to get and for some few dollars, one can get a beautiful leather strap online for this watch and it will look stunning too.

 

Seiko SARB033 clasp bracelet

Seiko SARB033 clasp

Yes, I like to wear my watch tight =)

Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal

A great thing about the watch is the sapphire crystal on top of it. It can be said to be the best type of watch crystal to be used on a watch due to its great scratch-resistant properties and longetivity.

Sapphire sits at the top of the hardness scales, only beaten by a few materials such as diamond. I never tested this myself though but it should withstand scratches from normal materials around us such as bricks, metals and such.

I’ve owned some mineral and hardlex crystal watches and I dare say those scratches easily. But with this baby, not so much as a scratch is there after some good use!

This makes the watch a totally huge value for money, as it’s quite hard to get an automatic watch with sapphire crystal at the kind of price the SARB033 is in.

 

Seiko SARB033 side 3

 

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The Trusted Seiko Automatic Movement Cal. 6R15

Inside this watch is the Automatic Self-wind movement Cal. 6R15, Seiko’s trusted movement in Seiko SARB033 open caseback

the middle range watches (this is also the same movement in the Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time).

This is a very solid and robust movement from Seiko. I would like to point out that Seiko’s diving watch range (the Prospex line) would typically use this movement – a testament of how the 6R15 is so tough, that it can be used for even the harshest condition underwater.

The Seiko Cal. 6R15 has 23 jewels and vibrate at 21,600 vibrations per hour (or 6 beats per second). Since the beats are not high, the smoothness of the sweeping second hand is not as good as a normal Swiss ETAs movement.

But in return of that, Seiko claims the 6R15 will be able to go without service for much longer as its “mileage” is lower. Which is kinda true. If we think about it, an 8 beat movement has about 30% extra movement than a 6 beat (2/6 x 100%).

By this, the Swiss 8 beat movement will have 30% more mileage on them (versus a 6R15 movement) and would require services sooner and more frequent in its lifetime.

By the way, I’ve also owned the Seiko Sumo SBDC003 which has the same movement as in this SARB.

One interesting thing that I noticed is the winding sound in this SARB is a bit “loud”, akin to some ETAs that I have handled before.

On the other hand, the winding sound in the Sumo is more quiet. Not very sure whether it’s the extra steel on the Sumo (it is a bigger watch at 44 mm diameter) which have reduced the sound.

 

 

A Good 50 Hours Power Reserve

Another important thing to add about the 6R15 is it’s able to last for 50 hours, thanks to SPRON510, a proprietary mainspring by Seiko (read this article for in depth explanation of how an automatic watch work to understand this).

50 hours power reserve is a good power reserve for an automatic, and much better than a Swiss ETA 2824-2 (another common ETA auto movement) that only has 38 hours. Of course, there are other watches will more power reserve (such as the Tissot Powermatic 80 with 80 hours) but a 50 hours is good enough to at least lasts for a weekend =)

It also has hacking feature (meaning the second hand will stop when you want to adjust the time) and can be wind manually via rotation of the crown. You can also peek at the movement through the exhibition caseback of the watch.

 

Seiko SARB033 Review
There is an exhibition caseback on the Seiko SARB033 to allow you to marvel at the Cal. 6R15 automatic movement.

 

It has a published accuracy range of +25/-25 seconds per day. But from my own experience (as well as countless others review of Seiko lovers around the world), the accuracy can be as high as +-5 seconds per day which is just within COSC Chronometer range.

One thing about this movement is that you need to wind the movement manually at least once a day for it to keep perfect time, even though you are using it everyday. This is because all automatic watches is at their best accuracy when it’s fully charged.

 

How About Seiko SARB033 Accuracy?

What’s a watch review without discussing its accuracy? To my great relief, my watch is performing miles better than what Seiko specified for the 6R15 movement (which is +25/-15 seconds per day).

Over a period of 5 normal working days, I’ve averaged +4.5 seconds per day.

There’s some spikes here and there but on the big picture, yes, the SARB033 did beat COSC chronometer specification by 1.5 second (COSC +6 sec/day – 4.5 sec/day).

 

Seiko SARB033 Accuracy 6R15

 

But I need to note here that the COSC chronometer is tested for 5 different positions of the watch in 3 different temperatures. This is definitely a more extreme test encompassing a wide range of conditions.

Whereas my testing of the SARB033 is more towards real-life usage with just two main conditions of use: a) put the watch dial up in a box overnight; b) pick it up for work the next morning.

Without a doubt, if the SARB033 and the 6R15 inside it is tested for COSC chronometer, the result might not be pretty.

On the other hand, I fail to see if other guys would use the watch any differently than how I use it (unless you are involved in outdoor activities and such.. but then again you SHOULD NOT wear a dress watch like this for such activities LOL!).

The point I’m trying to make here is how important COSC chronometer watches are anymore? We can get a pretty accurate watch in the SARB033 (which actually beat chronometer accuracy spec) without spending thousands for chronometers.

Just a point to consider when looking at those chronometer adverts =). Let me know what you guys think about it!

 

Seiko SARB033 (top) versus Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time (bottom). Two beautiful and affordable watch. But which one is better?

 

How Does Seiko SARB033 Compare To Seiko SARB065 (Cocktail Time)?

I’ve covered the Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time before (you can read the review here) and it is just a stunning dress watch. It has a sunburst guilloche dial that is so mesmerizing to look at. But how does both of these watches compare to each other? It is truly a difficult thing to ask.

Technical wise, both have the 6R15 movement inside. The Seiko SARB033 has a simple and traditional black dial, as opposed to the flashy sunburst dial of the SARB065.

Some people might not agree with me but I believe that the SARB065 wins over the SARB033  aesthetically for the dress watch category. With its beautiful dial, it will surely caught people’s attention. I also love the blue second hand and also the detail on the markers and hands – they are so well executed. It’s just a gorgeous watch for when you are dressing up for the occasion.

But for other more casual activities, the SARB033 will be my pick. The not-so-flashy-and-simple dial would work better when going out with friends, etc. Plus, the curvy lug will ensure you are comfortable wearing it for long time. I’m for sure won’t be wearing the SARB065 when going to the beach or taking a roadtrip as it’s just not the right watch for those activities.

 

-To sum it up, get a SARB065 for a perfect dress watch. For a more versatile watch that can be used casually, the SARB033 is one to go-

 

A video showing the SARB up close

 

Seiko SARB033 Automatic Wrist Watch Advantages And Disadvantages

I’ve summed up all the advantages and disadvantages of this watch below for your easy reference:

Pros:

  1. Traditional and simple styling is very beautiful and elegant to look atSeiko SARB033 in box
  2. Good quality watch for low range price. Great value for money
  3. Seiko automatic movement cal 6R15 is very reliable, accurate and robust
  4. Luminous hands and markers as well as 100 m water resistance make it a functional watch as well
  5. Exhibition caseback allows us to peek at the movement inside
  6. Sapphire crystal dial window for an extra scratch protection for your peace of mind
  7. It is versatile can be used for any function or activities

Cons:

  1. The understated styling could turn off some people that loves flashy design for their watches
  2. In this age of oversize watches, a 38 mm diameter watch might be deemed too small and not everyone’s cup of coffee
  3. Shipped with a good but definitely could have been better bracelet

 

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Seiko SARB033 worn hand

As with any other JDM watches, there is no possibility at all to see this watch at our local watch shops. The only way to get it is by going to Japan and buy it there, or buy it online.

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Update March 2018: It seems that Seiko will be discontinuing some SARB watches including this SARB033. If you really want it, I suggest to quickly get it NOW!

 

Conclusion

The Seiko SARB033 automatic wrist watch is a simple, elegant and understated watch that is just so amazing. Built with quality in mind by Seiko, this watch is definitely a great value for money given its solid construction and minute details in its craftsmanship.

With a Seiko automatic movement Cal. 6R15 inside it, you are getting a reliable and accurate movement that is used in Seiko’s diving watches intended to be used in tough environments.

 

 

I hope you guys enjoy my Seiko SARB033 review. If you have any questions or comments on the watch, feel free to ask me.

Let me know in the comments below =)

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Cheers!
Isaac

 

 

*Update: I’ve recently reviewed the Seiko SARB035, a white version of this SARB033 which comes with a snowy white dial. Check out the review (click HERE) where I go in depth on the watch plus a side by side comparison with the SARB033. Below is the picture of that beauty =)

 

Seiko SARB035 Review

 

Automatic Watch Anatomy

Automatic Watch Anatomy

Automatic watch anatomy is quite hard to understand for those new to it. In this article, I will lay down the basic information of the automatic watch anatomy. The watch diagram below will show you the parts of a watch as well as its name.

Automatic Watch Anatomy

Front view of the Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time, a dress watch with guilloche sunburst dial design. It is a normal watch with just a date function.

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Back view of the Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time. Notice the exhibition caseback that showcase the internal automatic movement inside. This watch also uses the leather deployment clasp for long lasting leather strap life.

 

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Bulova 96A135 with 2 subdials: running seconds hand at 5 o’clock position and 24-hour hand at 9 o’clock. It also has an aperture to showcase its movement inside. On of the movement’s wheels can be seen from the aperture. Notice also the red jewel of the wheel at the center.

 

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Seiko SKX007 is a classic diving watch. Can be seen in this picture is the unidirectional diving bezel for diver’s usage to track time underwater. The markers are big circles to allow for maximum luminescent material for the brightest lume underwater.

 

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Victorinox Infantry Vintage is a traditional military watch with telemeter scale. It also has chronograph function that is operated by it’s pushers at the right side of the watch.

 

Automatic Watch Anatomy Parts:

Aperture: An opening on the watch’s dial. It can be used to show the internal automatic movement (which is really cool btw, you can see the Bulova 96A135 dial above with its aperture that shows one of its wheel.)

 

Bezel: The edge of the case with the dial window. Some of the more popular usage/types of bezel are:

1) Unidirectional bezel with minute markers (diving bezel): This bezel is usually for diving watches. The minute markers is used to keep track of time underwater. Simply set the “00 Minute” to the minute hand when starting the dive. As you dive, the minute hand will move and you can see how many minutes has elapsed during diving.

The unidirectional is keeping the bezel to be rotated only anticlockwise. It can’t be rotated clockwise as this will cause problems for divers to keep their diving time in check. You can see the Seiko SKX007 above for an example of a diving bezel.

2) Normal empty bezel: Dress watches usually have an empty bezel. It helps them to achive the clean and sleek look a dress watch need. The Seiko SARB065 as pictured above and the Tissot Le Locle are some examples of dress watch with empty bezel

3) Tachymeter scale: The bezel is used to place the tachymeter scale on top of it. The scale can be used to calculate the speed of a moving object and is typical for any racing or sports watch

4) Telemeter scale: Telemeter scale is put on top of the bezel to make it easy for its user to calculate the distance from him to an event that happened far away, provided he can see and hear the event. Example of events are artillery firing, lightning and bombs. The scale is set based on the principle of speed of sound and typically seen on a military watch. (The Victorinox Infantry Vintage above has the telemeter scale, but it is positioned on the dial and not on the bezel.

5) World Time: Bi-directional rotating bezel that can be used to determine the time at other time zones.

 

Case: The casing/housing of the watch. It comes with many shapes (circle, rectangular even triangle! (see the Hamilton Ventura watch here ). It can also be of many material with the most common is stainless steel.

Case diameter is an important thing to see if the watch will fit on your wrist or not (especially if you are buying online and don’t have the chance to try it!). A typical men’s watch will be around 38 mm to 45 mm. Bigger than that is not advised unless you have a really big hand. Case diameter can be reported as case diameter without crown and with crown.

Case thickness is another thing to check. A very thick watch (more than 13 mm) can be too big for some people and can also indicate the watch will be very heavy!
 

Crown: Round knob at the side of the watch. It is very important for an automatic watch and has many usage:

1) To manually wound the mainspring (increase energy reserve of the watch). Typically is done by rotating the crown clockwise (upwards, to 12 o’clock direction) for 20-30 times. This will varies depending on the movement of the automatic watch

2) Changing date, day or time. Pull up the crown and rotate it to change the date, day or time. There will be different levels that the crown can be pulled depending on the watch. e.g if a watch does not have any date or day function, the crown can be pulled once only to change the time. If the watch has a date function (like the Seiko SARB065 above), then the crown can be pulled twice, first pull to change date, second pull to change time.

3) Screw down crown – some “serious” diving watches have screw down crown. It basically means the crown will be screwed into the case. To operate it (to wound, change time etc), the crown has to be unscrewed first. By screwing the crown inside, water can be prevented from going inside the case during diving. Never dive by not properly tighten the screw down crown as water will go inside and wreck havoc in your timepiece.

 

Dial: Face of the watch where the markers, hands, signatures, day/date is located. It is a very important aspect of the watch as it’s the first thing someone will glimpse at first. The dial can be of different design and color.

 

Dial Window: The “glass” on top of the dial to protect it from being exposed. Dial window is made from “crystals”. 2 most common crystals are mineral crystal (cheap and basic) and sapphire crystal (more expensive and scratch resistant). Dial Window can also be treated with coatings to increase its strength or making it less reflective under light.

 

Exhibition caseback: The back of the watch is normally stainless steel. The exhibition caseback replaces it with a crystal (same as the dial window) to show the movement inside. A very cool feature and is something that I really love. You can see the exhibition caseback of the Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time above.

 

Hands: Long pointy things that indicate the time. There are 3 hands usually: Hour, Minute and Second Hands. A very cool feature of an automatic watch is the sweeping second hand. The second hand (normally the thinnest hand) will move by sweeping, instead of tick-tock movement like a quartz watch.

 

Jewel: Jewels or jewel bearings is a bearing for the wheels of the internal movement. The movement contain many wheels and gears that will be pivoted on shafts to positioned them. Since these wheels continuously spin and move, the jewel bearing is necessary to attach the wheels to the pivot. A jewel (such as ruby or sapphire) is used instead of metal because it has low friction, light and other benefits. These will lead to greater accuracy of the mechanical watch. Not to mention it really looks cool and give a colorful presence to an otherwise all steel internal parts. You can see the jewels inside the Bulova 96A135 above through its aperture.

 

Lug: The extension of the casing to enable a strap to attach to the casing. Lug to lug width is an important dimension that is used to determine how big the watch is (apart from case diameter). You can measure your wrist’s width and compare with the lug to lug width to check if a watch can comfortable sit on your wrist or not. Lug to lug width that is very long (more than 50 mm) means the watch is very big and will be over sized on your wrist.

 

Luminescent Paint: or short for lume, it is paint that allows the hands and markers of a watch to glow in the dark. Previously achieved by using the radioactive Radium, recent development in luminous material has allows watch manufacturers to come up with safer paints that glows much brighter and for longer time. It is considered a must-have for any serious diving watch (see the Seiko SKX007 above) and sports or utility watch (Victorinox Infantry Vintage). Definitely nifty when you are going to watch a movie at cinema =)

 

Mainspring: Spiral torsion spring that stores the energy to keep a mechanical watch running. Winding it will tighten the mainspring. As the spring unwound, it will release energy to move the watch’s numerous gears and wheels, bringing the watch to life. (you can read it further here )

 

Markers: Symbols on the dial that shows the hours. The markers can be of many different forms such as:

1) Normal number (or arabic numeral) markers – such as the Victorinox Infantry Vintage above

2) Stick/Index markers – such as the Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time

3) Roman numbers markers – see the Bulova 96A135 above.

4) Circle markers – typical for diving watches (such as the Seiko SKX007). The circle is used as more luminous material can be applied on it.

 

Movement: The internal mechanism that moves the automatic watch. For more information on the different types of watch’s movement, you can read my article here .

 

Pusher: Acting like a switch to activate/stop/reset a chronograph watch. You can see the pushers on the 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock positions of the Victorinox Infantry Vintage above

 

Rotor: A semi-circular metal that acts as oscillating weight that rotates freely when the watch is worn. It is the mechanism that is very important for automatic watches as it winds the mainspring when it is rotating.

 

Signatures: Signs by the watch manufacturer on the dial. Usually watch manufacturers will sign with their brand name, jewel numbers, water resistance and other important information (e.g chronometer, movement ID number, marketing information etc.)

 

Strap: Watch strap to attach the watch to the wrist. Typical watch strap material is leather (as with Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time and Victorinox Infantry Vintage), stainless steel bracelet, PVC and NATO/fabric.

 

Strap Clasp: Simply the mechanism to secure and tighten the strap onto wrist. They are lots of clasp type. Some of the most used ones are:

1) Needle buckle: Normal needle buckle for leather strap. Know the buckle for our leather belt? That’s the same thing, except its much smaller. Traditional type of buckle but will damage the strap over time due to usage. The deployment buckle is an innovation to solve this issue.

2) Leather deployment clasp: An innovation on the normal needle buckle. The leather strap has a deployment clasp to join them. Easy to use and does not damage the strap like the needle buckle. The Seiko SARB065 above has this type of clasp

3) Bracelet clasp: For steel bracelet, there are quite a few number of clasps that can be used. Some of it are the normal folding clasp, folding clasp with safety (normal for diving watch) and hidden clasp.

 

Subdial: Small dials with its own markers and hands that are used for many complications that a watch might have. Some common subdials are for chronograph function (minutes and hours measurement), seconds, 24-hours and date. The Bulova 96A135 above has the subdials for seconds and 24-hours time. Victorinox Infantry Vintage has three subdials: running seconds hand and two chronograph subdials for minutes and hours measurement.

 

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I hope you have learnt something new from this article. If you feel there are something that I’ve missed, or you do not understand something or just want to say hi, please do let me know at the comments section below. There are lots of other elements in a watch that I think I should elaborate more such as lume, bezel, movements, case material, jewel and others. But to write all of them here would make this article too long so I thought it will be better to write those topics another time. Stay tuned!

Victorinox Swiss Army Infantry Vintage Automatic Chronograph Watch Review

Victorinox Infantry Vintage Automatic Chronograph Watch Review

Victorinox Swiss Army Infantry Vintage Automatic Chronograph Watch is definitely one of the best looking military/sports chronograph watch out there. From a brand that is more recognized for their Swiss Army Knives, this watch truly exceeds expectation in the built quality, design and finish.

The company was started in 1884, selling cutlery and multi-purpose knife to the Swiss Army. The brand name “Victorinox” was a combination of Karl Elsener’s (Victorinox’s founder) mother’s first name “Victoria” and “Inox” – another name for stainless steel. Their Swiss Army Knives become very famous all round the world for its impeccable quality. On 1989, they started to enter the watch business with the brand name Victorinox Swiss Army.

The Victorinox Infantry Chronograph comes with a few variations with different dial color, casing color and strap. But the overall design, chronograph function and internal mechanics of the watch are the same. I’ve chosen the 241526 variation for this review as I love the brownish gunmetal case and the gray copper dial as compared to the rest.

Victorinox Infantry Vintage Automatic Chronograph Watch Review

 

Victorinox Swiss Army Infantry Chronograph (241526) Specification

Diameter: 44mm
Thickness: 15mm
Lug size: 23mm
Dial: Dark gray dial
Dial Features: Seconds index markings and Telemeter index markings (in km) at the outer dial.
Subdials: Running second hand (9 o’clock), 30-minutes chronograph subdial measurement at 12 o’clock and 12-hour chronograph subdial measurement at 6 o’clock
Case: Stainless steel with brownish gunmetal PVD
Band: Dark gray leather band
Dial Window: Sapphire crystal with triple coating for glare/reflection reductions
Movement: ETA Valjoux 7750
Movement Features: Automatic self-winding, Swiss Made, 25 jewels, 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second), 40 hours power reserve, manual winding via crown, hacking feature, accuracy of +-15 seconds per day
Water Resistance: 330 feet / 100 m
Other Features: Exhibition caseback, Chronograph function, Telemeter function, Date display, Luminous hand and markers, signed crown
Best Place To Buy: Amazon

 

A True Military Watch

From the first look, the Victorinox Infantry Chronograph gives the vibe that it is a very rugged watch and will become a loyal companion to your adventurous trips, wherever that may be (except for underwater of course. You will need a diving watch for that lol.). It looks tough but at the same time is very beautifully designed. The dial is dark gray, with large numerals as markers. The hands are also big and you can clearly see the luminous material on them. The visibility is definitely there, even in dark environment that’s for sure.

The 44mm diameter casing of the watch is okay and will fit with most men’s wrist comfortably. The only problem I have with this watch is it is too thick, at 15mm. I doubt you can wear a suit with this watch as it definitely won’t fit into your sleeve. This is probably because of the ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic movement’s (more on that later on) chronograph function that takes quite a bit of space as compared to normal automatic. But then again, the watch is never intended for cocktail parties and the like. You are better suited with a dress watch for that purpose (for example the gorgeous Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time).

 

Gunmetal PVD Case – What Is PVD?

The casing of the Victorinox Swiss Army Infantry Chronograph is stainless steel with brownish gunmetal PVD. As you can see from the pictures and video below, the casing color matches well with the dial and the 23mm leather darg gray band. But what is PVD? I think I should write a bit on this PVD for my readers that first encounter this term. PVD is actually a method to apply a coating to an otherwise gray colored stainless steel.

Stainless steel is a common material for watch due to it being hard (it’s steel after all) and it won’t corrode easily. It has a natural color of gray. By polishing or brushing it, watchmakers have created beautiful stainless steel watches over the years. But of course not everyone likes a gray colored watch. So in order to apply color to it, coating is applied on the steel – kinda like a paint if you may. This is the traditional method but it is not durable as the paint can be easily peeled off the surface.

PVD, or Physical Vapour Deposition, is a method to apply coating on the stainless steel. It will bond metal compounds with the color to the case, combining them to become a unit. PVD cases are more resistant to peel and crack but a deep scratch can still expose the base case (they are still coatings mind you). You can read this interesting article on the pursue to make a black watch at this link here. )

 

What’s The Three Subdials For?

On the dial, you will quickly noticed that there are 3 subdials. It is quite easy to make a mess of a watch with 3 subdials but Victorinox had done a good job designing them to make it look pleasing and complement each other. The top and bottom subdial at 12 and 6 o’clock are the 30-minute and 12-hour measurements for the chronograph function. The third subdial is for the running second hand of the watch and is beautifully designed to be half circle so that it wont obstruct the 9 o’clock marker. I should point out that the main second hand is just for the chronograph and won’t be running normally. It’s a waste actually as we won’t see the sweeping motion of the second hand (same disappointment I felt with the Hamilton Intra Matic. Gorgeous watch but no sweeping second hand!).


  You can watch this awesome review of the Victorinox Infantry Vintage Automatic Chronograph to see it up close and how the chronograph function works

 

Very Useful Chronograph Function. But, How To Use It?

The Victorinox Infantry Chronograph has a chronograph function that is very useful should you want to keep track of time. But then, how actually do you use the chronograph? The operation of it is very simple. There are two pushers, the top pusher at the 2 o’clock for starting and stopping (you can also pause it). The bottom pusher at 4 o’clock is for resetting the chronograph. Simply push the top pusher to start tracking time and you can see the main second hand started sweeping at 8 beats per second. Once it completes one minute cycle, the top subdial will changes position to denote the 1 minute elapsed time. Very simple to use and very convenient to have.

 

Telemeter? What’s that again?

On the top of the dial, you will see a signature “Telemeter” with some indexes next to it – on the outer edge of the dial. The telemeter scale is basically a way to help you calculate the distance between you and an event that can both be seen and heard. It works by the simple mathematical calculation of the speed of sound. Sound travels around 340 meter per second. In other words, it will take about 3 seconds (more or less) for sound to travel in 1 km. Since light travels faster than sound, you have to start the stopwatch as soon as you see the light of that event (e.g thunder, fireworks, artillery fire-this is a military watch, remember?). Stop the stopwatch when you hear the sound. Read the outer scale of the Telemeter to know the distance between you and the event.

It is a really cool scale to have, but I think Victorinox can also include a Tachymeter scale on the bezel. Tachymeter is used to calculate the speed of something, provided you know the distance it has travelled. Since the bezel is empty, a Tachymeter scale will be perfect there. Not to mention it will make the Infantry Vintage more useful and full pack of features.

Victorinox Infantry Vintage Automatic Chronograph Watch Review

Tag Heuer Carrere with Tachymeter (or Tachymetre) scale on its bezel. Most racing watch has it because it enables the user to calculate the speed of a car.

Powered By The Ubiquitous ETA Valjoux 7750

Inside the Victorinox Infantry Vintage is the ETA Valjoux 7750, a widely used caliber for most automatic watches with chronograph nowadays. Developed in 1970, it is widely used because of its toughness, durability and affordability. It can also be tweaked easily to reach COSC Chronometer standard. Even high-end watchmakers use this movement in their chronograph watches, though they will make some adjustments here and there to suit there design. What we have in the Infantry Vintage here is the plain vanilla 7750 movement though. A major disadvantage of this movement is the quite thick profile. It is unavoidable as the chronograph module can take some space inside the movement. Some also argue that the thick profile has actually helped the movement to be robust and can be used for years.

The automatic movement has 25 jewels, and vibrates at 28,800 per hour, giving 8 beats per second. It has 40 hour power reserve, hacking feature (the second hand will stop when you want to set the watch) and can be wound manually by rotating the crown clockwise for about 20 to 30 times for a full charge. This watch has the plain 7750 movement that is accurate up to a maximum of +-15 seconds per day. This accuracy value is the maximum accuracy published by ETA though real life accuracy reported by watch owners can be very accurate, around 4-5 seconds per day. In short, the Victorinox Infantry Vintage has a very trusted automatic chronograph movement in it that is well respected to be an accurate and solid timepiece – the things that is very important for a military watch.

Victorinox Infantry Vintage Automatic Chronograph Watch Review

The ETA Valjoux 7750 movement can be seen from the exhibition caseback

Victorinox Swiss Army: Is A Good Watch Brand?

I think this should be a question that will pop up in your head right now, is Victorinox Swiss Army a good watch brand? Well, the short answer is yes. It produces great quality product, with solid construction and beautiful design. It seems they have completely replicate what makes their Swiss Army Knives so successful into their watches. The movements also are sourced from reliable Swiss movement makers e.g ETA, so you can rest assured that the watch’s internal mechanics are from the Swiss master watchmakers. So their watches are true Swiss Made quality without a doubt.

The only think that is lacking is the brand power. What I mean is the brand power of Victorinox Swiss Army in the watch market. They are very popular with their multipurpose knives that their other products (watches, travel gear, cutlery, etc) are easily overlooked. Not to mention they have been been in the watch industry for only 20 years, which can be considered a toddler age for a watch brand. Other brands have been around for more than 100 years. There simply do not have that much history in their watchmaking. Victorinox watches are great, that’s for sure but the brand name is still not mature enough to be considered alongside other heavyweights such as Tissot, Hamilton, Bulova etc.

 

Victorinox Infantry Automatic Chronograph Watch – Advantages and Disadvantages

I’ve summarized the advantages and disadvantages of the watch below for your easy reading:

Pros:

1- Chronograph function is a great feature to have
2- Beautifully designed chronograph subdials that are in harmony with the dial and case
3- Big markers with lume will guarantee visibility in the darkest environment
4- Hiqh quality craftsmanship and build quality – everything you would expect from a Victorinox quality
5- Rugged and solid, perfect for outdoor activities
6- Telemeter scale is cool to have
7- Very nice leather band with clasp (won’t damage the band like buckles)

 

Cons:

1- Brand name of Victorinox is not that outstanding in automatic watches market (as compared to other traditional bona fide watchmakers, e.g Tissot, Seiko, Hamilton, etc.)
2- At 500$+, the watch is a bit on the expensive side, coming from a non-traditional watchmakers.
3- A tachymeter scale on the bezel would be a nice addition
4- The watch is a bit thick, at 15mm

 

The Victorinox Infantry Vintage watch is a very good looking watch. It is uses Swiss ETA movements, and manufactured by the great Victorinox company, the same company behind the high quality Swiss Army Knife. It is no doubt the watch will be of great quality and reliable to be used, especially for outdoor activities.

 

I really hope this review is beneficial to you guys. If you feel there are some mistakes here or you feel that I have missed out on some important information, feel free to comment on this post by using the comment box down below.

 

 

Currently, the Victorinox Infantry Vintage Automatic Chronograph Watch is sold on Amazon at a very attractive price. Click the link below to see the best deals on Amazon for this watch.

 

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Bulova 96A135 Automatic Watches For Men Review

Bulova 96A135 Automatic Watches For Men Review

Bulova is one of the few American watch companies with rich history. The Bulova 96A135 Automatic Watch is one of the few automatic watches the company made these days. Founded in 1875, Bulova traditionally produced mechanical watches for the masses in America, before inventing the “Accutron Watches”, the first electronic watch.

It then shifts to quartz watches due to lower costs and popularity and right now, Bulova’s line of watches are predominantly quartz. The company produces only a handful automatic self-winding watches these days and the 96A135 is one of it.

Bulova 96A135 Automatic Watches For Men Review

Bulova 96A135 Automatic Watch Specification

Diameter: 42 mm
Thickness: 11 mm
Dial: Black and grey dial with aperture
Subdials: 2 sub-dials: 24 hours and seconds hand subdials (very cool!)

Dial Window: Mineral crystal
Hands and Markers: Luminous roman numeral markers and hands
Case: Stainless steel
Band: Black leather band with butterfly clasp. 22 mm width band

Movement: Japan Automatic self-winding movement by Miyota (part of Citizen Watch Group). 21 Jewels
Water Resistance: 99 feet / 30 m
Other features: Exhibition caseback, Aperture on dial, 24-hour and seconds hand sub-dials

Best Place To Buy: Amazon with Free shipping for $220 and 2-year warranty

 

Bulova Automatic Watches For Men – Automatic Collection

Bulova is one of the major watch makers that I like because of its daring and gorgeous styling of its watches. Just take a look at its line of watches, all features futuristic and modern looking dial which are absolutely gorgeous. I’m always been a classic-watch type of guy, but having one of the Precisionist or the Marine Star definitely won’t hurt =).

The Automatic collection by Bulova is the only automatic watches in its stable, and is powered by a 21 jewel automatic movement by Miyota, a subsidiary of Citizen. You can say Miyota is something like ETA to the Swatch Group.

In case you don’t know, Bulova has been acquired by Citizen back in 2008. Quite a sad thing really, for an American company with a very rich history like Bulova to be bought over by outsiders.

But like Hamilton, the acquisition brought Japanese technology into Bulova. And as a result, it was been able to produce a high precision quartz movement that is featured in its Precisionist series of watches through technology transfer from its parent group. So, not really a bad thing eh?

Bulova 96A135 Automatic Watches For Men Review

Beautiful Futuristic Dial With 2 Subdials and Aperture

The dial of the Bulova 96A135 Automatic is anything but simple. It has a normal roman numeral markers and hands on its black and grey dial. But what’s amazing is it has 2 sub-dials: one for showing 24-hours time while the other is for the seconds hand.

To have these two sub-dials at this price point is just fantastic! I really love the 24 hours sub-dial as it can show us the exact time it is now (am or pm). I believe that is a crucial thing that is missing in most automatic watch.

The seconds hand sub-dial is not really needed in my opinion though it does looks nicer to have two sub-dial instead of one. Again, I have to say again that to have these functions in a $200 watch is something sort of extraordinary.

On the dial also is a small aperture where you can see one of the wheels spinning inside the Miyota movement. Coupled with the exhibition caseback, the combination gives us a glimpse of the inner workings of an automatic watch which is really really cool.

Bulova really knows how to design a watch to make it look beautiful as well as gives the mechanical thing feeling through the aperture and its sub-dials.

 

 

Automatic Movement By Miyota

Bulova 96A135 Automatic watch is powered by an automatic movement by Miyota. There seems to be little info on which caliber it is using. There is no mention of it in Bulova’s website and nothing on Amazon too.

Regardless, one thing for sure is that a Miyota movement is something that you can be proud to own. Granted that it is not Swiss made or an in-house Bulova movement, but the movement is really robust and have good accuracy that can even rival the Swiss.

Bulova 96A135 Automatic Watches For Men Review

Bulova 96A135 Automatic Watch Pros And Cons

Below are the summary of the pros and cons for the watch:

Pros:
1- Good looking watch
2- 2 Subdials (24-hour and seconds hand)
3- Aperture on dial
4- Exhibition caseback
5- Solidly built and quality watch construction
6- Leather band with butterfly clasp ensuring longevity of the band
7- Reliable automatic movement by Miyota

Cons:
1- Not enough information on the automatic movement caliber
2- Dial window uses Mineral crystal which is not as scratch resistant as Sapphire crystal
3- No date function

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Conclusion

For a $200 watch, Bulova 96A135 Automatic Watch is definitely a bargain. It is an automatic watch by a very old brand, solidly built, features a gorgeous dial design with 2 sub-dials and an aperture.

The mineral crystal dial window is a let down but you can’t really expect much from this price range. Overall, a solid and gorgeous watch for the low-middle range price. A very good buy for your money.

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Are Automatic Watches Accurate?

How Accurate Is Automatic Watch

Automatic watches are outstanding inventions. Hundreds of combinations of minuscule parts such as gears, springs, screws etc. work together to produce a timekeeping device. Since it’s all mechanical moving parts, there is no way that it can be totally accurate. Are automatic watches accurate then? How accurate is automatic watch? The relevance of these questions varies between people. Some people can live with a not so accurate watch, as long as it’s automatic and looks great while there are people that really obsess with accuracy and need their watches to be really accurate.

A general rule of thumb that I’ve taken for accuracy of automatic watches is +-25 seconds per day. This means the watch should only gain or lose 25 seconds between two days. This is actually consistent with most watch manufacturers published accuracy of their movements. So if your watch is gaining or losing more than 25 seconds per day, get it checked! That could mean some serious problems with your watch.

This accuracy is only for normal automatic watches and its fairly accurate (25 seconds/ 86,400 seconds in a day = 0.03% inaccuracy. So about 99.97% accurate). But there are those who seek the perfect accuracy either due to work (divers, military personnel, etc.) or for self pleasure. For those people, a Chronometer watch is most suitable. Chronometer is a watch with almost perfect accuracy (-4 or +6 seconds per day).

Are Automatic Watches Accurate?

A Breitling NavitimerChronometer

Automatic Watch Accuracy Standard

Chronometer is a name to indicate that a watch has been tested and certified to be a truly accurate timepiece based on some standards. Generally, automatic watch accuracy standard is referred to the COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres) and the ISO 3159 standard. Japan companies also has their own accuracy standards with Seiko (the Grand Seiko line of watch) and Citizen have their in-house testing. Here, I will only explain on COSC/ISO standards as the Japan’s standard is more or less the same as the COSC.

Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres aka COSC is a non-profit organization set up to measure, test and certify accuracy of watches. Watches that are certified are granted “Chronometer” status – the highest prestige a watch can have. It is a mark that means the watch is of highest accuracy among the millions of automatic watches in the world, a symbol of pride for the owner of the watch. I should also clarify that “Chronometer” is not the same as “Chronograph”. Chronograph is a function in watches (automatic and quartz alike) that can function as a stop watch.

The testing of COSC is based on ISO 3159. All Chronometers will have a unique serial number from COSC and is typically engraved on the watch. The movement is tested for 16 days, whereby 15 measurements are taken after each day. It is then put in different positions (horizontal face up, face down, vertical etc.) and subjected to different temperatures (8, 23 and 38 degrees celcius). The movement then is judged according to 7 criteria in which it has to pass all. The COSC Chronometer testing criteria and its permissible (maximum) variations in timekeeping are below:

 

COSC Chronometer Testing Criteria:

1. Average Daily Rate: -4 or +6 seconds/day
2. Mean Variation In Rates: 2 seconds/day
3. Greatest Variation In Rates: 5 seconds/day
4. Difference Between Rates In Horizontal And Vertical Positions: -6 or +8 seconds/day
5. Largest Variations In Rates: 10 seconds/day
6. Thermal Variation: +-0.6 seconds/degrees celcius
7. Rate Resumption: +-5

From what we can conclude from the criteria above, a Chronometer should be accurate and consistent in its timekeeping. It must also be able to be accurate at different temperatures. Since gravity plays a role in accuracy of movement’s parts, a Chronometer should be able to be accurate at any position either horizontal (watch face up or down – as in when you take it off at night) and vertical (when you are wearing your watch).

Only about 3% of Swiss watches are certified Chronometers and most of them are very expensive and costs thousands (think your usual Rolex, Breitling, Tag Heuer and Omega). This is because it is very expensive to manufacture a Chronometer movement as the parts need to be of the highest quality. It also need to be assembled by hand and sent to testing. This all adds up to the cost of the watch. Now you know why that Rolex will cost you at least $5000.

I would like to add that a non-certified watch can also have a Chronometer like accuracy. Movements such as ETA 2892A2 (in Hamilton Intra Matic), ETA 2824-2 (in Tissot Le Locle), Seiko’s Cal. 6R15 (in Seiko SARB065) and Citizen’s Cal. 9010 (in Citizen Signature Grand Classic) are reported to have Chronometer-like accuracy in normal condition. Bear in mind the COSC testing standard is quite rigorous encompassing various positions and temperatures. A non-certified fine movements listed above can achieve the -4+6 seconds/day accuracy in normal usage conditions just fine, as long as the owner take care of them well. No need to pay those thousands of dollars then eh?

Are Automatic Watches Accurate?

Rolex GMT Master II,  certified Chronometer. Rolex holds the record as the most COSC certified Chronometer movements.

Factors Affecting Automatic Watches Accuracy

There are a few factors that can affect the accuracy of automatic watches. Some of the major factors that I believe are important for all automatic watch owners to know are:

1- Temperature
Using your watch in environments that are too cold (less than 8 degrees celcius) or too hot (around 38 degrees celcius) can really affect your watch accuracy. This happens because when it’s too hot (hotter than normal room temperature) metal parts inside the watch will expand, and when its too cold, the metals will contract. The expansion and contraction is not much, perhaps only a few millimeters that you can’t detect with you own eyes. But even that is enough to disrupt most of automatic watch’s movements from functioning properly. As a rule of thumb, your watch will lose time in hotter weather, and will gain time in cooler temperatures.

2- Magnetism
Watches are also sensitive to magnetism. They are steels parts remember? Any magnetic objects as well as electronic objects that can become magnetic such as phones, PC, television etc. should be avoided of any direct contact with your watch.

3- Shock
Any shock to the watch may also damage or move some of the internal parts. Your watch might be able to run like normal after that big fall on the ground but it might not be as accurate anymore.

4- Manual Winding For Full Mainspring Energy Reserve
Automatic watches are meant to be used without any manual winding for it to function properly. Yes it is functioning properly but how about its accuracy? Most automatic watches (based on my watches and some reviews I’ve read) would become very terrible at timekeeping accuracy if you don’t wind it manually (by rotating the crown). You can read a blog by Bernardwatch.com here <<LINK that shows how even a Breitling (certified Chronometer) will have bad accuracy if not wound manually.

5- Interval Service

It is recommended to have interval servicing for your watch to examine it, oiling and cleaning of its internal parts. The service interval vary between manufacturers. For example, Seiko recommends for 3 years, while Tissot recommends 4-5 years. This will depend on the exact model though.

 

It is very important to know that our automatic watches are very delicate and need proper care for it to function properly and keep accurate time. Please remember these tips well next time you want to throw your Tissot PRS 516 carelessly into your table.

 

What Is The Most Accurate Automatic Watch?

That’s a very tough question. For me, the Chronometer certified watches are all very accurate. It’s very tough to find a watch that can rival those slim tolerance levels. Though some would say the Japanese standards are stricter, but it’s definitely very hard to say that with certainty. For me, it is important to know that we have to live with this inaccuracy in timekeeping as that is part of the charm of automatic watches. If you want higher accuracy, buy a Quartz then =p.

 

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I hope you have learnt a lot from my post here. Do keep in mind on the factors that affect your watch’s accuracy. Those are very important things to remember. If you have any thoughts, please drop your comments below. Till next time then. Cheers!

 

Hamilton Intra Matic H38455131 Automatic Dress Watch – Gorgeous American Classic

Hamilton Intra Matic H38455131 Automatic Dress Watch - Gorgeous American Classic

Hamilton Intra Matic is Hamilton’s classic line of watch, designed by taking the cues of the American brand’s vintage dress watch models. They are really popular in the 1960s for quality watches that rivaled even the Swiss. Just like the Hamilton Khaki King this watch is a homage to their American heritage, specifically their vintage dress watches.

Side by side comparison of the Hamilton Vintage (top pic) and the new Hamilton Intra Matic (bottom pic). Timeless beauty is the word here. The design works in the 1960s, and it still looks gorgeous in this time and age.

Hamilton Intra Matic Specification

Diameter: 38 mm or 42 mm
Thickness: 10 mm
Lug to lug width: 48 mm
Lug width: 20 mm
Weight: 50 grams
Case: Polished stainless steel
Dial: Black dial
Dial Window: Sapphire Crystal with dome shape
Band: 20 mm width multi-link polished stainless steel bracelet with butterfly clasp.
Water Resistance: 50m / 164 ft
Movement: Swiss ETA 2892A2
Movement Features: 21 Jewels, 42 hours power reserve, +-20 seconds maximum daily variation (average of +-5 seconds per day)
Other Features: Crown at 3 o’clock, exhibition caseback, decorated movement, date display at 6 o’clock, Swiss Made
Best Place To Buy: Amazon.com

 

5 different designs were produced. Each of them is offered in 2 sizes : 38 mm and 42 mm case diameter

 

Hamilton produced 10 different Intra Matic models (shown above or you can view it all at Hamilton’s website here).

The models are similar, but with different combinations of dial color (black or silver), band type (stainless steel multi-link bracelet or leather band), casing diameter (38 mm or 42 mm) and casing color (polished stainless steel or gold coated stainless steel).

Everything else (dial design, the venerable ETA 2892A2 movement) is the same for all the models. The watch I’m reviewing in this article is the 38 mm diameter, black dial with bracelet version (because this is the one I fancy the most =) and it’s serial number is H38455131.

But as I said earlier, the other watches are basically the same with this one and this review should be able to cover all of them.

 

Hamilton American Classic Watches – Gorgeous Slim Profile

American Classic is the other name of the Intra Matic line and I explains itself. The watches are designed as a tribute to the vintage Hamilton dress watches. The dial with the stick markers and slim hands are reminiscent of their old watches.

Even the Hamilton signature and logo is the same as their vintage ones. This is a vintage Hamilton watch out the outside, but with modern parts and manufacturing processes to give you the best of both worlds.

The watch is produced in 2 diameter, 38 mm and 42 mm. I would definitely take the 38 mm as my wrist is quite small but for those that have a bigger wrist, you can always get the bigger version, albeit at a higher price than the 38 mm.

The one thing I really like about this watch is the slim profile, at 9.5 mm thick thanks to its slim ETA 2892A2 movement (more on that later).

Coupled with the overall slim case design, and the dome shaped dial window, the watch is very sleek and looks as elegant as what you would want from a dress watch. At just 50 gram, this could be the lightest watch you ever use.

The dial is black in color, and has stick markers. A date display is located at 6 o’clock, a very refreshing and unique design as it is very different than today’s common date at 3 o’clock design.

The Hamilton signature and logo is located at the center top of the watch and featuring Hamilton’s old logo and signature. The dial window is made from sapphire crystal and shaped to be like a dome.

The polished stainless steel case is also designed to be curvy at the edges, creating a round shape all over the watch which is very beautiful to look at.

Hamilton Intra Matic H38455131 Automatic Dress Watch - Gorgeous American Classic

Beautiful Multi-Link Bracelet

The bracelet of the Hamilton Intra Matic is a true art in itself. The bracelet is constructed from multi links instead of the traditional one piece link in many bracelets.

The multi link bracelet’s polished stainless steel create a beautiful and reflective effect, catching lights from different angles. It’s just truly amazing to look at and beautifully complement the handsome watch.

The clasp is butterfly clasp with push button, same as the Tissot PRS 516. Because of this, it would be quite hard to adjust the bracelet perfectly to your hand because of the absence of adjustment slots in the clasp.

But if you are not a bracelet type guy, there is also models of the Hamilton Intra Matic with leather bands that looks as stunning.

 

Swiss ETA 2892A2 Movement – High Quality Movement In A Middle Range Watch

Inside the Hamilton Intra Matic automatic watch, is the Swiss ETA Caliber 2892A2 movement. If you noticed, the movement is different than other typical Swatch Group low-middle range watches that uses ETA 2824-2 and 2834-2 (day and date) movement family (such as the Tissot Le Locle and Hamilton Khaki King).

The ETA 2892A2 is an improved version of the 2824-2, in which it has a slimmer profile, smaller diameter to be able to fit with lots of watches, newer technology and more accurate.

The result: a higher quality movement that is said to be on par with Rolex’s own movement and typically equipped in higher end brands such as Breitling and IWC.

And that is what makes the Hamilton Intra Matic a true bargain for automatic watch lovers. The 2892A2 in a middle range watch is just unthinkable of.

The slim profile of this movement is what enabled the watch to get its slim profile. One thing that I really don’t like is the absence of seconds hand (you would need some time to notice it from the photos and videos).

Hamilton opted not to put any seconds hand in this watch, which is not a really good decision. For me, a seconds hand is what will give automatic watches its characteristic sweeping motion. Not to mention you cannot set the watch to the exact time if there is no seconds hand.

It is truly a foresight by Hamilton in this part. I really hope they reconsider this and re-release another Intra Matic model with seconds hand =)

Hamilton Intra Matic H38455131 Automatic Dress Watch - Gorgeous American Classic

The watch also has an exhibition caseback – a standard of some sort for dress watches. Through the caseback, you can see the back of the ETA 2892A2 movement.

It has been decorated beautifully. The rotor got Hamilton signature engraved on it, and is very well executed. The watch also is rated to have 50 m or 164 feet water resistance for your peace of mind.

 

Conclusion

Hamilton Intra Matic is a very beautiful dress watch, with timeless dial design that is just classy and elegance to wear and look at.

The slim profile, dome sapphire crystal dial window and the case’s curvature all make the watch slimmer than it is and looks sleek. Inside the watch is the venerable Swiss ETA 2892A2, ETA’s higher range of movement.

The multi link bracelet is so amazing and really goes well with the watch. This is definitely a catch for a watch below $600.

 

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Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 Review – A Stylish Sports Watch

Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 Review - A Stylish Sports Watch

Tissot is well known as the middle range brand of the Swatch Group. But then, they have truly outperform themselves by producing high quality watches, that could easily worth more than what it is selling.

The Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 is a true example of that. This review is dedicated to this beautiful little timekeeping piece.

Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 Review - A Stylish Sports Watch

Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 Specification

Diameter: 42 mm
Thickness: 11.25 mm
Case: Polished stainless steel
Band: 20 mm wide stainless steel bracelet with push button deployment clasp closure
Dial: Black dial
Dial Window: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Hour Markers: Rectangular index with luminescent
Hands: Rectangular index with luminescent for hour and minute hands, red needle for seconds hand
Bezel: Minute marking on stationary bezel. Black in color
Movement: Swiss ETA Caliber 2836-2
Movement’s Features: 25 Jewels, 38 hours power reserve, hacking feature, 28,800 vibrations per minute or 8 beats per second, +-15 seconds accuracy per day
Other Features: Exhibition caseback with sapphire crystal, non-screw down crown, day and date display at 3 o’clock
Water Resistance: 100 m / 330 feet / 10 bar
Best Price: On Amazon

A Stylish Sports Watch

Tissot PRS 516 series is made reflecting the brand’s involvement in motorsport a few decades ago. It was a sponsor for many racing teams such as Lotus, Renault and Sauber.

This series is essentially a sports watch. But the thing that make me really love the Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 is that it is very stylish (and less sporty) compared to its siblings in the PRS 516 stable.

If you glance through the Tissot PRS 516 catalogue of offering (you can see it at their website here), most of the watches have chronograph. It is a handy feature for sure, but only if you really use it to time something (sports event, etc.).

For normal watch users like me, chronograph have little value. But don’t get mistaken. I adore the technological prowess of a chronograph in an automatic watch, but it’s just not my cup of tea as I don’t really find the need for it.

The Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 here is another story. Its a totally stylish sports watch, with its clear and fully black dial and bezel. It’s 42 mm diameter and 11.25 mm thickness is just perfect for a normal wrist.

The black dial is simply stunning. It only has index markers and some signatures (Tissot, 1853 established year, water resistance marking, etc) on it.

You will get a gorgeous black dial, coupled with a black bezel. The stationary bezel is flushed with the edge of the watch.

 

A wonderful review of the Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00. You can see how stylish, elegant and well constructed the watch is.

 

Sapphire Crystal Dial And Exhibition Caseback

On the watch is an anti-reflective sapphire dial window, a much loved feature for all watch lovers. The sapphire is scratch resistant and will undoubtedly lasts very long.

It is something that I really wish Seiko and Invicta will use in their middle range watches, but well, money talks. On the watch’s back, there is an exhibition caseback – also made from sapphire crystal (horray!).

From the back you can see the movement that powers this watch (ETA 2836-2). Tissot also has designed a neat treat for us, the caseback is shaped like a steering wheel (you can see clearly from the video above) – a homage to their racing days.

The band is something that is quite controversial. Tissot has opted for a stainless steel bracelet with deployment clasp closure.

The issue is the bracelet is hard to be adjusted. On a normal bracelet, there is an adjustment holes that we can use. But there is none on this bracelet.

What we have on this watch is a half link that can be taken out to make any adjustment, which is really a bother.

But apart from that, I like the design of this bracelet as it is different from normal. You can see the clasp is made to look just like another link, a really ingenious design.

Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 Review - A Stylish Sports Watch

The Reliable Swiss ETA 2836-2 Movement

Inside Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 is a Swiss ETA 2836-2 movement. Since both ETA and Tissot are under the Swatch Group, ETA movements are always used in Tissot’s watches, and other brands under Swatch.

This movement boasts a 28,800 vibration per hour, or 8 beats per second (4 Hz) and not really considered a hi-beat movement.

But you can definitely see the difference in the smoothness of the sweeping seconds hand compared to a lower 6 beats movement. But a higher beat movement will require servicing more frequently as its internal parts moves lots more.

The ETA 2836-2 movement used 25 jewels in its parts. It has an accuracy of +-15 seconds per day, though I believe constant manual winding (rotating the crown) of the watch will definitely improve on that. It also has hacking feature, meaning you can stop the watch completely including its seconds hand.

The watch also comes with 100 m or 330 feet water resistance. It is a sports watch after all right. With this water resistance rating, you can always bring it out for a swim. Just make sure not to operate the crown.

Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 Review - A Stylish Sports Watch

To conclude, Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 is a very stylish sports watch. You can use it anywhere – go to gym, sports, wear with suits, etc. It will just looks good on any time and occasion.

The fully black dial and bezel just adds on to the elegance of this watch. The build quality of Tissot is very well known, and this watch is not an exception. Rest assured that this watch will never go out of style even after some time.

Where To Get This Tissot PRS Automatic Watch?

If you want to buy this stylish sports watch, you can check out Amazon for the best price of Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00. Amazon also lists many Tissot watches on it site, all for attractive discounts, from the original MSRP of $600.

Click the link below to check out the best deals of Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 on Amazon.

 

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Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time Review – Gorgeous Automatic Watch Under $500

Tissot Le Locle Vs Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time

One Of The Most Beautiful Automatic Watch Under $500 – A Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time Review

Seiko has always make great watches at affordable prices. And this post will dedicated for the Seiko SARB065 review, or popularly known as the Seiko Cocktail Time“. B

eautiful with sunburst guilloche dial, and a price tag that won’t break your bank, there is no reason not to love this little timepiece.

Let’s get on to the Seiko Cocktail Time review, which in my opinion is the most gorgeous automatic watch under $500.Seiko SARB065 review - Seiko Cocktail Time Review

 

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Before we get to the detail review, let’s have a quick look at what is the SARB lineup all about.

 

Seiko SARB Line – Middle Range Dress Watch

The SARB line is Seiko’s middle range dress watch and one of the most popular watch line among Seiko fans.

The reason for its huge popularity?

It’s downright beautiful, with great craftsmanship but at an affordable price. Some of the most popular watches in this line is the SARB065 (the watch I’m reviewing here), the simple yet elegant SARB033, and the unique SARB017 Alpinist with grean and gold dial).

This SARB065 watch is a collaboration done by Seiko and Shinobu Ishigaki, one of Japan’s top bartender. They teamed up together and released a couple of watches and the most popular is this (which is why it’s nickname is “Cocktail Time“).

For some reason unbeknownst to most people, Seiko only released this watch for JDM or Japan Domestic Market which means it is not available outside of their country. I’m guessing they really like to keep the best watches for themselves.

Now that’s downright selfish! Non-Japanese (like you and me) also have the right to own these gorgeous watches. Fortunately, people outside of Japan can buy this watch through many online merchants, of which Amazon.com is one of them.

 

Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time Specification

Diameter: 40 mm
Thickness: 13 mm
Case: Stainless steel
Band: 20 mm leather band with clasp

Dial: Guilloche sunburst dial
Watch Crystal: Seiko’s Hardlex crystal
Markers: Sword shape markers
Hands: Dauphine minute and hour hands. Black color with blue tip for seconds hand

Movement: Seiko’s Caliber 6R15 with 23 Jewels. 21,600 vibrations per hour or 6 beats per second
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Accuracy: +25;-15 seconds per day

Water Resistance: 50 m
Other Features: Date display at 3 o’clock, Exhibition caseback, Non-screwdown crown at 3 o’clock

Where to Buy: Amazon (Click the link below to check its latest price)

 

Seiko SARB065 Cocktail TimeSeiko SARB065 Cocktail Time

 

Gorgeous Design With Sunburst Guilloche Dial

The first thing that you are going to notice is the gorgeous sunburst guilloche dial. The silver dial is designed with lots of fine silver lines from the center of the watch to the edge, a feat that need exquisite craftsmanship to make.

The watch then will just took reflection of lights beautifully and will change it’s appearance under different light points.

Even though the picture above shows it to have a blue dial, the actual dial is white in color. You need to see it in person to really understand the magnificence of it.

I’ve embedded a youtube review of this watch down below that you can see to look at how pretty it really is in person.

 

Seiko SARB065 review - sunburst guilloche dial

Can you see how stunning the SARB065’s dial is.. It’s truly marvelous to look at

 

Small Stylish Signatures

On the Seiko SARB065 dial, you will find the “Seiko”, “Automatic” in italic and “23 Jewels” signatures on the dial. The signatures are beautifully put on top of the dial, and does not obstruct it in any way.

There are also the small words “Japan” and “6R15” on the bottom of the watch, signalling it is made in Japan for JDM and the movement caliber that it has.

Seiko uses wedge shaped hour markers with silver stainless steel color which perfectly complement the sunburst dial.

Same goes for the silver dauphine hands. Only the second hand is different, black hand with a blue tip, a very nice detail.

There is no luminous on the hands and markers, but then again, who needs them on a dress watch? Save those lumes for when you are getting a sporty dive watch.

The design of the watch face is truly beautiful. It’s sort of captivates you to keep looking at it. The attention to detail on the seconds hand tip really blow me away. Only the Japanese are able to give so much detail, at such an amazingly affordable price for a watch.

 

Above is a great video review of the Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time. Notice how beautiful the sunburst dial is. I really love how it catches lights from different angles.

 

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Highly Polished Stainless Steel Case

To complement the shining sunburst dial, Seiko opted for all around polished stainless steel case. The case is 40 mm in diameter, and 47 mm lug to lug width (overall length of the watch from top to bottom). In my opinion, it is a good size for a man’s wrist.

One thing that puzzles me is the thickness of 13 mm. 13 mm is a common thickness for many diver’s watch which is why I’m astounded on why a dress watch would have to be this thick.

Since a dress watch does not need to have that much water resistance, it can be thinner, which will give it a sleeker look. But nevertheless this watch still look amazing on wrist.

 

Seiko SARB065 on hand

It can also be paired with different strap colors and will still look gorgeous.

 

The watch comes with shiny leather band, which have a butterfly clasp on it. So you never need to worry about damaging and replacing your leather band, as is the case with normal pin and buckle.

Some people do not like the shining band (me included) but I understand that Seiko wants to make the Cocktail Time a “shining watch” but the shining leather band is just a bit over the top.

Not to mention it looks like a cheap vinyl band. But luckily, a replacement leather band is just $20-$30 away =).

 

Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time Leather Strap exhibition caseback

 

Exhibition Caseback To Peek At The Auto Movement

The crown is located at 3 o’clock, the same with the date display. An engraving of “S” can be seen on the crown to denote “Seiko” which is a nice detail.

The watch features an exhibition caseback, a favorite feature of mine. You can see the back of the Caliber 6R15 movement that powers the watch.

But don’t expect too much from Seiko’s exhibition casebacks (at least at this price point). They never did put much effort to beautify the back of the movement for our eye’s pleasure like Swiss manufacturers.

The gears are all the same color, the jewels are not really easy to spot, and the engravings are just minimal.

This is not really a deal breaker for me though. For one, there is absolutely no problem with the movement’s performance (more on that later on).

But then again, the aesthetics of the exhibition caseback is not really prominent, compared to their Swiss competitors.

Luckily, Seiko more than doubled their effort on the other aspects of the watch, namely the gorgeous dial, markers, hands and casing.

These other aspects of the watch are more than enough to cover the little lacking in their exhibition caseback. Besides, how much time do we look at the movement compared to the dial and case right?

 

Caliber 6R15 – Seiko’s Answer To ETA 2824

Powering the Cocktail Time is Seiko’s own in-house Caliber 6R15 automatic movement, Seiko’s equivalent to ETA 2824 movement. This movement is usually used in many Seiko’s mid range watches.

It is essentially a workhouse, and is even used in many diving watches by Seiko (especially the mid-range Perspex line).

That shows just how good the movement is. It has 23 jewels and is automatic and hand winding mechanism, the best of both worlds.

The usage of automatic movement will free its owner of having to change the battery (like in normal quartz watch).

It also has hacking feature that stops the seconds hand when you are adjusting the time. This will enable you to set the time perfectly to the seconds.

The Caliber 6R15 has a 21,600 vibrations per hour, or 6 beats per seconds. The beats will indicate how smooth the movement of the sweeping second hand will be: a higher beat per second will give a more fluid sweeping motion.

With 6 beats per second, this movement is not that fluid to be honest. ETA 2824 with 8 beats per second will have a more fluid motion albeit slightly.

But there are two major advantages of having a lower beat rate. First, the service interval of the watch will be longer as the parts are not moving as much as a higher beat rate movement.

Secondly, the lower beat rate will have more power reserve. The 6R15 has a whopping 50 hours (2 full days!), compared to ETA 2824 with 38 hours (1 and a half day).

 

Caliber 6R15 – An Accurate Movement

The advertised accuracy of this movement is +25 and -15 seconds per day, meaning the watch could gain 25 seconds or lose 15 seconds per day.

But from my experience with my SBDC003 (or Sumo) that uses the same exact movement, the highest deviation that I got is +-5 seconds per day. This is consistent with many reviews by other owners around the world.

The main reason why this is happening is that most movements are designed to be very good at accuracy when dial is being used and also facing up.

When the dial is facing other directions (down, inclined left, etc.) gravity effect of the movement will kick in and reduce the efficiency and accuracy of the watches’ parts.

Not only that, magnetism and lack of power reserve (such as after not using the watch for a day and half) will reduce its accuracy too. Which is why a +-5 seconds in normal usage is a good standard for any automatic watch.

 

Click here for futher info on the Seiko Caliber 6R15

 

Seiko SARB065 Cocktail TimeSeiko SARB065 Cocktail TimeTissot Le LocleTissot Le Locle

 

Side by side comparison of the Tissot Le Locle  and the Seiko Cocktail Time. Which one do you prefer? Let me know in the comments section below =)

Tissot Le Locle T41.1.423.33 Vs Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time

A few weeks back I have reviewed another gorgeous watch, the Tissot Le Locle T41.1.423.33. These two watches are dress watch, both cost less than $500 and this match up is basically a Japan vs Swiss battle.

Both have gorgeous guilloche dial, but one has a subtle dauphine shape hands and markers while the other has black sword hands and roman numeral markers.

It’s also the battle between Cal. 6R15 and Cal. ETA 2824. Both of these two watches are great watches in their own right, but which one is more gorgeous?

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But for me, the Seiko Cocktail Time triumphed over its Swiss challenger.

The sunburst dial design of the Cocktail Time is more beautiful than the Le Locle. I love how the guilloche lines of the Cocktail Time covers the whole dial, as compared to the Le Locle, where the guilloche is only present at the center of the dial.

The simple silver sword hands and markers complements the sunburst dial and pretty much complete the watch’s look. It is without a doubt the Cocktail Time wins hands down.

 

Mesmerized By The Gorgeous Sunburst Dial? Where Can I Get One?

Where to buy Seiko Cocktail Time since it’s not sold officially outside of Japan? Don’t worry as the watch is readily available on many online retailers.

If you’re a fan of Amazon, you’re in luck as Amazon also have this watch listed on its website. Check the latest price of the watch by clicking the link below.

 

Seiko SARB065 Cocktail TimeSeiko SARB065 Cocktail Time

 

Conclusion

The Seiko SARB065 is a gorgeous watch and has solid craftsmanship that rivals Swiss watchmakers. It’s robust automatic movement, complemented with its real beauty makes it such a pleasure.

The dial is just extraordinary and really makes it One of The Most Gorgeous Automatic Watch Under $500 in my opinion.

One thing for sure, there will be plenty of people that will stop and look at it and compliment your watch all the time. With a beautiful watch face like this, who wouldn’t?

 

 

I hope you like my Seiko Cocktail Time review and find it helpful. If you have any comments or opinion on this watch, just ask me will ya.

Let me know in the comments section below =)

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Isaac

Hamilton Khaki King Automatic Review (H64455533)

Hamilton Khaki King Automatic Watch H64455533 Review - A Homage To Military Watch

Swiss Military Watch Heritage – A Hamilton Khaki King Review

Hamilton is an old legendary American watch company and today’s post is about Hamilton Khaki King review.

The Khaki king (Model No. H64455533) is made as a homage to Hamilton’s Military watch (the company made military watches for American Army during World War II) but with some modern twist in it.

It’s very beautiful to look at, very rugged and tough (and also manly!) – as expected of a military watch, and last but not least (though could mean the world to some of us) it’s Swiss Made. Let’s get on to the Hamilton Khaki King review for a closer look at this watch.

 

Hamilton Khaki King Review

 

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Hamilton Khaki King Automatic Watch H64455533 Specification

Diameter: 40 mm
Thickness: 11 mm
Case: Heavy duty stainless steel with brushed finish
Strap: 20 mm leather strap with contrast stitching and buckle.
Bezel: Fixed bezel without decoration

Dial: Black dial
Watch Crystal: Anti-reflective Sapphire crystal dial
Hour Markers: Numeric markers with 24-hour numbering at inner dial
Hands: Sword shape luminous hands

Movement: ETA Cal. 2834-2 Swiss Automatic self-wind movement with 25 jewels
Accuracy: up to +-15 seconds per day
Power Reserve: 38 hours

Water Resistance: 50 m or 165 feet. Not suitable for swimming or diving.
Other Features: Crown at 3 o’clock, crown guard, day and date display at 12 o’clock, exhibition caseback showing decorated movement

Where To Buy: Amazon where we can get it for a cheaper price than its MSRP.

 

Hamilton Khaki King review Hands on

 

A Homage To Hamilton’s Military Watch History

Hamilton watch company was founded in the US around 1900s in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It began by making and selling pocket watches, and later wrist watches to the public. The company was famous for being assigned with producing accurate and durable timepieces for the American army during World War II.

Around the 1980s, the brand was sold to the Swatch Group, and later it was moved entirely to the Swiss. It’s quite sad to know that a once popular American watch manufacturer was sold to another country. But hey, look at the good part. Now all Hamilton’s watches are Swiss Made =)

The Hamilton Khaki King is a homage to their military watches, but with some modern styling twist. Hamilton still preserved the big and very readable hour markers. The watch was made using heavy duty stainless steel, an absolute must for the maximum protection and durability for any military watch.

It’s slightly bigger than it’s older brother, at 40 mm diameter and 11 mm thickness – though that’s actually just the right size with the current trend right now for men’s watches. With the size, it will look balanced on any wrist.

Traditional military watches used Nato straps, but Hamilton opted for a 20 mm leather strap on this watch. A good move I would say as the leather strap with contrast stitching make the watch look much elegant and manly, not to mention very comfortable to wear too.

 

Hamilton Khaki King hands on

Look at how gorgeous the watch is. The usage of polished finish on some parts of the watch make it less rugged but still a tough watch nonetheless =p

 

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Simple, Rugged and ManlyMilitary Watch Styling

As mentioned earlier, the Hamilton Khaki King took some design cues from it’s older brother. The dial is black, with combination of 12-hour markers at the outer dial and 24-hour markers at the inner dial – classic design of military watches.

There are minute markers around the edge of the dial. Day and date display are at located 12 o’clock, a quite unique position as most watches would put it at 3 o’clock.

But then the day is displayed in full e.g “Saturday” instead of just “Sat” like normal watches as they have more space. It depends on the people really, but I found it quite interesting and like it.

The hands are simple sword style luminous hands. The dial window is anti-reflective sapphire crystal, normal for watches at this price range. It’s scratch resistant and a must for a durable military watch.

The watch also has an sapphire crystal exhibition caseback, where we can see its ETA 2834-2 movement. The movement has been engraved with the Hamilton signature and shows some of the 25 jewels it has.

 


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Hamilton Khaki King (H64455533)Hamilton Khaki King (H64455533)

On the dial, we can see the signatures “Hamilton”, “Khaki” and “Automatic” on it. The crown is positioned at 3 o’clock, with crown guards.

There is an H emblem on it signifying Hamilton. The bezel is not decorated, and fixed in its position.

The finish of the casing is a combination of polished and brushed surfaces that makes it looks totally gorgeous and yet still look as a military watch.

Overall, the watch is very rugged and tough looking watch. I certainly love its manly feeling. It’s made of high quality material and craftsmanship.

Some people would say the watch can be wore with dress shirts, but I beg to differ. It’s a handsome watch for sure, but it’s just too rugged to be used with a dress shirt. For me, this watch fits perfectly when I’m going out in my casual wear, jeans and all.

 

 

Hamilton Khaki King Automatic Watch H64455533 Review - A Homage To Military Watch

The back of the watch is an open caseback so that its lucky owner can see the ETA 2834-2 movement. Open caseback has always been a favorite watch element to me. There is something satisfying to see the wheel balance oscillates in swift manner as if the watch itself is alive =)

 

Swiss ETA 2834-2 Movement

Underneath the brushed stainless steel casing of the watch, there is a Swiss ETA Caliber 2834-2 automatic movement, a powerhouse and commonly used in many watches under the Swatch Group brand. The movement has 25 jewels with some of them can be seen from the exhibition caseback.

The rotor has also been engraved with Hamilton’s signature and can be seen from the case back. This movement is accurate up to +-15 seconds per day, though most watch owners out there report that it has a much higher accuracy, only +-5 seconds per day. The movement has 38 hours power reserve, pretty standard for automatic watches.

The watch is water resistant up to 50 m or 165 feet. This means that it is not suitable for diving, snorkeling or swimming. Though some splash of water here and there would be fine.

 

Where To Buy Hamilton Khaki King Automatic?

If you are looking to buy the Hamilton Khaki King, check out Amazon as the online company usually has discounts for the watch, reducing its price from an MSRP of $545! Click the link below to go to Amazon to check on this amazing deal.

 

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Conclusion

Hamilton Khaki King is a tough and rugged watch, taking its cue from Hamilton’s American military watches during the World War II.

But even then, the design is stylish and handsome. Combined with the tough look of the military watch, it’s definitely a “manly” watch =)

It has a sturdy construction and build that will guarantee you this watch will be able to take any beating. As a made in Swiss watch, you can also rest assured that it has the highest quality and technology the Swiss has to offer.

American spirit, Swiss precision – that is the tagline from Hamilton, and this watch fully embodies that tagline truthfully.

 

 

I hope this article on the Hamilton Khaki King review is beneficial to you guys. Should you have any comments or questions, feel free to ask me about it.

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Isaac

Invicta Pro Diver 9937 Review

Invicta Pro Diver 9937 Review

Welcome to the Invicta 9937 review, a model from the Pro Diver line up. Invicta is a brand that is well know for making good watches (automatics and quartz) at affordable prices. For those that don’t know, Invicta means “invincible” in Latin.

The company is founded in the Swiss around 1800s on the belief that fine timepieces can be sold at a modest price to the masses, and they still do that today.

The company is currently based in the US, but still outsourced most of their parts from the Swiss and assemble it somewhere in China.

So if you heard somebody says that Invicta is “Swiss Made”, don’t give much attention to it lol. For all we know, it could just be a marketing ploy.

Invicta 9937 OB

Here, I’m going to review the Invicta 9937 Pro Diver (or 9937OB. The OB stands for “Old Bezel” that is the coin edge bezel this unit has. Some newer Invicta has the scallop edge).

Let’s check out the Invicta 9937 review shall we.

Invicta 9937 Review

Homage Or Knock Off?

This particular Invicta Pro Diver 9937 is a homage to a very popular diving watch, the Rolex Submariner.

Though many (actually most) of diving watches out there looks like the iconic sub, the Invicta Pro Diver 9937 is very very similar to the Rolex.

It’s something that’s well know of the brand. They like to copy well known watches blatantly.

The overall watch casing, bezel, font of the numeral on the bezel, hour markers, date display with cyclops, and the minute and hour hands are 99% the same.

With these, it is very hard to not say Invicta copied the Submariner’s design (though some people is more forgiving to term it as “homage”).

Invicta did impart their own design on the dial and some inscribing on the watch’s sides and back to give the watch their own brand. In this regard, Invicta is a step above cheap China knock-offs.

But unless you see it up close, it’s very hard to tell if you are wearing a Rolex or an Invicta which can be what Submariner’s fans might want – a much cheaper alternative to the Sub.

Nevertheless, a watch’s worth is not just on the design itself. Even though it is a copy, the Invicta Pro Diver 9937 is a tough and solid watch on its own right.

And it’s definitely much friendlier to our wallet than the Submariner too!

 

Invicta Pro Diver 9937 Specification

Diameter: 40 mm
Thickness: 12 mm
Weight: 5.6 oz or 159 gram
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Band: 20 mm width Stainless Steel with fold over clasp and safety
Dial: Black metal dial
Dial Window: Flame Fusion Window (Mineral crystal with sapphire coating)
Bezel: Unidirectional black bezel. Made from stainless steel
Movement: Swiss Automatic – Sellita SW200
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Jewels: 26 Jewels
Accuracy: up to 30 seconds per day
Winding: Automatic and manual winding with hacking feature
Water Resistance: 660 feet or 200 m
Other Features: Exhibition caseback,Screw down crown, Date display with cyclops, luminescent hands and markers
Warranty: 1 Year Warranty

Best Place To Buy: Amazon

Invicta Pro Diver 9937 Review


The Invicta Pro Diver 9937 has a 40 mm diameter, not too big and not too small and can suit most people’s wrist.

It has a thickness of 12 mm and weigh 5.6 oz or 159 grams and is comfortable to be worn and used.

Though you might want to look for another watch to go with your suit as it is quite thick and might have problem to fit into your sleeves.

It is made from stainless steel, and have a water resistance of up to 660 feet or 200 m.

The crown is screw down crown, a compulsory element to be considered a serious diving watch. The screw down means the crown has to be turned to operate/change the time and date.

This is to prevent water infiltration during diving.

The band is made from stainless steel too and comes with fold over clasp with safety. It is a sturdy and solid band, looking from the thickness of the steel.

 

Invicta Pro Diver 9937: A Rolex Submariner Look Alike?

As mentioned earlier, this Invicta 9937 watch is a spitting image of the Rolex Submariner.

A lot of diving watches today takes their design cues from the Sub such as markers, bezel design, crown and crown guard, hands, and also the cyclops to magnify the date.

The Sub has become hugely popular, that it is just unimaginable for any diving watch to have its iconic look.

Invicta also apparently did it with this watch, but they had took it further. The bezel, markers, hands, and the date are just too identical to the Sub.

Even the “mercedes” hour hand is the same! Luckily the dial signature is totally different as it bears the Invicta logo signatures. There is also an Invicta scribe on the right side of the watch and on the back case.

The dial comes with black in color and made from metal. The previous version of this watch comes with sapphire window (lucky them!) while the latest version dial window is made of flame fusion, a mineral crystal that has sapphire coating on top of it.

This material is not as scratch resistant as sapphire though it really depends on how you use the watch.

On the back, Invicta put an exhibition caseback to show the movement which is quite strange for a 200 m diving watch to have this.

It is always a pleasure to be able to see the movement. By looking at it, you will be able to appreciate the design and meticulous effort taken to assemble the hundreds parts of the watch.

Invicta 9937 Review

Sellita SW200 And ETA 2824-2

Previous version of the Invicta Pro Diver 9937 is powered by ETA 2824-2 movement.

But some few years back, Swatch Group (parent company of ETA) made the decision to restrict the selling of ETA movement to its competitors.

Because of that, Invicta had to purchase the movement from Sellita, and currently this watch comes with Sellita SW200 movement.

Sellita is a fellow Swiss company that had a history of being a subcontractor for ETA to assemble its movements.

It is only currently the company has grown to produce their own movements and the SW200 is actually a copy of the 2824-2.

They are allowed to do this as the 2824-2 is an old movement (more than 20 years I think) and is not covered under copyright anymore.

The Sellita SW200 movement has 38 hours power reserve and made of 26 jewels (as opposed to ETA 2824-2’s 25 jewels). It is automatically winded and can also be manually winded by rotating the crown 25 times for a full charge.

The posted accuracy from Sellita is around 30 seconds gain or lose per day. But most people that owned this watch report higher accuracy, of only +-5 seconds per day which is a really great accuracy.

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Watch this awesome review of the Invicta Pro Diver 9937. You can see how the watch fits perfectly on his hand and how stunning it looks.

 

Invicta Pro Diver 9937 is a really great watch with solid build. It really looks like Rolex Submariner but with a much lower price. Since it’s not too expensive, you are really going to use it for a whole bunch of activities.

Activities that you won’t even dream of using the Submariner at all such as diving, camping, skiing, travelling and so on. Even though the Submariner is made for diving, I bet none of those that spent thousands of dollars to buy it will actually use it for anything too extreme.

With this watch, you will get a daily beater that is just as gorgeous and solidly built like the Rolex. And with it’s price around $280, it is a killer deal for a watch!

 

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Questionable Quality Performance

On a side note, I should warn you guys about the fact that Invicta is also infamous for a lax QC practice.

Just look at this negative reviews from Amazon. Quite a number of them give bad reviews (1 and 2 stars) which means the could be a lot of lemon units!

Which is why I would suggest you buy this watch from a merchant that has good return policy, in case you bought a lemon.

Amazon is well known to have good return policy, so if you do get a lemon, you can always contact them to get a refund.

 

Final Thoughts

So what’s my verdict? Well, the watch is not an original piece and lacks character due to the blatant copy from Rolex Submariner.

But as a homage watch, especially since not everyone can put down $10k for a watch, it’s a good deal.

Good built with a design that’s well loved and very affordable price. What’s not to like? For a cheap Submariner homage, this is one of the best you could buy.

 

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Isaac