Orient Defender Review – Unique Looking Military Watch

Orient Defender Review

Hi there! Today’s post is going to be about Orient Defender review. It’s an automatic self-winding with military or field watch styling. But the big difference is on the dial design – it has these 2 subdials for 24-hours time and day indicator – making it a very interesting military style watch while being very functional. And it’s quite cheap for a full automatic watch! Read on for the full Orient Defender review.

Orient Defender Leather Strap

Orient Defender Specification (ET0N002B/K)

Diameter: 42 mm
Thickness: 12 mm
Lug to Lug: 48 mm
Lug Width: 22 mm
Case: Matte stainless steel case
Strap: Leather strap with pin buckle

Dial: Matte black or gray dial
Watch Crystal: Mineral crystal
Hands: Sword shaped hands with lume
Markers: Index markers with lume
Subdials: 24-hour subdial (left) and Day display subdial (right)

Movement: Orient Caliber 46B40 Automatic self-wind movement
Movement Features: Japanese made movement, 21 Jewels, 21600 vibrations per hour or 6 beats per second, Non-hacking
Power Reserve: 40 hours

Water Resistance: 100 m
Other Features: Luminous hands and markers, Date display, Day subdial display, 24-hour time subdial, Screw down crown

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Origin Of Field Watches or Military Watches

For those of you that are not aware, field watches or military watches are those watches that have this distinctive simple and easy to look styling. Their name “military watches” comes from the fact that these are the kind of watches used by army men during the first and second world wars. An interesting fact is these military men are those that initially popularized the usage of wrist watches.

 

Shown above is the Hamilton Khaki Field Officer (left) and Seiko 5 SNK809 (right), two examples of military watches. Notice how the similarity of their styling (also with the Orient Defender) with the rugged look and clear visibility to make it easy to tell time

In the earliest days of watch, it is used more as a pocket watch. Wrist watch is rare and only worn by women but as a “bracelet watch” for the simple reason that women don’t wear jackets with pockets to store their pocket watch. Men only limit their watch to pocket watches as it’s considered to be more gentlemanly to wear one. But around this time (18th century), watches are considered jewelry of high value (most are hand-made mechanical watches) and can only be afforded by the most affluent people.

During the war periods, the army men discovered the importance of synchronizing attacks without relying on hand signals which can give your position away and are not reliable (in the dark for instance). Thus they begin to use wrist watches as we know it today and the popularity of watches continued to boom afterwards.

Nowadays, I’m sure most military men would use prefer a digital quartz watch as they offer more functions (backlight to tell the time in the dark please!) so these military watches with analog are not having that much military time anymore. But the simple styling and vintage aesthetic look of it continue to win people over and it’s still in demand nowadays.

Orient Defender Gray ET0N002K

Orient Defender Gray ET0N002K

Unique Military Watch Dial With 2 Subdials

The dial of this watch is very unique and different than other military watches. Right off the bat we can see the two subdials on top of the watch face. The top left subdial is dedicated for 24-hour time display which I really love. The problem with analog watch is we don’t know what time it is (am or pm) as the hour hands only display 12-hours. This is not really important but I find it a bit annoying when I have to restart a watch from stop – since you don’t know what time (am/pm) the watch is in, more often than not you are going to encounter the annoying problem of the date/day displays change at noon. That’s very inconvenient and downright embarrassing when you are one day ahead of everyone.

The second subdial at right position (3 o’clock) is for the day display. It uses a circle instead of a normal day display (something like the date display at the bottom of the dial) which is quite unique I would say. At the bottom left is Orient’s logo and signatures. These elements make the dial unsymmetrical but very practical and unique. The 24-hour GMT subdial, day and date displays are very useful and make the watch highly functional.

Orient Defender Black ET0N002BOrient Defender Black ET0N002B

There are two colors for this watch: black and gray. Both color variations comes matte. The same design is also applied to the matte stainless steel case – a true military watch cannot be shiny because it will attract attention in battle field. It also make the watch look more tool-like and vintage. The markers are big and bold to assist in easily reading the time. The same is with the sword shaped hands. Both of these got lume applied on top of them to help with visibility in the dark. There are clear minute markings at the outer edge of the dial for more accurate reading of time.

Orient Defender Lume ShotOrient Defender lume shot

All in all, the dial is far from the simple and rugged styling of typical military watches. I believe Orient designed this watch with the intent of making it stand out from normal – the usage of 2 subdials and asymmetry dial make the look more interesting and busy but still following the standards of big bold markers and hands with matte finishing of military watches. It’s also very functional with the 24-hours time, day and date displays.

 

Matte Stainless Steel Case

The case is made from stainless steel with matte finish. This finishing (instead of the ordinary polished or brushed finishing) and the solid construction are clearly to make the watch more rugged and suitable for actual usage in harsh environments (war zones, mud, etc.). The usage of screw down crown and caseback also gives credibility to this. Because of this, the watch is rated up to 100 m water resistance. Since it has a screw down crown, there is no issue of using this watch underwater – you just got to be sure to screw it in properly beforehand. The case also is simply constructed without any complex case designs – it’s a $250 watch after all.

Orient Defender Review

It’s properly sized to most wrists with a 42 mm diameter and 48 mm lug to lug which is totally inline with today’s trend. It’s not too big for small wrists and not too small for bigger wrists. It’s also only 12 mm thick and quite light. Again, as a full military watch, the weight of the watch is important to be kept as low as possible. Our military men are going to have to carry those heavy equipments all around the battle field and it’s more beneficial to wear a light watch. The positioning of the screw down crown at the 4 o’clock position instead of the normal 3 o’clock also helps with making the watch more ergonomic. I find that the normal crown position will hinder our wrist movement to flex upwards and the unorthodox 4 o’clock position is much better (just that it look a bit weird though).

The Orient Defender comes with a leather strap attached to its 22 mm lug width. By having a normal lug width, it’s fairly easy to find a replacement strap if anyone don’t like the strap it comes with. I’ve seen a lot of owners pair this watch to a black or brown Nato straps and it look amazing. At the back is a normal screw down caseback and the top comes with a mineral watch crystal. I’m not a fan of mineral crystals as it’s not really scratch resistant and lack the ability to be polished (like acrylic does). But for a watch that comes in this price point, mineral is the standard. You guys can read my post here introduction to watch crystals for more info.

Overall, the stainless steel case is a tough and rugged case designed for actual field works. The matte finishing is meant to make it more functioning – no military men in their right mind would wear a shiny timepiece on their wrist which will blow their locations to enemies. The usage of matte finish of the dial is also because of the same functional reason. I like how it has a screw down crown that helps with its 100 m water resistance rating. A watch that can be used in and above water is very versatile for its users.

Orient Defender On Wrist

Orient 46B40 Automatic Movement

Inside this watch is the Orient 46B40 automatic self winding movement, Orient’s own in-house movement. Orient has been known to only use in-house movements for all their automatic timepieces – something that most Swiss brands can’t say the same. The usage of in-house movements give them the flexibility of altering or modifying any movement to suit the design of the watch. A simple change in the movement can be done by using parts that they have in hand. This makes Orient able to produce variable watch designs at lower cost than other watch companies.

The movement comes with 21 Jewels and vibrates at 21600 per hour or 6 beats per second. It’s non-hacking and has a 40 hours power reserve. In short, it’s a normal Japanese quality movement except with the addition of 24-hour time and day display subdials. Many reviews online about this movement has praised it to be quite accurate, with some even +-6 seconds per day. Though I would suggest if you want to get this watch, don’t expect very high accuracy for it. It’s best to downplay our expectations of accuracy for any non-COSC chronometer watches to about +-15 to +-20 seconds a day.

As I’ve written in this post here on difference between automatic and quartz watches, automatic watches is the less accurate, by a lot of times. Even a chronometer (the most accurate automatic watch) will gain or lose up to 6 seconds per day. A quartz will gain/lose that much in a MONTH. That’s a lot of difference in accuracy between these two and you will have to reset the time once every few days.

I believe it’s important for those joining wanting to buy their first automatic watch to know this fact to avoid regretting buying the watch. But in return, you are getting a piece of old technology that is kinda romantic, unique, has gorgeous sweeping seconds hand and very different than those boring and common electrical powered quartz or smartwatches most people wear today =)


Watch this video review for upclose view on the Orient Defender

 

Conclusion

It’s not hard to tell that this is an interesting and unique watch. The dial design with 2 subdials for 24-hour time and day display is not common after all. This with the applied lume on top of the hands/markers make this military watch very functional for day-to-day use. Not only that, the matte stainless steel case also lend some toughness and rugged look to it. With a slim body and light weight, it’s comfortable watch to be used for outdoor activities. Having a 100 m water resistance and a screw-down crown gives it’s owner more confidence too. For an interesting take on military watch, Orient’s little timepiece here surely impress.
I hope you guys like this Orient Defender review. If there is any questions or comments regarding this watch, feel free to drop it inside the comment section below.

Cheers!
Isaac

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Orient Symphony Automatic Watch Review

Orient Symphony Automatic Watch Review

 

Orient Symphony is another classy dress watch by the Japanese brand, and this review is dedicated for this beautiful timepiece. It’s in the same class as the Bambino, another beautiful dress watch by Orient.

Both are affordable and have the same classical look with the biggest difference in the crystal shape. Let’s get on the Orient Symphony review shall we!

 

Orient Symphony Automatic Watch Review

 

Update: I’ve recently featured the Orient Symphony in my list of the top 10 automatic watches under $200. You guys can check the article HERE.

 

Orient Symphony (ER27007W) Specification

Diameter: 41 mm
Thickness: 12 mm
Lug Width: 22 mm
Case: Stainless steel case (also comes in gunmetal and rose gold PVD case)
Strap: Leather strap with pin buckle

Dial: White dial (also comes in black dial version)
Watch Crystal: Mineral crystal
Hands: Dauphine hands
Markers: Index silver markers

Movement: Orient Caliber 48743 automatic self-wind movement
Movement Features: 21 Jewels. 21600 vibration per hour or 6 beats per second. Non-hacking and non-manual winding.
Power Reserve: 40 hours
Accuracy: +- 15 seconds per day

Water Resistance: 50 m
Other Features: Date function, Exhibition caseback, Push pull crown

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Orient Men's ER27007W Classic Automatic Watch
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Classic Looking Dial

Orient Symphony Automatic Watch Review ER27007W

The Orient Symphony has a nice traditional dress watch look. It has a good proportion due to its almost symmetry dial design. All the elements on the dial are moderately sized with respect to each other.

It has minimal signatures on it, with only the Orient logo, “Automatic” and “Water Resist” signatures on it. They are done in stylishly small italic font, which further give the watch a classical look.

The markers are stainless steel index markers. But what is interesting is the markers are beveled instead of flat, which gives a very nice dimensional look due to it reflecting lights from different angle.

The dauphine hands also has the same beveled design. On top of the markers at the outer edge of the dial are minute markings which is useful to help tell and set time accurately.

There is also a date window at the right for some functionality which is very beneficial, especially for those wanting to use this watch to work.

The dial comes in two color variations: black and white. I much prefer the white dial as I like how it harmonize with the silver stainless steel markers and hands.

The black dial on the other hand does not really go well with the hands and markers as they are light reflecting elements.

Moreover, there could be a problem to tell time in low light condition with the black dial if the markers and hands are not painted.

All in all, the dial is nicely done with various elements complimenting each other in harmony. Truly a nice design.

 

Orient Symphony Automatic Watch Review

Slim Stainless Steel Case With Flat Mineral Crystal

The case of this gorgeous watch has an average diameter of 41 mm, with a thin profile of 12 mm. The Orient Symphony also has small short lugs, which will keep the watch short.

The use of short lugs will make sure that most wrists will be able to pull it off perfectly while also keeping the look of the watch compact and elegant.

This is very different that sports watches that have big bulky lugs which will really look more rugged on a men’s wrist.

But for this watch, the design is more to dressy and casual like so pairs of short and slim lugs are the wisest design decision.

It has a mineral watch crystal which is flat. This is the biggest difference of the Symphony and the Bambino, another popular dress watch by Orient.

The Bambino has a very domed mineral crystal, which looks great to look at. There are also some difference in the dial design but the difference in watch crystal form is the most obvious between these two lovely watches.

 

Orient Symphony Automatic Watch Review

As you can see, the profile of the Orient Symphony is this and looks really sleek and stylish

 

The lug width is 22 mm, and is fitted with a leather strap that comes with pin buckle. There are 3 variations of the case finish: stainless steel, gray gunmetal and rose gold colors.

The gray and rose gold case colors are achieved by using Ion Plating technique to “paint” the stainless steel case. The rose gold version comes with a special markers and hands which also have the rose gold finishing on black dial, which to be honest looks great too.

Unlike Seiko, Orient seems to be more willing to fork out more money to produce different variations of a single model. This is a very good thing as not all people have the same taste =)

 

Orient Symphony Automatic Watch Review

Above is the Orient Symphony ER27006B with a black dial and silver stainless steel case – for those that prefer the cool black watch face look

 

Powered by Orient Caliber 48743 Automatic Self-Wind Movement

This watch uses the Cal. 48743 automatic self-wind movement made in house by Orient. The usage of automatic movement means that it basically does not uses any battery like a quartz watch.

Instead our wrist movement will rotate the rotor inside the watch (which can be seen from its open caseback) and then will tighten the mainspring. The mainspring is the source of power for the watch, which will last up to 40 hours in the Symphony.

Inside this movement, there are 21 jewels that act to reduce frictions at various moving parts inside the watch. It’s also moving at 21600 vibrations per hour or 6 beats per second.

This means the sweeping seconds hand is actually ticking 6 times in one second. It’s without a doubt not as fluid as most Swiss movements that have at least 8 beats per second, but then we will get what we pay for right?

Swiss watches typically will go for more than $400, so for a watch that can be gotten at $200, it’s totally an unfair comparison right?

A big disadvantage with the movement is that it is non-hacking and non-manual winding. These two features are kinda normal for most automatic watches right now (I can’t even think of any Swiss watches that don’t have these functions) so to not have these features are a shame.

Hacking means the seconds hand will stop when you want to set the time – great to get the watch set accurate to the atomic clock.

Manual winding means the mainspring that powers the watch can be tighten by rotating the crown as an alternative of using the watch.

Both have big advantage to the usability of an automatic watch, though I have to say that in my opinion manual winding capability is a much bigger advantage to have (read my post here on why and how to wind an automatic watch for more info).

Overall, the movement is a robust and has been used in many Orient’s for many years without much issues, though I kinda feel Orient should upgrade all of their watches with their newer movement.

 

There Are Variations For Everyone

As mentioned above, Orient has produced at least 4 different variations of the Symphony. There are the black and white dials, that comes with either silver stainless steel, IP gray gunmetal or IP rose gold cases. You can see below pictures on the various variations of this watch.

Clockwise from top right:

1- Orient Symphony Black Dial With Silver Stainless Steel Case (ER27006B) 2- Orient Symphony Black Dial With Gray Gunmetal IP Case (ER27001B)
3- Orient Symphony Black Dial With Rose Gold IP Case (ER27002B)
4- Orient Symphony White Dial With Silver Stainless Steel Case (ER27007W)

Best Place With Cheapest Price To Buy Orient Symphony?

What’s the best place to buy this beautiful watch at the lowest price? The watch typically retails around $230 in Orient’s website but you can get it for a cheaper price on Amazon. Click the links below to check the latest deals on Amazon.

 

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Orient Men's ER27007W Classic Automatic Watch
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End Thoughts

Orient Symphony is a beautiful classic looking watch with gorgeous dial and case design. It’s dial is very balanced, and all the elements are in harmony – befitting its Symphony name.

The stainless steel case has a thin profile and comes in 3 colors (silver stainless steel, gray and rose gold). The Caliber 48743 automatic in-house movement by Orient is a robust and workhorse movement.

All in all, this is a watch for those looking for a more affordable automatic dress watch that does not look cheap at all.  For a great value for money watch, this Orient Symphony is the one to have!

 

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I hope you guys enjoyed this Orient Symphony review. Feel free to drop your comments or questions that you have for the watch. Till next time.

Cheers!
Isaac.

 

Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic (H32515555) Automatic Watch Review

Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic Automatic Watch Review

 

In this review, I’m going to look in depth at a very beautiful dress watch, the Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic. There are several models of this line of watch from Hamilton so I’ve selected the H32515555 which is one of the most good looking of them all. It looks very smart, sleek and sharp as a dress watch with guilloche dial design at the center. Now, let’s get on to the Hamilton Jazzmaster review shall we.

 

Hamilton Jazzmaster Review

 

Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic (H32515555) Specification

Diameter: 40 mm
Thickness: 11 mm
Lug Width: 20 mm
Case: Stainless steel case
Strap: Brown leather strap

Dial: Silver guilloche dial
Dial Window: Sapphire crystal
Markers: Index and numeral markers
Hands: Stick hands with lume

Movement: Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic self-wind movement
Movement Features: 25 Jewels, 28800 vibrations per hour or 8 beats per second, hacking, manual winding
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Accuracy: +-15 seconds per day

Water Resistance: 50 m / 165 feet / 5 bar
Other Features: Date display, Exhibition caseback, Lume on hands

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Slim And Sharp Stainless Steel Case

One look at the Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic and you know that this is a very smart and sharp dress watch. And it is built that way too. The diameter is just 40 mm, quite small by today’s standard, and measures 11 mm thick. This make the watch small and look very dressy.

It’s obviously will fit with most people’s wrist, except if you are a very big guy of course. I like the slim profile as it will slip effortlessly underneath shirt sleeves and won’t get stuck like other bulky watches.

The lug width is a typical 20 mm, and sports a dark brown leather strap. One unusual thing that I notice is the leather strap is using pin buckle, instead of butterfly clasp usually found in Swiss made watches. I would prefer butterfly clasp as it is more friendly to the strap and won’t damage it as much as the pin buckle will.

The stainless steel casing is highly polished and features slim lugs, which is very suitable for the small, sharp and dressy theme of the watch. There is a layer textured design at the sides of the watch, which will not make it look too boring. On the back is the open caseback (which is where the “Viewmatic” name comes in.

You can “view” the “automatic” movement) where you can see the ETA 2824-2 automatic self-wind movement ticking away. On “flaw” that I can complain is the very low water resistant – only 50 m or 165 feet.

This is quite a low water resistance rating, even for a dress watch. Because of this, don’t try and get the watch close to wet area (rain, sauna, etc) as moisture could get inside it.

 

Hamilton Jazzmaster Review - Open Caseback

At the back of the Hamilton Jazzmaster is the open caseback to show the ETA 2824-2 automatic movement. This open caseback is what “Viewmatic” means, you can view the movement and be amazed at this mechanical marvel.

Beautiful Guilloche Dial

Apart from the slim casing, the sleekness of this Jazzmaster Viewmatic is contributed by its beautiful guilloche dial. The dial is white in color, with an inner circle of guilloche textured at the center.

The white dial is complemented by the silver hands and markers which make the whole dial design looks fabulous without any contrasting elements.

The hands are sharp slim hands with little bit of lume on top. The markers are combination of index markers and numeral markers at 6,9 and 12 o’clock (or better known as explorer style markers).

I really love how the markers and hands look so sharp with those clean edges. It really gives a modern look to an otherwise simple and clean dial. The font of the numeral markers are also a bit different than other watches too, a detail that I kinda like.

For added functionality, Hamilton added a date display box at the right of the dial. The date display is surrounded by a not so symmetry box frame, which is another design element that I absolutely adored. At the outer edge of the dial are minute markings to help telling time with greater precision.

There are no bezel for this watch, leaving us with lots of dial space for our viewing pleasure =). I really love how simple, clean and sophisticated the dial looks.

The sharp silver stainless steel elements really makes the watch look modern. And not to mention the gorgeous guilloche at the center. A very beautiful watch indeed!

 

Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic On Hand

 

ETA 2824-2 Automatic Self-Wind Movement

Inside the Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic is the venerable ETA 2824-2 automatic self wind movement. For those familiar with Swiss made watches, you might have heard about this movement. It is one of ETA’s most popular automatic movement and used in many low to middle range of watches, normally in the Swatch group brands.

The thing is Hamilton and ETA are both subsidiary of Swatch, so it is no surprise here. This movement also is featured in many watches that I’ve reviewed such as Certina DS Podium, VSA Alliance Mechanical and Tissot Le Locle.

This movement uses 25 jewels and has 28800 vibrations per hour, or 8 beats per second. This gives it a smoother sweeping seconds hand action as compared to most low-middle range Japanese watches from Seiko or Citizen.

The movement can be hacked and manual wind. It also has an accuracy of +-15 seconds per day, though most owners report that their watches will run more accurate than that.

A great thing about the 2824-2 movement is how robust it is without much problems to the owners. It comes as no surprise as the movement has been around for about 3 decades and ETA/Swatch don’t have any indication of replacing it. This gives testament to how trustworthy it is.

One thing that I would consider ETA/Swatch to improve is the low power reserve which is about 38 hours. They should really consider giving it at least 50 hours power reserve to keep up with the Japanese. Other than that, this is a great movement that will lasts for a long time.

 

Above is an unboxing video review of the Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic automatic watch. Notice how sleek and gorgeous it looks on hand!

 

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Conclusion

Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic is one of the brand’s good stuff that most people aren’t aware of. It has a beautiful guilloche dial, encased in a gorgeous sleek stainless steel casing which make it one of the best dress watch I’ve ever seen.

For those wanting a smart dress watch, want it to have that “Made In Swiss” tag without breaking your bank, then this gorgeous timepiece is for you.

 

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I hope you guys enjoyed this Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic review. Feel free to drop any comments or even experience owning this watch. Really look forward to hearing from you guys. Till next time.

Cheers!
Isaac

Certina DS Podium Automatic Watch Review – Dress Watch In A Rugged Case

Certina DS Podium Automatic Watch Review

 

Certina might not be as popular as other watchmakers (Tissot, Omega, Hamilton, etc.) but believe it or not, this Swiss watchmaker was founded in 1888, more than a century ago. The DS Podium Automatic wrist watches are a testament of how this brand has evolved around the years.

It is simple and dressy watch, but enclosed in the sturdy “DS” casing of Certina that promises a robust watch against water and shock. That’s definitely will bring a peace of mind to its owner =). Let’s get on with the Certina DS Podium review and have a closer look at it.

 

Certina DS Podium Automatic Watch Review

 

Certina DS Podium Automatic Specification

Diameter: 38 mm
Thickness: 11 mm
Lug Width: 20 mm
Case: Stainless steel case
Strap: Black leather strap with butterfly clasp

Dial: Black or white dial
Dial Window: Sapphire crystal
Marker: Numeral and index markers
Hands: Silver hands with lume

Movement: Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic self-wind movement
Movement Features: 25 Jewels, 28800 vibrations per hour or 8 beats per second, hacking, manual winding
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Accuracy: +-15 seconds per day

Water Resistance: 100 m
Other Features: Exhibition caseback, date display, lume on hands and markers

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Are Certina Watches Any Good? – The Tale From 1888

Certina is one of the lesser known wrist watch brand. But make no mistake, it has been around since 1888 in the watchmaking region near Jura mountains, Switzerland. Around the 80’s in the aftermath of the Quartz crisis, Certina joined the Swiss watch manufacturer SMH group (which will be known as Swatch nowadays).

It is famed for making sports watches particularly diver watches and Certina has devised the DS concept which stands for “Double Security”. This concept uses many seals (around the crown and caseback), sapphire crystal and reinforced caseback to create a robust wrist watch that can withstand the abuse of usage by a sportsmen.

I would say this DS concept is just marketing gimmick by Certina. Many brands (Swiss and Japanese) have been able to achieve those things too. Water resistance and shock resistance are quite common for diver watches nowadays. But all in all, Certina is a good watch brand with more than a century of Swiss watchmaking experience.

 

Certina DS Podium Automatic Watch Review

 

Solid And Rugged Stainless Steel Case

The case of the DS Podium Automatic is quite substantial to look at. It is made of highly polished stainless steel. The diameter is a good 38 mm with thickness about 11 mm.

This watch has an empty bezel which will make the watch face appear larger as compared to other watches with bezel (diver watch, tachymeter chronographs, etc.). This has helped to make the look of it much more elegant and sharp.

The sides of the watch is straight devoid of any curves. The lugs are big, bulky and looks solid. In my opinion, the lugs are the defining factor of the DS Podium Automatic look.

The big lugs just scream toughness and “you don’t mess with me” rugged kinda thing. Very different than the simple understated dial that is very dressy and clean. A good guy with a tough side if you may lol.

The watch comes with a black leather strap. Like most Swiss manufacturers, the strap comes with a butterfly clasp which I really loves. The standard pin and buckle on normal straps will just destroy it with constant use. I’ve even had to changed a rubber band on my diver watch due to it.

The pin and buckle need some very delicate use so that you won’t damaged the strap (which is very hard to do!). By using a butterfly clasp, you won’t have to pull and stretch the strap every time you want to put on/off the watch. This greatly helps to lengthen the strap’s age =)

 

Certina DS Podium Automatic Watch Review

The Certina DS Podium uses a leather strap with a butterfly clasp

 

Clean, Simple, Understated Dial

The dial of the Certina DS Podium Automatic comes in two colors: Black and White. Both versions has the same design with different dial colors. The watch face is styled to be simple and understated. There are minimal signatures on the dial.

The numeral and index markers, while big enough to read time without having to bring the watch closer to your eyes, is still moderately sized. There is also a date display at the bottom of the watch.

These design elements caused the dial to have a very proportioned design: it is just nice without any overbearing elements. In fact I think it is one of the best proportioned dials I’ve ever seen.

Some watches will have a very big markers, or a very big signatures and logos. But this DS Podium Automatic managed to make it fit in and sync all of these elements together. The absence of day display is a greatly missed (day and date display is a huge addition to functionality of an automatic watch), but I think it is for the best.

I don’t see where they can fit a day display in this dial actually. Overall, the Certina DS Podium Automatic has a beautiful dressy dial, inside a robust and sports-quality DS (Double Security) case that the brand is famed for.

 

Certina DS Podium Automatic Watch Review

This white dial is another option for the Certina DS Podium Automatic

 

Swiss ETA 2824-2 Automatic Self Winding Movement

Inside this DS Podium Automatic is Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic self-wind movement which is a common workhorse movement used by many Swiss brand’s (especially those in Swatch Group.

ETA is also a subsidiary of Swatch fyi). From Tissot Le Locle, to Victorinox Swiss Army (VSA) Alliance Mechanical, the movement has proved to be a workhorse and has been in production for decades. This shows how good it is really.

ETA 2824-2 has 25 jewels inside it. It runs at 28800 vibrations per hour or 8 beats per second – which is a common beat rate for a Swiss watch. It results in a more fluid/smooth second hand sweeping motion than the Japanese movement that typically comes with 6 beats per second.

The movement is also can be hacked and manual wind (which is quite standard nowadays. Watches without these features are quite rare). The accuracy is modest, at +-15 seconds per day considering it is the standard version.

The ETA 2824-2 has 3 other different versions (Elaborated, Top and Chronometer). Each versions has a better quality materials, delicate decorations and higher accuracy (and higher price of course).

This ubiquitous movement can be seen from the exhibition caseback of the DS Podium Automatic. On top of the rotor, Certina has decorated it with its label name in gold engraving. Not much decoration can be seen there.

After all it is a low-medium range watch and they have their budget constraint and all. But then the effort put forth by Certina to use some gold colored gear wheels inside the movement is quite nice though. It really helped to bring a boring silver colored stainless steel movement alive.

 

Watch this review to see the Certina DS Podium Automatic closer

 

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Conclusion

Certina DS Podium Automatic is a very beautiful wrist watch with simple and dressy look. It has a clean proportioned watch face design, which is housed in a sturdy and robust “DS” case by the historic Swiss brand.

Looking for a dressy watch but afraid the thin case it might be too brittle and you could break it anytime? Then this is the watch for you =)

 

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I hope you guys enjoy this Certina DS Podium review. Let me know if you guys have any comments or questions regarding it.

I would love to hear from you guys =)

Till next time then. Cheers!

Isaac

6 Things To Consider When Choosing Your Wrist Watch – How To Choose A Good One For You!

6 Things To Consider When Choosing Your Wrist Watch

When I was younger, I never really know what wrist watch I want. I just know that I need a watch to tell time (was just started working back then and need a watch to keep me punctual for all the meetings, etc). So I went to many shops and look around until I found a watch that I like. I picked sports watch, a Seiko 5 (because that’s the cheapest lol) but found myself to regret it. It’s a good buy and look beautiful but feels out of place to be wearing it to an office. A few years later, I found myself more knowledgeable on wrist watches and would like to help people on what they should consider when choosing a wrist watch so that you guys won’t make any mistakes that I’ve did. Now, let’s find a good watch for you shall we!

 

6 Things To Consider When Choosing Your Wrist Watch-tissot-lelocle

 

6 Things To Consider When Choosing Your Wrist Watch

1- Buy A Watch That You Like

First and foremost, buy a watch that you like! A watch will be something that you always keep around you day in day out. So it’s very important that you choose one that you like or otherwise you will regret buying it and just put it  inside your cabinet. Look in detail at the watch such particularly on these areas:

1- Dial color
2- Dial design (signatures, logos, etc)
3- Markers and hands shape
4- Exhibition casebacks or solid caseback engraving
5- Decoration on movement (for exhibition caseback)
6- Case construction and shape. Polished or brushed case?
7- Dial window crystal shape
8- Bezel design
9- Weight

These are the finer details in a watch. I’ve very easy to be rushed and overlooked these things when you first view a watch. But trust me, these are the things that you will dig in detail when you have BOUGHT the watch later on. Remember you have years left with your watch right? For sure you are gonna take it out one day and scrutinize it in detail. You might then think that you don’t actually like the hand shape because it’s too big or you find the case is not polished and don’t like that.

 

6 Things To Consider When Choosing Your Wrist Watch - Seiko SARB065

Pictured above is the Seiko SARB065 (Cocktail Time) featuring a beautiful sunburst dial with silver hands and markers. It is important to buy a watch that you won’t feel tired looking at – after all this is the thing that will be by your side everyday =)

 

These kind of things will pop up in future (trust me I’ve been through that). So it’s better if you look these things in detail before you actually buy it. Look at the watch all around and feel it before you pull the trigger. If the watch is not available at your local store (such as these Seiko JDM versions: SARB033 and SARB065 Cocktail Time), internet reviews are very helpful for you to look at it in detail.

Bottom line is you’ve got to look at your watch in detail and like all of them before buying. Doing so will avoid the cost of heartache in future.

 

6 Things To Consider When Choosing Your Wrist Watch-oversize-watch

Not sure about you but I really don’t like the trend of oversize watch nowadays. Why would anyone wear a very big wrist watch on their hand? I hope this trend will die out soon…

 

2- Watch Size To Suit Your Wrist

Another important aspect is the size of your watch. Never ever buy a watch bigger than your wrist and always wear one that fits your wrist. It’s a trend nowadays to have a very big watch, watches up to 46 mm in diameter (excluding crown). It’s fine to buy a big watch, if and only if it can fit on top of your wrist comfortably without any overhang.

Overhang means the watch is much bigger than your wrist and an obviously large gap can clearly be seen between your watch lug and your wrist. This shows that the watch is way bigger and frankly speaking, not a good fit and shows bad taste irrespective of how expensive your watch is.

A good rule of thumb is to use a watch with diameter between 38 to 40 mm for those with a small wrist. For those with bigger wrist, a bigger watch is usable (and might fit them better) such as 42 to 44 mm. A 46 mm diameter watch is in the market but I guess only the biggest of guys can pull it off. If in doubt, just opt for a bit smaller diameter and you won’t go wrong. Oversize watch trend nowadays are very disturbing.. It’s just ughhh…

 

3- Choose A Suitable Strap For Your Watch

Straps are also a very important factor to consider. There are a few strap options such as:

  • Steel bracelet
  • Leather strap
  • Rubber strap
  • Nato strap

Steel bracelet is the heaviest of them all while Nato and rubber is the lightest. But leather is the best looking and looks elegant. The straps will come in many colors and design and you should always pick one that complements your watch the best. A black watch will goes well with a black strap – that’s the most traditional combination. Pick one that you like the most. Matching colors of watch and strap is the safe bet.

 

6 Things To Consider When Choosing Your Wrist Watch Victorinox Swiss Army deployment clasp

Leather strap with deployment butterfly clasp on the Victorinox Swiss Army Infantry Chrono

 

Leather strap comes in two options: deployment butterfly clasp and traditional pin buckle. I prefer the deployment butterfly clasp with leather band as it will protect the band from usage unlike the traditional pin buckle. I don’t really like the steel bracelet as I feel it’s not as elegant as leather strap. One good thing about the bracelet is the minor adjustment though. Unlike the holes in other straps (leather, Nato, rubber) which is about 8 mm apart, the minor adjustment holes allows you to adjust up to 4 mm. This will give you a better fit for sure. Not to mention the steel bracelet is just indestructible and will last as long as your watch. Your leather and rubber bands might not last that long.

Some watches will come with options to get a steel bracelet or a leather/rubber band with the bracelet version retailing for a higher price. So which one to buy? My recommendation is to get the bracelet version. Even though it is pricier, you will get an original bracelet of that watch with any engravings. As mentioned earlier, the bracelet will last forever while that leather/rubber band will have to be replaced after a year or so. Not to mention you can always buy an aftermarket leather/rubber/Nato straps for a reasonable price easily. So it makes total sense to get the bracelet version and change it later on with any other straps you like.

 

4- Functionality Of The Watch

Watch originally is just a tool invented to tell time. But modern wrist watches have been innovated to have lots more tools on it. A few most useful functions a wrist watch can offer you are:

  1. day feature
  2. date feature
  3. chronograph or stopwatch
  4. scales such as telemeter (get distance from sound), tachymeter (get speed of objects)
  5. aviator watch
  6. water resistant watch
  7. lume on hands and markers to show time in dark
  8. rotating bezel – showing either minutes or world time

 

6 Things To Consider When Choosing Your Wrist Watch-tissot-couturier-chronograph

Tissot Couturier watch with chronograph/stopwatch function. There are two extra “pushers” at the 2 and 4 o’clock position to operate the chronograph. The subdials are used to record the minutes and hours of the stopwatch (the Tissot Couturier can only record up to 6 hours of time)

 

These various functions are called complications in automatic watches. It’s very handy for sure. But the catch is not all of these features will be in any one watch. Most watch will have only two or three of them only. So I suggest you think hard about what functionality you need in your wrist watch.

Suppose you are a diver, then you will need a diver watch. You will need a watch with a high water resistance, lume to let you tell the time in dark and a unidirectional rotating bezel to time your dive. If you are not a diver and will use your watch to go to office, then you can make do without any of these features. You might want the day and date feature to help you remember what is today’s date. I’ll really come in handy!

 

6 Things To Consider When Choosing Your Wrist Watch-skx007

Seiko SKX007 is a respected diver watch. It has all the compulsory functions of a diver watch such as big markers and hands, great lume and unidirectional rotating bezel. As an added bonus, it also has the day and date function.

All in all, think hard about the functionality of the watch that you need. A watch is not just to tell time (unless it is a dress watch) and it can be more than that. My pick is the lume, day and date features. I love to be able to tell time in the dark and the showing of today’s day/date. I don’t really need a stopwatch/chronograph as don’t have the need for that.

 

5- Different Watches For Different Occasions

Another important factor is to pick different watches for different occasions. This generally means to only use a dress watch with events that require you to wear a tux or suits. Save your diver or aviator watches for a more casual events. I just don’t look that good if you wear your bulky diver or complex aviator with chronograph subdials while wearing a tux. It just don’t. For this my best suggestion is to buy a minimum of 2 watches: one dress watch and another watch for more casual activities.

For some suggestion on a dress watch, check out the very cheap automatic dress watch Orient Bambino or the other mid-range watches like Seiko SARB033 or SARB065. Tissot Visodate and Le Locle are also good choices for you to choose.

 

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Pictured above is the Rolex Submariner Two Tone – which costs nearly $10k. Not everyone can afford this pinnacle of diver watch. 

 

6- Buy Within Your Budget

Last but not least, always buy a watch within your budget. I totally oppose to buying a very expensive watch on credit just to impress people. If you really want to impress those girls at your office, you can just buy a knock-off Rolex – not much people can tell an authentic Rolex from the fakes.

Buy something that you totally are comfortable of buying and won’t break your bank. A watch is just a tool, and not something that might put you and your future in danger. Many people buy things just to impress other people, when in actuality those people are not really that impressed with those things. You are better off with saving those money for more watches in future =)

 

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I hope this post will help you guys especially those buying their first wrist watch to decide on what you want to buy. If you got any questions or anything, just drop them in the comments section below. I’ll be sure to answer your queries. Till next time then. Cheers!

Tissot Couturier Automatic Chronograph T035.627.16.051.00 Review

Chronographs are one of most popular complications that people loved. To be able to make your watch as a stopwatch is a great tool. Watches after all are a tool for us. But the mechanism to make a chronograph can be quite complex, which will make them costs substantially more than your normal automatic watch.

This is due to the amount of mechanism in the watch and the many subdials to record seconds, minutes and hours of the stopwatch timekeeping. Fortunately Tissot has released the Couturier Automatic Chronograph T035.627.16.051.00 which is an affordable, yet high quality and Swiss Made model of this very useful tool. Let’s take a look at Tissot Couturier review shall we.

 

Tissot Couturier Automatic Chronograph T035.627.16.051.00 Review

 

Tissot Couturier Automatic Chronograph T035.627.16.051.00 Specification

Diameter: 43 mm
Thickness: 14.84 mm
Weight: 127 g
Case: Stainless steel case
Caseback: Solid caseback with aperture showing balance wheel
Strap: Leather strap with butterfly clasp

Dial: Black dial with silver index markers and date display
Dial Window: Sapphire crystal with non-reflective coating
Hands: Dauphine shaped hands with lume
Subdial: Chronograph subdials: 30-min subdial at top and 6-hour subdial at bottom. Running seconds hand subdial at left position.

Movement: ETA C01.211
automatic chronograph movement with 15 jewels. 21600 vibrations per hour or 6 beats per second
Power Reserve: 45 hours
Movement Features: Chronograph function, date display, hackable and manual winding

Water Resistance: 100 m or 330 feet
Other Features: Tachymeter scale at edge of dial, non-screwdown crown

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Sharp And Elegant Looking Watch

Looking at the Tissot Couturier Automatic Chronograph and one can’t resist to comment on its good looks. The design is nothing fancy – just black dial with silver white hands, markers and signatures. It is in this very simple design and color usage that the watch looks tremendously gorgeous and elegant.

After all, black dial with silver stainless steel watch are just so cool looking right? Put that on a leather strap and you get a very sharp and dressy looking watch, the kind that every guy need to have.

The diameter of the watch is 43 mm with a rather thick 14.84 mm thickness. I honestly do not like the thickness, but it can’t be avoided as a chronograph automatic movement will be bulkier than their normal automatic sibling. The lugs are big and bulky, which shows that very masculine look. You can also notice that the crown is signed with Tissot’s “T” logo.

The chronograph pushers are at 2 and 4 o’clock positions. They are not like normal circle pushers but instead have an oval shape which will give better feel when using it.

 

Tissot Couturier Automatic Chronograph T035.627.16.051.00 Review

 

On the back of the watch is a unique caseback. Tissot uses solid caseback with a small aperture (or opening) just to show the balance wheel. At first I think it looks nice until it hit me – why didn’t they use a full exhibition caseback?

A full exhibition caseback will be totally gorgeous to have as we can see the back of the C01.211 automatic chronograph movement in full instead of just an opening. It’s really a design decision which is not welcomed at all.

Tissot Couturier Automatic Chronograph T035.627.16.051.00 Review

 

Subdials And Silver Markers/Hands

As you already notice, the Tissot Couturier Automatic Chronograph has 3 subdials on it. The top subdial is to record minutes for chronograph. The bottom subdial is for recording hours for chronograph (until 6 hours). The top subdial scale is until 30-min. Once the chronograph goes 30 minutes, the bottom subdial will move to mark half an hour.

The left subdial is a running seconds hand. This means the main second hand will not be moving at all. It will only move when using chronograph function to record seconds. It’s a shame actually to not be able to enjoy the sweeping second hand but it seems that most automatic chronograph has this sort of movement restriction. For a truly beautiful sweeping second hand with perfect chronograph function, I suggest you check out Bulova Precisionist (but it’s a quartz though..).

At the right of the dial is a circle that housed Tissot’s signatures, as well as the date window. These 4 subdial circles gives this watch a perfect symmetry design. Everything on the black dial is made of silver and white in color, giving a very nice contrast.

The markers are index shaped and bold. At the edge is the tachymeter scale. The watch uses dauphine shaped hands which have a little bit of lume on it.

 


  A video showing the Tissot Couturier Automatic Chronograph T035.627.16.051.00 upclose. You can also see how to use the chronograph function. Notice also the running second hand is at the left subdial and not the main second hand.

 

How To Use Chronograph / Stopwatch Function?

For those of you that don’t know, chronograph function means the watch can be used as a stopwatch. You know the thing the used to time Olympic races etc? Yes that’s the thing. For the Tissot Couturier Automatic Chronograph, the chronograph is operated by using 2 knobs or pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock positions.

Pushing the top pusher will start the stopwatch. The main second hand will move with each passing second. Once it make one rotation, the top subdial will move by one mark signalling one minute has passed.

Unlike electronic stopwatch, this Tissot will only be able to record up to 6 hours of time. In order to stop the time, simply push the top pusher again. You can push the top pusher to continue the time. Pushing the bottom pusher will reset the chronograph to zero.

Tissot Couturier Automatic Chronograph T035.627.16.051.00 Review

 

ETA C01.211 Automatic Chronograph Movement

Inside the Tissot Couturier is an ETA C01.211 automatic chrongraph movement. Words has it that this is a cheaper automatic chronograph movement designed by ETA for Tissot to use in their cheaper watches.

I’m not sure as to why Tissot don’t just use the ETA Valjoux 7750 chronograph movement (as in the Victorinox Infantry Vintage), but it seems they want a new movement for this purpose.

Even though this is a “cheap” movement, but ETA does not disappoint here. The C01.211 movement has lower jewel count at 15 jewels and 28800 vibrations per hour or 8 beats per second for that pretty sweeping motion.

The lower jewel count might be one of the improvements done by ETA to reduce cost. It also has a huge 45 hours power reserve, hack-able and can be manual wind. One trade off might be its thickness which is quite thick resulting in big watches.

I was not able to get a published accuracy data, but knowing ETA, we can safely assume the accuracy of the movement to fall within 10 seconds deviation per day since it is not a COSC certified chronometer.

 

Tachymeter Scale For Measuring Speed

On the edge of the dial is a tachymeter scale to measure speed. The numbers on the scale will show the speed of any object in km per hour or mile per hour, provided the distance that object travels is known. For more example, you can visit Wikipedia.com for the examples.

In real life, I don’t think it has any significant usage as we have to know the distance that object traveled which is quite hard to know. But I can see that this can be real nifty for a sports event when you already know the distance of any runners or swimmers for example.

Thus it is quite easy to do the simple calculation to get the speed of that particular athlete. Another usage might be in a racing event.

 

Tissot Couturier Automatic Chronograph T035.627.16.051.00 Pros And Cons

I’ve listed the pros and cons of this watch below for your easy reference:

Pros:
1- Beautiful, sharp and elegant looking watch with its black dial and silver markers/hands
2- Automatic chronograph movement at an affordable price

Cons:
1- Very thick at almost 15 mm
2- Will look substantial and big unless you have a big wrist
3- A full exhibition caseback is better than an aperture on the back

 

Conclusion

Tissot Couturier Automatic Chronograph is a beautiful looking watch. With its stainless steel case and chronograph subdials, it looks sophisticated and elegant at the same time. Having a chronograph function is a big plus as now your watch is one step closer to the functionality most electronic watches have.

Manufactured by Tissot, the trusted Swiss watchmaker with one century of experience should give an assurance on the quality of the craftsmanship of this watch. All in all, this is a watch those looking for a dressy automatic chronograph should buy.

Hope you guys enjoy this Tissot Couturier review. Drop your comments or question on this watch below. Hope to see you guys soon.

Cheers!

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Tissot Visodate Review – An Affordable Swiss Dress Watch

Tissot Visodate Automatic Men's Watch Review

My Experience With The Tissot Visodate Swiss Dress Watch

In this post, I’m going to write about Tissot Visodate review, a watch that I had for some time now.

Among Tissot men’s watch, the Visodate model is among the most popular, for a number of reasons.

It brought forth Tissot’s classical styling, with the old fashioned logo/signature. In addition, it’s one seriously good looking watch with domed sapphire crystal.

Not to mention it’s an  affordable automatic watch (it is among the cheapest of Tissot’s automatic watches). 

Tissot Visodate on hand

 

Here’s A Story About How I Got Into The Visodate

I sincerely believe every guy need to have a dress watch. And every guy need to own at least one Swiss watch.

Prior to buying the Tissot Visodate, my personal collection is filled with Japanese watches (Seiko, Orient, Casio). And it’s predominantly dive or sports watches.

It was then when I learned more about horology that I found the world of watches is more than just the Japanese. They are very good value for money, but one can’t say he is a watch enthusiast without a Swiss in his collection.

Around the same time, I find I’m lacking in dress watch – the beautiful watch that is the ONLY one you’ll wear for a formal events.

I was invited to my friend’s wedding at one time and while I’ve got the whole thing correct (jacket, belt, bally shoes, etc.), I realized I lack one thing – a dress watch!

 

Tissot Visodate : My First Dress Swiss Watch – And Why You Should Get It For Your First Swiss Watch Too

So with those two reasons (needed a dress watch for my friend’s wedding + needed to own a Swiss watch), I scoured the internet for a suitable watch.

I stumbled upon the Visodate by chance, while scrolling through some threads on WUS. It blew my mind away, not just because of how good it looks, but also because how affordable it is.

In fact, I dare say it’s one of the most affordable Swiss watches around.

I read some more reviews, and was completely sold on it. Placed my order for the watch and voila! My new Swiss dress watch arrives in time for my friend’s wedding.

 

What’s My Verdict Of The Visodate?

Beautiful! It’s one of the most beautiful watch that I’ve owned! The delicate creamy white dial is a pleasure to look at. It’s highly polished case is a wonder.

I’m totally in love with the domed sapphire crystal. So majestic! The 40 mm diameter size is also a bit on the classic sizing which I absolutely dig.

If you want a stylish dress watch WITH automatic movement AND Swiss made, I can’t recommend any other watch. The Tissot Visodate is the one to get.

 

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Tissot Visodate Watch Specification
Diameter 40mm
Thickness 11.6 mm
Lug Width 20 mm
Lug To Lug Distance 46 mm
Case Stainless steel case
Strap Brown leather calfskin strap with butterfly clasp
Watch Crystal Domed sapphire crystal
Dial White creamy dial
Hands Silver Dauphine hands
Markers Silver index markers
Style Dress
Movement ETA Cal. 2836-2 automatic self-wind movement
Movement Features 25 Jewels, 28800 Vibrations per hour (8 beats per second), hacking feature
Accuracy +/-25 seconds per day
Power Reserve 38 hours
Water Resistance 30 m / 100 feet
Other Features Day and date display, Exhibition caseback
Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars (4.9 / 5)
Where To Buy? Amazon

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Tissot Visodate Box
Tissot Visodate watch inside box

I really like the box of Tissot watches with the big bulky dimension. It looks great and exclusive in my opinion – a great way to welcome its owners.

 

Clean And Simple – Stunningly Stylish White Dial

It’s very hard not to fall in love with this wrist watch at first glance. It has a white silver dial, which is complemented perfectly by the silver stainless steel case.

The stainless steel index markers and dauphine hands also added to the exquisiteness of this watch.

The applied markers and hands are not illuminated and looks very sharp with pointy edges showing precision in craftsmanship – which is something that I totally love.

The choice of silver markers and hands on a white dial is not the best in terms of legibility. But you can’t deny how seriously good looking the watch is with this combo.

Tissot Visodate white dialThe Tissot Visodate uses a clear white dial with silver markers and hands – to accomplish a really stylish dress watch.
Tissot Visodate applied markersThe use of applied markers make the dial more impressive to look at.

It also does not have anything too fancy on it. On the dial is just the Tissot logo, “Visodate” and “Automatic” signature. There is also the very convenient day and date display, and that’s it.

Very clean, simple dial and yet it looks so stunning. The phrase “less is more” is totally applicable here.

You’ll also notice the signature of Tissot is a bit unsual. Actually, this watch uses the older Tissot logo because it’s an incarnation of the previous generation Visodate watches by Tissot, made in 1950s.

That’s why you’ll see some retro design elements in the watch (but with modern styling too of course).

 

Tissot Visodate Vintage 1957

Vintage Tissot Visodate 1957 – Notice the white clean dial design is reincarnated in the latest version of the Visodate

A Continuation Of Visodate Legacy

This watch is actually a homage to their famous Visodate model from the 1950s. It is their first model to feature a date function on their watches.

The function first emerged from Rolex with their Datejust model, so Tissot like many other Swiss watchmakers are catching up to that new technology.

Homage watches is certainly a good idea as it enables the current generation to own an updated version of a popular watch from previous decades.

I’ve featured some homage watches such as the Hamilton Intra Matic , Hamilton Khaki King and the Victorinox Infantry Vintage. They all have that vintage style but with some update to cater to the younger generation’s taste.

This Tissot Visodate automatic watch is no different. As you can see, the designer takes the dial design from their 1950s model. The watch got that round white dial and the clean simple dial.

But they changed the index and hands to give the watch a sharper and cooler look. The addition of day function is a very nice touch as I’ve always love watches with day and date.

Tissot Visodate on hand (1)The Visodate continues the legacy with its retro styling – and I can say with certainty that’s one of the biggest selling point of this watch!
Tissot Visodate caseA closer look on the dial. Notice how the Tissot logo is different than the modern logo.

No need to take a look at your smartphone to know what day/date today is anymore. A glance at your wrist is all you need =).

This watch is also bigger, at 40 mm diameter with 11.6 mm thickness. The vintage one got a smaller diameter, around 36-38 mm I think.

The trend now is for bigger watch and I like how Tissot make it bigger, but not too big. 40 mm diameter is perfect on my wrist btw (though it will vary from people to people).

There is almost no bezel on the watch, thus making the watch looks much bigger than it actually is.

 

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Beautiful High Polished Case

The case of the Tissot Visodate is stainless steel that is polished all around. The highly polished case complements perfectly with the white dial, silver hands/markers and the domed crystal (more on that later).

The result? A stunningly beautiful watch that just shines whenever you look at it.

It’s truly is an outstanding sight! Some of my friends say the watch is a bit hard to tell time with, which I don’t really agree as I never had that problem.

Delicate and stylish – this is one of the best automatic dress watches around.

Tissot Visodate polished stainless steel caseThe Tissot Visodate’s highly polished case shines brightly and complementing its white dial. Beautiful!
Tissot Visodate curved second handIf you look closely, you’ll see that the second hand is curving down a bit at the tip – presumably to be in line with the domed sapphire crystal. 

Excellent Craftsmanship With Calfskin Leather Strap

The Visodate has an interesting case design with slightly tapered down from the top, giving the look of a triangular or some sort.

The tapering is very sublime, in fact it’s quite hard to get this on photo! You might be able to catch a glimpse of this from the top photos.

I really dig this because it’s very different than what the other watches have.

It is also quite slim, at just 11.6 mm thickness. Not the slimmest watch in the market (well, automatics are infamous for being tall) but in my case, there’s no problem to tug it inside my cuff.

Lug to lug width is 46 mm – a typical size for current modern watches. Without a doubt, it’s very wearable even with small wrists.

Tissot Visodate beautiful dress watch (1)The Visodate is coupled with a dark brown leather strap which accentuates its white dial
Tissot Visodate butterfly claspThe leather strap comes with butterfly clasp without buckle which helps to ensure its longevity. Just be sure to take it off wrist gently as the claps didn’t come with push button (it needs to be manually pulled to open).
Tissot Visodate clasp signatureThere’s also a Tissot’s signature on the clasp

A calfskin leather strap with butterfly clasp comes with the watch. The clasp has Tissot’s logo on top of it. There’s no push button for the clasp – which is a real downer though.

The 20 mm width lug is curved a bit to better hold the wrist and reduce any gap between the wrist and the lug.  On the crown at 3 o’clock, there is the “T” engraving on it.

 

Curved Sapphire Glass Dial Window

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Another unique feature of this Tissot Visodate is the curved sapphire glass dial window.

As you can see on the pictures, the curved sapphire glass is very visible from the side.

It gives the watch a nice look from the sides as the watch will appear to be curved, instead of the usual flat watches.

I really love this design as it makes the watch very unique and interesting. Not to mention it looks very stylish too!

There’s a concern that since it is curved, the dial window will be at the top and unprotected from any scratch or impact.

But I don’t think it will be scratched as sapphire is a very scratch resistant material. But a very high impact will surely break it and I highly recommend that the watch is only used for normal indoor activities and not outdoor activities.

Tissot Visodate sides domed sapphire crystalA look from the side will show the domed sapphire crystal
Tissot Visodate domed sapphire crystalThe domed sapphire crystal from a different angle that will show it more clearly. It looks gorgeous, unique and easily is another reason why I love this watch so much!

One small flaw of the dial window is there is no anti-reflective coating on it, again to keep the costs down.

But even without the anti-reflective coating, I’ve never had any problem with glare while looking at the watch.

In fact, it was the silver markers and hands that give a small legibility problem as it don’t have much contrast with the white dial (though it absolutely look stunning!).

 


A video showing the Tissot Visodate up close 

 

ETA Cal. 2836-2 Movement Inside The Tissot Visodate

Inside the watch is the ETA Cal. 2836-2 movement, a sister movement to the venerable ETA 2824-2 that is used in many Swatch Group’s watch brands such as the Tissot Le Locle.

The difference between the 2836 and the 2824 is the addition of the day function in the 2836, and some minor structural differences.

But in general, both ETAs are regarded as similar and function exactly the same.

The movement has a 28800 vibrations per hour or 8 beats per second which will theoretically give it a smoother sweeping second hand compared to Japanese autos (though it’s only minimal I can say).

The movement has 25 jewels in its construction that can be seen through it’s exhibition caseback.

As with any modern automatic watch, it has hacking feature to set the time perfectly. The hacking feature will stop the second hand when the crown is pulled out to set the time.

Tissot Visodate ETA 2836-2 movementThe ETA 2836-2 automatic movement can be seen from the Visodate’s open caseback

In addition to that, it also has self-winding feature to fill up the power reserve in the mainspring barrel by rotating the crown manually.

Just be sure to not do this everyday as ETAs are generally not designed for frequent self-winding.

In terms of winding and operating the movement, all I can say is the feeling is quite different than Japanese movements.

Winding the ETA makes a high pitch screeching sound while winding a 6R15 from Seiko will produce a sound just like when we rotate a gear in a wooden car toy.

Not really sure about you, but I do feel the 6R15 is more naturally sound (like turning a gear!) and less annoying than the high pitch screeching sound.

One thing that I absolutely love about the ETA is how the day and date window changes at exactly 12:00.

The 6R15, on the other hand, will change its date gradually from 10 pm onward, which is quite typical for an automatic watch.

In my opinion, the abrupt change of the day/date in the ETA is much nicer compared to that as we don’t have to look at a half date during the transition period.

Below is a picture of my Seiko Sumo showing just that….

Seiko Sumo 6R15 changing date

 

38 Hours Power Reserve

The power reserve is a modest 38 hours, which I admit, is not much. What I always recommend is to use the same automatic watch for a few days at a time, instead of picking a different watch every single day.

That way, the power reserve in the watch is filled by the everyday usage – just like how it was designed to be used centuries ago!

Since the movement inside is the base level movement of the ETA 2836-2, it only has an accuracy of +/- 15 seconds per day.

But in my experience, this accuracy is usually beaten with the watch registering greater accuracy.

Tissot Heritage VisodateTissot Heritage Visodate

 

Glimpse of the ETA 2836-2 Movement From The Open Caseback

The Visodate also has an exhibition caseback where you can take a peek at the ETA Cal. 2836-2 movement. 

At the entry level price the watch is in, we can’t really expect elaborate decoration on the movement.

But it was clear that Tissot had made an effort in trying to make the movement pleasant and presentable to its owners.

We can see the rotor and some wheels are plated with gold color, a nice contrast with the other parts that are silver in color.

We can also see some engraving on top of the rotor  with Tissot’s signature on it.

Tissot Visodate open caseback (3)The movement is decorated, albeit minimally – befitting its entry-price level. Personally, I love the gold plated rotor and gear wheels. It complements beautifully the silver colored parts in the movement.
Tissot Visodate open caseback (2)Another photo of the exhibition caseback with the rotor placed at the other side (just want to show you the full movement LOL!)

Tissot Visodate Automatic Advantages And Disadvantages

I’ve listed all the pros and cons below for your easy reference.

 

Pros:

  1. Stylish, sleek and gorgeous looking dress watch
  2. Moderate 40 mm diameter is perfect for most men’s wrists
  3. The non-existent bezel will make the modest 40 mm diameter looks way bigger than it is
  4. Domed crystal gives the watch stylish retro design
  5. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal
  6. Day and date function are very convenient to have
  7. Fine details are included such as signed crown and signatures on rotor

Cons:

  1. No anti-reflective coating on the crystal will make the watch harder to see from some angle

 

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I get my Visodate from Tissot’s boutique – frankly a big mistake as it costs me about $550. When I check the watch online, I consistently find the watch retailing for way less than that!

If you are looking to get your hands on the Tissot Visodate automatic watch, check out Amazon where you can usually get the watch at an amazing offer. Click the link below to go to Amazon for more details.

 

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Conclusion

Tissot Visodate on hand (1)

The new Tissot Visodate has captured the essence of its 1950s Visodate model perfectly, with modern update to cater to the new age’s taste.

A subtle looking, simple and clean dial design has proven to be evergreen. It is well loved in the 1950s and it still is 60 years after.

I really love the domed sapphire crystal and simple design. It looks sleek and stylish!

With a trusted ETA 2836-2 movement that comes with a very convenient day and date features, the watch comes with robust and well-regarded movement in the industry.

Not to mention, it is very affordable too – for a totally Swiss Made automatic watch. Without a doubt, it is the perfect choice for those just starting out in automatic watches and would like to own their first Swiss automatic.

 

 

I hope this Tissot Visodate review has helped you gain some information on this beautiful watch. Drop your comments below if you already own this and would like to share what are your thoughts about it. Feel free to ask question too. I’ll be really glad to help as much as I can.

Cheers!

Isaac

 

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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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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Cheers!
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.

 

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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.

 

 

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Isaac