Packaging - Leatherette Travel Case
Case and Dial
The all new Pantor Nautilus is housed in a 316L stainless steel case with a mix of brushed tops and highly mirror polished sides, which came out very good and fine. The strokes are smooth and contour into eachother nicely. In terms of measurements we get a rather large 45MM case with a thickness of about 13MM. Although the diameter would suggest this watch to wear large it actually does not due to the round turtle like case shape, which was a relief. The 120 Click bezel features minimal backplay and seems to line up to the 12:00 position just fine. The actual insert is Aluminum insteas of the ceramic inserts we commonly see on most watches today, but I cannot complain for the price they are asking. The clicks are assuring and very tool like, with good grip and deep grooves for easy rotation at any given angle. Now getting to the matte black dial which features a standard dive watch layout with generous ammounts of Swiss C3 SuperLuminova, it is rather boring - but gets the job done. A new feature is the date wheel placed between the 4-5 position which stays out of the way and helps us read the time and use the bezel countdown timer without any distraction. The hands are lume filled and sword shaped, which I have no problem with as they fit the overall style of the timepiece well. In case you were wondering this watch is 200M water resistant ( Ok for diving, swimming, water sports ) and equipped with a robust screw down signed crown and caseback.
Seiko NH35 Automatic Movement
40 Hour Power Reserve
+6 Seconds per day on my example
The 24MM silicone Panerai Style strap is comfortable, flexible, and not all that bad. It does taper down to 22MM and features a signed brushed steel buckle. Now one thing I did not really like is the large buckle. I feel they could of used a different buckle that does not bulge out so much on the sides of your wrist.
Furthermore, for $199.99 shipped I honestly do not regret my purchase of this timepiece at all. If you look at mainstream
brands such as Seiko with the Turtle line and compare the two...You actually get way more for your money with this watch including a better Bezel action, Sapphire Crystal, nicer packaging, and it is $100 cheaper. I can definitely reccommend this watch to my readers and have left a link on Amazon at the beginning of this article where you can purchase one from the same
place I did. Thanks for reading my fellow addicts!
Egard is a watch company based in California and produces very unique and different watches differentiating itself from the crowd. Today, we will take a closer look at one of their newer models - The Gentlemans Warfare V1 Engraved Limited Edition
The GW is comprised of super tough AA coated 316L stainless steel, making this watch very tough and durable while keeping its style and flamboyant looks. The case is actually curved and sits well on the wrist with its oval figure. The basic specifications are 45MM across, with a slim profile coming in at 11MM thick. This watch does truly wear like a 45MM watch, so for extremely small wrists I would take a look at some of their other models. The finishing is brushed all around, including the small onion crown which is pull/push over at the 3:00 position. The crown functions with ease and one is able to get a firm grip on it to change the time. Now, the fun stuff - this version of the GW has a really beautiful paisley style engraving all around the case, and it is done well. There were certainly no shortcuts taken here and this is not a cheap process as well. Egards unique designs and layouts really allow them to stand apart from many of the other brands in this segment, which is something many strive for but can never reach. If we flip the watch to the screw on ( literally ) caseback, a small window displays the balance wheel at work which is a nice touch. Personally, I think a complete exhibitiom caseback just would not look right on this piece. In terms of crystal, Egard placed a curved sapphire over this interesting dial, which features anti-reflective coating.
The Black Striped dial is quite exciting and certainly out of the norm for what we usually see in a watch design. Egard has a way of implementing unique and rare design cues into their watches, which is a pleasure to see. There are two rotating discs - one marks the 24 hour sub dial with a pointed arrow while the other represents the continuous seconds. The large and bold cyringe atyle hands with a hollown circular center looks like something straight off of an instrument that used to keep time years ago. The open heart also displays the balance wheel of the automatic movement which allows you to get a glimpse into the inner mechanics of this timepiece.
The movement they decided to go with is the reliable Japanese Automatic Miyota 8S27.. This movement features 21 jewels and beats away at 21,600 BPH with an accuracy of around +10 seconds a day on my example. This is not an extremely complicated movement in the sense of watchmaking but it is rather robust, durable, and gets the job done with long term reliability.
Steel Bracelet / Genuine Leather Band
Two straps are supplied with this model which is nice to see and helps justify the $650 pricepoint a bit more in my eyes. The equipped stock 24/22 genuine leather band is brown with white stitching and a signed brushed buckle. I found this strap to fit comfortably around my 6.5 inch wrist straight out of the box with no issues. The second included is a brushed steel link bracelet with a decent and secure butterfly clasp. One thing I do like is how the straps fit directly into the case, so no end links are needed here for a clean fit.
Furthermore, my fellow watch addicts - The Egard LE V1 is certainly a wildcard watch and probably looks nothing like any watch you currently own. This is good in a sense because it allows you to explore different design and case shapes at an affordable price. Also, a huge plus is the paisley engraving around the case which you certainly will not find on todays market. With all this being said, I think it is an all around decent watch and kit for the money. I have also left a link to their webstore if you want to check them out. Thanks for reading, and see ya in the next one!
8/16/2018 0 Comments
Let us take a closer look at what is honestly the highest quality watch you can literally buy for $249. This field style automatic watch produced by Victoronox has all that you are looking for in an everyday automatic quality watch, but you probably paid $500+ for the same exact thing.
Comprised of solid 316L solid brushed steel besides the steel smooth bezel which is polished, the watch comes in at a beautiful wearable modern 40MM in diameter. In terms of case thickness, my calipers read 10MM which feels splendid on wrist. The case cut is definitely reminescent of older style officer watches from the past
made by Hamilton and such, with a modern take. My favorite aspect of this piece is the wonderfully signed polished pull/push crown and the 100M of water resistance this watch can achieve. Do not fret if you happen to drop this one in the pool, or forget to take it off whilst showering. Everything feels like it should
cost a lot more than it does and it should because this watch originally retailed for $749 from Victorinox.
The dial on this model is very simple, easy to read, and looks to be in place. Applied brushed romans surround the dial and match the dagger style hour and minutes hand in terms of finish. Something different we see here is the cut out triple date window located above the triangle and between Swiss Made at 6:00. Im one who likes changes and can live with this. I think it looks in place especially with the larger numerals and matching brushed outline. This is a military officers watch so the 24 hour reading is printed around the center of the dial in case you should need it. Personally, I do not use military time and never will but hey, it follows along with the theme they were going for here. The lume
is superluminova and only
on the hands which is a bit of a letdown. I can honestly say if they did lume the numbers they would not be nearly as legibile though. The crystal is Sapphire and has a layer of Anti Reflective coating which actually does help legibility in high light or sunny conditions.
Inside this affordable beast lies the trustworthy and popular Elabore ETA 2824-2 automatic swiss made movement. This movement contains 25 Jewels, Hand winding, hacking, and had around a 38 hour power reserve. From my example, I have been experiencing around +6 seconds a day which is outstanding from a non chronometer grade or cosc certified movement. A extra little touch of a emblem on the rotor adds a bit of Swiss charm to the Sapphire exhibition caseback as well.
Victorinox makes great bracelets and straps, and if you have owned any of their newer models you should
know this by now. This is a genuine rubber swiss made end fitted 20MM strap with a brushed signed buckle. It fits with comfort due to the fitted ends and the buckle is small enough enough to stay out of the way or get caught on something. They do have the same model on Amazon with the butterfly stainless steel bracelet for the same exact price in case you were wondering.
This is simply a watch with the best set of specifications and quality