7/23/2018 1 Comment
There is always that one watch that stands out in front of others when it comes to originality, design, and function. The Bolm Automation stands for all three of those and today we will take a closer look at it.
The 304L Stainless steel case is a different grade than your average 316L steel case but honestly it feels the same and I do not really see the difference. In terms of diameter we get a very modern average case size of 41.7MM and a case thickness of 13MM. The lug to lug measurement comes in at 51MM making this watch wear truly like a 42MM timepiece should. A nice PVD finish is shown on this model with zero blemishes or errors , so that is good to see. The case shape definitely sits ergonomically correct on my wrist with an ever so slight curvature at the departure of the 22MM lugs. At this pricepoint of $499 one would expect sapphire crystal, and we do get that along with a anti reflective clear coating in this flat crystal. The caseback however is using a mineral crystal which sits inside the screw down 100M water resistant case. One unique thing about the automation is the crown placement at 10:00, diverted away from our usual 3:00. I found that it really keeps out of the way and I barely notice it. It is however easy to pull out and set the time.
The dial has some nice detailing and was certainly thought out beforehand with its anodized centric guilloche finish, exemplifying a timepiece in a much higher bracket. The hands are painted black with white overlapping them allowing for some contrast and visual excitement. Here is the fun part, the daylight timer. This watch can be a bit hard to comprehend at first glance but within an hour or so I was able to use the function with ease. It can display the daylight time in the cities of Los Angeles, NY, Tokyo, and Stockholm. All of this is done using the bi directional clicking bezel ( each sector of city has 12 markings for each month, simply line it up before 12:00 and read the stationary bezel for your daylight time. The next cool thing is the rotating disc at 6:00. This disc is actually not too useful the farther from Stockholm we go, but it is visuaully appealing and is meant to be a AM/PM indicator. The rest of the dial is fairly simple with a small applied Bolm logo and small minute markings surrounded by larger hour markings. Everything really flows together nicely here with the monotone colors and design. In case you were wondering, no lume is present on this model.
The Seiko NH37A automatic movement is featured inside the automation, shown through an exhibition caseback. This movement has hacking, hand wind, and a diashock system for better shock resistance. It is beating at 21,600 BPH and has 24 jewels. It is rather accurate and features the mod for the disc which differentiates itself from the standard NH35 we commonly see.
If the strap does one thing, it matches 100% the clean, industrialist aesthetic this timepiece shows off. It is genuine leather featuring a black pvd signed buckle and a suede underside. I found it rather comfortable after 2 days of break-in and do not see a problem with it.
Conclusion and Price
Furthermore, my fellow watch addicts - The Automation by Bolm is certainly not your everyday tool watch or diver we see pop up every thirty seconds , so uniqueness is a key factor when deciding to embark on a journey with this watch. It also has some cool, geeky features such as the Daylight timer, and indicator disc. I think if you really want a wildcard piece in your boring collection ( 😊 ) , the Bolm can definitely fill that niche.