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The Belfort is comprised of solid 316L Stainless Steel and feels tough in the flesh. It has a relatively modern and wearable size of 42MM across by 12MM thick. Some nice features include the scalloped bezel, and chamfered polished edges near the 22MM lugs and on the sides of each cut on the bezel. You can expect to get this watch wet with its’ 200M water resistance rating accompanied by a screw down crown and caseback. This is a 3 piece case which is quite obvious and is also hand assembled in the USA, which is quite rare in todays times for such an affordable timepiece ( Currently $295 for Black Friday ).
The dial they used on this version is black, and even has a slight sunburst effect if it catches light at certain angles. It most certainly is not copying anything and features unique design language. For example, the perforated holes and marker chapter ring for some extra legibility. The date window sits at 3:00 and stands out next to this black dial making it easy to read at a glance. The hands themselves are fully lumed as well as the tip of the sweeping seconds hand. I found it quite easy to read the time once on wrist and do not see any issues here. Above the dial lays a nice domed sapphire crystal with AR coating, giving a nice blue hue when in contact with direct light.
The Miyota 9015 is a great japanese automatic movement built by Citizen to compete with mainstream Swiss movements such as the ETA 2824-2. I have a lot of experience with this movement and have even seen it in microbrand watches that cost upwards of $700. Standard functions include hand winding, hacking, and relatively decent accuracy within 5-10 seconds a day. One can expect around 42 hours of true power reserve if fully wound..I did notice the stripes on this caliber which give off a more luxurious vibe visible through the exhibition caseback.
The Carbon Fiber style Genuine Leather band that came equipped on this unit is certainly flexible, yet sturdy at the same time. I feel it matches the case and dial just fine and adds a bit of adventurous/Sporty look to the piece. The buckle itself is quite sterile and completely brushed to match the case finish.
Furthermore, the Belfort is definitely a style that many will be attracted to. It also checks all of the boxes that I look for when purchasing a decent timepiece for everyday use. We get a very good and reliable movement, decent casework, sapphire, and a 10 year warranty from a watch that is actually assembled right here in the states! That certainly means something to me as I am a USA citizen. It also shows the extra work that MMM has put into this timepiece.