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The Topograph is comprised of solid 316L stainless steel, the industry standard. It is quite a circular case design with short thin 22MM lugs protruding from each side of the case. Our diameter comes in at 42MM whilst the thickness comes in at 13.5MM. The case design certainly allows for a “full dial” experience and that is how they are able to fit so much information neatly packed into it. A nice touch is the real screws which hold on the exhibition caseback, which is typically seen on German timepieces from my experience.
The matte black dial is certainly legible at any angle when on wrist, which is a big win for me. There is a lot of neatly printed white text on this dial - but it does not seem cluttered at all. Our date window is placed at the 3:00 position with a white wheel to match the hands and small print. They definitely do some of the best “Bauhaus” design when it comes to affordable watches in this category. The print work is top notch and no quality control issues are visible on my example. I also do like the white tipped baton style hands and feel they really stand out on top of the matte dial. The addition of a domed genuine Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating is also another plus in the value for money book.
Sternglas decided to use the automatic japanese Miyota 821A movement - which is a step above the 8215 with nice decorated bridges and a hollowed out rotor for s glimpse into the inner workings of the movement. This movement contains 21 Jewels, hand-winding, and my example even hacks? Usually this movement is non hackable but for some reason mine hacks and I assume they have modded the movement. Anyhow, in the accuracy corner I am receiving around +10 seconds a day which is good in my book for a watch of this caliber.
Mesh Adjustable Band
The 22MM mesh Millanaise style steel bracelet is certainly comfortable on my 6.5” wrist out of the box. It has a signed lock clasp with an easy self adjustable sliding lock. I think this is the way to go in terms of comfort over a standard leather band, but that’s just me.
Furthermore, well made Bauhaus style timepieces can be hard to come by and very expensive from other brands such as Junghans, Nomos, and more. I feel Sternglas has filled a sector of this market for an affordable true Bauhaus stype timepiece. I honestly cannot think of any other companies in this price range of under $400 that provide all the goodies Sternglas does. They definitely knocked it out of the park with this one, and I look forward what this company has to offer us in the coming years.