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Trintec, the brand who Bell and Ross essentially designed their watches after which has existed since 1984. They produce all types of Aviation and Pilot watches including clocks, pilot bags, and other products as well. I have had experience with Trintec twice in the past with two of their automatic models which I was quite content with for the price. Today we will take a closer look at their new Co Pilot Quartz Chronograph which has all of those same great components as their automatic lines.
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Now the model I have shown is the all blacked out DLC model of the CoPilot, which looks pretty stealth and sleek. It is entirely comprised of 316L stainless steel underneath the coating. The case diameter measures 42MM with a thickness of 15MM. The lug width is typical at 22MM and the Lug to Lug distance with these aviation styled case comes in at 54MM. The great thing about this watch is that is does have 100M of water resistance making this a true land, air, and sea watch ( besides diving ). The mid size crown at 3:00 is left blank and is screwed down as well as the steel caseback for water resistance. This is a fully functional chronograph so our typical short pushers are located at 2:00 for start/stop, and 4:00 for a smooth reset. Another nice feature is the addition of their standard 120 Click unidirectional rotating bezel which is very tool like and has solid clicks with minimal play on my example. For you OCD freaks, the bezel does align with the 12:00 position as well.
The black dial on the CoPilot is covered by a Sapphire crystal with Anti-Reflective coating and has a typical Pilot chronograph layout. The movement being used allows us to have Three Subdials - 1. Running 60 seconds 2. 24 Hour Subdial 3. 60 minute chronograph countdown. The large numerals in white matching the fine minute markings are certainly large for a reason, easy legibility. When piloting an aircraft you want to be able to read your watch at a glance and the CoPilot is definitely suitable for that. A nice play of orange and yellow allows the watch to have somewhat of a sportier look and just looks good in my opinion. Luminova covers all of the numerals as well as the large plungeur hands and fine minute markings. Between 4/5 there is a date cutout which I am not so sure about considering the dial is a bit busy already, but a date can’t hurt.
The movement they decided to go with is the Japanese Miyota OS20 quartz chronograph movement. This movement has a really long battery life of 2-3 years and is generally reliable and very accurate within a couple seconds a month gained. If your one who does not like Quartz movements id definitely suggest taking a look at some of their automatic watches with movements such as the Seiko NH35. Although, if a Valjoux was placed inside this watch it would certainly be way thicker, and cost a lot more money. It would also be hard to mod a stock 7750 for the complications this movement allows.
The 22MM silicone strap is a very soft and flexible band and allows for no break-in period out of the box. It is also fairly long incase you were wondering if it would fit your larger wrist. The buckle is sterile and all black to match the case. It does attract a little lint , like most Silicone straps but that is not a big deal to me nor a dealbreaker. Its comfortable, flexible, and personally I am not going to swap out bands because I am one who enjoys comfort.
Trintec has been around for sometime now and are always creating new timepieces , which shows us the consumer that they are going to here for the longrun. This is good
in my eyes especially when microbrands pop up with a model and dissapear into the clouds the next month. Their watches are always well constructed and function without issues in all three Trintec pieces I have owned. This model, while being quartz, it is quartz for a purposeful reason. I can say I do reccomend this watch if you are looking for a tough, well built, water resistant, pilot themed chronograph that will last years to come with neccesary battery changes. You can read more about this watch on their website listed below.