7/10/2018 4 Comments
The UNDONE Tropical comes in the typical Urban chronograph box with a leather snap button and is very simple, useful, and practical for this pricepoint.
The watch by Undone is themed or pays homage to the vintage two register tropical dial Omega Speedmasters of the past. From 1957-1965 OMEGA had a flaw in their processing of dials which resulted in the dials fading to brown, or shades of brown which was nicknamed “TROPICAL”. Now on the vintage market, these old Omega watches can be fetched for high prices at auction or through pre owned vintage watch dealers. I look at it this way, you get that vintage look and feel which you would normally pay tens of thousands, for a fraction of that price..and it’s brand new with zero issues.
The case generally remains the same as the previous editions of the Undone urban Killy watch except the addition of the Tachymeter bezel. I did notice the watch is a bit heavier and feels of better quality due to this weight difference. It also feels better on the wrist. The diameter comes in at 41.8MM while the lug to lug measurement is a useable 48. Comprised of 316L steel, this case features a pull/push signed crown with 3 ATM of water resistance which is not suitable for swimming of course. Between the lugs is 20MM which was certainly the appropiate match for this vintage aesthetic. Just like the Speedmaster we get that nice lip on the middle of the case where the Bezel is placed onto the domed hardened K1 mineral crystal. The chronograph pushers are small and round, yet function with ease. There is a nice contrast between the polished upper and lower case while the center portion is finely brushed.
The Rather balanced tropical dial is fairly simple and easy to read with symmetrical subdials at the 3:00 and 9:00 positions for your chronograph and 24 hour time. I do like the size of the date window at 6:00 and seems legibile enough to me. Lumed hour markings surround the dial in between fine small minute markings which exemplify a really good detailed print. The hands certainly pay tribute to the speedmaster and mimic them quite well. The domed crystal plays a big role in the aesthetic they were going for and is paired beautifully with the brushed steel Tachymeter bezel allowing for that lip or gap we see on speedys.
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Vintage Leather Rally style Strap
One thing I must point out is the comfort level of tnis rallye style genuine leather band. It is super
comfortable and flexible straight out of the box without feeling cheap at all. The buckle is brushed and signed with the Undone logo, while white hand stitched ends are neatly sewn.
Furthermore, if you love vintage Speedmasters with references that cost a considerable ammount of money and want a more affordable option this is for sure the way to go. The movement is reliable, functional, and will last years. The build quality and materials certainly are equivalent to the asking price of $375, and hey- where else can you find a watch like this? Nowhere...