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Today, fellow watch addicts we will take a look at the all new 2018 Baselworld Victorinox INOX Automatic release, which is available on the Victorinox website for around $795 in this configuration. Previously, I have reviewed a couple standard INOX Quartz pieces, which were quite impressive and many viewers really liked them! Let us see what this new upgraded automatic version has to offer for the money...
When thinking INOX, we think tough, robust, and a great daily wear watch that can withstand tough conditions. The Quartz versions certainly have a slight advantage over the automatic versions due to the mechanical components being in this model - But it is still built like a tank and is essentially the same watch. The case diameter on this solid chunky 316L stainless steel case comes in at exactly 43MM. The actual wear on the wrist is great though, considering the rounded shape case. In terms of thickness, we are looking at 13.4 with a lug to lug distance of 53MM. The screwed down signed crown tucks in nicely to the crown guards and almost sits flush to the case, allowing for no discomfort what so ever when on wrist. Another nice feature is the scalloped bezel with polished edges - allowing for a bit of class and pop on this completely brushed watch. This is an INOX, so we do get that 200 Meters of water resistance which will get you through almost any water related activity you can think of, besides extremely deep diving ( which nobody really does anyway ). Our crystal
is a genuine Sapphire Crystal ( Front and Back ) with 3 layers of Anti-Reflective coating for extreme crisp legibility during high light conditions.
*Extra Feature includes a plastic bumper to protect your watch even more...*
This variant contains the guilloche blue dial which sits nicely inside the case without any alignment issues or nothing of that nature, and a nice compliment nodding to the handles of their Swiss Army knives. The broad applied luminous markers are certainly legibile, as well as the sweeping seconds hand which contains a nice red tip for some legibility.The date window is tucked away in between the 4:00-5:00 position and stays out of the way of things, but can still easily be seen.
The Swiss Made automatic movement inside this model is one I am very familiar with. That being the ETA 2824-2 self-winding automatic caliber. It is pretty much the industry standard for a decent Swiss Made timepiece and performs excellent with no major issues for some years. This movement contains 21 jewels, 38 hours of power reserve, and features hand winding and a hacking capability for precise timeset. My current model is running at around +3 seconds a day! This is essentially the same as a COSC certified timepiece...I may have got lucky!
Genuine Leather “Wood” Strap
The 21MM genuine leather Wood strap
is something new for victorinox and I must say it does match the adventurous tough theme of this model. This is actual a wood strap on top of a genuine leather piece, showing their environmental awareness. It comes equipped to a milled fold over clasp which allows for on the go adjustment within seconds. It most certainly is flexible, and no real break-in period is needed for this one.
Furthermore, for the $795 pricepoint Victorinox is asking for this model is definitely fair in my eyes. The watch passes all the standard checkpoints for me when it comes to components, build quality, and fit and finish. This is a Swiss Made watch and Victorinox is a swiss made brand, but the price for this model and quality is definitely a decent deal. I like the overall case design and even slightly reminds me of a Genta-ish case in some ways, which is pleasing. I hope you guys enjoyed , and please do check out the full hands-on video review on watch addiction watch reviews.