First revealed around three years ago in a boxy rectangular case, the refreshed RSW Outland automatic watch now comes in a more interesting-looking round body. Still offering the same set of styling cues, those including the signature strap lugs and dashboard-style dial, the timepiece may look a bit messy at the first glance, and, while it clearly belongs to the “love it or hate it” kind of things, one thing is certain: wearing it for just once, you will never forget the experience.
Like the original version, the new RSW Outland Round features a black dial with three rotating disks replacing the customary hour, minute and seconds hands. However, the stylish lever of the original that reminded me a bit the film rewind knob on my very first photo camera was replaced with a more common winding crown. While a mundane crown may be more ergonomic and easier to use by a normal person, it is still too bad that the watch lost a part of that “think different” appeal of the previous model.
As you have probably already guessed, the dial of the timekeeper replaces the usual three hands in favor of three co-axial rotating disks with the outer one indicating hours, the middle one showing minutes and the inner -the smallest- ticking seconds away.
Besides offering more original and technocratic dial layout, the watch also seems to be more legible with its quasi-digital interface. It is, however, still a bit of a pain to tell current time until you get used to the display. Of course, the main function of this device is not telling time, but to attract everyone’s attention showing how different you are. In this regard, the watch excels.
According to the Swiss company, the new Outland will be sold in black PVD-treated steel (pictured,) as well as in surgical-grade 316L stainless steel. Some versions may be even adorned with diamonds. But even if you don’t opt in for diamonds (and you probably shouldn’t, at least until you don’t rap for a living), it still will get you tons interested glances.
At 44 millimeters in diameter, the watch is huge with its big size further emphasized by a pair of lugs with their signature three hexagonal screws holding the black rubber band. While some may see it as a problem, it actually serves the same purpose of making the RSW Outland Round look even more prominent on your wrist. Getting more attention, remember?
RSW says nothing about the automatic movement that powers the watch. Possibly, this is some kind of ordinary caliber from ETA S.A.
UPDATE: Yes, it looks like the device is indeed powered by an ETA 2824-2. Loved by dozens of independent watchmaking brands on both sides of the Pond, the caliber, which is known for its extreme reliability, impressive robustness and adequate accuracy, seems to be a good platform for this sort of experiments.
Perhaps, a faster mechanism that beats at 36,000 vibrations per hour would look better since the highly contrast dial makes the jerky movement of the central seconds disk painfully clear, but it would also dramatically increase the timekeeper’s price, which is unacceptable. The fact that the movement basically comes undecorated doesn’t help much.
RSW Oultand round automatic watch specification
Movement: Automatic, ETA 2824-2, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Power reserve: 38 hours
Case material: Black PVD steel
Bezel material: Black PVD steel
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: No data
Dial: Black, three rotating disks
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black rubber strap with black PVD folding clasp
Case back: Sapphire