Okay, it looks like we will soon see yet another 7750-type chronograph. The watchmaker that was founded back in 1930s in Switzerland, almost went bankrupt in late 1990s and then re-launched by a Belgian family, is going to present its new Rodania XSEBA Black Edition automatic chronograph watch.
Powered by a well-known ETA Valjoux 7750 self-winding movement, the watch will offer you all the usual stuff that we have got used to during the recent couple of decades: a tri-compax dial layout, as well as an extended calendar function that displays not only current date, but also current day of week.
Although the movement is not particularly large, the new timepiece will be delivered in an oversized body.
Whole 44 millimeters in diameter, the body is machined from stainless steel and features nice satin finish. Its notched bezel, au contraire, is treated with black PVD treatment that nicely corresponds the color of the dial and the setting crown.
To my taste, the pair of chronograph push-pieces seems to be not particularly comfortable to operate, since they are attached to close to the crown and are just too short. The crown, on the other hand, is too long.
What really hurts my eyes is the “day of week” window, which is placed near the date aperture at 3 o’clock (a standard layout for ETA 7750-based chronographs.) On the official photo of the watch, the window reads “LUN,” which probably means “Lundi” and is translated from French as “Monday”.
The problem is that the rest of inscriptions on the dark grey dial of the watch are done in English, which somehow makes this timekeeper look ridiculous.
Well, the rest seems quite okay with me.
I mean, the dial is easy to read, the hours and minutes hands, as well the applied hour markers are covered with Superluminova and will give you no problem reading the data in darkness. The smaller hands, chronograph sub-dials, as well as the central chronograph seconds hand are painted bright red that nicely corresponds the contrasting red stitching on the black leather strap. A thin red line on the crown would have made this piece to look even classier, but, well, I can live without it.
The price of the new Rodania XSEBA Black Edition will probably be announced in a couple of months after the watch is presented at the upcoming Baselworld 2012 international trade fair, but it is more or less clear that the timekeeper will be priced below €2000 mark.
Rodania XSEBA Black Edition Automatic Chronograph watch specification
Movement: Automatic, ETA Valjoux 7750, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 30 jewels
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, day of week, tachymeter
Power reserve: 46 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Black coated steel
Crown material: Matches bezel
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44.00 mm
Case height: N/A
Lug width: N/A
Hour markers: Applied, luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black leather strap with contrasting red stitching and double-pusher safety clasp
Case back: Sapphire