The sporty and elegant Archimede Outdoor Automatic Sport watch has recently been moderately refreshed. Since the timekeeper’s deliciously ergonomic stainless steel body doesn’t seem to require any special attention, the German watchmaking brand concentrated its efforts on the dial. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the Outdoor family has finally received a version with a fully luminous dial.
Although this kind of luxury is usually reserved for diving watches, it is very nice to finally have a more modest-looking timekeeper with this feature. For starters, a watch with luminous dial is a lot easier to find when you have to get up in the dark, while keeping the lights out. Also, I personally find them easier to read time in places like cinemas where you have to sit in total darkness keeping your eyes constantly trained on a brightly lit screen and, for all things practical, can’t check your watch because the luminous dots on hour markers and thin strips of lume on hands just too faint to be read.
As you can see on the photo below, the dial of the watch presents you a negative-like version of a normal Archimede Outdoor.
While the hour markers, Arabic numerals, the three hands, as well as different inscriptions are just plain black, the surface of the dial emits a pleasant milky-white glow making it look absolutely wonderful.
According to their corporate web-site, the watch is offered at more or less affordable €680 (VAT included), which is just €65 more expensive than the “normal” version of the device.
However, even if your start adding options, the price tag won’t grow as quickly as one might have expect from a maker of entry-luxury devices.
For example, an optional stainless steel deployment clasp adds €50; opt in for an optional sapphire crystal on the back (although I don’t really know why would you want to do that, since the well-known Sellita SW200 movement that powers the watch comes with only basic decoration and, probably, won’t impress anyone) and the price jumps one more step adding €85 to grand total.
Another option that is worth considering is custom leather straps that are offered in different lengths and colors at €90 (all prices include VAT if ordered within the EU).
In fact, this is a very nice watch if you are looking for an inexpensive and reliable watch that is powered by a robust and high-quality Swiss Made movement. Take a look at it, I am sure that you won’t regret it.
See also: Archimede SportTaucher M
WWR preliminary verdict:
Build quality: 5/5
Value for money: 5/5
2013 Archimede Outdoor Automatic Sport with Full Luminous Dial watch specification
Price: €680 (VAT included)
Movement: Automatic, Sellita SW200, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 26
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 38 hours
Movement decoration: None
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, full-lume dial
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Tonneau
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 39.00 mm
Case height: 11.20 mm
Lug width: No data
Dial: White, luminous
Numerals: Arabic, black
Hour markers: Black
Water resistance: 200 meters
Strap: Black leather strap with contrasting stitching and steel buckle / Stainless steel bracelet
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on the inside
Case back: Solid (optional sapphire crystal at €85)