CX Swiss Military Watch -a brand that some people mistake with Victorinox Swiss Army, but is not- has recently revealed its new Argonaut 1000 TQ diving watch. Combining a bold, testosterone-dripping exterior with an impressive water resistance rating, it is a bit too expensive for a watch powered by a rather average quartz movement (you will have to go for the Argonaut 1000 COSC if you want an automatic ETA 7750-based caliber, but that one is even more expensive.) Still, I have an impression that the watch will be not particularly hard to sell since it literally (well, actually it is ‘figuratively’) screams quality and sturdiness, and what else do you need from a professional-grade diving timekeeper?
Powered by the Ronda cal. 5030.D quartz chronograph movement and featuring a helium escapement valve, the watch has a guaranteed water resistance of up to 1000 meters and its titanium bracelet has an integrated extension to use the watch with a diving suit.
While making the watch more affordable and probably a bit cheaper to own since it won’t require the regular and often expensive maintenance that mechanical calibers are known for, the use of the Ronda’s quartz movement also makes it less distinctive, which may decrease its value when the time finally comes to flip the watch to free a place in your drawer for a new timepiece.
Like a great number of other watches that feature the same quartz caliber, the new Argonaut 1000 TQ sports the inevitable tri-compax dial layout with a central chronograph hand, 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock, 12-hour totalizer at 6 o’clock and a small-seconds sub-dial at 3 o’clock.
As usual, the standard date window is located at 4 o’clock. Well, this one is definitely not a fashion watch but a diving instrument, which makes its standardized dial more of a merit rather than a disadvantage.
You can read elapsed time interval at a single glance without loosing precious seconds trying to figure out what is where. And if that is not enough, consider this: the movement sells on the gray market at about $60, which makes it more expensive than mass-produced automatic chronograph movements made by ETA. So, it is not some cheap piece of Asian plastic.
The watch sports a titanium case 46mm in diameter with rubber details that tips the scales at only 188g. Extra water resistance is ensured by screw-down pushpieces and crown.
To make sure that the Argonaut 1000 TQ will sell at the recommended price of €1398, which is clearly on a North side of the price range that the brand usually operates within, the guys from CX Swiss Military Watch limited the series to only 200 units.
So it is pretty clear that, if you want one, you’ll have to hurry up, since the watch is not to be here for the taking for very long.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4/5
Value for Money: 3.5/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
Photos: CX Swiss Military
CX Swiss Military Watch Argonaut 1000 TQ diving watch specification
- Price range: €1398
Movement: Ronda cal. 5030.D quartz chronograph movement
Complications: Date, chronograph
Power reserve: N/A
Case material: Titanium, with rubber details
Case diameter: 46mm
Case height: 17mm
Dial: Blue, Silver, black, or yellow
Water resistance: 1000m
Strap: Titanium with double safety folding clasp and integrated extension; Extra strap in natural rubber and extension for dry-suit diving
Crystal: Sapphire crystal
Back: Solid, engraved