The new Archimede Arcadia Chronograph watch is a nice addition to the line of dressy timepieces from the German watchmaker. Offering a nicely proportioned, slightly oversized stainless steel body and a choice of colors ofr its Portuguese-style dial, the timekeeper seems to be reasonably priced for a German-made watch powered by an “Elabore”-grade Swiss movement.
Although Archimede brand is usually associated with their line of B-Uhr-style pilot watches, the German company sells as many as six different collections.
Those include recently updated energetic SportTaucher divers, rugged Outdoor, classic-styled Vintage and DeckWatch models, and the dressy Arcadia family that, to this time, was offered only as a “normal” watch with three-hand dial layout.
Elegant and refined, the Archimede Arcadia is clearly influenced by the gorgeous IWC Portuguese automatic chronographs.
As a matter of fact, the influence is so evident that some may even call the Arcadia a “rip-off.”
Consider this. The German model comes equipped with the same swallow-style hour and minute hands; same chronograph chapter ring on the inner bezel, applied Arabic numerals of the same typeface; and even the small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock, which is considerably smaller than the pair of chronograph totalizers at 6 o’clock and 12 o’clock, looks like it was inspired by a version of the IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar!
Well, if you are new to the world of fine mechanical watches and the apparent secondariness of the German watch doesn’t scary you away from buying it, the Archimede Arcadia may still be a good choice.
The first of all, it is powered by a time-tested ETA 7750 automatic chronograph movement, which is accurate, reliable, and easy to service.
The second reason is that, available at a base price of €975 (€1095 for a model on a stainless steel bracelet,) it is very finely executed watch: you simply won’t find a Swiss Made automatic chronograph sporting such an elegant body (they use cases made by Ickler GmbH, their parent company) and exquisitely crafted dial and are available at such an affordable price.
Just bear in mind that Archimede is one of those “entry-luxury” brands that uses a very basic (but still very attractive) “package” to attract an unsuspecting buyer to its web-site only to make him pay more and more as he or she goes through a list of available options that make the watch even better. For example, adding an exclusive Archimede winding rotor and a branded folding clasp (for a version on a natural leather strap) will increase the grand total by at least five percent of the starting price setting you back for extra €95 and €40 respectively.
Well, to my taste, it still very reasonable price for a watch of this class: after all, finding a chronograph powered by a “true” ETA 775x-family caliber at this price is not that easy these days.
Archimede Arcadia Chronograph automatic chronograph watch specification
Price: €975 — €1095 (including VAT, not including shipping)
Movement: Caliber ETA 7750 (version “Elabore”,) automatic, Swiss Made
Cadence of balance: 28,800 vph
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, standard chronograph, date
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 42.00 mm
Case height: 13.60 mm
Dial: Black or Silvered
Hands: Silvered (Black dial) or Blue (Silvered dial)
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Black or brown leather strap or Stainless steel bracelet
Crystal: Sapphire, double AR-coated
Case back: Mineral