The Arcadia Chronograph is a nice addition to Archimede’s dressier line of “classic” timepieces. Offering a nicely proportioned, slightly oversized stainless steel body and a choice of colors for its Portuguese-style dial, the Arcadia is reasonably priced for a German-made watch that is powered by an “Elabore”-grade ETA movement.
Although Archimede is usually associated with their “historic” line of B-Uhr-style “aviators”, the German brand 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” three-hander.
Elegant and refined, the Archimede Arcadia is influenced by the gorgeous IWC Portuguese automatic chronographs.
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 iconic IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar!
Well, if you are new to the world of fine mechanical watches and the apparent secondariness of the Arcadia doesn’t scare you away from buying it, the Archimede Arcadia may still be a good choice.
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 a finely executed piece: 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 use a basic (but still attractive) “package” to attract an unsuspecting buyer to its website only to make him pay more and more as he or she goes through a list of available options that make the chronograph even better (and even more expensive.) 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 is still a reasonable price: 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 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: Stainless steel
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