The German watch brand Limes has updated its classic Limes Chyros automatic watch providing it with a new Swiss Made movement and offering a new styling of the dial, which is now a lot more modern and, available in black (ref. U6017-LA1.3) and white (ref. U6017-LA1.1) finishes, is also more imposing. As usual, the watch is equipped with an in-house stainless steel body, which is designed and manufactured by the German company Ickler GmbH that owns Limes brand.
The new timekeeper’s three-dimensional dial comes with applied hour indexes and thin, sword-shaped hour and minute hands that somehow remind of classic Rolex watches.
Of course, the version with black dial looks the most interesting, but the Limes Chyros Automatic with white dial also looks great. The white model’s point of attraction is the black-colored Superluminova luminous substance, which is applied to indexes and hands, looks anthracite in daylight, but glows brightly during the night.
The main problem of this solution is that pigmented Superluminova tends not to last very long, gradually “burning out” and losing its color.
The watch is powered by the popular among independent watchmakers Sellita SW200 TOP automatic movement that we have already seen in such relatively affordable models as the Bulova Calypso 300 64B108 diving watch, Eterna KonTiki Date and Marvin M22.214.171.124 open heart watch.
The Caliber SW200 is often referred to as a “clone” of the well-known ETA 2824-2 (not the ETA 2834 as some sources inform) and, thanks to its simplicity, is quite reliable, durable, and easy to service. Although the jewel count in this mechanism is increased by one synthetic ruby over its, um, source of inspiration, it didn’t affect its overall performance in any noticeable way since, as far as I know, the jewel is one of those “non-functional” ones that are sometimes introduced for marketing purposes and/or legal reasons.
As you can see on the photo above, the mechanism’s finish is rather basic: there is some perlage on bridges (Sellita was for many years one of the brand’s that ETA outsourced external finish of their calibers, so they’ve mastered the technique to a perfection) and a combination of radial and vertical Geneva stripes on the oscillating weight. The only thing that tells us that the mechanism was actually personalized for the German brand is the “LIMES” inscription on the rotor, but that’s basically all. Some may be disappointed, but, hey, the watch has a sub-€1k minimum recommended price and it wouldn’t be right to expect the level of sophistication we see with watches that are five or ten times as expensive as this one. I’d say that in this regard you basically get what you’ve paid for.
The movement is beating inside a polished stainless steel case 43 mm in diameter and 10.3 mm in height.
A great number of independents tend to outsource their cases to third-party manufacturers or even buy standard bodies. Limes, on the contrary, uses cases that are made by its mother company Ickler GmbH (it also owns the Archimede brand) and sport their signature fluted side that correspond quite nicely with the vertical bars on the dial.
The watch is supplied in a well-executed wooden box and is priced at €995 (shipping costs included.) Highly recommended.
Limes Chyros Automatic watch specification
Price: €995 (MSRP, exl. taxes)
Movement: Caliber Sellita SW200 (a “clone” of ETA 2824-2 ebauche,) Swiss Made
Winding: Automatic (self-winding)
Cadence of balance: 28,800 vph
Functions: Hour, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 43.0 mm
Case height: 10.3 mm
Dial: White or Black
Numerals: Arabic, applied
Water resistance: 50 meters
Case back: Sapphire