Starting tomorrow, the California-based watchmaker will begin selling its new Xetum Tyndall Limited Edition automatic watch sporting that signature exterior that many fans of the American brand seem to like so much.
The watch is coming in the young brand’s signature “tuna can” case that measures 40 millimeters in diameter and is also deliciously thin at just 10 millimeters from top to bottom. Together with its unique “lugless” design (the lugs are here, of course, but they are integrated into the back of the timekeeper’s case providing the watch with the look that could be even called ‘iconic’ if Xetum wasn’t just a small-time niche brand,) the Xetum Tyndall will not look too large even on a thin wrist, although you will clearly feel the weight of it on your arm.
Still, visually, the Tyndall looks thick compared to watches of normal profile that usually try look thinner using all sorts of available tricks including rounded front and back bezels. The design somewhat reminds me of the military-grade wrist compass from my childhood, but, again, this is Xetum’s attempt at making a watch that has its own unique design language.
The watch is powered by a top grade ETA 2895-2 blank movement that features a hacking seconds function, Incabloc shock protection system and offers a standard power reserve of 42 hours.
The limited edition timekeeper’s main difference from other Xetum Tyndall watches, is the fully polished stainless steel case and carbon fiber dial that makes it look somewhat sportier.
Of course, with a dial like that, one would have justly expected the watch to be sold on a rubber or something like that, but no such luck. This one comes on naturally tanned black leather with a lining of Italian cork that, from where I stand, goes out of style with the rest of the design. Yes, the black leather strap that comes together with the watch seems to be of high quality, but again, subjectively, doesn’t look very convincing here: I think, the first thing I’d do with this otherwise absolutely outstanding timekeeper is to swap the stock strap with a high-grade textile NATO strap in nice gray-and-black color like the one pictured below.
The watch will go on sale starting February 15, 2011 at a fairly impressive price of $1595. Some may complain that for an independent brand the price is too high, but some may actually argue that for a watch, which is limited to only 100 individually numbered units and probably primarily targeted at IT professionals, the MSRP is ridiculously low.
See also: Hamilton Khaki SkyMaster UTC Automatic
Xetum Tyndall Limited Edition automatic watch specification
Price: $1595 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Caliber ETA 2895-2, elabore-grade, 27 jewels, 28,800 vph, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Cotes de Geneve rotor decorations on select watches
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 40.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: 11.00 mm
Dial: Carbon fiber
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Naturally tanned black leather with a lining of Italian cork and a stainless steel push-button butterfly clasp with an engraved Xetum logo
Case back: Mineral, K1 hardened