The Swiss watchmaker has once again updated its new line of TechnoMarine UF6 Magnum Small Second (ref. 611001) watches that was previously available only in black and orange color scheme. Soon, the timekeeper will be available in an even nicer-looking combination of black and electric blue. As the previous version, this new model comes in a deliberately large, rugged-looking case. Full 45 mm in diameter and quite thick, the case radiates a sort of presence that somehow makes you want one, even if you are not into “affordable,” quartz-powered timekeepers.
Made in 316L surgical-grade stainless steel with black PVD treatment, the case also includes black resin inserts on its sides: the source of its visual ruggedness.
Additional inserts done in the same material, which is widely used in the marine industry for its shock-absorption properties, are also included in the bezel in order to protect the sapphire crystal.
Thanks to the chosen color scheme, the watch offers an extremely legible, high-contrast dial layout that, again, thanks to a generous amount of white and blue Superluminova on the hands and hour markers, will also be easily readable even in twilight.
Powered by the quartz Ronda 7004.B movement, the watch will not be of special interest to those who buy watches only for their unique hand-made (preferably in-house) mechanical movements.
However, if you search for an affordable timekeeper that looks both sporty and dressy and offers such amenities as a “Swiss Made” movement and a sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment, then you should probably include this gadget into your short list. Also, the choice of the mechanism actually looks not that bad as it may have sounded from the way I phrased the statement above. While many quartz-powered watches in this price range are animated by so called “throw-away” mechanisms, this one comes with a good repairable movement that features a “power-saving” function (if you know that you won’t be using the watch for a while, you may simply pull out the setting stem and reduce power consumption by approximately 70 percent) that will significantly increase the standard battery life of 48 months claimed by the manufacturer of the movement.
Also, the mechanism features a “big date” function with a pair of calendar wheels featuring huge, high-contrast Arabic numerals that make it a lot easier to use the calendar even for persons with poor vision. The instantaneous rate of -10/ +20 seconds per month, too, makes it a very good mechanism for a watch that has a retail price of $1200 USD.
Perhaps, the only thing that puts me off a little is the non-standard lugs that may make your life miserable after the stock strap finally cracks. While those buying really expensive (like, above the $5000 mark) timekeepers may find ordering an overpriced replacement that is available only from the same brand they got the watch from not particularly troublesome, it may actually hurt your wallet if you saved your money for a whole year before ordering this watch. So, keep mind that a replacement strap may be quite expensive for you.
TechnoMarine plans to present the UF6 Magnum Small Second during the Baselworld 2011 international trade show that begins on March 24, 2011.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4/5
Value for Money: 3/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
TechnoMarine UF6 Magnum Small Second Black & Blue (ref. 611001) quartz watch specification
Price: $1200 USD (MSRP)
Movement: Quartz, Caliber Ronda 7004.B, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Gold-plated
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds
Power reserve: 48 months
Case material: 316L stainless steel, black PVD
Bezel material: Stainless steel
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 45.00 mm
Strap width: 24 mm
Case height: 15.00 mm
Dial: Black, engine-turned
Hands: Steel, skeletonized
Water resistance: 200 meters
Strap: Black silicone with stainless steel ardillon buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Solid, engraved