The German watchmaker has recently updated its Archimede Outdoor automatic watch. Leaving the case intact, they equipped the sporty timekeeper with new, even more legible dial.
If you have ever spent days searching for a sports utility watch (i.e. an affordable timepiece that would sport at least 10 ATM of water resistance rating, a legible, no nonsense dial, and a case that would stand some moderate beating,) you probably know how difficult it is to find such a timepiece.
The market is dominated by the mighty G-Shock family and if you are not into Japanese design language it leaves you pretty much nothing to choose from.
Of course, you can get yourself an IWC Ingenieur, but this gorgeous technocratic watch is far, far away from being affordable, if you are not an only heir to some business empire. Also, it is rather bulky and it will always get in the way when you will try to erect a tent or to set a sail.
And here comes the Archimede Outdoor family. For about 1/6th price of an Ingenieur, it offers you a compact, brushed steel case with water resistance rating of 200 meters, a reliable movement and a dial that looks like a study in legibility.
If you compare the earlier Archimede Outdoor watch to the facelifted version, you will presently notice the difference. The new timekeeper now offers more sober-looking, rectangular-shaped hour and minute hands and the Arabic numerals on its matte black dial have got considerably smaller.
While still being completely legible (well, not as legible as watches that are equipped with ever-glowing LLT tubes,) the new layout provides the restyled watch with more modern look without the need for a more serious makeover: crafting a new case is always not an easy (and not cheap) task to accomplish.
According to the German brand, the watch comes in the same finely-brushed stainless steel case. Being only 10.60 mm in height and 38.70 mm in diameter (crown not included,) the case is also very light tipping the scales at around 70 grams if bought on a leather strap.
Of course, the version on the stainless steel bracelet weighs more: it will be whole 50 grams heavier, but that’s nothing for an active lifestyle watch.
Interesting thing about the refreshed timekeeper is that the version with leather strap may be equipped with a special extension part that adds around 10 centimeters (4 inches) to the length of the strap and allows the watch to be worn above a jacket sleeve.
The optional extension part will cost you $30 dollars increasing the price of the watch from $675 to $705.
The version on the stainless steel bracelet, which also features an extension, will set you back for $745 USD.
Looks like a totally justified price tag for a German watch powered with the bullet-proof Sellita SW 200 Swiss made automatic movement.
More info on the corporate web-site.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 5/5
Value for Money: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
See also: Marcello C Hydrox
2011 Archimede Outdoor automatic watch specification
Price: Ref. UA8235-A2.1 (leather strap) $675.00 / Ref. UA8235B-A2.1 (steel bracelet) $745.00
Movement: Automatic, Sellita SW200, 26 jewels, 28,800 vph, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: 38 hours
Case material: Stainless steel, brushed
Bezel material: Stainless steel, brushed
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 42.20 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: 10.60 mm
Numerals: Arabic, luminous
Water resistance: 200 meters
Strap: Leather strap or a Stainless steel bracelet
Case back: Solid (optional sapphire crystal)