The sporty and elegant Archimede Outdoor Automatic Sport collection has recently been moderately refreshed. Since the timekeeper’s deliciously ergonomic stainless steel case doesn’t require any special attention, the German brand concentrated its efforts on the dial. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the Outdoor family has finally received a version with a fully luminous face.
Although this kind of luxury is usually reserved for diving watches, it is nice to finally have a more modest-looking timekeeper with this feature. For starters, a watch with luminous dial is a lot easier to find when you have to get up in the dark while keeping the lights out. Also, I personally find them easier to read time in places like cinemas where you have to sit in total darkness keeping your eyes constantly trained on a brightly lit screen and, for all things practical, can’t check your watch because the luminous dots on hour markers and thin strips of lume on hands just too faint to be read.
As you can see on the photo below, the dial presents you a negative-like version of a normal Archimede Outdoor.
While the hour markers, Arabic numerals, the three hands, as well as different inscriptions are just plain black, the surface of the dial emits a pleasant milky-white glow making it look absolutely wonderful.
According to their corporate website, the watch is offered at more or less affordable €680 (VAT included), which is just €65 more expensive than the “normal” version.
However, even if you start adding options, the price tag won’t grow as quickly as one might have expected from a maker of entry-luxury devices.
For example, an optional stainless steel deployment clasp adds €50; opt in for an optional sapphire crystal on the back (although I don’t know why would you want to do that, since the well-known Sellita SW200 movement that powers the watch comes with only basic decoration and, probably, won’t impress anyone) and the price jumps one more step adding €85 to grand total.
Another option that is worth considering is custom leather straps that are offered in different lengths and colors at €90 (all prices include VAT if ordered within the EU).
In fact, this is an interesting watch if you are looking for an inexpensive and reliable watch that is powered by a robust and high-quality Swiss Made movement. Take a look at it, I am sure that you won’t regret it.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 5/5
Value for Money: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
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Photos: Archimede Watches
Build quality: 5/5
Value for money: 5/5
2013 Archimede Outdoor Sport Full Luminous Dial specification
Price: €680 (VAT included)
Movement: Automatic, Sellita SW200, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 26
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 38 hours
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, full-lume dial
Case: Stainless steel
Bezel shape: Round
Size: 39.00 mm
Case height: 11.20 mm
Dial: White, luminous
Numerals: Arabic, black
Hour markers: Black
Water resistance: 200 meters
Strap: Black leather strap with contrasting stitching and steel buckle / Stainless steel bracelet
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on the inside
Back: Solid (optional sapphire crystal at €85)