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on 6 December 2015
I'm extremely fussy when it comes to watches. My girlfriend wanted to buy me a watch for Christmas and is sorry she even had the idea. Weeks of research and three returned watches Including a Tissot PR100 (which I found too effeminate) and an Armani Exchange (which I told her was junk and you pay for the name alone) and here we are with number four - she is more RELIEVED than anything that I absolutely love this watch.
Let's start with what I found out about the company. This is important these days because there are tons of companies claiming Swiss heritage that either have none or have cut corners with it. Examples are Stuhrling (Swiss bankrupt bought out and made in China), Swiss Legend (the "swiss quartz" on the face is the ONLY thing Swiss about what they sell), Rotary (An Actual Swiss company but now run from London and using Japanese parts assembled in Switzerland). Gigandet (a long defunct Swiss company resurrected by Asians who, nonetheless produce quality watches) etc etc. Wenger were in direct competition with Victorinox over the Swiss Army Knife back in the mists of time - it is unclear which has the biggest bragging rights as both were involved at one time or another. Eventually the popularity of the Victorinox name in the US had them corner the market and Wenger ran into financial difficulty. Wenger was subsequently bought out by Victorinox who appear to have let them continue to run as their own business. So, to cut a very long story short, what you have here is a genuine Swiss company with a non-fabricated heritage. The same applies to the manufacture, assembly, and individual components of their watches. This model has a full sapphire crystal face cover (many that are listed as sapphire are sapphire COATED), marine grade 316L steel throughout, and a Swiss Ronda 515 movement.
So a genuine "swiss watch" then - but with a screw down crown, a screw in backplate, and a working bezel. You just don't get all that at this price point anywhere else.
And the watch itself does not disappoint. You KNOW it's quality the minute you see it. Even the steel box it comes in smacks of quality. It's a weighty watch so wont suit those who like a light watch. A "man's man" watch. The screw down crown even feels soilid and well made. The face is clear, has 'Super Luminova' lumes for long lasting night illumination. And the second hand ticks with a reassuring accuracy smack on its markers. I'm not a fan of perpetual movements this is the way a watch should be. Other watches that show water resistances of 100m - 300m and don't have a screw down crown I wouldn't even risk swimming with but the way this is built it obviously does what it says it does. Simply perfect.