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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine quality, lots of features and a bargain to buy., 21 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Military Diver Chronograph with special protected crown T0148 (Watch)
This watch has the same case, general build quality and strap as the TO144 model I have already reviewed- so I will not repeat all the comments I made about that one here.

The TO148 (and 147, the black version) has a Miyota FS00 quartz movement instead of the automatic 8215 type used in the TO143 and 144. Mass produced quartz movements can be bought on line for as little as $5, so at $28 this chronograph is quite expensive, though still much cheaper than the 8215, which does not feature a chronograph and is priced at $46.50. Another model (TO145/146) uses the Swiss Ronda cal 515 movement, its feature being a 24 hour clock. On line the Ronda 515 costs about $19.50. Of course, in all cases watch makers will pay much less than Joe public for their movements. All three 'square' models were originally offered at 149 euros and all can be had with either a black face and strap or with a green luminous face and brown strap.

Being a chronograph this version has three crowns and since these all have large screw- on covers they look very impressive: your friends will be fascinated by them. All three are secured by chains to rings at the base of the centre one, which is why that crown is exceptionally large. The three small dials are set in neat silver finished 'rings'. In poor light conditions this model, with its pale green luminous face, is much easier to read than the black faced model TO147.

Unfortunately this chronograph is of limited practical use. It records seconds, but not fractions of a second. The large second hand provides the stopp function, but there are no minute/second markings around the dial. Moreover, elapsed time is not recorded. This means that if you stop the hands to record a lap time in a race they will not 'catch up' again if re- started. It is hard to read individual minutes on the one hour dial, though this is true of most chronographs. Similarly, the small 24 hour dial cannot be accurately read and, anyway, this one does not function as part of the chronograph.

The other two versions of this 'square' watch only require a single crown and are rated to 200 metres water resisitance, whereas this one is only rated to 100 metres- probably because the three crowns are rather more difficult to seal effectively at greater depths. In my opinion the way the two outer crowns enter the case at an acute angle looks interesting but slightly awkward.

So, It is true that this is a fancy watch that largely places style ahead of function, there certainly being room for criticism- especially of the chronograph. I did consider giving only four stars, however with its delightful 'machined' finish and thick white stitched strap this watch looks built to last, whilst at present (August 2013) it can be bought for £89 at which price it is a true bargain and you cannot really expect more without spending more. I note, though, that some sellers are asking a lot more money for these Tauchmeisters, so please check all offers before buying.
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