I was pretty happy to receive a Miyota Black Auto 42 yesterday and am quite pleased with my purchase.
It's been a while since I bought a Laco with a Miyota movement, so it was interesting to see the updated rotor through the watch's display back. Even before I had a chance to compare the Miyota Black Auto to my Miyota JU52, it was obvious that the Black had a taller overall case height (see photo below). This small difference is more than enough to transform the watch's wrist presence and it feels beefier than the Miyota Marine and B-Uhr models.
The focal point of this watch for me is its hands. Slender and elegantly shaped, both the hour and minute hand taper to a needle sharp point that makes them extremely precise in their time keeping function. A particularly enjoyable moment occurs once every hour when the minute hand eclipses the hour hand and their profiles perfectly mesh to form one bold pointer. The red second hand is another distinguishing feature of the watch and it really jumps off the black dial.
As much as the hands are my favourite component, they pose an interesting challenge too. Initially I found myself mixing the two up; a quick glance at the watch often had me confusing the hour hand for the minute hand. This might not sound like a very good situation, but it was an entertaining exercise in object memory. Not to worry, if you wear the Black on a regular basis you quickly become accustomed to the differences in the shape of the hands; they are a design element that I certainly wouldn't want to change in any way.
The only element of this watch that I would like to change is its strap - even though its buckle has a wonderful satin finish that would have looked ideal had it been used for the case too. The strap's length is good (for my 7.5 in. wrist), and it's well made, but it has two elements that I detest: it's tapered and it's padded. The taper takes it down from 20 to 18 mm in width, so the strap looks disproportionately small compared to the Black's case. However, its grey colour is a perfect match for the watch and is historically correct, which means I'm happy to use it for now until I can replace it with a more robust grey strap.
I had wanted this model since its release, mostly because it's nearly identical to a rare vintage Stowa that I own (see photos). I managed to hold off on buying it for a long time, but I recently caved with the recent upswing in its popularity here in the forum. Although the photos other WUS members posted here were too much for me to resist, I'm really glad that I finally got around to buying this particular Laco.