Being so intrigued by the K24 I received a few weeks ago I decided to contact Ernie for a K23. Within the week the watch was shipped and delivered for Friday. Nice way to end the week, eh? Ernie is awesome for such speedy shipping and smooth transactions.
Opening the shipping box I pulled out a hard carrying case. A nice compact case with the Welder Logo embossed right on it. The locks looked nice and sturdy and there's a relieve knob for atmospheric pressure.
Pop Pop! I unclip the locks and and slowly opened the cover. There it was. A massive square Intrument watch in shiny brushed steel with black face and white luminous numerals. I faintly heard a choir of angels singing softly in the background as I gazed in awe at the K23.
Measuring at 45mm squared (55mm including the crown) the brushed finished case and bezel really caught the light. Three chrono subdials at the 6-9-12 position. Date window at 3.
Dial styling is reminiscent of U-Boat, big and bold.
If your into the hunky chunky industrial look, the K23 fits the bill to the 'T'. It's sorta like the Shwarzeneggar of the instrument watch styling. Some initial impressions of the watch is that the edges and corners may be a bit sharp and uncomfortable for the wrist. Far from it. It is one of the more comfortable watches for my 7.25" wrist. A closer look will reveal the soft curvature of the case to conform to your wrist. AND that the corners
are neither sharp and pointy to cause any intrusion. All along the case is a beveled edge. However it does appear to make for a formidable weapon if need be, me thinks.
On all four corners is a big Hex Head Cap Bolt. Dunno if this actually keeps the watch together but they sure look industrial. Heavy Duty!!
There's the Logo on the side of the case, opposite of the crown and speaking of the crown there is the logo on there too.
There are two leather bands that come with this watch. As seen is the tan strap and then there's the wide black strap.
Movement is the Japanese Miyota OS10. I found that pulling the crown and setting the time to be very light. I own a couple of Formex Auto's and they all seem very heavy and a wee bit stiff when setting times and date. Just a personal observation
As big as the watch may be I found it to be extremely comfortable. Every once in awhile your pleasantly surprised when you looked down at the "clock" strapped to your wrist. You forget you have such a monstrous time piece on.
Over all finish is clean and well executed. An excellent piece for the Hunky-Chunky Watch collectors.
Hope you enjoyed the review.