I have been searching for a quality automatic watch with classic and timeless (pun intended) style.. I have considered MANY options, but just couldn't seem to pull the trigger on anything for one reason or another...until yesterday.
I was in one of my local department stores yesterday, and I noticed a special display for the Shinola Runwell Automatic 45mm with a brown leather strap.. I have always been intrigued by the Shinola design, but being a relatively new company and having higher than normal prices, I was hesitant.. I was also looking for something a bit more sporty, but the Shinola just spoke to me for some reason, and my wife really loved the classic look (which helps convince her to open up the wallet).. I am a huge WWII history nerd, and I can't help but feel like this is something my grandfather would have worn when he was fighting in Europe.
I normally do not like leather strap watches, but I decided to try this one on.. I immediately fell in love!. Although it is only 5ATM water resistant, it has a screw down crown and feels very solid and durable.. I am also quite pleased with the look of the dial through the sapphire crystal, which is slightly domed, but not so much as I am worried about it getting smashed.
The movement, from what I can tell, is a Sellita SW200-1.. I don't know much about automatic movements (this is only my second automatic, the first being a Seiko Prospex Samurai), but from my research, I get the impression that it's a quality movement.
The only faults I find with the watch are the leather band (which is my own taste, and I'm sure it will improve after it breaks in) and the lume.. The lume is present, and is in all the places I would like to see at night, but it is rather dim compared to my other watches.. However, I can't fault the Shinola too much since it is up against my Seiko Prospex and all of my Citizen Promaster models, which all have overkill lume.
All in all I am very satisfied with my purchase, and I hope this watch lasts long enough to pass down to my kids or grandkids.. I know the sentiment around this forum is that Shinola is a bit overpriced and bland, but with the slight discount I got at my local store, I feel that the quality is on par with similar models from other brands. I do, however, plan on changing to a metal band this weekend.
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