A few months ago I picked up a watch that had intrigued me since its release; the Victorinox INOX. My first "major" watch purchase as a young 'un was a Casio G-Shock, so I've always had a thing for so-called "tough" watches, and the INOX definitely appealed for this reason.
I watched all the whacky promo videos of the watch being run over by Plant Machinery etc and tried to not let the child come out in me. This worked, until one day, a sale came up and the watch was at a price I couldn't say no to. A few days later, this arrived...
I'd gone for the blue dial, as it was different to what's normally in my collection. I hoped it would stand out amongst the black dials of most of my watches. The blue is not a navy, but not a Royal Blue either. It's somewhere in-between and works well with the matte finish of the dial itself.
A few weeks in, I spotted a NATO come up for sale in the SC. It came with a Swiss Army Knife (bonus) and had the right colours to act the watch head. I'm not a massive fan of the rubber straps that come with these so the NATO made a welcome change. Once fitted, it allowed me to wear the watch more comfortably, and I preferred the aesthetics as well.
The INOX comes with a rubber guard. It takes seconds to fit and remove but I also imagine it may be easy to lose. I never saw myself using it, but I have to admit I actually have done. The main reason I've used it is... to protect the finish of the watch.
When I say I'm impressed with the quality of the finishing on this watch, I really mean I'm IMPRESSED. The mirror polish is up there with watches many times the price, and the satin brushed areas are super satin and very fine. There isn't too much in terms of complicated angles and various finishes, but what's there is done well.
The watch is relatively thick, but not terribly so. I like its height, and I guess if it is a tough watch, it's unlikely to be designed as a "slimline" watch.
The crown is thick, and very well protected against knocks. Along with the screw-down case-back, it allows for 200M Water Resistance, but the watch isn't suitable as a divers watch due to the lack of bezel, and unfortunately not the best lume in the watch world.
So this is a watch that was bought on a whim, and is at the lower value spectrum of my collection, but still a very fine addition. I like its simplistic design, its fantastic finishing, its heft and its accuracy. If you're in the market for a three-hander, it's well worth considering.
I've added a video review to my growing YouTube channel here: