So, I’ve finally done it.
After a lifetime of quartz I’ve bought my first mechanical (or rather my wife has bought it for me for our anniversary)
A Speedbird 3 from Timefactors in Britain.
What I like about this watch:
- It’s mechanical – no electromagnetism just old fashioned mechanics using old fashioned (ish) techniques. All my other watches are more accurate than it, but this is the one I must nurture and care for
- It’s automatic – this will be my everyday watch. Automatic must be worn to wind, and this one will be.
- The second hand sweep – no quartz stepping action, just a graceful dance around the arc.
- The clear, uncluttered dial – no unnecessary markings, no logo, no sub-dials or bezels I’ll rarely use. A subtle date window at 6 o’clock with matching dark background for the date dial.
Just the essential markings to allow someone to tell the time and date, at a glance with minimum fuss. Again, ideal for an everyday watch.
- The design – inspired by a classic IWC; in the aviator style being presentable enough for the office but rugged enough for the outdoors.
- The build quality – nicely cut and brushed stainless steel case, screw down back and crown, great Faraday cage, sapphire crystal, nice matt black/charcoal grey dial, precise digits and indices, carefully applied lume, well executed hands, superb bracelet that really suits the watch.
- The movement – The classic, robust, widely maintainable ETA 2824-2 perfect for an everyday automatic, but with the added warm fuzzy feeling of it being top grade. Maybe as good as any of those really expensive watches not using in-house movements.
- It’s European – designed and assembled in Britain, the case machined in Germany and the movement ‘Swiss made’.
- It’s cheaper than an IWC MarkXV – outstanding value for money from Timefactors. Not afraid to wear it everyday.
- It’s from my wife (ahhhh, how sweet )
One thing is becoming clear… I think I like mechanicals… Luckily, now I’ve bought one I won’t need another one, right?
But enough about me… what about you…
Please share your first mechanical. What was it? Have you still got it? Pictures?