Pre-ordered back in April and arrived this afternoon from Germany via watchbuys. I was nervous to actually get it after the wait. Would I still feel the same about it? Did I wait almost 5 months for nothing?
The things I was confident about in the beginning and still resonated with me when I opened the box and put it on:
1. 41mm across and 11.5 deep just about perfect for me. wrist shots below
2. Marketed as a Pilot's watch - but with screw down crown - WR 200 meters
3. Sinn's captive bezel, this time as a countdown instead of diving. Never had a countdown bezel before (I think)
4. Antimagnetic - okay not a lot of magnets in my life but still good to have.
5. Legibility - contrast of black and white make it easy to tell the time at a glance or at a distance where my eyes aren't super focused
The things I was up front concerned about and after reading owner's feedback:
1. SW220-1. Let's get this out of the way, I'm no movement snob, however I get the impression that unless you are in-house nor not named ETA then you are second class. I reserve judgement on this matter until a healthy time has passed and I can test power reserve and time against the USNO.
2. Syringe Hands - never tried them before and had in the past generally avoided them. I am glad to say I was wrong and they look great in person.
3. The micro-second track - when viewing the watch to get the time it just fades into watch dial. It does not impose on the dial or stand out or distract.
4. Polished Case - not as bling as I had feared, in fact it's really nice. More of a touch of class than a blinding abomination
5. Sapphire Crystal - seeing the first pictures a long time ago I thought this watch screamed for a nice domed acrylic crystal, ala the speedmaster, but in real life the slightly domed sapphire works beautifully. no regrets.
Last list, then onto pictures....things I learned after I put it on:
1. Matte Dial - nice change from the gloss dial of the dweller. Not saying one is better or worse, it's just good to have both.
2. So very comfortable on my wrist. Goldilocks size, enough not to be trifled with yet don't have to conscientiously guard against the walls or door frames or cabinets, etc.
3. Lume is above average, at least better then my old U1, 556 and 203
elevator speech - everyday real world watch, everyday real world comfort, everyday real word functionality and practicality at an everyday real world guilt free price.
If you've made it this far you deserve a few unboxing pictures:
Usual nice quality presentation box - one small thing though, the box has the slot for the strap changing tool, but does not come with the tool as the 104 does not have lug holes. Makes think they forgot something but in truth, they did not.