My hats off to Paul and Alison of Scurfa watches. I have been a long time Rolex and Tudor owner with the odd higher end Seiko here and there. I love these pieces but regardless of what some may do, I refuse to put them in harm's way if it can be avoided. No doubt my Rolex watches are tough, I've broken the speed of sound and pulled 9 Gs with my Explorer II but I'm not going to wear it rock climbing or working on the house.
For my more rough and tumble adventures, I have always turned to the classic Seiko SKX Divers which are pretty much the gold standard. Or that's what I have always thought until I discovered Scurfa. To be truthful, I didn't immediately order a Scurfa when I first saw one. Even though I thought Paul's design was spot on I was put off by the watch being quartz. But then I started thinking and looking and thinking some more- wouldn't it be nice to have a grab and go tool watch that I didn't have to mess with shaking and winding?
That brings me to today, I just got back into town after a long flight from Alaska and waiting for me on the kitchen counter was my new blue Scurfa. I placed the order last weekend, it shipped from the UK on Monday and was in Seattle by Wednesday.
Here's some observations so far.
Case: All brushed, no polished surfaces so I don't have to freak out by a scratch on a the case sides.
Bezel: Nice action with no reverse play. Solid feel. Lume pip is set versus just painted on, nice touch at this price point. The bezel aligns perfectly (are you listening Seiko?)
Crystal: Impressive domed crystal that has a curve that matches the curve of the bezel. The profile of these two together is very cool.
Quality of machining on the case: Overall pretty darn good, you can see some machine marks with a loop but other wise they go unnoticed.
Strap: Even though my pictures are of the watch on a NATO, I really do like the rubber strap from Scurfa. It has a nice soft feel with plenty of settings for a perfect fit.
Lume: Crazy bright.
My early conclusions are this is one solid tool watch for the price. In fact, I think Paul could easily double the price of the watch and it would still be a bargain. Buy one, heck buy a couple in different colors.