The INOX is one of the most popular timepieces that has ever come from Victorinox, and since its release fans and watch enthusiasts from all around have been clamoring for an automatic version of the watch.
The brand obviously listened as the Victorinox INOX Mechanical was unveiled in 2018, which is basically a version of the original INOX with an automatic movement instead of a quartz one. It features a deep blue dial, a unique strap, and quality Swiss watchmaking.
It’s large, durable, and highly functional. In this Victorinox INOX Mechanical review, we take a deep dive into the features and details of this watch. Read on to find out more.
In this section, we take a look at the watch’s design, dimensions, and overall look.
The first thing I noticed when I looked at the watch was the dial. The deep blue tone of the dial serves as a great base tone for the watch and also contrasts the silver-toned case and brown strap very well. The dial also has a nice texture on it that is a nice little detail that makes reading time a bit easier.
The case is silver-toned stainless steel and measures 43mm. This is definitely a large men’s watch, but it does a great job of giving off a tough and masculine feel and look. The case also has unique edges that give it some more character and blends very well with the large crown.
The case is pretty thick, measuring in at 13.5mm, but that’s just about expected from a watch of this size. Another nice detail on the watch is the exhibition case back which shows off the movement (but more on that later).
What brings the entire design together though is the strap. It has a nice brown color and an interesting texture that comes from the material used in making it.
See, instead of using common strap materials like leather or stainless steel, Victorinox chose to put a wooden strap that gives it a very retro and down-to-earth look. However, if you want a more traditional strap, that option is also available with different versions of the INOX Mechanical.
Here we take a close look at the movement that’s making this watch tick.
As mentioned earlier, this watch has an exhibition case back, so the movement is very visible. That being said, there isn’t much to show off with the movement.
What keeps this watch ticking is the ETA 2824, which is just about expected from an automatic watch in this price range.
It’s a movement that’s been around for a while and has been used by many other watches around the world, so rest assured that it will keep time well. It’s the standard base Swiss-Automatic movement which is about as good as it gets in this price range.
The Victorinox INOX Mechanical has a couple of extra features that add to the watch’s functionality, and we take a look at them here.
The most obvious extra feature of this watch is probably the date window that’s placed between the four and five o’clock marker, but there are a couple more things the watch has to offer.
For one, it has a 200m of water resistance, which can easily handle a swim and even a dive, just don’t submerge it for too long.
It also has full lume. However, as is the case with a lot of Victorinox watches, the lume could have been applied better. I have to say, though, the lume was done a bit better on this watch, but it still leaves a bit to be desired.
In this section, we take a look at how well the watch works when being used.
When it comes to performance, this watch definitely brings it. For starters, the well-made movement makes sure the watch keeps ticking.
But it’s important to note that automatic movements lose a bit of time here and there, so don’t be surprised if you have to adjust the clock every now and then.
On the wrist, the watch takes a bit of getting used to it. That’s because the edges on the case can be felt on the wrist. This can be slightly annoying, but you get used to it after a couple of hours.
However, due to the design and tough materials used, this is a durable watch that will easily survive the bumps and scratches it may encounter when worn throughout the day.
Pros & Cons
-Easy to read the time
-Casual retro design
-Can be worn with both casual and formal outfits
-Wearing it can be uncomfortable at first
-Lume could have been applied better
This watch is just about everything you’d expect from Victorinox, one of the most popular mid-range luxury brands on the market today. It’s a stylish, classy, and functional watch that can be used for a variety of occasions.
While the case takes a bit of getting used to and the lume could have been done better, the great design and well-engineered movement make up for it easily.
So if you’re on the hunt for a large watch that you can use every day without worrying about manual rewinding or battery changes, then this model might be worth checking out.
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