Sentry is one of the best-selling collections from Nixon, the California based watch and lifestyle accessories brand co-founded by Chad DiNenna and Andy Laats in 1998. This successful series has been recently expanded with new solar-powered models, certifying the brand’s commitment to environmental protection.
Nixon’s Sentry wristwatches are known for their classic styling. Although it comes equipped with a more advanced and sustainable timekeeping technology, the new solar watch proudly follows the aesthetical principles of this well-admired collection.
Elegantly dressed in a classic round-shaped case measuring 40mm, Nixon Sentry Solar is an elegant daily beater watch. It is powered by a solar quartz movement manufactured by Japanese company Epson, a pioneer in this particular technology. The solar-powered cells have long life (up to 10 years), therefore eliminating the need of frequent replacements of batteries. While the quartz-technology ensures high-precision and practicability, the solar power offers remarkable endurance and minimal maintenance.
The solar quartz calibre beating inside this timepiece offers the hours, minutes and seconds display using three central hands and the extremely useful day and date indications via an easy-to-read rectangular window positioned at 3 o’clock. Once fully charged, this movement offers power storage of six months. Moreover, it requires only six hours of exposure to the direct sunlight for full charge.
With regard to the dimensions, Nixon Sentry Solar is more refined than the existing day-date and chronograph models with regular quartz movements and 42mm case. Thanks to its compact promotions and sophisticated details, this new watch boasts a gender-neutral appearance. The lug width of 20mm is a widely accepted size, enabling the owner for easily finding suitable interchangeable straps for the watch.
Made of solid stainless steel, the watch case is topped with a domed and hardened mineral crystal, which is more scratch-proof than the acrylic glasses. Depending upon the version, three case-finishing options are available: Silvered, Gun metal, and Gold toned. Each Sentry Solar Stainless Steel model is paired with a metal bracelet finished with the corresponding case tone.
To ensure optimal water-resistance, the rear side of the watch is adequately secured with a screw-in stainless steel case-back. The Nixon Sentry Solar watch is water proof up to the depth of 100 meters (10 atm), making it suitable for seaside recreational activities and aquatic sports. The custom made two-piece crown at 3 o’clock features an enamel filled Nixon logo on the top. The grooves on the sides ensure the better grip while operating the crown for setting the time or calendar functions.
From the Nixon Sentry Solar Stainless Steel series, the brand is presently offering three models. The first version has a silvered stainless steel case fitted on a matching metal bracelet. It features an attractive sunray navy blue dial. The hour and minute hands, index hour markers and the frame of the day-date window are finished in silver tone, while the centre-seconds hand stands out with its fiery red color. The outer dial ring in blue has printed minute markings in white. This watch stands out with a trend-setting color combination, steel with blue.
The subsequent model in this line-up comes with gun-metal finished case, dial and bracelet. All the three hands, indexes and the calendar frame have silvered finish. The understated color theme naturally makes this variant a perfect timekeeping accessory for urban adventurers who prefer simple yet functional products.
The third variant in this collection unites functionality of the Sentry Solar watch with luxurious finishing and details. The case, crown, bracelet, hands, indexes and day-date window frame are finished in golden tone. The black dial counterbalances the flamboyant color theme of the watch. Splendid than the other two-models, the Sentry Solar gold watch stand-outs with its gleaming appearance.
Irrespective of the dial color, the Sentry Solar watch provides excellent legibility. The dial is semi-transparent type for letting the solar cells to get optimum light energy without disturbing the quick readability of the indications. Moreover, it is minimalistic, structured and clutter-free. All the models feature an elevated outer dial-ring with 12 large, applied indexes that appear to be levitating over the main dial. These faceted hour-markers made of stainless steel enhances the dimensionality of the dial. The outer-dial ring also features printed minute markers.
The large, open-worked hour and minute hands with luminescent rectangular block pointers ensure trouble-free time reading even in dim light conditions. The centre seconds hand also has lume on its tips, making you aware of every valuable instant. If observed accurately, you can find other diminutive yet important design features on the dial of each version. For example, the day-date window of the blue dial version features a white background with black texts and numbers, whereas the remaining two models come with a white on black configuration.
The words SOLAR at the 6 o’clock, lume-tip hands and the metal frame of the day-date window set apart these watches from the already existing Nixon Sentry regular quartz models with day and date function.
All the three models from the Nixon Sentry Solar Stainless Steel series are provided with a matching three-link bracelet. Providing optimum comfort around the wrist, the 20 to 18mm tapered bracelet is equipped with a double-locking buckle for the secure fitment and a quick release spring bar for enabling swift interchangeability of the straps. The brand is additionally offering an alternative collection named Sentry Solar Leather comprising the variations of the aforesaid models fitted on leather straps.
Engineered for a greener future, the Nixon Sentry solar watches for men and women spotlight a fusion of timeless design with modern technologies. These precise and reliable timekeepers are ideal for many aspects of your life, ranging from the hustle and bustle of a metro city to the joyful and vibrant atmosphere of a beach.
The Nixon Sentry Solar Stainless Steel watch is available in a reasonable price of $300, where as its counterpart with leather strap and pin buckle costs $250. Certifying the high-quality standards, every timepiece from the brand comes with a warranty for a period of two years.