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Exclusive: Skywatch 3-hand

October 21, 2011

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Skywatch is an interesting new US based watch brand that produces affordable Swiss quartz timepieces.

Skywatch currently makes two collections: 3-hand and chronograph. The 3-hand collection is available in 38 mm or 44 mm diameter case sizes (pictured). The chronograph collection is only available in 44 mm diameter cases.

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The Skywatch 3-hand models (hours, minutes, seconds and date), are powered by Swiss made Rhonda 515 quartz movements. Cases are constructed from stainless steel, with optional black-IP or rose gold-plating.

The bezel is similar to the sapphire crystal bezels seen here, here and here -- although instead of sapphire it is made of epoxy. Skywatch achieves a look similar to the famous Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, at a fraction of the cost.

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Skywatch uses mineral crystals on all their timepieces. Mineral crystals are more scratch resistant than plexiglass, but not sapphire. The strap is made of premium Italian sailcloth with a nubuck leather lining and the brand's signature blue loop. The caseback is solid steel. The crown is non-locking. Water-resistance is 100 meters.

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On the wrist, the 44 mm 3-hand Skywatch has an excellent fit. The combination of a relatively thin case, tapered lugs and pin buckle strap result in a timepiece that feels very comfortable on the wrist. The uni-directional bezel rotates with ease and precision. The domed crystal looks good, although the lack of anti-reflective treatment can make it slightly hard to read in bright lighting conditions. Conversely, it is very easy to read in low-lighting conditions due to the generous amount of lume that has been applied to hands, bezel and markers.

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Skywatch offers distinctive Swiss made timepieces, with a luxurious feel, at a price that doesn't break the bank.

Retail $295 (3-hand), $395 (chronograph)

$1,000 or less, Divers, Skywatch


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