After launching the ultra-rugged, quartz-powered, I.N.O.X. watch collection in 2014, this year at Baselworld 2018, Victorinox has unveiled their long-awaited mechanical version.
The I.N.O.X. Mechanical comes in a 43 mm diameter stainless steel case with a screw-in caseback, protected screw-down crown and 200 meters water resistance.
It’s available with either a blue or black dial, which has a textured pattern derived from the company’s Swiss Army knife collection. For each dial color, there is an option for a steel bracelet or wooden strap.
The original I.N.O.X. that we covered in 2014, went through a plethora of durability tests, similar to a G-Shock.
For example, a quartz I.N.O.X. can withstand a 10-meter drop onto concrete, a 64-ton tank driving over the top of it, a two-hour cycle in a washing machine. It can resist -60 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit, 12Gs of acceleration, and deceleration. Moreover, it has been subjected to attack by gasoline, solvents, oils, cleaning products and insecticides.
However, the Mechanical I.N.O.X., which is powered by a Swiss made ETA 2824-2 automatic winding mechanical movement, cannot likely pass many of these tests.
It can presumably still withstand being run over by a tank because the case construction is the same, including robust crown guards, an armored sapphire crystal, and hour indices directly to the dial – but it’s highly unlikely it would survive a 10-meter drop (32.8 feet).
The retail price is $795 on a wooden strap and $895 with a steel bracelet.
Editor’s note: I.N.O.X. durability test results are not being publicly disclosed for this model by Victorinox at this time.