Final week, we revealed an in-depth technical article on the ETA C07.811 movement, also known as the Powermatic. This time, we’ll present how versatile this motion and its evolutions actually are. On this information, we’ll check out three watches from Hamilton, Tissot and Certina with completely completely different ideas – dressy, diver or navy – all outfitted with barely completely different calibres primarily based on this Powermatic idea. And bear in mind, don’t be fooled by their costs… that is good watchmaking.
Tissot Gentleman Powermatic 80 Silicium – The traditional one-watch-collection
Tissot has been round since 1853, and it hasn’t survived all this time by messing about. Tissot is a watch model that everybody is aware of, however no-one actually has an opinion about. Sure, it makes correct and dependable watches and, sure, the designs are good, and sure, the standard is great for the worth… however that’s so far as it goes. That is form of a middle-of-the-road model. That entry-level strategy might sound a bit boring, however we imply it in the absolute best method. A Tissot may very well be your first watch, and your final watch as a result of, nicely, you don’t actually need every other.
This Tissot Gentleman Powermatic 80 is the right instance of what Tissot stands for. The dimensions is nice (40mm), the design is timeless and fashionable on the similar time, it’s masculine, however not extreme. The watch even has a stable rose gold bezel and utilized indices – however full stainless-steel fashions additionally exist.
For this watch, the Swiss watchmaker has chosen to equip the Powermatic motion with a silicon stability spring, which is lighter, anti-magnetic and extra sturdy than conventional alloys. The worth is basically good as nicely, which makes this watch a stable entry-level piece for a gentleman who’s simply beginning his assortment. An excellent look ahead to the week and the workplace.
Fast Info – 40mm diameter – stainless-steel with metal or rose gold bezel – see-through caseback – 100m water resistant – leather-based strap or metal bracelet – calibre ETA C07.811 automated, silicon stability wheel, 80h energy reserve, accuracy inside +three/-5 seconds a day – value begins at EUR 750
Certina DS Motion Diver Powermatic 80 – The traditional dive watch
Certina has a protracted historical past of very respectable, even iconic dive watches. This text shouldn’t be the fitting place to dig too deeply into that historical past, however one factor you must know is that the Double Safety (DS) system is celebrating its 50th birthday this 12 months marking the lengthy heritage this model has on the subject of Certus – or safety.
This DS-Motion is a direct, fashionable descendant to that heritage. And it’s, in actual fact, one of the vital full and finest dive watches in the marketplace at this second. After sporting it for every week, I might discover no drawbacks.
The Certina DS Motion Diver has the presence, the accuracy, the water-resistance, the legibility and the robustness of an actual dive watch. ISO 6425 customary, 300m water resistant, 316L stainless-steel, turning bezel, protected crown, excellent size of the fingers, utilized indices, a shiny black dial: every thing is simply good. It even has a fast adjustable bracelet. And it’s nonetheless trendy. Massive, but nicely executed.
This Certina DS Motion Diver Powermatic 80 reveals as soon as once more the accuracy and flexibility of the Powermatic motion: 80 hours of energy reserve, a really first rate if not superior accuracy, reliability and all of that for a really trustworthy value. For a software watch, that’s a fairly full package deal.
Fast Info – 43mm diameter – stainless-steel – 300m water-resistance – ISO 6425 customary – stainless-steel bracelet and deploying clasp with 2 push-buttons and diver extension – calibre Powermatic 80, automated, date, 80h energy reserve – CHF 795
Hamilton Khaki Subject Mechanical – The traditional navy watch
What was sturdy and dependable sufficient for hundreds of males who crossed hostile seas within the early 1940s, ought to be sturdy and dependable sufficient for you. Sure, Hamilton was one of many watchmakers who equipped the allied forces with watches match for World Battle II battlefields. That’s an simple piece of its heritage. Some manufacturers would have exploited this truth to ridiculous proportions, however not Hamilton. This Swiss-American model nonetheless makes watches within the spirit of these from the 1940s. Humble watches, sober and completely outfitted for doing their job, and nothing extra: exhibiting time in a dependable method. And as our tastes have grown into that course, the watch may very well be referred to as cool, sure, even trendy.
Through the years, Hamilton has expanded its military-inspired line, however for my part, no watch can beat that unique: the Khaki Subject Mechanical. This model comes with a really well-executed NATO strap (snug and with a leather-based inlay). The case is matte stainless-steel and the scale is definitely fairly good as nicely: 38mm diameter. The dial can be merely nice, with the fitting markings, fingers, colors and distinction. However the actual stunner is the worth: CHF 475.
That reveals, as soon as once more, what a miracle of a motion this Powermatic is: it actually brings energy to the individuals. On this case, the motion has no date, which I believe is the one method you must need the Khaki Subject Mechanical. However there’s extra, as this Hamilton is provided with a hand-wound model of the Powermatic, the H-50 calibre, primarily based this time on the ETA 2801-2. Nonetheless, the recipe is identical as above: 3Hz frequency as an alternative of 4Hz, improved barrel and kit practice and 80 hours of energy reserve.
The Hamilton Khaki Subject Mechanical is a good watch… The form of watch you could possibly give as a gift to your children, that you could put on on the weekends, to go to struggle (or not). Principally, you are able to do no matter you need with it – this watch is the right companion.
Fast Info – 38mm diameter – matte stainless-steel case – 50m water-resistance – inexperienced canvas strap with leather-based inlay – calibre Hamilton H-50, hand-wound Powermatic, 80h energy reserve, no date – CHF 475