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Review: Xetum Tyndall automatic watch

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If you’ve been following the HourTime podcasts you’ll know that I have a hatred fro three-handed watches. For some reason I’ve grown weary of divers and dress watches without complications. Luckily, the Tyndall is here to bring me back from the brink of insanity.

Designed by Jeff Kuo of San Francisco, the Xetum Tyndall is the epitome of American high-style design watches. It’s not fancy, it’s not overly beefy, and it’s made to last. If you’re tired of divers that look like pie plates and monster watches that look like manhole covers yet contain a cheap Chinese movement, this is the watch for you.

First, the Tyndall contains a Swiss automatic movement, the elaboree-grade ETA 2895, a decorated automatic that is currently quite hard to find. That he was able to source this movement is a testament to his dedication. Had he used anything else and this watch would have been far less interesting.

The design is striking. The watch has a 40mm face – just big enough to matter but not big enough to drag you down while skydiving – and is 11mm thick. It is water resistant to 100 meters but I doubt you want to the get the beautiful leather band wet. It has a small subdial at six o’clock and a date window at 3. The band has a press-to-release buckle and is integrated into the case itself. The watch has no lugs because the band is stuck under the exhibition back.

The watch is just the right size and is very legible. I wasn’t quite happy with the lume but only the 12,3,6, and 9 are lumed along with the hands, thereby reducing some legibility at night.

Now for price. This watch is $1,395, quite a handful, but when you consider most of the higher-end Swatch Group line uses the same movement as well as the Oris Artelier line, you can excuse the high price. Sourcing this movement is hard enough and the care Jeff took in designing and manufacturing this watch is evident.

This is a high-design American watch through and through, something quite rare in the horology world. Add Xetum to the pantheon of American watch geniuses that now includes Bathys, RGM, and DFreemont.

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27 COMMENTS

  1. 本文の御ことばは、師徒ヨハネが啓示録前章について見て聞いた後、一章一節から

    8節までに要約した結論の中の一つの句節だある。この故にヨハネの啓示録1章3節

    の三つの内客(朗読する者、聞く者たち、守るものたちの幸い)も啓示録に対する

    ものである。ここに対する正答は、イエス様と師徒ヨハネと今日啓示録10章の啓示

    録の本を受けて食べたものに聞いて見れば得られる様になるだろうう。

    朗読する者は啓示録、即ち啓示録10章で聞かれた巻き物を受け取って食べた師徒ヨ

    ハネであり、聞く者たちは啓示録10章で言った民族、国民、国語、王であり、守る

    ものたちはヨハネの啓示録1章1節と7章と14章の12支派14万4千人と白い群れ、僕た

    ちである。

  2. @John Biggs
    Yeah, I had to click twice to get the biggest version. I don’t see the charm. Whether this is just a matter of taste, or whether you need to see the thing in person for the full effect, I don’t know. To me, the numbers, markings, hands and bezel are uninspired (at best). Yet it’s $1400, and you seem to like it. In that price range and style, I’d probably recommend a Ball Trainmaster or something.

  3. This is a great product. I’m afraid the Swatch group has an undeserved reputation for only producing low cost watches. They clearly are able to make high-end watches that compliment the entry level lines.

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