You no doubt are familiar with the Xetum brand, based out of California. If not, just have a look over at to the side of the page. In the past, we’ve reviewed their Tyndall model; today, we’ll be taking a look at the Stinson.
The Stinson presents as a very minimalistic three-hander, and it does it with style. I say that for two reasons – first, it’s an extremely clean dial. Second, the lugless design (well, to be honest, they’re hidden in the case) helps for a cleaner appearance.
But let’s get back to the dial. The numerals and indicators are varied and easy to ready, especially with the slightly longer-than-usual hands (maybe they’re not, but it seemed that way to me) and super-luminova usage.
While some might prefer the white dial as summer approaches, I think the black dial works great as a year-round option. I’d be remiss if I didn’t complement them on having the date wheel color match the dial – such a small detail, but just great when they complement.
As you can see from the pictures, our review model was on a steel bracelet, which is a $100 option. I can’t say how it compares to the leather strap, but as a bracelet itself, it’s a nice one. I especially like how the latching mechanism kind of tucked away, giving a clean, smooth surface under your wrist.
What’s ticking away inside that 40mm case (11mm thick)? Glad you asked! It’s an ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, which is a well known quantity. You’ve also got a sapphire crystal up front (mineral glass for the exhibition caseback), and a screw-down crown, all resulting in a package that’s water tight to 100 meters.
Should you want to pick one up for yourself (any why wouldn’t you?) just head on over here, and bring $995 for the model on the leather strap, or $1095 for the steel bracelet. Yes, this is a bit of a higher end piece, but you’re getting an excellent American design with a tried-and-true Swiss Heart.