How much functionality do you wish your watch offered you? Â Or, for that matter, do you wish that timekeeping was almost a secondary function for your timepiece? Â If so, read on – because today’s watch offers quite a unique mix of functionality, but almost at the expense of timekeeping.
At first glance, the Penta 55 looks like any other watch, albeit one with several unusual sub-dials. Â A closer look reveals an unusual bevy of instrumentation:
- The main dial (and long center hand) are actually for a compass
- 2 o’clock subdial is the main timekeeping function (hours/minutes)
- 4 o’clock subdial displays the temperature (in Celsius)
- 8 o’clock subdial is used to view height (altimiter, in kilometers)
- 10 o’clock subdial is the barometer, giving you a visual indicator of the weather
On top of all this, you also have an alarm function available. Â Given all of the features, it shouldn’t come at a surprise that the stainless steel case is not small, by any means – it clocks in at 45mm in diameter and 15mm thick – though, at 4.5 oz, it shouldn’t be a distraction on the wrist.
Driving all of the various motors for the functions is a quartz movement, powered by a humble CR2032 battery. Â Rounding things out, you’ve got a water resistance rating of 50 meters, and a leather strap holding things in place.
And here is where the well dries up. Â I can’t find any information on the specific movement in the case, whether the crystal is mineral or sapphire, or the other sorts of info we’re used to knowing. Â Finding a reseller is equally difficult. Â I was able to find it on the German version of Amazon for about $725.
Also, given the fact that the displays are in the metric system, those of us in the U.S. might not have much use. Â However, for just about the rest of the world, this would be a very intriguing step up from a Pathfinder, especially if you spend a lot of time outside.