In the previous two installments of our review of the Field Engineer, we took a look at the styling used, as well as starting in on the functionality. Today, we’ll wrap up the features of the watch, as well as the review itself.
So, how does this affect the water resistance? There’s double sealing in use on both the stem and the pushers, so it’s perfectly acceptable for wet environments, and even for swimming. I can’t give you a depth rating, as there isn’t one on this model. Why not? Again, Mr. Gifford puts it better than I could:
I haven’t stated a water resistance depth because it’s a really missleading thing to do. For example, by using heavier seals I can make the watch go all the way down to the crush depth of the sapphire crystals, but heavier seals will wear very quickly due to their very tight fit, so depth resistance would quickly drop off to less than that achieved by fitting correctly sized seals.
Thing is though, that the human body can only go to 350m (1000 feet) so what’s the point of a watch that’ll go deeper? Just marketing.
While some may bristle at that last remark, I think it showcases the sort of no-nonsense engineering that has gone into this watch. This also extends to the strap. It’s an impregnated leather (on a deployant) that will be water resistant as well. I also appreciated the fact of how smooth it looked; I imagine it will stay that way for quite some time. This is also one of the few deployants that I’ve not had issues with it digging into my wrist, so big plus there.
One area that may not be up to the levels many of you would anticipate is the lume. While the hands are adequately lumed with C1 SuperLuminova, there isn’t any on the dial/indices. In practice, though, it once again works, simply. You’re not likely to be diving with this watch, so the loss of indice lume really isn’t a negative; just something I thought you should be aware of.
So, would I recommend this watch? Without a doubt, yes. That said, you’ll need to be in the market for watch that will run you about $2300 (plus duty, if you’re not in the UK). It features an excellent chronograph automatic movement inside a stainless steel case that’s anti-magnetic and shock resistant, and has been designed to stand up to some very harsh (and damp) environments. And of course, it’s presented sublimely, and in a way that it will work for the weekends, out in the field, or with a suit. In short, it’s a great all-around watch. If you’re interested, just head here and drop Mr. Gifford an email.
And should you pick one up, your watch will be warrantied for two years. And should you want to trade in / trade up, there’s a lifetime guarantee on the watch. Basically, regardless of working condition or service history, you’ll be able to trade it in for half of it’s value towards a new watch. Not too shabby!