Yesterday, we started taking a look at a Skeleton Automatic from the folks at Armitron, the first Skeleton I’ve reviewed. Â While the previous post focused on the front of the piece, today, we’ll start off by taking a look at the back of the watch.
When I flipped the watch over, you can tell effort went into the presentation here as well. Â There’s additional scrollwork on the rotor and parts of the movement, as well as blued screws being used. Â While I’m guessing that the decorations on the movement are stamped, rather than engraved (given the pricepoint, more on that later), it still adds a nice bit of visual interest to the watch.
So, what is the movement here? Â It’s labelled as a TY-2807, which leads me to believe that it’s a Seagull model from the ST16 line. Â What does this mean to you? Â Well, you should take some measure of comfort having the movement coming from a known manufacturer. Â Yes, you may prefer a Miyota, but don’t let that make the decision for you.
This particular automatic movement offers hand-windingÂ andÂ is hacking, which is something you don’t necessarily get in a lot of entry-level automatics. While I wasn’t particularly scientific in testing the accuracy or the power reserve, I found it to work perfectly well in daily use. Â And hey, without a date display, it won’t take you much to get it back on track if you have let the watch sit for a bit.
In my wear, Â I found the 42mm watch to be perfectly comfortable, and held in place nicely by the deployant clasp on the easy-to-adjust 22mm bracelet. Â The claps does pick up desk diver marks pretty quickly, but that’s to be expected from steel. Â Should you find yourself in actual water, you’re good until you hit 165 feet (or 50 meters).
At $100 fromÂ Amazon, I think this offers a compelling selection for someone who hasn’t had a mechanical watch before, or wants to add a skeleton watch to their collection. Â Sure, some watch people might hold their nose up at the brand or the included movement, but I think it’s offering a great value in an interesting package.