While I only became aware of the Techne brand earlier this year (here’s part 1Â of my review of the Sparrowhawk), I’ve really become a fan of the pieces that Franck is turning out. Â While the Sparrowhawk we looked at before was a mecha-quartz (combination mechanical and quartz movement), today’s example is a fully mechanical.
We actually brought you an overview of the piece back in May (you can read that here). Â In the intervening time, however, a sample was sent over for us to take a look at.
First off, we’ll cover the movement. Â As I mentioned in the earlier post, we’ve got a Miyota 8217 in it, which isn’t as common. Â That said, it’s still a reliable Miyota, and I experienced no issues with it. Â The movement adds a 24 hour register, which I really like. Â It gives a bit of visual interest to what would otherwise be a plain three-hander dial.
Also, it’s handy when you’re setting the piece, especially if you’re in the habit (as I am) of having a watch sit for some time (and thereby depleting the power reserve) as you cycle through your collection. Â With this one, in particular, I like how the 9 on the subdial is actually also the 9 on the main dial – snazzy little design choice.
On the wrist, it’s got a nice light feel to it, so you don’t even notice that it’s strapped on. Â Of course, that may be in part due to the NATO strap that it comes on. Â While the strap itself is serviceable, it’s definitely not the softest or most flexible I’ve seen. Â This is one area you may want to add something from the aftermarket.
With the PVD case (again, a nice smooth application) the dark green (as our sample had) or bright orange NATO is a great choice. Â And, with the 50m water resistance, you don’t need to worry about this one getting hit with a splash from the sprinkler this summer.
I think this is another outstanding piece from Techne, with styling that definitely matches the rest of the collection. Â For just under $300 (it’s currently on sale) here, you’re getting a solid automatic, sapphire crystal, and a PVD coated case Â that would make a great addition to any collection.
UPDATE (July 9. 2012): Â We just learned that the Goshawk passed ISO 2281 certification for water resistance to 50 meters. Â It also passed ISO 764, for anti-magnetism to 4,800 ampers/meter.