Today, we’ll bring to a close the trio of German watch reviews I’ve done over the last week (this includes theÂ ArchimedeÂ as well as theÂ Chyros). Â While those earlier watches were dress pieces, this one takes you in quite a different direction.
Now, if you understand German (or looked at the pictures in the post), you know that Eins means one – so here, we’ve got a single-hand watch. Â This by its very nature forces you to have a more relaxed outlook on time. Â Or, at a minimum, makes you concede that you’ll not be telling time with 100% accuracy.
With a single hand (basically, the hour hand), your dial increments are marked out for 15 minutes. Â So, if you’re right on the hour, or one of the 15s (:15, :30, :45), you know exactly what time it is. Â Anything other than that, it’s really guesstimating.
Now, just because you’re only driving a single hand, and the readout isn’t as accurate, doesn’t mean you can’t have a good movement keeping time. Â Here, we’ve got an ETA 2824-2 tucked away in the 42mm stainless steel case (with a flawless PVD coating as well).
You also have a sapphire crystal covering the dial, which has lume applied to the hands and the indices, so your estimating can continue on into the night. Â Rounding things out you’ve got a nice calfskin strap, and a water resistance rating of 50 meters.
Is this the watch for you? Â For me, I’d have to say no. While there’s a lot to like, and it is a nice mechanical timepiece, Â the missing hand (or hands) really threw me off. Â Rather than relaxing my perception of time, it just made me look for something else to double-check the time with. Â But, I readily admit that is part of my personality.
For you, you just have to decide if you can adjust to the method of display. Â If you have a more fluid relationship with the passing of time, the EinsÂ could very well be the watch for you. Â You can pick up your own juxtaposition of German precision and relaxed time for just a hair under $600, at current exchange rates.