I suppose there are other references to Merlin, but I immediately think of the literary wizard. Â Any which way, it looks to me like Teche has another great watch on offer here.
Here’s the full run-down, but at $171 for the single register (here) or $216 for the three register (here), I’d say it’s a great value along with the solid styling and quality we’ve come to expect from Techne.
Inspired by the earliest military timepieces, theÂ MerlinÂ isÂ 38 mm wideÂ (1 Â½ in) and features a dialÂ that is 21% wider than the average. As a consequence,Â this modelÂ isÂ “neither too small for a big wrist, nor too big for a small wrist.”
Powered byÂ a multifunctionÂ quartz mechanism manufactured by Seiko Instruments, theMerlinÂ remains very thin, with only 7 mm (9/32 in) in thickness (excluding crown and curved glass).Â The space between registersÂ allows forÂ optimal readability andÂ the hands and tracks do glow in the dark thanks toÂ a non-radioactive luminous compound.
Ars Longa, Vita Brevis
The case back of theÂ MerlinÂ is engraved with theÂ first words of the Latin aphorism:Â “Life is short, craft arduous, opportunity fleeting, experience perilous, and decision difficult.”
TheÂ MerlinÂ fits in a range calledÂ PrincipioÂ (the earliest) to reflect both its entry-price and the earliest professional timepieces that it draws inspiration from.
This collection comes in 2 versions:
Ref. 249, with a register showing the seconds
Ref. 280, with three registers showing seconds, date and weekday