With this article, weâ€™ll be wrapping up our current excursion through the Armitron catalog. Â Weâ€™ve reviewed a variety of pieces – solar powered, glowy, and outdoors focusedÂ – and now weâ€™ll dip our toes in the waters of the dress watch. Â In, in actuality, weâ€™ll be covering off on two different watches in this review that are more or less the same, aside from their strap. Â With that, letâ€™s have ourselves a look at the Armitron Tank Watch.
Yes, I know the brand doesnâ€™t call this watch the Armitron Tank Watch, but I had to come up with some sort of name for it, right? Â Any which way, what this watch represents (either on the leather strap or the bracelet) is an inexpensive quartz dress watch for someone who doesnâ€™t wear dress watches on a regular basis. Â Maybe youâ€™re more of a fitness tracker (or no-watch) sort of person, but still want to put on something when you dress up for an occasion. Â Thatâ€™s where theÂ Armitron Tank Watch comes in.
To start with, the 33mm rectangular case certainly gives things a different profile, and I found that the lug profile gave the appearance of a curved case (spoiler: itâ€™s a flat caseback), and it was fairly comfortable. Â I spent most of my time with the bracelet version. Â The links have a lighter feel, and are held in place with friction pins. Â If you find yourself usually relying on half-links to get your bracelet sized, then pay mind to the fact that there are none of those here.
Then again, I suppose you could opt for the version of theÂ Armitron Tank Watch that comes on a leather strap. Â A few notes on that. Â The strap itself (at least the backing) does have a nice leather scent to it. Â On the top layer (i.e., what you actually see normally) I was seeing wrinkles start to develop right out of the box. Â This means itâ€™s a bonded construction, and will ultimately look pretty poor in the long rung, just like a cheap-o belt. Â Then again, at a price of only $45Â for the leather strap variant, youâ€™re not going to be expecting a high-quality strap.
So, back to the bracelet version of theÂ Armitron Tank Watch, which itself commands a price of $70. Â The bracelet itself has a nice bit of style, which polished bits inset into the mostly brushed finish. Â Those bits of sparkle then complement the Swarovski crystal accents on the dial at the compass points. Â Now, I am normally not one for any sort of crystals or gems on the dial of a watch. Â This is just about my one exception. Â I think this ties back to when I received a Fossil from a job (probably 10+ years ago) that had the similar sort of treatment – metal bracelet, a tiny gem up at 12 oâ€™clock, and then the company logo screen-printed on the dial. Â I wore that watch quite a lot, and ended up passing it on to a co-worker when I left that company. Â So, the bit of bling on an inexpensive dress watch, Iâ€™m ok with that.
When I was selecting the watches for this review, I really wanted to have a look at the blue degrade dial, as the photos made it look quite nice. Â At first, I thought there had been a mixup, as the watches I was looking at appeared to have black dials. Â That was just the lighting. Â The blue in the center is not quite as pronounced as Iâ€™ve seen on other brands, and the curved crystal adds some reflections to the mix that can make it trickier to see. Â It is there, so just be patient.
I also found it a bit odd that the crystal on theÂ Armitron Tank Watch has black borders on it, rather thick ones at the top and bottom. Â Sort of what you might see around an LCD screen, but here on an analog watch. Â This is done for one of two reasons, in my mind – to cover up a quick assembly point, or to hide a boring bit of straight edges that would otherwise have to be finished or painted. Â Again, as an occasional dress watch, though, probably not that big of a concern.
As was revealed in discussions with some of my fellow watch writers, Armitron is not a brand thatâ€™s favorably looked upon. Â But thatâ€™s because we compare it to some very high-end stuff weâ€™ve been exposed to over the years. Â Is theÂ Armitron Tank Watch something thatâ€™s going to last decades, and be passed on to your grandkids? Â No, probably not. Â But I remember being a guy who didnâ€™t know from watches once upon a time, and a watch of this sort appeals to him. Â I wasnâ€™t in a suit all that often then, and I really only had the one watch. Â So something in the vein of what we have here worked as an every day watch, and still worked with a suit.
So, no, the WIS crew will not be sporting aÂ Armitron Tank Watch at your next get together, Â I donâ€™t imagine. Â If youâ€™re just starting out, or really donâ€™t care about the intricacies of watches – you just want something that looks good with a suit and works – then I say all the more power to you. Â Watches like theÂ Armitron Tank Watch have a place for buyers like those, and then who knows – they may hold a fond place in your clockwork heart somewhere down the road, just as my prior watch does. Â Just accept theÂ Armitron Tank Watch for what it is, and youâ€™ll be alright. Â companyurl
- Brand & Model:Â Armitron Tank Watch – leather strap (20/4604DBSVBK) and bracelet (20/4507DBSV)
- Price: $45 (leather) / $70 (bracelet)
- Whoâ€™s it for? Â You wear a suit every now and again, and you want something dressy and inexpensive to pull out of the drawer on those occasions
- Would I wear it? Â At this point in my watch journey, no – Iâ€™d have a hard time choosing this over some of the other pieces Iâ€™ve come to own
- What Iâ€™d change: Â Embrace the dressiness, and make the case thinner. Â Also, get some anti-glare treatment on that crystal
- The best thing about it: Â How it spoke to the younger version of myself that regularly wore a watch in this vein
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