I have reviewed several watches from TC-9, and they all have been great. All the ones I have reviewed have been vintage style divers, which I am a fan of, but now they have a new model that’s not a diver and I – am – liking it! Their new model is the TC-9 Lunarscope Chronograph. TC-9 was kind enough to send me out one to review, so lets check this thing out.
The dial on this TC-9 Lunarscope reminds me of an old style scientific gauge. The look is clean and everything is very legible. It’s a more serious look and seems to have a job to do besides just looking good. There are two subdials recessed into the textured black dial. Both 30min and 60 sec subdials are in a copper finish that look great in contrast to the black. The polished pencil hands have a really clean, almost sterile look to them. The telemeter bezel is a ceramic insert and looks fantastic. I have no idea how to use a telemeter on a watch, and I won’t even try, but it looks good.
What I really like about bronze cases is that they are not perfect and are not supposed to be. They will patinate over time and that adds character. You can always use a metal polish from time to time if you like the more shiny look (but I wouldn’t). The case is made from solid bronze and measures in at 42mm in diameter. The raised domed hesalite glass that covers the dial really looks good. There is some distortion around the edges, but I found that it doesn’t bother me at all. Of note, you will need to be more careful with the hesalite glass since they can scratch. The crystal on the other side (in the case back) is made from sapphire crystal and shows off a very nice looking movement. All told, the watch carries a 5atm water resistance rating.
Looking through the exhibition case back you can see the stunning looking Seagull ST19 hand wound mechanical chronograph movement. One of the nice things about hand wound movements is that there is no rotor covering the gears. With this one you can see all of the movement chugging away. With blued screws and Geneva stripes this movement is visually stunning. It’s fun to watch all the gears get going when you’re running the chronograph.
This TC-9 Lunarscope comes with a vented Italian leather strap. The strap is very soft and there is no need to break it in. Very comfortable to wear all day long.The texturing and matte black finish compliments the dial.
Love that lume!
Big thumbs up for the lume on this TC-9 Lunarscope. Everything on that ceramic bezel is lumed and just looks perfect. The hour, minute, and seconds hand, along with the hour dot markers are all lumed. This is a great combination and glows to perfection in the dark.
I am normally not a fan of chronographs. They seem too cluttered. I don’t feel that way with this TC-9 Lunarscope. The copper and black combination and only two sub dials looks so clean. The size at 42mm is also just the right size for me. They will retail for £450 or approx. $576 USD. This Friday they will be offering 35% off the retail price, use code “blackfriday” to get you discount. If you like what out see you can check them out at tc-9watches.mysimplestore.com.
- Brand and model: TC-9 Lunarscope
- Price: £450 or approx. $576 USD
- Who’s it for: Retro watch lovers
- Would I wear it: For sure
- What I’d change: Nothing
- The best thing about it: Love that ceramic bezel.
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