As I mentioned in our article on the Zew Box Luxury Watch Kickstarter, S&B Watches (also known as Smith & Bradley) was the main brand behind the club starting up. Â While the campaign has closed (and was fully funded), we got to spend a little bit of time with aÂ S&B Watches Skyline, the Swiss automatic offered at one of the tiers in the club. Â So, you backers at the Executive Club level, consider this a preview of the watch you’ll be receiving.
I have reviewed most of the watches that S&B Watches have produced, and theÂ S&B Watches Skyline is definitely a departure from what we’ve normally seen from the brand. Â While others are more tactically-aligned, the Skyline is definitely taking things in a dressier direction. Â First off, take a look at the dial. Â The waffle pattern is crisp, and offers an interesting play with light and shadow without being overly busy.
Over the top of that, theÂ S&B Watches Skyline has a handset that is verging on being oversized, but I really, really like it. Â For one, it allows for a heaver outline on the hands, which makes reading the time a cinch. Â Additionally, it allows for hefty lume application, which matches up to the lumed stick indices that are applied on the top of the dial. Â When the lights go down, it’s a rather bright and readable light show you’ve got going on.
As you can see in the photos, the stock option for theÂ S&B Watches Skyline is a metal mesh strap, which you can adjust fairly easily enough to get a good fit on your wrist. Â Should that not be to your liking, there’s also a nylon NATO strap options as well, or whatever you might have handy for slipping into the 22mm lugs.
Tucked inside the case of theÂ S&B Watches Skyline is the well-known ETA 2824-2. Â I remember in earlier meetings with the brand (a few years back) ETA seemed out of reach for them (given all the supply issues) so they were investigating other avenues. Â It’s interesting to see that the brand has reached a place where ETA is definitely on their radar, and it doesn’t seem out of place for the brand to be offering it. Â It also lends some comfort to the buyer as well, given the serviceability (and reliability) of the movement itself.
So, how do you get yourself aÂ S&B Watches Skyline? Â Well, if you didn’t jump in on that kickstarter campaign, you’re actually a bit out of luck. Â Early tiers had the watch coming in atÂ $289, but as it stands right now, there are not any plans to offer this outside of the Zew Box club (membership has its privileges, it would seem). Â It’s not to say never, but for now, this is going to be a rare beastie to come across. Â smithbradleyltd.com
Brand & Model: S&B Watches Skyline
Price:Â $289 (this was the pricing on the tier in the KS campaign that was eligible for this watch)
Whoâ€™s it for?Â You want an affordable Swiss automatic with a great dial
Would I wear it?Â Yes, this could be in the rotation
What Iâ€™d change: Â If the case was just a touch thinner, the proportions would be perfect
The best thing about it: Â Along with the dial, I really dug the sizing of the handset. Â This led to some interesting effects when viewed in the dark
Tech Specs from S&B Watches
- Movement: Â ETA 2824-2 automatic
- 316L Stainless steel
- 42mm without crown
- 49mm lug-to-lug
- 22mm lugs
- 12mm thick
- Sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating
- Crown: Â O-ring sealed (not screw-down)
- Metal mesh strap, fully adjustable