You know me – I’m an unapologetic fan of what Shinola is producing in my old hometown of Detroit. Their latest introduction introduces something I’m glad to see the brand add to a stock configuration, and takes away one of the more iconic design features of their watches. So, what does the Shinola Vinton have in store for you?
Well, for starters, the Shinola Vinton comes stock with a bracelet, which is something we have not seen with regularity for the brand. Just as we can count on them for Detroit-assembled quartz movements, we’re generally looking at leather or textile straps. However, they have made a few mechanical movements available, and likewise for bracelets. This one looks to be of the fairly standard three-link variety, albeit with the center links polished. The other big change, design-wise for the brand, takes place around back.
Just look at the wide, smooth expanse of the caseback of the Shinola Vinton. Notice anything missing? That’s right, the applied badge has gone away. For me, this has become as iconic as the lightning bolt logo, and I’m sorry to see it disappear. Sure, I get it, the brand needs to try some different things out, and customizing a watch with engraving to commemorate an occasion is something that is done. And, in some ways, it fits more closely with this vaguely vintage look of the dial. Still, I’d like to have the badge. Perhaps it can come along later as a coin in future iterations.
Around the front, we’ve got a very classic look to the dial – numerals all around, with larger indices popping in on the hashmark track around the outer edge. Everything has been hit with a dose of SuperLuminova – including the baton hands – and things are topped off with a double-domed sapphire crystal. Oh, and also keeping with the classic (or vintage) feel, the case of the Shinola Vinton comes in a more compact size (for today’s standards) of 38mm. This makes it a good unisex fit, perhaps even a watch that a couple can share (ala RanchRacer and PerpetualGirl of LoveNWatches).
Caseback aside, I do like the look of the Shinola Vinton. It’s a clean, simple look, and with the bracelet, it can be a solid everyday watch that will lend itself into a dressier situation easily enough. Powered by an Argonite 715 quartz movement, the Shinola Vinton is available as of today. The stainless steel variants are $550, while the ones with the rose gold tone are $650. This is the price whether you choose the bracelet or a strap, so definitely go for that bracelet, and then maybe pick up a spare strap down the road. And of course, we’ll see if we can get a loaner in to give you hands-on impressions of this latest addition to the Shinola catalog. shinola.com
- Brand & Model:Shinola Vinton
- Price: $550 – $650
- Who’s it for? This is a “mark a special occasion” sort of a watch, a milestone commemoration piece
- Would I wear it? Yes, I would – and I’m the most curious about that robin’s egg blue dial
- What I’d change: The option for the caseback badge if one isn’t looking to have it engraved
- The best thing about it: The compact, shareable case size
Tech Specs from Shinola
- Case: 38mm, stainless steel; 18mm lugs
- Crystal: sapphire, double-domed
- Movement: Argonite 715 quartz
- Functions: Hours/minutes/seconds, date