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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

An Affordable Chronograph with a Twist

Based in Göteborg (Gothenberg) Sweden, Tusenö is offering a new collection of smart looking chronographs at a very good price point.  This is the First 42Tusenö's first collection.


Courtesy of Tusenö
A clean and easy to read bi-compax face and a diameter of 42 mm are the more obvious selling points, but beauty is more than "case deep", and it is what the First 42 has under the hood that caught my attention.

Courtesy of Tusenö
The movement in question is Seiko's VK64, a hybrid Mecha-Quartz.  So you get all of the accuracy of a quartz movement with some of the sensory feelings of a mechanical one.  For those of you looking for a good read on the topic of mecha-quartz, I refer you to an article from the folks over at Gear Patrol.  

The First 42 is available in four different versions.  A stainless case version with either a black or white dial (pictured above).  For the stainless models, here are the pertinents, 
straight from the source -  


Model Name: First 42
Case Size: 42 mm x 11,5mm
Dials: White
Case Material: 316L surgical grade stainless steel
Glass: Sapphire crystal, slightly convex
Movement: Seiko VK64, Hybrid Mecha-Quartz Chronograph
Strap: A black crocodile embossed leather strap and a mesh strap
Clasp: Butterfly Clasp
Water resistant: 5 ATM


And if gold is more your thing, fear not!  Tusenö's got you covered with a gold plate version -



Courtesy of Tusenö

A white dial (above), and a black dial (below) -

Courtesy of Tusenö

Here are the pertinents for the gold plate version, straight from the source -

Model Name: First 42
Case Size: 42 mm x 11,5mm
Dials: Black sunray pattern
Case Material: 316L surgical grade stainless steel (rosé gold plated)
Glass: Sapphire crystal, slightly convex
Movement: Seiko VK64, Hybrid Mecha-Quartz Chronograph
Straps: Brown crocodile embossed leather strap and a suede strap
Clasp: Butterfly Clasp
Water resistant: 5 ATM

Priced at $396, this is a great opportunity to lay hands to a neat watch at a good price.  To be clear, I have not held or tested one yet, but if all is as advertised, then this is an interesting alternative.



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