Sunday, April 28, 2019

Why I Bought It - The Straton Curve Chrono


Okay, point of full disclosure?  I have a few watches.  And having said that, it takes something special for me to dip into my piggy-bank and part with "coin of the realm".  It is not about exclusivity, mechanical vs quartz, or snotty provenance.  I buy what I like.  

Smudges and all, because yes, I've been wearing it!
Well, suffice it to say, this I like.  Straton has done something that a lot of brands, both micro and macro have promised, but have yet to deliver.  Designed, produce and offer for sale a watch with a shit-ton of personality and appeal at a realistic price.  And Straton have done it without insane investments in marketing, "chums" of the brand, or any other silly attempt to pump themselves up. 


The Straton Curve Chrono comes equipped with a  Seiko VK64 meca-quartz hybrid movement. And for those unacquainted about just what a meca-quartz hybrid movement is?  Well, per Straton:

What exactly is 'Meca-Quartz'? - A movement developed by Seiko is a hybrid movement which combines the accuracy of a quartz watch (+/- 20 seconds average per month) with a Mechanical Chronograph (5 beat per second sweep chronograph hand and fly-back chronograph reset).

And as someone who is now not exactly enjoying the headache (to say nothing of the expense) of servicing several mechanical watches per year?  Let's just say that this little wrist-rocket came into my life at just the right time.

For those of you interested in the pertinents, here they are -

Specifications:

Case Material - 316L (Surgical Grade) Stainless Steel, Polished and brushed steel
Case Size - 42mm and 39.5mm
Lug To Lug - 42mm case: 47.4mm
Lug To Lug - 39.5mm case: 46.5mm
Case Thickness - 13.9mm without domed sapphire, 14.5mm with
Movement - Seiko VK64 meca-quartz hybrid
Crystal - Domed Sapphire Crystal
Hands - Luminescent Hour Hands, C3 Superluminova
Crown - Screw down
Inner rotating bezel, tracking a second time zone
Stamped case back design
Strap - 42mm case 22mm width, 39.5mm case 20mm width
Water Resistance - 10ATM/100m
Warranty - 24 Months 


 

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