Saturday, August 31, 2019

The U2 Dragon Lady

From Hager -

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Now as previously mentioned, I am somewhat pre-disposed to liking Hager.  I am friends with the owner, and I wear and enjoy several pieces of the Hager collection.  In many ways you could say that I am an unofficial, accidental ambassador.  But owing to that, this is not a review or "unbiased" bit of feedback.  To be clear, I am VERY biased!

I have been wearing and enjoying the U2 Dragon Lady since BaselWorld when I was hanging out with Mr. Hager Watch Company himself (he's the good-looking guy on the right).  So again, let's be clear, I AM BIASED ; )

So this will be a "just the facts" announcement, with two little, very biased opinions at the end.
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Here are the pertinents, direct from Hager -


Caliber: Seiko VK64 Hybrid Chronograph movement that combines technologies found in quartz and mechanical movements.

Functions: Quick correction of day and date, hours, minutes and Tachymeter hand that doubles as a second hand, date display at 6 o’clock. Chronograph: 60-min timer at 9 o’clock, 24-hour counter at 6 o'clock.

Total Diameter: 13.5 linge (30.80mm x 29.10mm)

Height: 5.10mm

Accuracy: +/-1 second a day, less than +/- 20 seconds per month at normal temps. Requires watch cell 394 (SR936SW). The battery life is about 3 years with normal operation.

Technical Data

Material: 316L Marine grade stainless steel

Diameter: 41mm

Height: 16mm to top of the crystal

Length: 51mm lug to lug

Lug Width: 22mm

Finish: Brushed with polished sides and beveled edges

Water Resistance: 200m/660ft

Case Back: Solid steel screwed

Domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment

Dial: Black dial with faceted hour markers

Bezel: Tachometer scale engraved on the metal bezel to enhance the legibility of the dial

Hands: luminance baton hour hands and tachymeter aircraft shaped hand

Crown: Recessed screw-down signed with company logo

Bracelet: Stainless Steel with brushed links, two button clasp and slide lock extension.

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So now for the personal stuff - which again, is biased.  The U2 Dragon Lady is priced at $650 US.  And I think that is a fair price for what you are getting.  

Second biased opinion - the choice to use the decision to use the Seiko VK64 Hybrid Chronograph movement was a very, very good one.  Frequent readers may recall that I bought a Straton Chronograph during BaselWorld that also featured a Hybrid movement.  And I love both of these watches for that movement as much as any other reason.  I love chronographs, I hate servicing (or paying for the servicing) of them.  Quartz accuracy, and no obnoxious "tick-tick-tick".  The chronograph hand sweeps.

So should you be of a mind, check it out here, you have been referred by a VERY BIASED source ; )

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