Sunday, August 15, 2010

Aristo 3H59H Watch

So what watch did I get? Well I got the Aristo 3H59H watch. This watch is part of a 6 watch collection under Aristo B-Uhren in XL-format. The collection consist of 3 watches in each reference, A or H. The reference A is the automatic version, powered by the ETA 2824-2 movement, while the reference H is powered by the ETA 2801-2 hand wind movement. 

A bit about Aristo. Aristo was founded in 1907 by Julius Epple in Pforzheim, Germany. The family held the company for 3 generations until 1998 when it was sold Hansjorg Vollmer. The company is now known as Aristo Vollmer GMBH.

The watches in the collection are as follows:

Reference 3H57 A or H, Beobachter
Reference 3H58 A or H, Pilot
Reference 3H59 A or H, Navigator

The watches, left to right, 3H57, 3H58 and 3H59.

All the watches share the same basic specifications:

Functions: hours, minutes and seconds
Case: stainless steel, 43 mm diameter, 11 mm thick, 22 mm lug width
Crystal: sapphire
Water resistant: 5 ATM
Price: Reference A: USD 700, Reference H: USD 630

I got the watch at a very good price, NIB (new in box). I like the watch. While it may have the hour angle indication type dial, it is not a true hour angle indication watch. The hour hand completes a rotation in 12 hours as compared to a real hour angle indication watch which does it in 24 hours.

The watch.

The 'hour angle' indication dial. The inner dial is marked in degrees instead of the normal hour markers.

The most distinguishable feature, the really huge crown. It measures 9 mm in diameter and 5.5 mm thick.

The sweep second hand is actually light yellow in colour. The hour and minute hands are luminous as are all the markers.

The movement. Although the brochure states that the reference H is powered by the ETA 2801-2, this watch is fitted with an ETA 2804-2.

The movement is unsigned.

The pilot design strap.

The watch again.

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