Another Aeromatic 1912 model but this time a model A1027 which is a “sextant” inspired aviation style from this German “maker”.
A little more conventional than the last model and without the all luminous dial feature. Instead here we have the traditional numerals and hand luminous painted. However the numerals are painted glossy which I don’t think does it justice. Matt is for me far better and clearer. That said the watch is still quite clear to read and the luminous hands do stand out from the dial with far better contrast than the luminous dial version. The dial face is in dark gray which gives reasonable contrast to the white markers.
The crystal on this one is very slightly domed (and very well fitted I have to say) and the crown is the more standard non-onion style. It fits well to the wrist and overall at 40mm diameter it’s a nice size. The case is a very smooth satin finish stainless and the stainless steel back has a crystal to see the innards at work, which are identical as far as I can make out to the previous model I posted.
The watch keeps pretty good time and is as accurate as one should expect from the jeweled automatic Asian mechanical movement.
Finished off and complimented by a nice quality leather strap it sits very well on the wrist, and I have to say it’s actually as good if not better to wear than the previous one – but this is a marginal thing.
Suffice to say I like it as a good solid looking, neat and practical watch. It’ll manage a good downpour pretty well but like me – swimming is probably out!
Overall – Whilst it maybe has to compete with some of the “practical” Seiko and Citizen quartz watches that are out there – and as a well made mechanical non quartz watch, it’s both well priced and better value than many of them – so a good choice in my opinion. I can see it being a good companion for many years to come.
Aeromatic 1912 owned by Rainer Bettner of Frankfurt, Germany. As often the case the “manufacturer” title may be misleading and perhaps more a case of assembly with alterations of what appear to be Asian designs found in the Million Smart Enterprises; website catalog – then perhaps re-badged Aeromatic 1912 or perhaps Tauchmeister. So very much Asian in origin they use Lioning, Shanghai and SeaGull mechanical movements and various quartz ones such as, Miyota and probably Swiss Ronda too.
However such is the quality of Asian movements (the better known ones actually have quality control – the cheaper ones YOU are the quality control!), these are quite good watches and certainly for the price pretty well unmatched. So an Aeromatic mechanical watch purchase will probably not let you down and in fact may well be a very good “daily beater” in comparison with anything else out there. That has to be good – yes!
Update January 2014 – Just a word on the luminosity of this particular watch. Certainly not as good as Seiko Lumibrite or SuperLuminova, it is maybe the older Luminova or some other compound used here. Consequently once light charged it does tend to fade quite rapidly and after a few hours of darkness it is maybe just visible. So OK perhaps but certainly could be better.