New favorite One hand

Whilst I have a few One Hand watches I’m always partial to checking out what else is around.  This one from MeisterSinger, model Neo NE908 is one of my favorites to date.  Not least because it’s a great size at 36mm diameter, for my medium wrist and as a One Hand Reader it’s difficult to beat AND it also has a date window @6.

Meistersinger Neo

MeisterSinger Neo NE908

After a very short time you get to be very accurate with your reading of the time and the fact this one has a separate date window @6 is a bonus.  The hour hand is a large white affair, very clear to read and the date and is unusually highlighted in a red background with white numerals, it looks very contrasty against the dial – a neat touch I think.  The graduations as usual with most MeisterSinger One Hand models are 144 in total, divided into 5 minute intervals, with larger minute markers at 15, 30 and 45 minutes, so very easy to read.

Whilst the watch diameter is neat at 36mm diameter the dial actually covers the entire top surface, so views larger than it actually is.  The full width crystal is hardened Plexi-glass and the case itself is slim at only 10mm, so this is one sleek watch, which looks really good on the wrist.  The movement is a an excellent quality Automatic Swiss ETA 2824-2 and the watch itself is designed in Germany, so a pretty good combination in my opinion.  Case material is Stainless Steel with a solid screw down back, Water Resistance is 3Bar and the 18mm wide quality blue leather strap with it’s snug fit at the case lugs, is complimented by a stainless signed buckle.  Guarantee is for 2 years from MeisterSinger.

MeisterSinger design their range of watches in Munster, Germany though the watches, according to MeisterSinger, are produced by their own bespoke Swiss Manufacturer.  The driving force of the company is one Manfred Brassler who as founder and CEO has brought the company, via many watch innovation awards, to what it is today and still expanding.

I have to say that the quality of this watch appears to be excellent and when I get my own one (Oh yes – I’m thinking of getting one of these!) I’ll post more detailed information at a future date.  They do offer different color models, though I have to say I’m partial to this blue model.  In fact this is a bit of a theme for me at the moment as I have quite a few watch models that I can match to my mood.  Maybe this is a new trend?

Interpretations?

Funny how two entirely different interpretations can be arrived at when faced with one single remit or requirement.  In this case the remit is for a watch with an illuminator or to be more precise, a torch feature.  Not just a dial light but a light that can be used like a torch – quite a practical idea actually and probably more useful than many of the features that modern watches sometimes end up with.

Well – there’s no question here – this is a Watch with a Torch  – and about as basic as you’ll get.StanleyTorchWatchThe torch obviously at the top which and the watch, timer etc on the lower segment is – well – amazing!  I have to confess that the first time I saw this I laughed, then realized it did have a strap and was supposed to be worn on the wrist and was in fact, a serious item . . . but pretty obviously not from a watch maker, but a tool maker and I have to admit it does exactly what it’s supposed to do – a watch and a torch!  What could be simpler?

So how was the requirement met by a watch manufacturer, indeed a Swiss one at that?  Well I have to admit that this particular manufacturer came up trumps with this wonderful creation – AND thought about it seriously.  This is the Victorinox Swiss Army 241569 Night Vision Gents Watch and is something rather special.

Victorinox Swiss Army 241569 Night Vision Gents Watch

Victorinox Swiss Army 241569 Night Vision Gents Watch

Superb looking watch and as the toolmakers effort above, it too has a torch at the top, on the case @12, pointing along the bracelet and so neatly crafted it is barely noticeable at all.  The torch light is activated by pressing the button @8:30 position on the left side of the case.  The number or presses dictates the function – either the dial light (a wonderful blue neon) or the torch or even a strobe for emergency use.

Night vision by Victorinox

Night vision by Victorinox

As you can see in the above image, the light produced is really quite substantial and very practical in lighting up a dark space – handy for that front door lock after a night out on the town.  And you don’t have to worry too much about the battery life as this watch has two batteries – one for the lights and one for the Swiss Quartz Ronda 705 movement.  The watch has triple coated anti-reflection on the sapphire crystal and full luminous hands and markers, plus, and I think perhaps this is overkill, as it also has a superb dial lighting system.  Put it this way – you will definitely be able to read this watch in the dark!

Dial vision by Victorinox

Dial vision by Victorinox

There are a few other bits and pieces on this model, but suffice to say it does show as my title suggests that there’s more than one way to interpret the remit of “What about a watch with a torch on it” requirement.

Now they both manage to meet the requirement very well and obviously there is a price differential here and ultimately you decide for yourself which is for you – but one thing is certain – you have a choice!  I know which one is for me, but being a watch guy it’s pretty obvious and I love gadgets anyway.  So the “Stanley” whilst it might be OK for my toolbox, I just can’t see me wearing it on my night out – so Victorinox it has to be.

Note – The Victorinox Night Vision model first appeared in 2003 and was re-vamped with the model shown here in 2012 and is still current and available.