Every so often a digital model gains my attention just because it looks good and it isn’t one of the top 3 – and so it is with this rather good looking Nixon Unit SS model.
I like the fact that it’s digital and has a fairly standard round case and a standard style fitted bracelet (not one of these molded custom jobs that’s tricky to replace when the model is no longer produced). It also has a “tough” look enhanced by the protected dial which uses sections of the case as dial areas, which is a neat idea and one that is not obscuring any data.
Using a Custom digital module with positive or negative display, it sports 12 or 24 hour time of day, calendar, temperature gauge (C or F), dual time, countdown timer, 1/100 sec chronograph with split functions, alarm, and light functions (backlight).
The case is solid stainless steel with IP coating, hardened mineral crystal, solid stainless steel bezel (fixed), double gasket stainless steel pushers (4), stainless screw down back and screw pin lugs. It is a neat size at 44.5mm diameter and in this version a wide 24 mm solid custom stainless steel 3 link bracelet with solid stainless steel double locking clasp and micro adjustment. This model is 100m Water Resistance rated.
All in all this is a good looking watch without too much in the way of “macho” yet it has a military presentation all the same. It also comes in alternative colors and particularly like the Matt/Black/Camo version. I have to admit I have trouble deciding between the two, which I like the best.
I suppose the display of Temperature is a bit superfluous in that you’d have to remove the watch for 20 minutes before it gave a sensible ambient measurement, which to me is reminiscent of the Citizen Retro models, where they were really showcasing the digital movement in the early days.
However that’s the only function that’s perhaps just for fun and I can live with that, because the rest of this model is well specified, solid, functional, clear digital displays and has a decent Water Resistance.
Certainly one that I’ll consider – just need to make up my mind – Black or Camo?
mmmmm . . . Black I think.
The price by the way is around £190 in Europe UK and I like the fact that they make a smaller version, which is almost identical in looks for Ladies, at 40mm diameter with a rubber strap. Also available in black plus a range of other colors, but alas no Camo. But for those with small wrists this is a great buy as it’s less than half price at £89.00 – now that’s what I call a deal!
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