This is a bit of a reprise which I do every so often. Taking one of my watch models after a few years of living with me (which is not easy – according to my better half) I have a look to see how it’s held up and the one in question today is my lovely German Laco 1925 “Squad” quartz model (86 2014)
Looks as good as the day I got it I have to say and is one that does get a fair bit of wrist time as it’s so comfortable on it’s third party Silicon deployment band.
Laco tend to make more Automatic models than quartz, but bang for buck their quartz models really take some beating. One of the reasons and their are a few, that I like Laco, is their good quality build and choice of movements, quartz or otherwise. This neat 40mm x 9mm Squad variety has the excellent Swiss Quartz ETA F06.111, tucked away nicely in the very well made and solid brushed stainless steel case with it’s slightly oversize anti-clockwise unidirectional and beautifully milled bezel. An excellent AR coated mineral crystal makes the dial clarity something special as the matt black is in high contrast to the highly luminous hour markers and Superluminova C3 hands.
This in fact one of the best luminous watches I own and assisted by the rather long minute hand which makes reading the time at night so easy. (Breitling managed the same trick by instead extending the minute hand past the pivot point). The second hand luminous DOT as you see in the image also shows very clearly in total darkness as does the Divers bezel DOT.
The case design is also slightly different in that it features a “bullhead” style, with the screw down crown @12 and cleverly protected by the great articulated lugs, which in turn make this watch easily worn on the smallest wrists amongst us. I wish others would use this idea as it is so simple and effective. The Date window @6 is small yet the choice of font and size plus the excellent contrast is surprisingly easy to see.
Water resistance is very good at 200 metres, assisted by the screw down crown. A luminous dot on the bezel is another typical divers touch. Though as said I did change the band as the Divers style one wasn’t for me – being too aggressive on the wrist – fine for a neoprene suit but against my old wrist, not so great. The alternative silicon deployment one is perfect and having standard lug/strap fitting was a simple replacement.
Laco make fine watches and have done so since 1925 (hence the Logo) and tend more specialist in Pilot style models. Others do copy, such as the Aeromatic brand but take it from me, not in the same league. You can find Laco easily with a simple Google search and they have a pretty decent range of models, though to find a quartz one is not quite so easy and as a price to quality ratio they are in my opinion pretty hard to beat.
I suppose this is a testament to the fact that on the whole I do look after my watches, unlike a few friends of mine it has to be said, who sometimes show me their older models and I have to suspect they kept them in a toolbox full of nails! and shook them around every day! such is the state of them. Fortunately I never trade with any of them! 😉