As I already own and like very much my St. Moritz Momentum watch – the Format 4, I remember that there was another couple of their models that attracted me almost as much. At the time I was after an Ana/Digi, so the Format 4 was ideal, but the other two models had a practical aspect to them that I found refreshing.
The first is the Momentum Steelix which is a solid stainless steel, very well made model that has “daily beater” written all over it. Great clear dial layout with good luminous broad hands and numerals. A triple Date window (which I’ve always liked) @3 and a decent sized screw down crown with 200 m Water resistance means you can take this virtually anywhere. In fact it’ll survive the trip even if you don’t!
The second model that caught my attention is the Vortech Alarm GMT, which is ideal as a travelers watch, owing to the neat GMT pointer that you simply set as your Home Time and then adjust the hands to your destination time – what could be easier.
The yellow GMT pointer tracks your Home Time, targets the outer 24hr index and it’s what I call a runner – in other words it’s set by a constant push on the top push button, which motors the GMT pointer around the dial to wherever you want.
Neat and as I say a great travel watch without over complication and is both noticeable and yet unobtrusive too – and that’s clever.
The red pointer is for the Alarm and is easy to set using the Crown to set the position and the lower red push button to set ON/OFF. The information says it’s a particularly loud Alarm (having a built in resonator?) but I really can’t comment, as I have a slight deafness these days and rarely if ever hear these things anyway!
The Crown basically sets the Hour and Minutes Time, the Date and the Alarm time, so the operational mechanics are pretty simple and easy to remember. I also note that Momentum have instructional videos online for these so what could be easier than that.
This model like the Steelix is also a tough watch, this time with a solid Titanium case at 44 mm wide and barely 12 mm height and yet is only 53 mm lug to lug which means small wrists wearing is OK. The strap is substantial at 22 mm wide so is proportional to the case and is available in a variety of NATO strap options and colors.
There’s also a Low Battery indicator (battery life is approx 5 yrs) and it has Grade A Super-luminova hands and dial detail so is a great night performer. A 100 m Water Resistance also means swimming pools are no problem at all.
Currently the Steelix model (around£70) and the Vortech GMT (around £170) appear to be available here in the UK, which pleases me no end as there’s no question about it – these are my kind of watches.
Most of their range is available HERE in the UK.
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