Case: Polished Stainless Movement: ETA Unitas 6498-1 Dial: White Enamel Lume: N/A Lens: Domed Sapphire Strap: Alligator Water Res.: 50m Dimensions: 42mm Thickness: 10mm Lug Width: 22mm Crown: 6 mm push-pull Warranty: 1 year Price: $800 (apprx)
April 24 was my birthday, and when I got along with my better half and children for supper, I expected to get a shirt, some brilliant socks and perhaps the compulsory sweater. What I got rather nearly gave me a coronary: a Tourby Marine , one of my most wanted vessels. At the point when I opened that enormous, hefty, maple box with its flawlessly built key lock and pivots, I couldn’t accept my eyes. I had gotten a watch that gave me another difficulty: there was nothing to complain about. In totally every regard, the watch is perfect.
Until that second, I had never really seen a Tourby. Of course, I had looked at photographs on their webpage, just as on sites and discussions. In any case, you realize how deluding a photograph can be. What with Adobe Photo and such, anything can be made to look fabulous. So I generally contemplated whether a Tourby in the tissue would radiate the Teutonic affinity for subtleties I detected from the pictures.
Well, the photos don’t do it equity. The watch is a magnum opus in a literal sense. Prior to I even held this animal, I gazed eagerly into its face. Underneath its tenderly domed sapphire gem, everything about in amazing agreement and extent. Indeed, it catches all the exemplary components of what has become customary Marine styling. In any case, it takes this subject and twists the principles with exquisitely exceptional hour, moment, and seconds hands. At that point it goes above and beyond with numerals that bring an awareness of what’s actually funny from a past time. Simply investigate the accompanying picture.
Notice something that’s missing? Look cautiously. There’s no Tourby logo. Furthermore, no “Made In Germany.” Another motivation behind why the dial is so spotless and basic. The logo is engraved on the back in the smallest of lettering – a genuine demonstration of Tourby’s uprightness and fearlessness. Obviously, on the off chance that you need their logo on the dial, you can arrange it that way. Terrible idea.
One thing the worn&wound camera won’t have the option to reliably catch is the profound, practically magical shine of the enameled dial. It certainly helps me to remember the very much worn warmth inborn in many antique pocket watches. Besides, the entire thing itself helps me to remember an exemplary pocket watch, which is very refreshing.
After gazing at the dial for God knows how long, I slipped the watch off its comfortable little pad and understood its full presence. Everything about the case is additionally correctly proportioned – from the bended and adjusted lash carries, to the onion crown, to the insignificant, sloped bezel. Upon close assessment, it’s really obvious that the people at Tourby are fan about detail. The craftsmanship is heavenly, comparable to watches of a lot higher worth. There’s literally nothing left to be wanted. Never thought I’d say THAT regarding any watch!
Flipping the watch over uncovers a broad sapphire window, giving a full perspective on the hand wound ETA Unitas development, complete with profound blued screws and Cotes de Geneve stripes. While some of you stiff necks out there may utilize words like “common, oversimplified and mass-produced,” I like to consider the Unitas “utterly dependable, tough and time-honored.” And thinking about the legacy of this development, nothing could be more fitting for this watch.
Finally, I eliminated the Louis Erard chronograph I was wearing, which at this point appeared to be very unimportant in the plan of things, and lashed on my Tourby. (Love saying “MY Tourby!”) Measuring 42mm in width and a sparse 11mm high, it sits comfortably on my wrist, with a lot of room under my shirt sleeve. Truth be told, following a couple of moments, I didn’t even sense it on my wrist. The majority of my watches range from 38 – 40mm, however MY Tourby doesn’t appear to be any bigger. Also, to figure, I might have had something to complain about.
The time is unbelievably intelligible in for all intents and purposes all lighting circumstances. No, there are no spots of lume anyplace. That would have been impiety with this watch. To the extent precision goes, after about a month and a portion of consistent wear, it has just acquired around a moment and a half. Truly, I don’t care about extraordinary precision, or even moderate exactness, so far as that is concerned. Were that my objective, I’d shed my mechanical wonders and settle on an exhausting quartz watch or essentially counsel my telephone. In nowadays, where everything takes a stab at flawlessness, it’s a joy to wear a touch of old world defect. Amen.
The tie. Indeed, the lash. Should discuss that. The watch showed up on an all-dark calf style that stunk of German craftsmanship. That would have been totally adequate, yet my family additionally gave me one of Tourby’s full-cut Louisiana gator lashes in a rich, brilliant earthy colored. After only a couple days, I changed to this tie, and what a distinction it made. On account of the tough, screw-in tie bars, changing was generally straightforward, and I don’t need to stress over a spring bar jumping out. No doubt, I stress over things like that. What’s more, I would have been completely content with a standard clasp conclusion, yet the lash went ahead one of those deployant occupations. It’s perfectly made and extremely simple to use.
All things considered, I couldn’t be any more joyful. I love exemplary watches, and this is a unimaginable illustration of the class. With its perfect, basic, time-just dial, unadorned case, hand-wound Unitas development, and deliberate German vibe, it’s a watch that rises above time.
Now, is there anything for me to curmudge about? All things considered, yes. Since I got this wonderful Tourby, I’ve just taken it off while showering and dozing. So the entirety of my different watches are simply sitting, gathering dust. I feel remorseful that the Tourby is the just a single I want to wear. What’s experiencing the brain of my Submariner, Chronoswiss, Tutima, Muhle thus numerous others? This is all so unfair.
Oh, and something more that I’ll direct to you perusers. Does anybody have any set of experiences on the Tourby company? I’ve scoured their own webpage just as the web and have discovered nothing. NOTHING! Thusly, until I know better, if any admirer gets some information about my watch, I’ll say that the company was established in the early ninteenth century by Baron von Tourby in a far off corner of the dark forest.