For years I wore a Royal Oak chrono as my week end /sporty watch. I was happy with it, liked the look and it was comfortable. However, came a time where it seemed as everyone and there neighbor started wearing one and thinking that I’m so smart I sold mine and decided on getting another sports watch.
In almost 4 years I bought and sold a Graham, BRM, Richard Mille, Tag, Bell & Ross and a Wyler chrono without having anyone of them have the same appeal as the RO.
Having an IQ on the lower end of the spectrum I didn’t want to go back to the RO, didn’t want a Rolex and I had spent so much time dissing the Overseas that I couldn’t loose face getting one (even though the watch was definitely growing on me, especially the dual time model).
However end of 2006 while I was at the VC Geneva Maison I bumped into Christian Selmoni (head of product development) who had a rather intriguing watch sticking from under his shirt cuff. After some gentle persuasion he showed me a really cool looking Overseas chrono on strap with orange markers: “It’s a prototype, I made it to test the reactions of the people at the office but I don’t know if it will see the light of day” he said while I was opening my mouth to say I wanted one.
Anyway to make a long story short the same Overseas chrono was launched end of 2007 as a limited edition of 100 pieces made specially for the US market (how come its always Americans who get the cool stuff? ).
I managed rapidly to locate one and received it in April. Its been getting quite a lot of wrist time and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.
Thought you might enjoy my musings on this watch.
The 3 sub counters which are of different sizes. And this REALLY bothers me. The minutes counter is rather large, this is a habitual design in pilot’s chronographs who need to have an exact knowledge of the elapsed minutes. Fine, then if you want to get inspiration from pilots’ watches then you need to have a flyback function too…and upon second thought you don’t call the watch Overseas but Overairs or something like that…
The case: the mix of polished and brushed surfaces are just awesome. I love the bevelling of the case flanks. Very cool
The dial: the grainy black dial with the orange numerals give this version a more youthful and fierce appearance.
The strap: In general I’m not a great fan of bracelets so the strap is one of the elements which won me over (surprising as the OS bracelet is probably one of the coolest out there). I love the stitching which recalls the color of the numerals, an extra rubber strap was also delivered with the watch.
The big date: It’s not the big date per se that I like but the fact that the date is indicated via 2 numerals even for single digit dates: ie: 01, 02 etc…, the dial has more equilibrium.
No unnecessary writing: Automatic and Antimagnetic have been taken off the dial which I think is a very wise move.