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Aulta Acuatico Automatic Watch: EVALUATION

Aulta Acuatico Automatic Watch: EVALUATION

Good watch.
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A while back, a new new surfing-oriented watch business, Aulta
, asked me personally to sample one of its first timepieces, the Leeway wathe.

I absolutely adored wearing the watch
and didn't very much take it off very much for several months.

Like many new landings to the horological market place, Aulta started with quartz movements.

I possess no difficulties with quartz, nang nguc in contrast to some watch lovers. In fact, the watch I actually wear most is a new Citizen Eco-Drive quartz chrono which i bought almost fifteen years ago. Novice running strong for over a decade.

That said, I personal a few mechanical and automatic watches as properly. This is where Aulta goes with its fresh Acuatico line — watches powered by workhorse Japan Miyota 8215 movements (40-hour power reserve) and selling for $240.

I tested a item with a blue deal with and a stainless-steel bracelet
, and I actually tested it for regarding three months solid, operating it into my rotator of about a half-dozen watches. The Acuatico is unabashedly a computerized diver watch, which usually puts it in one associated with the most competitive segments from the business. The lord of this realm will be of course the Rolex submariner watch, which goes for regarding $8, 000.

But presently there are many, a great many other dive watches you can buy, as well as for far less compared to eight grand. So just how does the Acuatico compare?

As it turns out there, I have what is most likely the best budget option to the Rolex Sub, the particular Seiko Diver's, a enjoy that's been around for decades and is revered simply by watch enthusiasts. In all honesty, I actually prefer it to the particular Sub, aesthetically, although will be certainly no question that the particular Sub is a much better investment.

My Seiko Diver.
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The Seiko is priced about typically the same as the Acuatico and also uses a Japanese movement, but one that will Seiko produces in-house.

Regarding me, timepieces were extremely different — and that, I actually think, is a big positive for Aulta. Typically the company's whole concept is usually to make watches of which can go from boardroom to surfboard in the single day. They are stylish
tool watches.

But typically the Acuatico is among the particular most toolish of their particular current lineup, largely due to the fact it's intended to become an attractive timepiece that can stand up to the pains of the ocean (or a minimum of the swimming pool).

The very first thing you notice regarding the watch is that it's heavy.
It's not overly large, at 41mm, but it is substantial. The bracelet is great, even though it doesn't have a wetsuit-friendly diver extension. Typically the wrist presence here is usually serious. A sapphire crystal means good scratch opposition, the unidirectional rotating bezel is solid, plus the screwdown crown is located in the 4 o'clock position, a familiar location for any Seiko Diver owners (the time window is also there).

The face is actually a cheerful French blue, the sword hour and minute hands are skeletons, and the next hand is orange, an excellent contrast with the deal with. The indices are big dots and hashes, in addition to the lume is pretty good. With a 200-meter depth rating and screwdown caseback, the Acuatico will be more than capable of position up to surfing, if not any kind of serious scuba diving. Scuba diving should be fine.

The stainless-steel bracelet in hefty and solid.
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I'm not just a fanatic when it arrives to the timekeeping precision of sturdy Japanese programmed movements. They tend to become beaten — and beaten badly — by anything quartz. But that isn't very the point. The movements within both my Seiko in addition to the Aulta aren't intended to survive splashing plus bashing, and they perform a reasonable job regarding telling you how much time you have been underwater. Neither Seiko nor Aulta uses a see-through caseback — first, because the movements aren't much to look at, yet also because good dive watches don't have these people, the better to ensure water-tightness.

As numerous commenters in addition to enthusiasts have pointed out there, you see this type of watch on dive boats more frequently than extravagant Swiss pieces because it's no big deal to be able to lose one to Davy Jones' locker.

But because far as watches go, the Acuatico is less tool-looking compared to the Seiko. Consequently, is actually more adaptable. It fits perfectly with Aulta's sport plan and give typically the company a good-quality view to pitch at individuals folks who won't as soon as consider a quartz motion.

The heft of typically the watch was the just issue I had developed with it. This could be fairly addressed by switching away the bracelet for something lighter, or employing a edition with a polyurethane strap. Nevertheless the watch itself is weighty, something that may interest many buyers, yet that for me manufactured me appreciate the lighter weight of most of our other watches.

But that's me. I don't generally like heavy watches, so I'm a poor manual on this front. Typically the bulk of a appropriate automatic is really a selling level for many watchmakers, particularly in the tool-watch world.

Some branding on the particular caseback, which isn't see-through — a critical function for a good diver.
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On balance, the Acuatico is a dandy first foray in to mechanical timepieces for Aulta and adds a brand new angle to the brand without having introducing a bank-busting alternative. The watch feels as though that should cost twice how it works, especially if you move for the bracelet. The appearance of the face and the quality of the particular stainless mean that the Acuatico will probably look wonderful on a variety regarding aftermarket straps, too.

I actually think this may possibly be an excellent present package for the enjoy: $240 for the bracelet variation, plus a nice leather strap (something like this
, coming from Worn & Wound). The particular watch lover in your own life with probably value the combination.

Aulta may possibly not yet have typically the credibility of a Seiko or Rolex, but the company has done a great job of building the brand around an marine lifestyle and hasn't permit quality slide. The Acuatico is a worthy addition.