More often than not, when someone is looking for an extremely durable everyday watch, they’ll go to the G-Shock line, and for good reason. They’ve got an established track record as one of, if not the, most abuse-proof watches. But what if you’re not a fan of digital readouts?
If that’s the case, Bathys has you covered with their new Benthic Ti: Kevlar. As you might guess, you’ve got two rather interesting (and durable) materials in the mix here on this watch. The 48mm (15mm thick) case is comprised of titanium; the 24mm strap is made of Kevlar (yes, the bulletproof vest stuff – not just some coated nylon). This means, short of taking a hammer to that 3.9mm thick(!) sapphire crystal, this sucker should hold up very nicely.
I bet you’re wondering if the movement will stand up to some abuse, aren’t you? Well, here, it should – there’s a Ronda 7003 Mastertech quartz movement ticking away, as well as driving the retrograde day and large date displays. Yes, it would be “fun” to see a nice automatic stuffed in the case, but for an abuse-proof watch, quartz makes sense.
On top of this all, I think the dial has a very clean design. It’s extremely legible, balanced, and has a nice mix of color without being too garish. Yes, inverting the colors on the date display would be a welcome change, but it’s certainly no deal breaker. If you want to get one, you’ll want to get your pre-order in soon. As they will only be making 100 pieces, I have a suspicion these will go fast, even at the $595 asking price.