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A No-Hands, No Numerals 24-Hour Watch?

Posted on 08 November 2012 by Patrick Kansa

 

Well, chalk that up to something I never thought I’d see.  But, as our friends over at Watchismo are telling us, it is indeed a reality.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit – learning to read a true 24 hour watch (the hour hand circling the dial once per day) is a bit of a learning curve.  I went through it with the AirNautic, and it took some doing.  At least there I had numerals, and split dial, to help things along.  With this Mr. Jones Satellite Watch, it’ll take you a bit longer.

Rather than using hands, you’ve got discs that rotate, with circular openings.  While might expect those to expose numbers on another watch, here, they’re giving you a color.  So, if you can get the pattern down (shown above), you’ll be able to read the time at a glance.  If not, you’ll have to rely in figuring out the position of the openings.

These circles are driven by a Ronda 515-24H quartz movement, which is housed in the 37mm PVD coated stainless steel case.  Along with that, you’ve got a black leather strap, a mineral crystal (I assume, since sapphire isn’t listed), and a 50m water resistance rating (though, if you’re in the water with this watch, it must be a great party).

I think this watch is interesting in and of itself, for the presentation it’s offering.  For myself, I really couldn’t see picking one up though.  This is because, while the aesthetics factor in to my purchase decisions, their utility and readability factor in pretty heavily.  With this watch, it has a great “gee whiz” factor (and it’s 100 piece LE), but functionality is a bit impaired, I think.

For those more accustomed to the 24 hour layout, and want this twist on their wrist, you’ll want to head over to Watchismo (right here) and get your order ($195) in soon (again, only 100 pieces made); it looks like they’ll be shipping the week of November 12th.

 

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