REVIEW: Armitron 20/4838BRSV
It’s been quite some time since we’ve shown you some Armitron watches on these pages (see here). Today and tomorrow, we’ll have a look at two of their newer models. First up, we have the 20/4838BSRV.
Yeah, it’s not the most catchy name in the world, is it? What the watch lacks in refinement when it comes to the name, however, it makes up for in the looks department. The first thing that grabbed my eye, in that regard, is the dial. More and more, I’m finding myself liking rose gold, and here (the tone of rose gold at least) is used to nice effect on the lumed hands and indices, set on a blue-grey textured dial.
Surrounding that dial, you’ve got a gunmetal gray (fixed) bezel that’s holding the domed (and I assume mineral) crystal in place. All of this is set on the 42.5mm stainless steel case (12.5mm thick) that houses a quartz movement and nets you a 50m water resistance rating. That quartz movement is, of course, also driving the day, date, and 24-hour subdials (no chrono here).
That leaves just the 22mm bracelet to talk about. Yes, it is finished nicely, and does offer a push-button butterfly clasp along with a fold-over safety latch. However, it’s a folded-link bracelet, and you can tell in both the weight and the noise it makes when you move it. That said, at an asking price just north of $70 (Amazon), you’re going to have some compromises. It’s just a shame, as a solid-link bracelet would be much more in line with the aesthetic that the rest of the watch is bringing out. Then again, if someone is just looking for an affordable all-arounder, this could still be a a decent option.