I ran across yet another American brand, and given the sort of endurance testing that the watch goes through, I couldn’t help but to make you aware of the brand. The company in question is Resco, which has been around since 2009.
The “claim to fame” for these watches are the fact that they’re actually worn by around 90 active-duty Navy SEALS, and are torture-tested as personnel goes through their training. In other words, these watches are put through conditions you and I are not likely to see – and they survive!
So, how does the Patriot model endure such harsh conditions? In large part, it’s due to the movement used. I could rehash all the reasons they went with a Slava S-2427, but I think you’ll be better served by reading this post over at WUS from the owner of the company.
Of course, the 42mm stainless steel case (with screw-down crown) and domed (and AR-coated) sapphire crystal help keep things safe and secure as well. You’ve got a functional bezel on top to help you track another timezone, and you of course have the standard hours/minutes/seconds on the watch itself.
In a nutshell, this is a very clean, very easy-to-read, watch that will take a LOT of abuse before it even starts to think about breaking. Of course, that sort of durability, combined will small runs (only 500-600 pieces per year) don’t come cheaply.
The one I’ve shown here, with the blue accents, runs at $1,365. For that price, you also get a sturdy Pelican-style storage case, and three straps (a nylon and exotic of your choice, plus a diver’s one) along with a tool for changing them out.
Let’s just hope the founder, R.E. Smith, can find some more time in between his “day” job (he’s still active-duty) to bring us some more American-made innovation.
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