In the previous posts, we went through the history of the Charmex brand, and covered the movement found in the Hurricane watch. Today, we’ll continue our examination of the functionality that the watch offers.
Along with the seconds subdial, you have a date display at 3 o’clock, and the chronograph itself. This function accounts for the large center seconds hand, as well as the subdials at 12 o’clock (30 minute register) and 6 o’clock (12 hour register). The chrono itself is controlled by the pushers that flank the crown, as you’d expect.
Once you’ve unlocked the crowns (exposing the nice bit of red detailing), the top pusher handles start/stop, and the lower pusher does a reset. This being a mechanical movement, you have the immediate snap-back feature, allowing for less downtime between timing sessions.
And the final bit of functionality, as was mentioned earlier, is the bi-directional bezel. It offers a bevy of slide rule functionality, and, as such, has several different scales printed on it. Fortunately for those of us more used to a digital calculator, there’s a manual included in the display box that will walk you through how to use it.
That leaves us, now, with the aesthetics of the piece. Most prominently, the dial (and subdial hands) are all in a bright shade of red, which hearkens to the RAF association this watch is going for. To offset that crimson hue, both the case (47mm x 17mm thick) and bezel are black DLC coated, lending a uniform, shiny, and scratch-resistant finish; there are some nice red accents thrown in on the pushers and caseback screws as well. This red/black theme is carried over onto the 22mm leather strap, which is black with red contrast stitching; the buckle features more DLC coating, which should help prevent desk diver swirls.
Tomorrow, we’ll finish our tour of the watch, and give you our final thoughts on the piece.