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REVIEW: Ingersoll Apache (Part 1)

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Yesterday, we dug into some of the history and background of the  Ingersoll brand, as well as covered some of the other related marques that Zeon has under their umbrella.  Today, we’ll get into our first hands on review of an Ingersoll model, the Apache.

When I pulled this piece out of the box, I knew immediately that it was getting paired with a suit.  Though its definitely on the bugger size (47mm case plus the oversize crown), the rose gold and black combination was definitely not meant for an outing to the park.  And to be honest, I was surprised with how much I liked the rose gold (tone, not plated) finish on the piece.  Normally I’m not a gold (or gold tone) person, but here its almost coppery in presentation – and that, I really dig.

At first glance, you might think that this watch is a chronograph, given the three subdials plus the pushers flanking the crown.  Unfortunately, that’s not the case.  They’re actually indicating the month (12 o’clock position), year (9 o’clock) and 24 hour indicator (6 o’clock); likewise, the pushers control/set those dials.

For the remaining functionality you have a legibly-sized day and date display, and the normal three-hander timekeeping, all controlled by the crown.  All of functions on the watch are driven by the 520 calibre automatic movement (an in-house movement), which itself features 20 jewels.

For the hands, they are lumed-filled, which is an unexpected surprise in a dress watch (at least, that’s how I’m classifying it).  On any other segment, I’d say the hands are a bit on a narrow side – but with the styling here, they fit, seeming more elegant than undersized.     These are clearly visible through the mineral crystal, which combines with the stainless steel case to give you a water resistance rating of 30 meters.

And that’s where we’ll leave things for today.  I’ve got a bit more to cover on the piece, as well as some things I think could perhaps be improved.  As usual, we’ll cover those tomorrow.

 

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I’m not going to say that their “in-house movement” is anything other than just that. However…it looks a lot like (and has the same functionality) as a Chinese Seagull TY2355 movement. At this price point, an real “in-house movement” would be a rarity. I’m not knocking their choice of movement (well, maybe a little), But it is pretty bold to call it an in-house movement from what I can see here.

    Even $300 is not that much of a bargain if this is indeed an all Chinese made watch. But if people like it and want an entry level automatic, that is is fine. But there are cheaper Chinese automatics out there too.

    And I agree, the faux chronometer thing bugs me too.

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