And today, we’ve come to the last Ingersoll model that was sent over for review, but it’s definitely been one of my favorites – the Ingersoll Boonville.
The model in question is quite obviously (from the pictures) is a skeletonized watch. Once you get past watching the movement at work, you start to notice a few things. First off, this watch really falls into the dress category if you ask me: you’ve got a polished 44mm steel case, white dial (what dial there is), and a black leather strap (with deployant clasp).
Next, you might notice that there are some more complications here than you might expect at first. At the 9 o’clock position, you’ve got a second time zone displayed. This works just as you’d expect, though it does have the same setting oddity that the other Ingersoll models have exhibited.
The other complication is a day/night indicator, which is in the sub-dial up at the 12 o’clock position. For me, this was the capping piece on this watch. It’s cleanly executed, with the dark blue dial underlying the chrome accents. This, like many 24 hour indicators, is definitely not necessary, but it is a nice touch.
Balancing the dial out (no pun intended), you’ve got a seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock. While I think I’d like this in a silver tone (rather than gold/brass), I suppose it does help vary up the watch a little bit.
In terms of readability, I had no issues with the lack of dial material impacting things. Even the secondary time zone was easy enough; all four hands have lume applied, so you can still read the watch in the dark. Sure, it’s not going to blind you in the dark, but it’s a nice add – especially if you consider this a dress piece.
Oh – and should you not be able to see enough the movement through the front crystal, you simply need to flip the watch over and see the rest of it doing it’s job through the display caseback. Again, totally unnecessary on a watch with this sort of dial, but it gives things a bit more interest.
At around $300 from various online retailers, I think this watch offers a good mix of design and tech (in terms of complications) for the price being asked. It’s definitely not like any other dress piece in your collection, and could easily work on a brown strap as well.
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