As mentioned in our earlier look, this model sports a chronograph feature. You start timing by using the pusher located at the 2 o’clock position (and with a very satisfyingly-solid click); you can stop/start timing with that same pusher. To reset it, you’ll use the pusher located at 4 o’clock (again, another solid click). If you’re using it for an extended amount of time, you’ll rely on the sub-dial at 9 o’clock to track the elapsed time.
The remaining sub-dials have very clear (and easy-to-read) purposes. At the 3 o’clock position, you have a 24-hour indicator, and at 6 o’clock, you’ve got the seconds ticking away. Between those two, obviously, you have the date display (the white background here makes it readable, but I would’ve liked to see black, for a better blend with the dial).
All in all, we have a very sensibly laid-out dial in black with white indicators and accents. I was uncertain at first how this would work with all the brown tones (bronze finish on the case and hands; dark-brown alligator strap), but I have to admit – it all comes together aesthetically.
I know in other posts, I’ve gone on and on as to how a dress watch should be simple, on a black leather strap and with a white or silver dial, but this watch has broadened my outlook. The 41mm case is the right size, and thin enough to slip easily under a shirt cuff, even with the domed mineral crystal. And the bronze finish here, again, is just a unique look – almost a dark rose gold, if you will.
All in all, this is a great watch. Sure, you might not expect to pay $395 for a quartz watch – but I’d definitely recommend you give this one a closer look. The combination of functionality and looks, and a solid quartz movement, make for an appealing package. And, of course, if you would prefer to not have the 44th President’s name on the back of the watch, they do have a non-commemorative option as well.