As I mentioned in my earlier post on the LM-5, I had hoped to to get a review piece for some hands-on time – and Mitch over at Ocean7 was gracious enough to help us out with that. This watch actually brought me to a couple of “firsts”:
- It was my first experience with a deployant clasp on a strap
- It’s the first watch I’ve gotten hands-on with that has an ETA 2824-2 movement
I’ll admit – that clasp gave me some troubles. At first, I was only releasing one side of it – which made it all but impossible to get on, and then clasp to a size that fit well. Of course, once I realized that, getting it adjusted to the correct size, as well as taking it on and off, became much simpler. Though, I must comment – the release seemed to be a touch “sticky” – not sure if that’s just a symptom of this one particular clasp, or if they’re all coming with this tightness.
Now, on to the other “first” – the ETA 2824-2 movement. For starters, it’s a high beat momement (28,800 BPH), which while quiet, is pleasing to hear ticking away when you put the watch to your ear. Obviously, it’s an automatic, so no hand-winding is required (though I did when I first received it). Should you have the need, you’ll only need 40 turns of the crown to get the watch to fully wound.
One other thing I noticed with the movement deals with the rotor. While I can quite easily set the rotor to spinning in my Magrette (which houses a Miyota movement), here in the LM5 it’s not a free-spinning. Which makes for a quieter watch, as well as keeping it from feeling like it’s wobbling on your wrist as it winds.
Now that we’ve covered what was new to me (other than the watch itself), it’s time to turn our attention to the rest of the piece. For that, though, you’ll need to return to the same Bat channel tomorrow!