Yesterday, we started our review of the Swiss Eagle Landmaster, covering the size of the case, as well as the various layers present in the dial and hands. Today, we’ll carry on by looking at the functionality and remaining specs of the watch.
For the chronograph functions, it works just as well as expected. The large seconds hand is for the chrono (running seconds are on the subdial at 2 o’clock); minutes are registered on the 10 o’clock subdial, and the 6 o’clock subdial handles the hours. It should go without saying, but the pushers that flank the crown control those functions.
While the crown itself isn’t a screwdown, you do still have a water resistance rating of 100 meters with this watch, likely due to the sapphire crystal and screwed-in caseback. This, along with that 24mm rubber strap means you can head into some water without too much fear of breaking the timepiece, so long as you don’t head too deep.
Another thing in common with the Altitude model we reviewed is that the lume was nice – not to Orange Monster levels, but still good – including that lumed logo (for some reason that really grabs me).
All in all, I did like this piece. The black and gold color combo isn’t necessarily my personal favorite, but there are nine other models (different dial colors, case finishes, and bracelets) should you want to go for something else. The one thing I’m a little undecided on is the price. The models range from $400 to $440. While it is a Swiss chronograph movement, it isn’t mechanical.
In the end, I guess it would boil down to whether you’d want a mechanical movement, or the ease of use (and accuracy) that comes along with a battery-driven quartz model such as the Landmaster. And if you’re going for a quartz, this watch certainly would be a compelling option to consider.
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