It’s been awhile since we’ve featured Nite on these pages (here), but we’re back with one of their latest, in a color scheme that’s ready for the changing colors of fall.
This is, of course, because it features orange as the predominant color on the hands, dial, and even the GTLS tubes (accented, here, with blue tubes at 12 o’clock and on the seconds hand). Other than the bolder accent color, this is a fairly simple design. The black dial is matte, with the two time registers (12h and 24h) printed in the expected places. The rehaut ring is a bit taller than you might normally expect, but this is due to the fact the tritium tubes are mounted on it. It makes for a slightly taller case (still only 10.75mm), but it also allows for the case itself to be less wide (39mm).
Coming in at a weight of 2.75oz (on the black polymer strap), the PVD-finished watch is a compact and lighter-weight option. Lest you think the smaller size means other details have been skimped on, rest assured that it seems solidly assembled, complete with the sapphire crystal (triple AR coated), Ronda 513 quartz movement (which offers a 45 month battery life), and 100 meter water resistance rating.
In daily wear, this was a pretty comfortable watch, due to the combination of size, weight, and strap material. And the strap is something you’re going to want to make sure you’re going to be happy with – with the non-standard lug shape on the case, you’re going to be limited to either the OEM strap, or have to look to have something very custom-made for the watch, should you want (or need) to swap the strap.
Coming in at just under $330 (shipped free), this is certainly an affordable option for someone looking to add a basic watch with tritium illumination to their collection. While Nite may not be as well known as some of the other tritium-utilizing brands at this price point, you are getting a simpler styling (aka, no tactical stuff) that some may prefer. nitewatches.com
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