Chronologia Dive Watch R004.3 (Review)

Chronologia came into watch world this summer with an impressively priced Kickstarter campaign. Surprisingly they only raised third of their goal. This watch was priced at a very competitive €129. How they didn’t get enough backers, I really don’t know… as you get a whole of watch for the price.

The failure of the campaign didn’t stop them, however, and you can now get your Chronologia R004 for $299.00. Much more than the Kickstarter campaign. So let’s see if it’s still a good deal.

First of all, I really like when watch companies give attention to the presentation/packaging of the watch, as seeing it for the first time is a very important experience. The Chronologia R004 comes in a useful tactical nylon pouch. Not only that, it comes with a neat little flashlight/UV light too, to charge up the lume, which is a big plus, as I use it now to charge the lume on all my watches!

The case is pretty large at 46mm in diameter, the height of 15mm, and a lug to lug 52mm. But it’s made from carbon fiber so it’s pretty lightweight at 108g considering the size, but is stronger than steel. Sitting on top of the case is a sapphire coated mineral crystal with AR coating. The watch is primarily a dive watch, mainly focused on scuba diving – hence the 200m water resistance and tritium tubes (more on them later). This rating is thanks to the screw-in crown and case back.

The screw-in crown is not carbon fiber, but a PVD coated stainless steel. This is to keep a secure thread to screw (carbon fiber can’t be machined like steel can). The crown features huge engineered teeth so it will grip even wearing gloves in winter or underwater. It has the Chronologia “C” logo embossed on the end, which is well done. The crown is surrounded by thick, angular, heavy duty crown guards.

The screw-in case back is made of stainless steel, although it’s not PVD coated like the crown. But I like that it isn’t black, it gives that contrast, even if you don’t see the case back so much. It has quite a unique look with a turbine fan styling surround the Chronologia “C” logo in the center. Visually, it looks great, and is machined/embossed very well, it has some rough/sharp edges, but nothing that will be bothering while wearing the watch on the wrist.

The bezel is unidirectional and looks good, and has a great clicking sound when you rotate it. It’s not the tightest feel, and I think It’s also fairly easy to rotate, it hasn’t much torque so if you knock it, it would likely move. It has a knurled edging, providing a tactile touch for positive grip. The aluminum insert is as good as can be expected, with all printing accurate, and a nice deep blue color to match the dial.

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This model is the R004.3 to be precise. This one is blue version as you can see. There are 5 to choose from, with a selection of blue, orange, black and gray combos. Chronologia describes the dial as “triple layered”, which I believe refers to the main textured base, then the flat higher outer surround, and finally the applied hour markers. I do like the textured finish to the dial, as it gives a depth to the dial. The hands are a big and bold style, being oversized swords with black bases. The second’s hand is a long, thin point. The applied hour markers are attractive, with a polished steel border and eye-catching shapes and sizes. They’re all square apart from at 12, 3, 6 and 9, where they are larger and have a cut-off point to them. The printing throughout the dial is clean and crisp, and anything that’s on the textured section is on its own platform to keep the print fine. The date window is a simple affair that is merely cut out of the dial. It’s a straight white wheel on all models, keeping legibility high.

Another thing I like is the impressively deep rehaut, containing the minute track and tritium tubes at 12, 3, 6 and 9. These Trigalight Tritium T25 tubes can also be found on the main hands. T25 is the rating, which refers to the total watch radiation content, measured in millicuries. T25 is pretty much the lowest rating that can be found on a watch, as these tubes can also be T100 and T200, amongst others. So the thing to realize is that it’s not a bright glow – but it is a permanent glow that does not need any charging. Whilst we’re talking about illumination, the hour markers and bezel pip use Superluminova lume – although it isn’t the strongest.

The silicone strap is shaped to match the angular lugs. You’re unlikely to be able to fit an aftermarket strap here, so you’re stuck with what you get. You can actually find some straps on eBay that would fit, but it’s quite hard and easier to order custom one if you want leather or nylon strap. This silicone strap is soft and wears very well with the watch. The buckle is the same PVD coated stainless steel as the crown, which matches the carbon fiber case remarkably well. It’s well machined and finished, with the Chronologia logo deeply engraved on the top bar.

Movement is this one is a Ronda 515 – a well reliable Quartz movement that can be found in many affordable watches that want to offer something higher quality than Miyota etc. It has 1 jewel, around 4 years battery life, and is accurate to -10/+20 seconds a month. I would prefer mechanical movement, but then I guess the price would go up much higher.

Overall I am stoked by this one. The quality for the price you get is really good. As there are not so many carbon fiber case watches that cost this silly (in a good way). And the trigalight tritium tubes are really useful, You can clearly see the time 24/7 without charging the lume. Also, I like that it’s big but wears so light thanks to the carbon fiber case. And it doesn’t look so big on my wrist too, despite the big size. It’s a great watch to get, really! You get a whole lot of watch for the price!

Price: $299.00 @ http://www.chronologia-watches.com/

 

Movement Swiss Quartz
Size of case diameter(mm) 46.00
Case material Carbon fiber
Glass material Sapphire coated glass
Water resistance 200M / 600 FEET / 20 ATM
Strap/Bracelet material Silicone
Dial luminescence 6 Swiss manufactured trigalight tubes
Movement caliber Ronda 515
Bezel Blue aluminum rotating bezel
Strap color Black
Clasp type Buckle
Dial description Blue dial w/white index markers
Functions 3 hands with date function
Case back material Solid stainless steel

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