Today we gonna look at some rather interesting watch from Element watches. But lets start about some backstory on the company. The Element watches is Microbrand and they launched they’re first Kickstarter campaign in 2014, but sadly the funding was unsuccessful. Bu then they launched the “Orbital” divers watch and they got funded by 49 backers for $19,202CAD and so it started. In 2015 they returned with the “Saturno” which got only 13 backers, but it was enough to get funded.
“Michael Lee is creator of Element Watches. An designer and a advertsing photographer from a watch manufacturer family who has been manufacturing OEM watches for Europe and US clients over 40 years in Hong Kong. With his family’s connection and technical support, he started his own brand.”
So today we are gonna take a look at the the “Saturno” watch. It’s rather unique in the microbrand world, and I’am surprise it didn’t get a lot of attention. The main idea is that you can swap outer cases. It is the idea that really catched my eye, because in these days it’s hard to make a watch that really pops out of those blank designs.
The watch came in this rather interesting case as well. It has this pouch from this kind of silicone material with embossed shapes of watch, outer cases and Element Watches logo. Inside there’s a cardboard box, you pull the orange tab pull out, and there you will see the watch, two outer cases and warranty card. So the packaging is nice for the price too!
The inner case is made from 316L stainless steel, black PVD coating. Case is round shape and has curved case back with little window to see the movement. The case back is held on with screws. Water resistance is 5ATM (50m). The crown is hidden in the case under the outer case. The inner case comes in 6 different dial variations, so there’s plenty to choose from.
On the case back you will find some info about watch (movement, crystal, water resistance, and the case material.). The outer case is also made from 316L stainless steel. There are three different shape variations and three different color variations. The machining on those outer cases are just top notch! The corners aren’t sharp, but has that perfect, smooth line! And the outer case screws on.
But everything is not perfect, there are some minor flaws in this system. After some use and changing the outer cases, the coating will rub off and the thread may wear out, so I wouldn’t suggest changing the cases too much. Also you need to remove the outer case to set the time, and it’s quite hard to do, if especially you have such large hands like I do. The case diameters is 42,5mm, thickness 13,5mm, lug width 22mm.
Crystal is Sapphire with three layers of AR coating. It does it’s job very good, so no complaint there. The dial is quite interesting (we are gonna talk just about the one I have on the review piece, others you can see in the pictures). So the dial has aluminum embossed pattern. There are hour markers on each hour and on 10, 2, 6 there are numbers which are raised. At first I thought the dots are lumed, but they are not, actually there’s no lume at all. That’s something I would prefer to be there, but I guess you can go without it. At twelve there the Element Watches logo which is in polished steel, looks great, the logo is good looking. On 6 there’s writing “Element”. On 3 you will find the date window, It’s readable and does it’s job well. The hour and minute hands are skeleton in brushed steel, and the seconds hand is thin line with Element Watches logo on the counterweight. There’s also this ring around the dial with minute markers. Looks great!
The straps are stitched silicon ones, and they are very soft and wraps around wrist very good. It wears very nice with the curved case back and the silicone strap. The buckle is 316L stainless steel in black PVD coating with Elements Watches logo printing. The strap also has these fast removal pins, which makes swapping straps a lot easier.
Movement is Seiko NH35 24 jewels. It has hacking seconds so you get the precise time setting. I have this movement in couple of my watches and it works well.
Overall it is interesting and fun watch. Definitely a conversation piece. And you can also buy more of those bezels, straps and swap them everyday, to get a new look to your watch. The watch wears very well on my wrist because of it’s curved case back and rubber straps. It is a tall one, but not so much to look bulky. It is rather small. You get a lot of watch for that price. Definitely add this to your collection as a fun watch!
You can buy this watch here www.elementwatches.co
Price – 365$
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