Briston is an exciting new French watch company founded by the multi-talented Brice Jaunet. As a veteran of the industry, Brice’s CV makes a very impressive reading. Over the last fifteen years, he has worked for the Richemont Group, Cartier, Baume & Mercier, and Zenith. With experience at a directorial level, this provided the perfect qualifications to establish his own brand.
The name Briston is derived from the beautiful and historic village in Norfolk, England. Even though Brice is French, his student days in Oxford have been influential in the styling of these watches. On first inspection, the Clubmaster Vintage Steel Chronograph looks very good quality for a timepiece of this price range. The watch measures 40mm x 40mm (excluding pushers, crown, and lugs), which I feel is suitable for the unisex market. Both my girlfriend and I tried on the watch and felt it was very comfortable to wear. I think it’s a perfect watch for daily basis. It will go with formal clothes and also with basic trousers and t-shirt. The Briston makes watches from brown Italian tortoise shell (cellulose acetate) commonly associated with the eyewear industry, and I kind of don’t like the look of them. To me, it looks cheap. So I chose the Clubmaster Vintage in steel as it looked more like a watch, not a fashion accessory like the tortoise ones looked.
The Vintage Clubmaster is made from brushed 316L stainless steel. The case finish is nice and I like that the case is small. Never had a cushion case watch so small. The crystal is domed K1 glass 2.3mm thick so it sticks out from the lot. But it looks cool with the cushion case. The dial is plain black with steel markers and hands. On the right side, you will find pushers and crown. Both do they’re job good.
The Briston Briston has equipped all its timepieces with Japanese quartz movements supplied by Citizen. The Clubmaster Vintage Chronograph is powered by a reliable Miyota OS21 caliber. Impressively the watch features hours, minutes, seconds, date and chronograph functions. The Chronograph functions work very well. Of course mecha-quartz or mechanical would be better, but this does it’s job good too. The strap is nice, but I swapped it for cheapnatostraps.com vintage suede leather strap as it looks better and watch looks a lot more expensive.
The pros of the watch are that it looks good, has good finishing, reliable movement and a good size for both men and women. The cons are probably the packaging because the watch is 420$ and it comes with this small box. Many companies which have watches that cost half of this, has automatic movement, more changed heritage and has a better presentation than this. The other one was the strap. Basically, I changed it as soon as I got the watch. Overall the watch is great, I love it. It’s definitely a keeper 🙂
Price: $420 @ briston-watches.com
Size : 40 x 40 mm
Opening Dial : 35 mm
Thickness: 12.20 mm
316L Stainless Steel case with the following finishing:
Vertical brushed case structure / Circular brushed cover pushers
Matt finish: Lugs & case-back
Mirror-polished: Crown / Top chronograph pushers
Crown and pushers : 316L Stainless Steel
Crown with embossed BRISTON blazon
Ultra-resistant domed K1 glass – 2.3 mm thickness
Water resistance to: 50m/ 5 ATM
Quartz Citizen caliber: Miyota OS21 Functions:
Chronograph 2 counters
60 minutes counter positioned at 9 o’clock
24-hour indication / AM-PM counter positioned at 3 o’clock
Date window positioned at 6 o’clock
Dial: black semi-glossy
Polished stainless steel applied indexes
Double applied indexes at 12 o’clock & black dots (minutes indication)
Polished rhodium-plated “baton” Hour & Minutes hands
Polished rhodium-plated chronograph and counters hands
Exclusive interchangeable Black Flannel calfskin Leather strap
Flannel Leather loop – BRISTON engraving on the steel pin buckle
Length: 235mm / Width: 20 mm
8 thoughts on “Briston Clubmaster Vintage Steel Chronograph Black Dial (Short Review)”
THanks for the review!
You are the only one who made the normal review!
What do you think about brushed steel? Briston has another model with ‘normal’ steel, i am just curious which is better? Is brushed steel looks more expensive than normal because of less shining effect?
Its seems that its a bit hard to figure out the time due to black dial and ‘steel’ color hands, isnt it?(or maybe its hard from photos:) )
Brushed is better as you dont see scratches that much + it looks better in my opinion. Time reading is easy, it is just photos/light that makes it look strange.
Thanks for the response !
I walked through your blog, you are doing a great job 🙂
I know that my question is a bit weird but which one you would buy ‘vintage brushed steel’ or this one?
Definitely the vintage brushed steel! It just looks great and I remember it beeing one hell of a watch for what it costs!
incidentally I landed on a website called Timebyme, a french retailer. There I found the clubmaster vintage watch with nylon bracelet. I liked this watch from the very beginning, cause it looks very valuable and well designed. So I ordered it from this retailer and as it was on sale it seemed very worth the price (135€) and free shipping!! Within a couple of days I already received it and was very astonished about the look and quality. One thing, although confused me at first: I received the type of watch with 24 hrs scale positioned at 3, date at 6 and minute scale of chronometer at 9. After adjusting time and date I pushed the crown back to its work position awaiting the large second hand to run, but nothing…while observing the regular time hands I noticed the watch running correctly. I only managed to move the large second hand after pushing switch A. So to make it short I found out that there are two different models for this watch: Either a model with HMS (Hour, Minute, Second) having the watch‘es second hand at 6, or the Chronograph model with no second hand for regular time, but a large second hand for chronograph‘ s purpose. At the beginning I made no attention to that.
Actually it bothers me not but I thought that this fact adding to your nice report might be interesting to several people.
All the best wishes Thomas
Hi man nice review, any chance you could measure the lug to lug distance?
Dont have the watch anymore