Prisma Aviator Chrono Orange P.1842 (Review)

I was searching the eBay for my net vintage watch purchase and saw an ad popping on the side of the page. And the watch on the ad was in the style and price point that I wanted to review. So I reached out to this company called Prisma and they sent me a watch in for a review.

The brand surprisingly has a 70-year-old history, here’s some brief history. “Welcome to the magical world of Prisma. An invitation to Dutch creativity and craftsmanship. The Prisma story started in 1948, when the first watch was produced from the desire to deliver quality, good looking watches with fair prices. Since the creation of the brand almost 70 years ago, these are the fundamental core values. Our passion is deeply rooted in Dutch culture. Simple, honest and reliable. Prisma was one of the world’s first watch brands with quartz movements in the mid-20th century. This innovation made watches more accurate and less expensive. We think that is pretty cool.”

So one week went by and the watch came to me. The box was a bit crappy, but what can you expect from under 200$. So the first impressions, I like the design of the watch, but the bracelet is a no no. They said to me that they have the best bracelet for the price and I can’t agree to that. Even Seiko has better bracelets for watches under 100$. The end links were hollow and seem like they could bend after a light knock on them.

The watch case is stainless steel. The design of the case is nothing special. On the right side, you will find big crown that is easy to rotate and easy to grab. There are also to pushers for chrono. The upper one is in orange color, and that I like. I like the little pop of color. Gives the watch more life. It also matches the second’s hand and hour markers outer lines. The chronograph functions work ok. The feel, of course, isn’t what you get from Mecha-quartz movements, but good enough. The water resistance is 50 meters. The case diameter is 44mm, but it sits well on the wrist, I had 44mm watches that feel bigger than this. case thickness is 12mm. The strap width is 22m so it gives a lot of strap options. The case has brushed finish. The finishing is not perfect, but again, this is under 200$ watch.

The dial has this interesting gray-green dial that I like. The color really is interesting. Basically, the dial was the only thing that attracted me to this watch. It reminded me these funky 70s-80s sporty watches. The hour markers are white with lume on them, they also have an orange outline. The outer ring has markings for 24 hours. There are also two subdials. on 6 o’clock you will find a date window. The hour and minute hands are sword/military type and has lume on the hands. The lume actually is ok-ish, but lasts for only 2 hours max. The second’s hand is orange to match the crown and give it a little pop of color. On top of the watch sits mineral crystal, that is ok for the price.

The movement inside is basic quartz chronograph Miyota OS21 movement. It is good and as always Japan delivers the best for a low price. It hasn’t got that nice feeling what Seiko quartz chronograph movements have, but it does its job so everything is good.

So we finally got to the bracelet. As I mentioned at the start of the review. The bracelet is the weakest link in the watch. It really shocked me that after saying they have one of the best bracelets in the market for the price and it has hollow links. Even the Parnis or any cheap brand has solid end links and sometimes an amazing bracelet with almost no rattle. But this one is a shocker. In the pictures, you will see what I’m talking about. But as I always do, I swap the bracelet or strap for a vintage leather strap from cheapestnatostraps.com. They really deliver quality for low price, plus they sent me a big package of them 😀

Overall the watch is great for the price except for the bracelet. If there was an option with nato strap or leather strap, I would grab it. But I don’t want that bracelet option. The dial was really what attracted me to this one. Do recommend it, well that for you to decide if you like the watch, I only talked about the things I didn’t like, but you are here to decide if you want this or Seiko.

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Price:  179.00 @ prisma.watch

Universal
Gender: gents
Model: P.1842

Benefits
– strap all stainless steel silver
– multifunction
– watch face blue with beige there on lying stripes
– also for wide wrist (max. 230 mm)
– 24-hour information
– day hand
– light waterproof: hand washing, rain
– quartz
– measurement case 44mm (latitude) 12mm (thickness)

Details
Case
– Case size: 44 mm
– Case thickness: 12 mm
– Case material: all stainless steel
– Case color: silver
– Case shape: round
– Type of glass: mineral
– Water resistance: 5 ATM/BAR
– Cover type: screw down back
– Frontage: bezel (no rotation possible)
– Crown: round
– Colour pushbuttons:
Pushbutton 1: orange/ orange
Pushbutton 1: silver/ silver

Dial
– Dial: blue with beige there on lying stripes
– Light function: glow in the dark (hands and index)

Meters
minute (60 minutes) black glow in the dark
hour hand (12 hour information) black glow in the dark
second hand (60 second information) orange
date field (at 6 hour) black/white
day hand black
24 hour information black

Strap
– Watch strap size 22 mm
– Type: select band
– Strap: all stainless steel silver
– Buckle type: 3 fold clasp (silver all stainless steel)
– Fits till a wrist-size of: 230 mm

Movement
– Functions: multifunction (datumveld, dag en 24 uurs aanduiding)
– Movement: Miyota (OS21 )
– Battery type 395
– Energy source movement: quartz
– Ligne size: 13 1/2 Round
– Thickness: 5.10mm
– Functions: D, Swp, Chr (5H/2-E
– Dailfeet: 2 1/2 & 9 1/2
– Hands: 70/120/17

 

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