Today we are looking at a brand that didn’t get a lot of attention in watch community and I think that is strange. Because it is a good looking meca-quartz chronograph. And I haven’t seen a lot of them made in this classic style with roman numerals. Usually, we see some 70s inspired meca-quartz chronographs, but not a lot of classic ones. This brand in the style of packaging, promotion strategy and overall look of the watch reminded me the brand named Corniche (I reviewed their watch some time ago).
So Vescari Watch Co. is a young watch brand based in The Netherlands. Vescari Watch Co. after several years working in luxury retail released The Heritage Chronograph. Vescari Watch Co. wants to provide their customers with a watch that is built with attention to detail and with high-end components. This all for an affordable price. They raised funds through Kickstarter there they got 89 backers who pledged €17,882, they also went with Indiegogo where they raised 112% $19,333 USD. That is a good start. After I couldn’t find any legitimate review I contacted them in order to get one sample in for a review. I wanted to promote a little bit this watch because it doesn’t get the exposure what it deserves.
The watch arrived pretty fast. The packaging is very nice. The outer box is cardboard, we open it and we are greeted with a certificate of authenticity, warranty and instructions manual. Then comes the fun part, the beautifully made wooden box with this lacquered wood, it almost looks like it is made from the Rolls Royce’s dash wooden trim. You open the box and inside is lined with leather and here sits the watch. I got to say, it looked 100 times better than on pictures. The first impressions were very good, the quality of the case and finishing was great. The dial is nice looking too, although I’m not a fan of roman numerals.
The case is made from 316L stainless steel. In diameter watch is 41mm, 11m thick, 22mm lug width and lug to lug it measures 49,3mm. The watch is coated with rose gold PVD coating which is quite good, I have been wearing the watch for more than 1 month and it has some scratches, but the stainless steel isn’t showing through. The case has polished finishing which is done quite good for a watch that costs only 229 euros. It is almost touching the Seiko territory in high-quality watches for a couple of hundred dollars. The case back is a screw on and has some specifications written on it. There is also logo and under the logo, you have the limited-edition number. Mine is 43 from 250. And yes, this watch is another limited edition, just like the Von Doren. The case back isn’t coated with the same rose gold PVD coating because it usually rubs off from the case back. when you wear the watch a lot. On the right side, you will find the pushers for the chronograph and a signed crown. Crown isn’t a screw down, but the water resistance is 100m (10ATM), not that you will swim with this elegant watch. Also, I wouldn’t recommend doing it, maybe only light rain or some hand washing, but nothing more would be acceptable.
The dial is really looking good. They have three versions of watches. The watch we have here with rose gold PVD coating, white dial and black hands, steel version with black dial and silver hands and another steel version with white dial and blued hands. The dial is in white ceramic colour as they call it. The black hour index markers are printed roman numerals with a classic chronograph design at 3-6-9 hours. The second hand is positioned at 6 o’clock, the minute sub dial at 9 o’clock and the 24hour sub dial at 3 o’clock.Hands are also black. An hour and minute hands are leaf shaped and the second’s hand is thin line with a small leaf counter weight. The dial is well balanced and easy to read in daylight and night. Maybe if they added some lume on hands, the watch could be perfect, but I guess that would ruin the classic and timeless look. On top of the dial sits a flat sapphire crystal.
At the heart of The Heritage Chronograph beats a functional and reliable Mecha-Quartz movement provided by Seiko (VK63). This movement combines the reliability of quartz with the benefits of a mechanical movement. The chronograph sweeps 5 times a second and has an instant snap-back reset. The other benefit this movement has over traditional quartz movements is that it doesn’t need battery power to reset. This improves the overall energy efficiency. At last, it’s also possible to change the time when the chronograph is still running. The strap is a decent looking leather strap with crocodile grain imitation. The strap is in brown colour. The deployment clasp is a butterfly type one. It is also made from stainless steel and is coated with the rose gold PVD coating. The clasp is also signed with the logo. It isn’t the best I’ve seen but not the worst.
Overall the watch is a steal. You get a limited-edition watch, with legitimate Seiko mecha-quartz movement, sapphire crystal, quality craftsmanship and all that for 229 euros. The watch, of course, isn’t for everyone, as we know now it is hip to make 70s inspired chronographs with flashy colours. Not a lot of people try to make classic and elegant chronographs these days. And that is maybe why this brand did not get the exposure it deserves, but time will come and it will get noticed. Any case I highly suggest you grab one.
- Case Size – 41mm
- Lug To Lug – 49,3mm
- Case Thickness – 11mm
- Lug Width – 22 mm
- Movement – Seiko VK63 mecha-quartz hybrid
- Glass: Sapphire Crystal
- Hands – Hour/Minute, Chrono Hands, 24 hours/ hour and sec. subdial.
- Dial – White ceramic or Black
- Strap – 22mm leather strap with croco print combined with a butterfly folding clasp
- Water Resistance – 10ATM/100m
- Warranty – 24 Months