Today we are gonna look at a watch from a company called Vescari. I have previously reviewed one of their pieces called the Heritage! But today they sent me their latest watch called the Chestor, which is basically a better version of the Heritage. Vescari Watch Co. is a couple of years old brand based in The Netherlands. Vescari Watch Co. wants to provide their customers with a watch that is built with attention to detail and with good quality components and materials, and this all for an affordable price!
The model they sent me today is the Chestor. It is their new line of chronographs. You have a chance to choose from 4 dial colour options, two case colour options and a couple of strap and bracelet options. Overall I quite like the design and it appeals to me, especially the dial design and 40mm case size. The version I chose is the blue dial in steel case with bracelet, but Vescari also sent me a canvas strap too to test it out. The Chestor arrived in a quite nice cardboard box, inside the box you will find the watch, certificate of authenticity and warranty card. The first impressions were that it a actually looks better in person, the blue colour fo the dial is more deeper and richer than I thought it will be and the quality is quite good, although I was dissapointed by the bracelet, but about that later.
The case is made from 316L stainless steel. The case seems pretty well machined with nice lines and angles. The diameter of the case is 40mm, 15mm thick, 22mm lug width and lug tip to lug tip it measures at 48,3mm. There is a mix of polished and brushed of finishes. I quite like the polished bevels on the lugs, it just gives the watch a more sophisticated look. On the right side, you will find the pump pushers for the chronograph and a signed crown. The push pull crown is pretty big and very easy to manipulate. 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 solid screw in case back is nicely signed with Vescari logo in the middle and nice engraved texture around it. Also on the case back you will find some specifications and a serial number, which is quite rare for a watch at this price. On top of the watch sits a domed K1 mineral glass with AR Coating on the inside. Mineral isn’t that bad at this price range and I imagine that sapphire would increase the price by a while.
The dial is in this deep blue sunburst colour. The photos don’t really do justice for this dial, it is very deep, rich blue colour that changes the blue in different light situations. The dial has a bicompax layout with subdials at 9 and 3 o’clock. Around the dial we have a rehaut with minute track printed in white. The hour markers are applied and has a polished finishing. Both if the subdials have circular texture to them and both are with polished hands. At 12 o’clock we have a Vescari logo printed in white colour and at 6 we have the “Chronograph” and water resistance also printed in white. The sword shaped hour hands are polished just as the stick shaped chronograph second’s hand. Overall I really like the dial! It has my favourite bicompax layout, I especially like the hour markers at 12 and 6 and that rich blue is just stunning. The dial is also pretty legible, but I would add lume on the hour and minute hands, it just would add to the value.
The movement inside is Quartz Miyota 6S21, which is quite reliable mecha-quartz chronograph movement. I have it in two watches and the movement works great. The battery lifetime is around 3 years. Of course, I would love to see a mechanical chrono version of this watch with maybe a Seagull ST19 calibre or maybe even a Seiko automatic chrono movement or a Sellita SW500. But I think that this won’t happen, but as I’ve seen the brands who make mechanical chronographs are a bit more popular than the companies that make them in quartz
The bracelet, well, it is a let down. It looks nothing like in the photos on the website and it lacks quality. First of all the bracelet feels cheap, it has sharp corners that aren’t finished, the endlinks go very tightly between the lugs, it was really hard to pull the endlinks out of the case. I also would remove the polished centerlinks and make the satin brushed, it would look a lot better and also more expensive! Also sizing the bracelet I found very hard, it was quite hard to take out the pins. But luckily Vescari also sent a canvas strao for a test and that is a whole different story, it is really good and suits the watch a lot! The canvas strap is pretty nice with canvas fabric on top in blue colour and black leather underlining. The strap is also fitted with quick release spring bars. The tang style buckle is polished and signed with Vescari logo. On the wrist the watch feels very comfortable and I like the look!
Overall the watch is really good for the price! I really like the look of the Chestor, especially with blue dial! It would be cool actually to see purple, green dials too as these colours are quite popular right now! The price of the watch is just 199euros on the strap and I would get this version. I know the bracelet version is just 20euros more which isn’t a lot at all, but the bracelet isn’t that good and I think the watch looks really great on strap! For the price of 219euros you get a really well made watch, nice dial and a pretty reliable and precise movement from Japan.
Case size: 40mm
Case Material: 316L stainless steel
Dial: Blue sunburst with hand applied polished markers
Glass: Domed K1 mineral glass with AR Coating on the inside
Strap: Blue canvas with quick release pins
Lug Width: 20 mm
Movement: Miyota 6s21
Water resistant: Up to 100 Meters