Today we are gonna talk about a very interesting watch with some vintage inspired design from a company called BUUR+. The company is based in Denmark and was founded by Thomas Buur Bækgaard. The company is relatively new and I found them on Instagram and liked their vintage inspired watch approach. Reading more about them and checking out teh website I discovered that the main inspiration were all the old vintage watches and their rising value that inspired Thomas to make a brand of his own with affordable vintage inspired watches for much cheaper, but this is the line we hear a lot in the microbrand world, is this watch worth considering?
The watch I chose comes from the Multiscale collection, but BUUR+ also offers the Tungl collection which is a vintage inspired moonphase calendar watch that is also pretty cool looking. But I went a bit simpler route with the Chrono as the review sample as I like these old vintage styled chronos + the layout of the subdials is quite interesting.
The Multiscale chronograph came in a very cool leather zipped travel pouch. The outside is made of black leather which is signed with BUUR+ logo. Inside there is felt like yellow fabric which is very soft. Inside the puch you will find the watch, extra strap if ordered, microfiber cloth, warranty and instructions manual. I really like that the packaging of the wath is functional. In my opinion all the brands should do this, even the big luxury ones as that would eliminate tons of boxes on top of the closet. These style of pouches not only are useful for travelling, but also storing the watches. The first impressions of the watch itself were quite good. In flesh it looks better than on the photos on their website or Instagram.
The case of the Multiscale is made of 316L stainless steel. The case seems to be made really good, it isn’t anything special as there are no bevels or anything, just a simple round case design. The finishing all around the watch is satin brushed. The finishing is done quite good, but again nothing special. I would’ve added a polishing to the bezel and maybe bevel the edges of the lugs. The case is 38mm in diameter, the thickness is 11,5mm, lug tip to lug tip it measures at 45mm and the lug width is 18mm. The dimensions in my opinion are perfect for a vintage inspired watch. It isn’t big, but it isn’t too small. Also this watch can easily be unisex because it it is only 38mm big. At 3 o’clcok we have a push-pull crown. The crown is polished with cool “+” on the top. As the watch is Swiss it kind of looks like a Swiss flag too, not only like the “+” of the name of the company. The crown action is quite smooth and good. Grip is also good. At 2 and 4 o’clock we have polished pump pushers for the chronograph. The case back sadly is snap off style and I don’t like these. Uusually you will find these on old watches or very cheap watches nowadays (yes, there are some modern watches still using them from time to time like Patek, Breguet etc. but on very rare occassions.). I don’t like this type of case back because it sometimes is very hard to pu back and there is always a risk to bend it. I would’ve loved it if was held with screws or even better, it was screw on. The case back is engraved with some kind of mountain looking engraving. Around that we have some specifications and the company logo engraved. On top of the watch sits a double domed hesalite crystal which basically means it is a acrylic crystal. And that is actually quite a dissapointment as for the 440€ price, you expect atleast a sapphire on this watch. The water resistance is 5ATM (50M) which is more than enough for this to withstand rain, handwash or something like that except swimming.
The dial is vintage looking with tachymeter, telemetre and pulsations scale on the dial. The dial itself is in white colour. Around the dial in black print we have the tachymeter and telemetre scale. In the red print we have the pulsations scale. The arabic numerals are printed also in black colour. At 12 o’clock we have the BUUR+ logo and at 6 o’clock we have the “Chronographe” text in black. At 9 and 3 o’clock we have the chronograph subdials, but they are position a bit higher, closer to 12 o’clock which is quite unusual placement, although I like it. On the 30 minute counter subdial on the left side we have the “Multiscale” written on the bottom of it. The subdial on the right side is running seconds. The index hour and minute hands are blued (lacquered) and has lume in the middle. The seconds hand is in black colour and is stick shaped with circle as the counterweight which looks pretty cool. The dial in my opinion is quite legible and it looks nice. The lume isn’t strong at all, which I actually don’t understand as it isn’t that hard to apply nor to buy it from a good supllier.
About the movement inside I have zero idea and I didn’t try to open it too. But my guess is that it is either a Ronda or ETA quartz chronographe movement. The strap that the watch came on is a grey suede strap which is super good. Very supple, quick release spring bars and nice, signed tang style buckle. BUUR+ were also kind to send me a mesh strap which was also very good. It was very well manufactured with no sharp angles on the mesh or anything.
Overall is the watch worth it? Well despite me liking the looks and quality, I just don’t think it is worth the 440€ price tag. You can get a Chinese Sea-Gull mechanical chronograph for that money which would also be vintage styled and all that and even cheaper than this. I just don’t think teh watch is worth it. I would price this watch at 250€ to 280€ and then it would be worth picking it up. For 440€ they could atleast make the crystal sapphire, and make the case back screw in. It is a cool watch, but if you want to buy it, I would wait for some “sale” or get a promo code when something is available.
- STAINLESS STEEL: 316L CASE
- CASE SIZE: 38MM (diameter w/o crown) X 45MM (lug to lug)
- LUG WIDTH: 18MM
- THICKNESS: 11,4MM
- MOVEMENT: SWISS QUARTZ MOVEMENT
- DOUBLE DOME HESALITE GLASS
- WATER RESISTANT 5 ATM