January 22, 2013

Mondaine Giant Special Review

Mondaine Giant Special Watch Review
  This is the first review of a Mondaine watch on W&R. Mondaine is known for their ties to railways and easy to read clocks/watches. On every Mondaine dial there are three sets of three letters, SBB, CFF, and FFS. SBB is the short name for Swiss Federal Railways, Schweizerische Bundes Bahnen (German) Chemin de Fer Fédéraux Suisse (French) Ferrovie Federali Svizzere (Italian).
  W&R chose this Giant Special (ref. A660.30328.14SBB) as it is a little more off the beaten track for Mondaine. The Giant Special is considered to be large in the Mondaine lineup, coming in at 42mm. This size in general, is more of the  standard size for many mens watches trending these days. The dial on the Giant Special is nothing short of contrasting, legible, bold greatness. A jet black dial, with bright white indices set this watch off. Of course to round the watch dial is Mondaine's signature red seconds hand. The branding on the dial at the 12 o'clock is also blacked out, it is really hard not to love the simplicity of this dial. 

Side View Of Giant Special
  With the Giant Special comes a basic Ronda 513 quartz movement, should last about two years before needing replacement. The quartz movement helps with the watches low profile as seen here. Mondaine put their signature red "M" on the crown as a final accented touch to the brushed stainless steel case. W&R are not fans of mineral crystal as used in the Giant Special. In fairness, at this price point it is absolutely acceptable and expected. The black leather strap is average in look and feel. Also, strap changes are not likely possible do to the way it is integrated into the case. Love the look of the watch, but this in not a watch to be worn outside of "dress" in W&R opinion. 

Pros - super clean dial, comfortable size 
Consideration - mineral crystal, strap integration design, no date

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 42mm
Strap: Leather Strap
Lug Width: 22mm
Crystal: Mineral Crystal
Bezel: N/A
Movement: Quartz Ronda 513
Power Reserve: Estimated battery life around 2 years
Water Resistant: 30M


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