May 6, 2013

Boxer Zeus Watch Review

Boxer Zeus Watch Review
Boxer Zeus Skeletonized Watch Review
  Today I am taking a hands on look at the Boxer Zeus. This is Boxer's flagship watch and is not a typical style of watch reviewed here on W&R. That said, I have always found skeletonized watches of interest. There is something so pure about being able to see a watches movement in action. Often covered by the dial and case back. Especially, with the ever growing popularity of dive watches.
  The watch has a large wrist presence, coming in at 45mm. In this day of bigger is better in the watch industry Zeus fits the bill. The outer stainless steel bezel that surrounds the case has a skeletonized look of it's own. Makes the face almost look like it is floating. The movement is not anything special, nor would I expect it to be at a price point of around $157 US at today's exchange rate. That said, it never gets old watching a mechanical movement or showing a non-watch person a movement in action. Boxer's website states the movement has a power reserve of 24-36 hours. The Zeus I reviewed was around 26-28 hours of reserve. Definitely, on the low side. On a winder or as a daily wear, the power reserve is a non issue. Especially, since the watch does not have a date feature.
  Noticeably missing from the dial and case back is any Boxer branding. Rather refreshing to see a brand take a step back from sticking their name in any conceivable location. Making the watch, all about the watch. Their are gold indices applied to the underside of the mineral crystal. These definitely get lost in all the gold tone throughout the watch. The hands do have applied lume, giving them a white contrast against the movement beneath. I wish the hands were a bit larger. Would like to see the hour and minute hands extend out to the indices for easier legibility. The finish of the watch is lacking, mostly on the case back where you can see the different finishing lines in the stainless steel. All that said, I appreciate what Boxer is trying to do. Create an non-mass produced skeletonized watch at a reasonable price point. 

Pros - skeletonized, affordable
Consideration - fit/finish, legibility

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 45mm
Strap: Black Leather
Lug Width: 20mm
Crystal: Smooth Glass
Bezel: Stainless Steel
Movement: Chinese origin
Power Reserve: 24-36 hours
Water Resistant: 50M

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