12 de junio de 2020
With this article, we‚€™ll be wrapping up our current excursion through the Armitron catalog. ¬ We‚€™ve reviewed a variety of pieces – solar powered, glowy, and outdoors focused¬ – and now we‚€™ll dip our toes in the waters of the dress watch. ¬ In, in actuality, we‚€™ll be covering off on two different watches in this review that are more or less the same, aside from their strap. ¬ With that, let‚€™s have ourselves a look at the Armitron Tank Watch.
Yes, I know the brand doesn‚€™t call this watch the Armitron Tank Watch, but I had to come up with some sort of name for it, right? ¬ Any which way, what this watch represents (either on the leather strap or the bracelet) is an inexpensive quartz dress watch for someone who doesn‚€™t wear dress watches on a regular basis. ¬ Maybe you‚€™re more of a fitness tracker (or no-watch) sort of person, but still want to put on something when you dress up for an occasion. ¬ That‚€™s where the¬ Armitron Tank Watch comes in.
To start with, the 33mm rectangular case certainly gives things a different profile, and I found that the lug profile gave the appearance of a curved case (spoiler: it‚€™s a flat caseback), and it was fairly comfortable. ¬ I spent most of my time with the bracelet version. ¬ The links have a lighter feel, and are held in place with friction pins. ¬ If you find yourself usually relying on half-links to get your bracelet sized, then pay mind to the fact that there are none of those here.
Then again, I suppose you could opt for the version of the¬ Armitron Tank Watch that comes on a leather strap. ¬ A few notes on that. ¬ The strap itself (at least the backing) does have a nice leather scent to it. ¬ On the top layer (i.e., what you actually see normally) I was seeing wrinkles start to develop right out of the box. ¬ This means it‚€™s a bonded construction, and will ultimately look pretty poor in the long rung, just like a cheap-o belt. ¬ Then again, at a price of only $45¬ for the leather strap variant, you‚€™re not going to be expecting a high-quality strap.
So, back to the bracelet version of the¬ Armitron Tank Watch, which itself commands a price of $70. ¬ The bracelet itself has a nice bit of style, which polished bits inset into the mostly brushed finish. ¬ Those bits of sparkle then complement the Swarovski crystal accents on the dial at the compass points. ¬ Now, I am normally not one for any sort of crystals or gems on the dial of a watch. ¬ This is just about my one exception. ¬ I think this ties back to when I received a Fossil from a job (probably 10+ years ago) that had the similar sort of treatment – metal bracelet, a tiny gem up at 12 o‚€™clock, and then the company logo screen-printed on the dial. ¬ I wore that watch quite a lot, and ended up passing it on to a co-worker when I left that company. ¬ So, the bit of bling on an inexpensive dress watch, I‚€™m ok with that.
When I was selecting the watches for this review, I really wanted to have a look at the blue degrade dial, as the photos made it look quite nice. ¬ At first, I thought there had been a mixup, as the watches I was looking at appeared to have black dials. ¬ That was just the lighting. ¬ The blue in the center is not quite as pronounced as I‚€™ve seen on other brands, and the curved crystal adds some reflections to the mix that can make it trickier to see. ¬ It is there, so just be patient.
I also found it a bit odd that the crystal on the¬ Armitron Tank Watch has black borders on it, rather thick ones at the top and bottom. ¬ Sort of what you might see around an LCD screen, but here on an analog watch. ¬ This is done for one of two reasons, in my mind – to cover up a quick assembly point, or to hide a boring bit of straight edges that would otherwise have to be finished or painted. ¬ Again, as an occasional dress watch, though, probably not that big of a concern.
As was revealed in discussions with some of my fellow watch writers, Armitron is not a brand that‚€™s favorably looked upon. ¬ But that‚€™s because we compare it to some very high-end stuff we‚€™ve been exposed to over the years. ¬ Is the¬ Armitron Tank Watch something that‚€™s going to last decades, and be passed on to your grandkids? ¬ No, probably not. ¬ But I remember being a guy who didn‚€™t know from watches once upon a time, and a watch of this sort appeals to him. ¬ I wasn‚€™t in a suit all that often then, and I really only had the one watch. ¬ So something in the vein of what we have here worked as an every day watch, and still worked with a suit.
So, no, the WIS crew will not be sporting a¬ Armitron Tank Watch at your next get together, ¬ I don‚€™t imagine. ¬ If you‚€™re just starting out, or really don‚€™t care about the intricacies of watches – you just want something that looks good with a suit and works – then I say all the more power to you. ¬ Watches like the¬ Armitron Tank Watch have a place for buyers like those, and then who knows – they may hold a fond place in your clockwork heart somewhere down the road, just as my prior watch does. ¬ Just accept the¬ Armitron Tank Watch for what it is, and you‚€™ll be alright. ¬ companyurl
Brand & Model:¬ Armitron Tank Watch – leather strap (20/4604DBSVBK) and bracelet (20/4507DBSV)
Price: $45 (leather) / $70 (bracelet)
Who‚€™s it for? ¬ You wear a suit every now and again, and you want something dressy and inexpensive to pull out of the drawer on those occasions
Would I wear it? ¬ At this point in my watch journey, no – I‚€™d have a hard time choosing this over some of the other pieces I‚€™ve come to own
What I‚€™d change: ¬ Embrace the dressiness, and make the case thinner. ¬ Also, get some anti-glare treatment on that crystal
The best thing about it: ¬ How it spoke to the younger version of myself that regularly wore a watch in this vein