A number of months in the past, I reviewed the Locman Mare 300 MT watch on aBlogtoWatch right here. At present, I have a look at one other of the Italian firm’s trendy diver’s-style watches with the Locman Stealth 300 MT. Locman is a major instance of an Italian entry-level luxurious watch model that takes a decidedly style industry-style method to the timepiece market. It makes an attempt to be as authentic and reasonably priced as doable, aiming for a shopper who isn’t more likely to ever get a Rolex however is nonetheless a watch fanatic and desires one thing distinctive on his or her wrist. This can be a large and numerous market that’s at the moment on the rise.
Thoughts you, this isn’t a resurgence of the style watch market from the Nineteen Nineties, which put sub-$300 fashion-branded watches in department shops. Slightly, we’re speaking concerning the legions of mainstream of us on the market who spot luxurious watches in in style media and fancy themselves carrying a high-end watch, too. Possibly they first realized about luxurious watches due to a footballer carrying an unique tourbillon, however in their very own life, their most price range for anybody watch is below $1,000. Locman is one in every of a rising variety of manufacturers (each new and established) which can be catering to this rising shopper viewers.
The Stealth 300 MT assortment is one of some dive-style watches offered by the model, and this model makes use of a light-weight, principally carbon, case that has a grade 2 titanium caseback. The dial is constructed from carbon fiber, and the uni-directional rotating bezel is produced from ABS plastic. Hooked up to the 300-meter water resistant case is a silicone strap. That’s a formidable number of supplies certain to tie in to the bigger context of much more high-end watches that use many of those identical supplies (although the Locman Stealth 300 MT remains to be an reasonably priced timepiece, by design). It additionally makes for a superb present if you wish to get somebody a particular and enjoyable wristwatch however aren’t within the temper to spend 1000’s.
When it comes to efficiency and supplies, there’s nothing excellent concerning the Stealth 300 MT. It’s a stable sports activities watch with a snug carrying expertise and a visible model that’s actually the place the attraction is. The individuals who buy a watch just like the Stealth 300 MT accomplish that as a result of they like the way it seems and feels on the wrist. Nobody is getting this watch due to tech specs, alone. I additionally suppose that it may cost a bit an excessive amount of greater than the Mare 300 MT for causes I don’t completely perceive. That stated, on the proper value, the Stealth 300 MT watches (and Locman does produce them with a strong quantity of stylistic selection) are actually fulfilling timepieces for rising watch lovers.
Personally, I like the massive design proportions and really readable face of the Stealth 300 MT. I discover among the dial textual content gimmicky and the silicone strap a bit too lint-prone, however total, this can be a completely first rate watch and one that matches in very properly in lots of the Italian cities surrounding the place it’s made. Over the dial is a mineral crystal (not nice), however it’s one which has a tough sapphire coating on it (higher). The crystal additionally has a Rolex-style “cyclops” magnifier that not everybody will need. The dial’s palms and hour markers could possibly be completed to be barely much less shiny, for my part, as that can assist give the watch extra of a professional-instrument look that buyers are likely to desire. However the total visible design of the dial is fully competent and higher than a number of different watches at this value level, for certain.
The 46mm-wide case measurement (14mm-thick) is intentional, and this product is supposed to be worn giant on the wrist. There’s additionally a quartz chronograph model that Locman produced, and as I stated above, a bevy of dial and accent colours can be found. Contained in the watches, Locman makes use of the Japanese Miyota automated motion. The model’s web site doesn’t specify which motion, and I’m guessing it is among the 8000 collection, so a 3Hz automated with about two days of energy reserve.
The Stealth 300 MT watch is decrease in price with a metal case, and I encourage folks to browse the bigger assortment (the reviewed mannequin was not even listed on the model’s web site on the time of writing). With the carbon and titanium case and carbon fiber dial, the retail value for this Locman reference 0216V4-CBCB5N0S2K watch is 975 Euros. Be taught extra on the Locman watches web site right here.