For me the Smiths Everest PRS-25 is kind of a mixed bag. I own the now sold-out gilt dial version, which I freely admit is well made and quite attractive, but I don’t wear it as often as I originally though I would when I purchased it. I’m fully aware this is a purely emotional reaction triggered in part by the sucktacular experience I had with Timefactors online shop.
It’s nicely proportioned and at 36mm it fit nicely on my wrist and is close to the original 1016, from which it blatantly copied most of its design so it’s no surprise that it shares the same level of comfort that the Explorers are known for. The dial is clean, legible, and thankfully free of applied indices and as previously mentioned; the gilt is done very well and it adds a lot to the visual appearance of the watch with a classy and subtle glimmer of gold.
The case back is done in a very old-style fashion with a minimal engraving of the company logo, WR rating, model and S/N done on a mirror like high polish finish. It’s very old school as it was commonly done in the same fashion before WW2 but it’s the kind of finish that will look like crap in a few years. Mine is thankfully holding its own so far and I look at it more as a curiosity than a nuisance.
The bracelet is OK. That’s about the most I can say about it because I’m usually not a big fan of bracelets and I prefer to wear my watches on ColaReb leather or Erika Original straps. However, I can see that it’s decently made with solid screwed links, the clasp is reasonably thin and short, and the bracelet style match the watch. Since it hasn’t yet broken down into pieces, sending the watch into free fall I can also conclude that it works as intended.
The lume on the dial and on the hands match and are sufficiently luminous for my purposes. I’m also satisfied that the fashionable fautina wasn’t used to fake a vintage look. All things considered, the PRS-25 is very decent with no major flaws and should appeal to anyone looking for a nicely made Explorer pastiche.
So why the lack of enthusiasm? Well, it’s partly because despite all the positives I still find the style boring and uninspired. In short, it’s nice but not exciting which is perhaps why I found later that I was more thrilled by the mission I set to myself to get one despite the seller than by finally owning one. Another reason behind my lack of enthusiasm is due to the shopping experience that was so disgustingly shocking that it soured me forever from even thinking about buying another product from this brand and therefore the PRS-25 got hit with negative feelings by association. And then there is the Mathey-Tissot MT369 which I simply like more.