My most expensive purchase so far

Recently my contract at work finally became permanent so I've got a bit more job security (also a slight promotion).

To commemorate this I wanted to get a watch that was that little bit nice than what I currently have with a better movement. As well as something that looks a bit smarter whilst still having the versatility to be dressed down.

As I have tiny wrists I've learnt via other purchases (one of which I've already sold) that if I want a watch that I can comfortably wear all day it needs to be below 38mm diameter and 46mm lug to lug. The Atlas is 36mm diameter and 43mm lug to lug. 

I've had my eye on the Vaer quartz watches as they have a good selection in 36mm. When they announced the Atlas it not only had a blue dial but also a date window as well so it seemed to tick all the boxes for me.

Finally decided on the jubilee bracelet (with some help of the fine people here at Watch Crunch). 

Was a bit hesitant ordering as I'm UK based, but the delivery ended up being quicker than domestic UK orders I've had in the past! Also the tax was more straight forward than I expected.

The watch itself is incredibly comfortable on my 16cm/6 and a quarter inch wrist. It's a good weight with the bracelet, not too heavy but still feels solid. Had to take out every single removable link, but I still have one micro adjust position available if needed come winter. Also the primary blue silicone strap is excellent. 

Might do a review in a month's time.  

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nice watch. they should have left off the bottom line. It embarrases the US that it was assembled there but not produced there.

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OldSnafu

nice watch. they should have left off the bottom line. It embarrases the US that it was assembled there but not produced there.

I'm indifferent to it. I'm not American, so there's that. But I don't mind that it's not produced there as I wanted the Japanese movement. They do Swiss versions in the bigger sizes.

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Congrats again, bud! Enjoy! 

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Congrats on the promotion & MTFBWY!

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Congrats on full time!

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Looks nice on your wrist, enjoy 😉

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OldSnafu

nice watch. they should have left off the bottom line. It embarrases the US that it was assembled there but not produced there.

I applaud their honesty. They could be sneaks and call themselves Vaer USA and slap US flags around, but they're forthright. I'm actually a tad annoyed at the term American because ... which, North or South America? But it's tastefully small in the traditional location.

It's a good looking watch and I really like how the 12 o'clock index balances out the date window. As with my own C3, I think an 18mm lug width would have been more proportional but I understand them wanting a uniform size for all they sell. Good choice on getting their bracelet. 

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OscarKlosoff

I applaud their honesty. They could be sneaks and call themselves Vaer USA and slap US flags around, but they're forthright. I'm actually a tad annoyed at the term American because ... which, North or South America? But it's tastefully small in the traditional location.

It's a good looking watch and I really like how the 12 o'clock index balances out the date window. As with my own C3, I think an 18mm lug width would have been more proportional but I understand them wanting a uniform size for all they sell. Good choice on getting their bracelet. 

I've got three other watches that are 18mm lug width, but the 20mm works really well on this. Plus, as you say, has the added benefit of all their straps being interchangeable. It also helps that the bracelet tapers down to 18mm. 

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UnholiestJedi

Congrats on the promotion & MTFBWY!

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Congrats on getting to be perm. In some parts of the world the next round of drink would've been in you. Enjoy your prize.

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So, update. There was some lint like substance that appeared underneath the see-through caseback. Not a big deal, but not something you want on a less than 2 month old watch.

I contacted Vaer, expecting them to say to go to a watchmaker (and maybe they would cover the cost). Instead they asked to send it back (they prepaid the postage) and they would simultaneously send out a replacement.

Whilst this has all gone through, but the replacement that just arrived has an instantly noticeable scratch on the bezel!

Sure, watches will ultimately get scratched, but you don't want a brand new watch with one. 

So I expect it's back to America...

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Update part 2

Last week the second replacement arrived! This time no scratch on the bezel, plus this one had protective stickers on both sides of the watch,

Also got a leather strap (one of the older versions of the one currently on their website) which was a nice gesture. And it came with an additional blue silicone strap (these are really good so glad to have another to use with my other watches).

Interestingly, the rotor on this one is more noticeable than the original (Miyota 9015 movements are known for their rotor noise) but one the plus side it is also more accurate, around +2 to +5 seconds a day compared to +10 seconds a day.

Despite going through all of this, thankfully I still really enjoy this watch. It has barely left my wrist.