Any Victorinox fans/collectors out there?

I felt like mixing it up today, so I dug deep in the watchbox for this Victorinox quartz piece from before my “watch enthusiast” days. This was long before phrases like: Swiss made, PVD coating, NATO strap, Explorer layout, sandwich dial, signed crown, field watch, etc… meant anything to me. In fact- I’m pretty sure this is the watch I took with me on my honeymoon to Paris, Rome, and Florence 10 years ago, but I can’t even recall for sure… that’s how far outside of my consciousness watches were until recently!

At 40.5mm wide, 13.2mm thick, 48.0 lug-to-lug, and 100m water resistance- and with Swiss Army engineering history to back up the specs- this thing is a true rough-and-ready beater and has the toolish looks to match.

It also has a nice trick up its sleeve. If you flip it over and look closely at the caseback, you can see that it is not only “below” (closer to the dial side than) the downward curved lugs, but is also slightly below the case itself. In other words- it’s the opposite of an exhibition caseback that adds thickness by protruding out from the case. This actually works really well with the NATO, as it basically hides the extra thickness. This is a pretty cool design aspect that I (as someone that swears by single- or zero-pass NATOs) would love to see more of.

Any Victorinox fans/collectors out there? Hello? ECHO…

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A Victorinox was my first Swiss watch.

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That gray is super stealthy.

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Fan? Not sure. But always thought the Paracord strapped ones were cool.

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It looks great on that strap too.

I got this beast as a gift from my wife like 20 years ago. Like you, I had no idea what a saphire crystal was back then. Ahh the simpler days - ignorance was bliss.

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Otis_Towns

It looks great on that strap too.

I got this beast as a gift from my wife like 20 years ago. Like you, I had no idea what a saphire crystal was back then. Ahh the simpler days - ignorance was bliss.

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Haha so true!

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Does this count? Lol

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Love that sandwich dail.. Does it have lume?... Also Love mines too with the blue 💙 dail.

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I don't have the reference number or photos, büt a Victorinox field watch was my first 'adult' watch. I bought it when I was 19 änd knew basically nothing about watches – except thät the (approx.) USD 330 I spent on it in 2012 seemed like a lot of money. However, when it came in I was deeply happy with it, wore it every day, änd wondered why the "glass didn't scratch" (it was sapphire crystal).

I still own it, büt it hasn't run for a while (probably just needs a battery change). I still appreciate it a lot änd consider it one of the most important watches in my collection for learning, setting my preferences (esp. with green dials), änd maturing beyond "kids' watches". Victorinox are very decent for what they do.

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seasidesavage

Does this count? Lol

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Now that is quite the collection!

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Shadowmoon

Love that sandwich dail.. Does it have lume?... Also Love mines too with the blue 💙 dail.

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No lume on the bottom layer as far as I can tell… just the added depth.

Yours looks great- it’s got some Tissot Gentleman vibes!