As ironic as the title suggests, the Skywatch Chronograph is actually a dive watch but let’s be honest here; it’ll look good on your wrist when you drive stick and that’s all that really matters. “Designed by a bloke in Geneva”, Skywatch founder Gabriel Ibarra’s new inception brings you an offering of an affordable dive watch with rugged construction, chronograph functionality and solid Swiss movement. It’s surprising how much is packed into this watch in terms of construction and build quality. Let’s take a closer look.
Starting with the overall aesthetics you’ll immediately notice the domed beveled face coming in with a 44mm diameter. And whilst most chronographs can have a busy complex face, the Skywatch has an easy to read location for second, hour and minute hands. If you know your watches, you would of picked up on the inspiration Skywatch got from Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms range albeit minus the incredible price that Blancpain attracts. Here, Skywatch have opted for a tried and tested face design that is bold, somewhat playful and at times feels retro to wear.
All markings you see on the face are coated with a Luminova photo luminescent which performs well in complete darkness as the boldness of the characters are easy to read. You’ll definitely notice you’re wearing this clunker as you can feel a medium level of weightiness upon strapping it on thanks to the robust stainless steel construction. This watch could take a fair bit of abuse, it’s heavy, strong construction is set off with the epoxy domed bezel and sturdy stainless steel brushed finishing.
Built in you’ll find a Ronda 5040.D quartz movement, throw in the unidirectional bezel and this 13 jewels chronograph gives you plenty of timing options. Tested in at 100m (330ft) water resistance, we don’t recommend you rely on this as a true dive watch but more so a good middle ground mix of aesthetics you’d expect from a high-end designer line at a fraction of the cost of $545 AUD.
The strap of this watch is particularly well designed being made from Italian sailcloth with nubuck leather lining. This strap feels as rugged as the construction of the watch and balances the weight well on the wrist. Over time this band will soften well on the inside yet retain overall good weather resistance further increasing the life of the watch.
The mini strap holsters come in a fitting sky blue tone which further adds to the dive feel.
Chronograph functionality is good and second performance is accurate. Button push performance response is strong but just don’t expect pinpoint response as you would expect from a professional dive watch. Button and crown design is chunky, easy to press with a firm ‘pop’ yet we wish the inner markings on the chronograph were a little more legible with a heavier font weight.
The unidirectional bezel dial has a strong clicking lock in movement that is not loose nor too tight to rotate. Unlike some impossibly hard to turn unidirectional dials, this one easily forgiving with just a slight amount of force needed.
The Skywatch Packaging gave us a first impression of ‘is that an iPhone!?’, yet you can’t help but love solid packaging design even if it’s a little over engineered in this instance. Inside this hard shell you’ll find a well constructed mantle for the watch and supplier warranty information (1 year). We also think that this packaging is 100m water resistant, no word of a lie.
Overall the Skywatch Chronograph is the answer to someone who asks for an expensive looking dive watch with good quality construction yet doesn’t want to shell out thousands of hard earned dosh. This Chrono balances well on the wrist, comes with an interesting domed aesthetic and even manages to jump into the world of retro for a short moment should you explore it.
While we’re not sure why they opted for the brand name to be Skywatch, this dive watch is anything short of experiencing an identity crisis by offering its wearer something Jaws could really chew on.
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This particular review model comes in many flavors with the same form factor, so depending on your mood at the time of purchase, Skywatch have given many options that symbolize retro, vintage and modern colors that all have their own unique personality.
Skywatch Chronograph Features:
- Swiss-made Ronda 5030.D, 13 jewels chronograph with date function
- Premium photo luminescent graphics
- Uni-directional rotating bezel
- Premium Italian sailcloth strap with nubuck leather lining
- Scratch-resistant mineral crystal
- 100 meters (10 ATM or 330 feet) water resistance