Welcome back to another watch of the week episode #28. Last week, we explored on week #27 Bering watch. If you missed out on our previous post, you can click here to read all about it. Today, we will be exploring the SO&CO Aviator style watch, the Tribeca 5285. Clearly, this watch is inspired by aviation as the designs reflect the gauges and meter of an aircraft. Therefore, if you are ready, then let’s get straight into this!!
Watch of the week #27 (Source: Drmenstyle.com)
First of all, we will be talking about the materials of the watch. Stainless steel is the major material in the construction of this watch. In fact, everything from the bezel, serrated crown, case and case back is stainless steel. On top of that, a genuine leather watch strap is used to secure the movement and the case to the hand. Lastly, this watch uses a mineral glass crystal.
Jewellers Tool Mineral Glass (Source: Amazon.com)
The dimension of this watch is 44mm in diameter with a thickness of 12.77mm from the crystal to the case back. Other dimensions to note include the 22mm width of the lugs. Lastly, this watch also boasts 10ATM water resistance (100 meters/ 330 feet).
This watch uses a Japanese quartz analog movement VD51 to power its movement and functions. In general, the VD51 is a typical 3 hand analog movement with extra functions. At 12 o’clock, it has a small second indicator. On top of that, it also has a minute indicator at 6 o’clock. Finally, this movement also has a date indicator at the 3 o’clock position. Besides that, other pieces of information about this movement include having a 12 3/4 ”’ diameter / 29.5mm, with a thickness of 4.57mm.
VD 51 Movement (Source: Esslinger.com)
Finally, we have come to the most important section of this post, which is the design. Unlike most watches with a round case, the 5285 comes in a tonneau case watch or barrel-shaped. Another feature that really makes the watch stand out is the dials. For the main dial and the 12 o’clock second indicator, it has the appearance of the normal matte black dial. Both of them also have the same index markers. In fact, both these dials also have the same sword hand shape.
Front view (Source: Soandcowatches.com)
However, special attention is given to the 6 o’clock minute indicator. Notice how the minutes indexes are arranged in a horizontal and vertical manner, similar to a flight’s tachymeter. On top of that, there are no physical hands, but the whole dial itself with printed hands acts as the watch hands for the sub-dial.
Side 45-degree profile (Source: Zalora.com)
Other little details include the SO&CO logo on the crown, tang buckle as well as on the case back. Really, if you see from the side, this watch sports a really nice serrated crown at the 3 o’clock position. To complement the main crown, a polished pusher for the chronograph is placed between.
Side Profile (Source: Zalora.com)
Not to forget about the bezel as well. Unlike a regular chronograph or dive watches with a rotating bezel, this watch uses a fixed bezel. However, for additional details, a screw or bolt is added to the bezel. Lastly, this watch uses a leather strap made from cowhide topped with contrasting stitching to secure the watch.