Ebel Swiss Watch 8/10 - Date
watch makers are the most famous in the world. Makers like Rolex
and Breitling are known as some of the finest time measuring instruments
around. Ebel are not quite as famous. This is reflected in the price.
Although still quite expensive, it is possible to find this mens
watch for under 500 pounds from discount outlets like Costco (probably
a point that most jewellers would rather you did not know). This
model is from Ebel's successful "Sport Classic" range.
Made of polished shiny stainless steel, the design is quite simple,
and understated. It is reasonably thin and light. As a result it
is very comfortable to wear. From a distance it does not look very
expensive. I like the design, because of the way it is very clean,
and is not distrupted by unnecessary lines. The back is stamped
with the words "Swiss" and the serial number. Like most
other watches of its type, there are no fancy alarm settings or
stopwatches or digital LCD displays. Such features are available
on Swiss watches, but add considerably to the price.
models in the range have a similar design, but are made of gold
and some feature diamonds on the watch face. Obviously, those models
would cost considerably more (weight more) and would be far more
of a security liability. I would regard those models as pieces of
jewellery more than I would regard them as functional time pieces.
In addition the design of the gold watches is more complicated and
in my opinion not as stylish, but I am sure most people would disagree!
strap has a wave-like design of metal links. However, this does
not prevent the watch from catching the hairs in your wrist. I do
not think watchmakers will ever solve this problem! But obviously
the perk of the metal strap is that it will outlast a similar leather
strap by many years.
black face is quite easy to read, with every hour marked in chrome
roman numerials. It also indicates the date, but not the day of
week. Reliability wise, I assume that it should last for many years,
and the battery lasts approximately one year before requiring a
change. The movement is a quartz model. I am not sure whether Ebel
offer this watch in a spring wind-up driven version.
watch might not be as "flashy" as other Swiss watches
but it is a slightly cheaper way to buy into the world of Swiss
time pieces. In any case, "flashy" watches may attract
unwanted attention! Also bear in mind, that the workmanship that
goes into watches like this, will result in many years of perfect
timekeeping. A good choice for anyone wanting a watch that will
last a lifetime (or longer).