Astor+Banks is a brand based in Chicago that creates watches with a unique spin on the “military heritage” genre. Brand founder Andrew Perez is a veteran, and has designed Astor+Banks’s latest watch, the Sea Ranger, as the type of piece he wishes he had when he served in an infantry group. It’s not a recreation of a classic military watch, nor is it designed by committee to be a modern interpretation of a long lost idea of what a military watch should be. The Sea Ranger was developed by a real watch guy who also happens to have real lived experience in the military that informs his design choices, which gives it a certain level of authenticity that other watches simply can’t claim. It doesn’t hurt that the watch is also an attractive, all-purpose piece in a variety of color options. Let’s take a closer look (please note that the watches shown here are prototypes).
Astor+Banks Sea Ranger
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Dial: Multiple options
Water Resistance: 300 meters
Crown: Screw down
Movement: Sellita SW200 or ETA 2824
Strap/bracelet: Steel bracelet
Price: $575 (Early Bird via Kickstarter); $875 retail
Expected release: Kickstarter in June
The specs of the Sea Ranger are straightforward. It’s a 40mm all purpose dive watch (hence the “Sea” in its name) with 300m of water resistance and an ETA 2824-2 (or Sellita SW200) movement with 38 hours of power reserve. It’s also a highly legible field style watch (this is where the “Ranger” comes in), with a 12 hour bezel with a sapphire insert, and an inner ring on the dial to denote military time. The watch is mounted on an attractive stainless steel bracelet with links designed to be smaller than average for comfort on the wrist. Drilled lug holes make it simple to change straps (this watch, with its variety of dial colors, is begging to be paired with any number of mil-straps), and multiple colors of lume used on the hour markers and hands should make the Sea Ranger easy to read in any condition.