They look and feel like nothing else. This is especially true on the one with the DLC inlay that just seems to sit/float on top. It is so perfectly cut and aligned to match the bottom. It is very difficult to describe, and I sure hope the pictures help explain it. Honestly, it is like a work of art and the action is exceptional. The 60 clicks are extremely precise, solid, with no back play and they feel as if they are riding on bearings, which is likely the case. Everything lines up perfectly. What else would you expect from German engineering?
The dials are quite special in themselves, both having a dégradé pattern, going from dark at the edges, getting lighter towards the center. I did not think I would prefer the black one, as on the website it looks like the back edges fade to grey, but in reality, it goes from black to a greyish brown and it is quite striking, a proper fumé dial. This is not to say the blue one is not equally beautiful, it is, but I simply was not expecting the black one to be like this and when combined with the slick black bezel…it is quite remarkable.
Both dials feature applied markers, with twin batons at 12 o’clock and a smaller single beneath the date at 6. The latter features black printing on a white background, which is fine, as it enhances overall visual symmetry. However, I would normally prefer a color matched date wheel, especially if it was at the 3 o’clock position. A fancy cursive polished F is applied prominently just below the marker at 12, with the company name beneath it. NauticMaster is printed red under the pinion, with the word professional and the water resistance rating below that.
There is a large red circle on the dial that acts as visual interest, which is quite interesting when you see the tip of the second hand. Its red tip circles the dial within the outer portion of this circle, while the rest of the hand, which is painted black, turns within the inner portion of the same circle. At a glance, the tip of the second hand looks as if it is floating on its own. I honestly live for tiny little details like this. All the markers and hands are generously filled with Swiss Superluminova and glow blue, except for the minute hand which glows green.
The movement powering this watch is not what you would expect. It is not from ETA, it is not from Sellita, not from Miyota and not from Seiko. It is from Damasko. Yes, that Damasko! The German company that makes super tough tool watches. It is their caliber A26 (rebadged as the Findeisen FW-4251), which features 20 jewels, a bidirectional rotor that sits on 2 ceramic bearings and beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour and a power reserve of 42 hours. It is also regulated in 5 positions.
Its architecture features a full balance bridge, which helps with shock protection. The movement alone is shockproof to DIN8308 and antimagnetic to DIN8309. As if those DIN standards were not enough, Findeisen adds a 3-part magnetic shield and an ethylene-propylene-diene rubber (EPDM) movement holder, further increasing the antimagnetic and shock resistance. I wore the black one 24/7 and it gained 5 seconds over the span of two weeks. On my Timegrapher it scored +/- 0 seconds per day, with a beat error of 0.3ms face up. This is nothing short of outstanding.