The Victorinox I.N.O.X. Mechanical belongs to a very specific category of watch that I like to call the “Giant Hunk of Metal” watch. Some other hits from genre include the Seiko Monster, various all metal G-Shocks, and the Omega Seamaster PLOPROF. When someone says the words “wrist presence,” they’re thinking of watches like this. They have a heft that’s satisfying, an often times aggressive look, and are generally built like tanks. The quartz version of the I.N.O.X. has been around for awhile, and is another proud member of this group, but the mechanical version gives an altogether different impression.
The very first thing you notice about the I.N.O.X. Mechanical is the weight. When you pick it up and hold it in your hand, it’s obvious that that this is indeed a “Giant Hunk of Metal” watch, and not a watch that’s simply posing. We’ve all had the experience of picking up a watch, and thinking it feels flimsy or otherwise poorly made. Not so with the I.N.O.X. There’s a density and overall feeling of quality to the case that makes you think it could survive almost any impact, or even cause a fairly substantial one of its own.