The back of the case is the screw-down sapphire display variety, showing off the almost ubiquitous self-winding Sellita SW-200-1. There’s a bit more visual interest here as Victorinox have specced the rotor with their logo. The Sellita is a fine, robust engine after years of development in its earlier incarnation and you’ll never struggle finding spares. It matches the watch well.
Despite the watch being almost devoid of complication, you still have some choices to make. Both cases are 316L stainless steel, but you can either have a natural sandblasted finish or a black PVD. Either, given the nature of the watch, will only get more characterful as it gets worn and scratched a bit. Then there’s the choice between a brown leather strap with a neat deployant buckle or, with the PVD watch, a matching bracelet with a deployant.
So should you buy one? OK, if you’re looking for bulletproof, reverse-a-Sherman-over-it robustness it’s still worth going for a G-Shock. But the Airboss is in a different market – it’s for people who want a utility watch that’ll take its share of bashing about but still have a mechanical movement at its heart and be smart enough to wear anywhere. It’s a good size, has a proven movement and is definitely one of those watches you’ll keep coming back to, even if it doesn’t win you over at first glance. Victorinox.