Once again I delve into the world of really cheap watches with this second model of the Infantry brand I’ve acquired. The last one was given to me by a friend a year ago (I featured it in August 14) and has proved a bit of a winner and not let me down, is accurate and whilst quite large looks pretty good quality wise. My pal doesn’t often give gifts, but at $12 he wasn’t killing himself! LOL . . . .
It will be interesting to see if this one which I’ve found recently is as satisfying – and on first impressions I’d say it looks pretty good and offered at a price of just £14.24 including FREE delivery to the UK from Hong Kong, it could well be another bargain.
The IN.044 model Infantry Day/Date Quartz Nite Luminous with nylon strap is my pick and images are as shown. With a round 40 mm x 11 mm matte black color stainless steel case, good sized crown @3, luminous Arabic numerals, Hour, Minute and center Seconds plus a 24 hr dial set and a good sized Day/Date window @3, the watch has very much a classic look.
Note the Day & Date feature has a quick set Crown adjustment on the first pull out click point. The crystal is flat, described as anti-scratch glass and I have no reason to doubt it. It is also very clear and with no reflections.
Note the dial markers are on a second level to the numerals and there is a white arrow datum mark within the dial@12. The screwed back is stainless steel states a Water Resistance of 3ATM – so casual bathing maybe OK, but forget the scuba gear!
A decent quality 22 mm wide nylon fabric strap and signed steel pin buckle completes the look, which overall is quite pleasing.
The movement is listed as a precision Japanese Quartz and if it’s anything like the model I already own, then I don’t foresee any issues. My existing model is as accurate a Quartz movement as most in my collection, which considering the price paid has to be great value.
So overall I’m pretty impressed with this watch, both in terms of build quality which is not at all bad and function. It also has classic looks with no gimmicks and for value it can’t be faulted.
It can however be faulted (I might be a bit picky here) in that Luminous quality – a feature that many cheaper watches often don’t manage too well.
That said though (and I tried this last night) it does manage a pretty fair luminescence for just over 3 hours in total darkness, which is actually better than many a more expensive model, but then it falls off to pretty much nothing.
My old Breitling as a comparison last night alongside was still very readable after 5 hours, then daylight dawned again, but Hey! you get what you pay for.
Note the interesting spelling of the word Model on the watch back – Modle – perhaps a Chinese interpretation! ;-)
However – I do rate it – it’s a pretty good watch and for a Day & Date watch at a price difficult to match. Can’t say fairer than that!