- December 26 2011
Cutting no corners
First off, I am a bit of a watch geek. I usually do not go for quartz watches, preferring automatic movements. However, I was looking for a rugged, classy "field style" watch that was genuinely waterproof for daily office and outdoorsy wear. Well, this is it. The Ti case is extremely well executed, and the option to get a sapphire face is a rare treat on a quartz watch. Many watches in this price range have Chinese movements these days, but this is a solid Japanese movement. Sure, I would have preferred a Swiss quartz movement like the higher-end Momentums, but Japanese is fine. One small quibble is that the ticking second hand -- I'm used to the smooth sweep of an automatic movement -- doesn't precisely line up with the second indicators on the dial. Most, but inexplicably not all, ticks hit a tiny fraction of a mm behind or ahead of the mark. It's no dive watch, but the screw-down crown makes it more than water resistant enough for swimming, hot tubs, fishing, dishwashing, rafting, etc. Many similar field watches have only a 30m or 50m pressure rating but the Atlas cuts no corners with a true 100m rating. Keep in mind that all watch WR ratings are not literally diving depths, but a standardized pressure test. The styling blends the classic field watch with a hip, modern sensibility, but lacking the caroonish numerals or cluttered dials of many fashion watches you see these days. The lume is excellent. The technocarbon strap was a nice surprise. I had expected to replace it but ended up loving it on its own. It is leather-backed, burly, very high quality, and the "carbon" weave pattern is more subtle than the photos might indicate. St. Moritz/Momentum is generating some buzz on watch geek forums about really paying attention to details, sourcing good components at a good price point and doing most of their assembly in Vancouver. After receiving this watch for Christmas, I understand the buzz. From the lume-tipped second hand, the precise knurling on the crown, the flush fit of the strap ends, arriving set to the correct time, and even quality springbars, they're cutting no corners even where they could.
- April 18 2011
I wear this watch every day at work on a college campus and occasionally hiking (I prefer a cheaper digital when outside). What I can say after 6 ish months of daily wear is that I really like the watch. The face looks brand spanking new (very tough and scratch resistant) and the numbers glow brightly after being exposed to light. The cordura band took a little while to break in and is looking a little worn with some very minor fuzzys developing around the edge. I got the black on black as it looks sharp and can be dressed up or down. I originally ordered the red face, but found the color to be a little to pinkish for my liking. Overall a really great lightweight and comfortable watch.
- March 2 2010
2nd Watch from Millenium
Bought 1st one about 7 yrs ago. Developed some issues with being able to change the date; but overall great watch and value. that's why i bought a 2nd one!
- December 26 2009
Best field watch
After a long search I finally found what I was looking for - the perfect field watch: rugged, and simple yet elegant. I have supplemented mine with a zagg shield for the crystal and a maratac bond strap and it looks great!
- July 3 2009
This is an excellent watch
I love the watch. I have used it working outdoors, swimming (fresh and salt water), and it is very scratch resistant and water tight. I definitely recommend it.