Jack Mason could have began with what many would confer with as a “style model” watch, however this Jack Mason Hydrotimer is something however a style watch. With 300m of water resistance, an all-stainless metal case with a tough coating, ceramic bezel insert, gilt palms and indices, and simply an general stable really feel and end, and a Miyota 9039 Computerized motion, this watch and model are undoubtedly within the micro model class, one most watch lovers would personal, or on the very least, take a tough take a look at. I reviewed 2 fashions just a bit over 5 years in the past, and whereas I evaluation each look ahead to what it’s, I definitely thought they may do higher. It might have taken some time, however they’ve carried out simply that with the discharge of this Hydrotimer and the Strat-o-timer GMT which was launched late final yr.
As I mentioned, the brand new Jack Mason Hydrotimer is a really completely different beast from its predecessors, and with that, I’ve seen model curiosity renewed, principally by the web watch group of us. As of late, boards are type of a factor of the previous, however social media corresponding to Instagram, Fb watch teams, and naturally Reddit is the place all of the watch nerds discuss and I’ve seen plenty of discuss these new items. For some time, I wasn’t certain if the hype was value it, however after I received this piece in hand, I used to be satisfied this was a brand new Jack Mason. Now after I say hype and all-new model, keep in mind I imply from the place they began to the place they’re now, and to not downplay the Hydrotimer in any respect, I simply all the time prefer to put issues into the correct perspective. This watch is on par with watches from manufacturers corresponding to Raven, Traska, Boldr, and others on this $700 worth vary that you simply affiliate with a top quality timepiece.
The Jack Mason Hydrotimer is offered in 4 completely different colorways, the black gilt I’ve right here for evaluation, an all-white, a white dial with black bezel and patina lume, and a really funky one which has a blue dial with yellow encompass and a white full lumed bezel. That one is exclusive for certain. No plain blue and silver or black and silver but, or possibly some crimson, inexperienced, or orange dials that I want to see, however who is aware of what they’ve deliberate for future drops? Although the image under exhibits some with a rubber strap or some with a 3-link bracelet, the entire Hydrotimers get two strap selections, and that determines the ultimate worth as nicely. The default strap is a black tropic type rubber strap, and also you get a selection of a second strap, 2 of that are bracelets, both the 3-link or the 7-link as I’ve on my instance, or one other tropic rubber strap, in both white or blue. Each bracelets and straps have quick-release spring bars.
In terms of the case design, this undoubtedly jogs my memory of a classic turtle case with a screw-down crown minus crown crown guards, and plenty of excessive polish, the place solely the highest a part of the case is satin brushed, once more, very similar to a Seiko Turtle can be. Some could name this a duplicate, however the best way it’s carried out, I believe it will be rather more within the homage camp, a minimum of the true definition of the phrase. The phrase homage is so missed lately within the watch world (even by yours actually at occasions), and we overlook that it shouldn’t be an virtually actual copy of the watch it’s taking inspiration from. The 300m water resistant case has a scratch-resistant laborious coating, to assist defend from these minor scratches, however metallic is metallic, and coatings are simply that, so don’t suppose you’ll be able to drop this on some gravel or concrete after which return to Jack Mason and say it scratched, just about any watch would when taking that type of abuse. I might most likely desire drilled lugs, however with the quick-release pins, it’s not wanted, and whereas I do discover them helpful, I’m old fashioned, or in actuality, simply outdated, and I like what I like, however I do know many desire the fast launch technique lately.
The shiny black dial used right here is an effective look, and with the gilt palms and indices, it lessons this model up a bit, I believe this is able to most likely be the one one of many 4 that you may put on with some nicer garments, and dare I say even a swimsuit, as this watch isn’t giant or imposing at 40mm. I hesitate to name this an enamel dial, as that may be a particular utility technique, however the inky black dial is a really deep black, there is no such thing as a complicated this for gray or blue or the rest for that matter, even with the trace of the AR coating below the double domed sapphire. Textual content is saved to a minimal and the markers are giant and simple to learn, in addition to the palms, and sure, that may be a bizarre hour-hand design, type of a Tudor snowflake, and a Rolex Mercedes had a child, however I’m pleased with it, although I can see some not being in love with it. As has been identified to me, the beginning emblem medallion is a contact on the small aspect, and so they may have gone up a measurement or two, however they have been most likely attempting to maintain all the pieces in proportion, and general I nonetheless discover this to be an important wanting dial. Additionally, you will discover there is no such thing as a date, and the most effective half is, that that is no date motion by way of a Miyota 9039.
Sure, are you able to imagine a model has produced a watch with a no-date dial and a no-date motion? It may be carried out apparently, and it may be carried out on a watch below $1000! I believed for some time I used to be going to must name up China myself and see what it took to supply a really no-date watch! Okay, I’m exaggerating a bit right here, as others have carried out this, however it’s few and much between, and it’s good to see that there is no such thing as a phantom date wheel occurring with the Jack Mason Hydrotimer. And whilst you can’t see the Miyota 9039 on the bottom of this watch, there’s a good screw-down, stamped case again to take a look at, and it’s comfy in opposition to the wrist, which I believe is extra necessary than the rest.
Talking of the wrist, let’s discuss in regards to the bracelet and straps and the way all the pieces matches. The tropic type rubber is an excellent instance, and the keeper tabs have a bit of trick with a spherical piece of rubber that sits prominently on the rubber strap, virtually like a button, and the second keeper has a gap to obtain it (sure, I understand how that sounds, however it is a watch evaluation, so get your thoughts out of the gutter), and maintain the strap and keeper from transferring. It’s a pleasant contact that I haven’t seen earlier than, and hope to see it on different straps sooner or later.
The bracelet or extra particularly the clasp has a trick as nicely, or possibly it’s a deal with, whichever it’s, you do have a fast adust clasp extension, or possibly it must be referred to as a hyperlink extension, as that’s basically what it does. The system works a bit of in another way than others which can be presently out there as there is no such thing as a button to depress below the clasp, as a substitute, you simply pull it up and in direction of you and this releases it from contained in the clasp, after which you’ll be able to slide it into place after which simply snap it again down into place. Within the YouTube video I give take a look at how this all works, so make certain to observe that should you already haven’t. How is it on my 7 1/2 inch (19.05cm) wrist? I’ve to say, it’s a very shut tie on which I desire, the bracelet or the strap, I lean strap simply because I put on extra straps than bracelets lately, however the bracelet is simply nearly as good, if not higher, as it’s so clean and appears nice with this case design, however the rubber is what I desire for the time being.
Lastly, we get to the lume of the Jack Mason Hydrotimer, and sure we do focus on lume right here as a result of some individuals do love lume and wish to know if a watch is as much as snuff with it. Not everybody cares about lume, however should you do, I believe this watch will maintain up. It’s on par with plenty of different microbrands on this worth vary, although I’ll be aware that the bezel lume fades at first else.
What extra can I say about this Jack Mason Hydrotimer? For me, it’s virtually like night time and day from the earlier fashions, and taking the look ahead to what it’s right now within the huge microbrand watch panorama, I believe this piece can maintain its personal. After all, like all watches, some will quibble about this or that, I do it myself as nicely, and possibly I would really like it much more with a special hour hand, or drilled lugs, however plenty of that’s subjective. Nobody can deny it is a big leap ahead for Jack Mason, and I’m wanting ahead to seeing what else they’ve up their sleeves, however for now, I can say they did a rattling fantastic job with their newest watches.