Monday, August 25, 2008

Wenger Extreme Sport 70972

The watch I'm wearing today is a Wenger. This model came out in 2000 and has had various names on the dial including "Wenger", "Wenger Swiss Military", "Swiss Military - S.A.K" (S.A.K. for Swiss Army Knife, some Wenger watches also say "S.A.K. Design") and "Swiss Sport" seen here. I bought mine 4 years ago and they continue to make a very similar model today. At the same time I got this one I also bought my girlfriend (now my wife) the smaller version in blue. They're both Swiss made with ETA Swiss quartz movements. They're pretty nice watches with a unique design, and while they are 50m water resistant, they aren't nearly as "sporty" as a typical G-Shock. The lume is good, with the big numbers glowing slightly less than the hands. The 38mm case is attractive, but the bezel is molded into the case so it only looks like it might be able to move, while the case seems to have beefy integrated lugs but the strap attaches with regular springbars. The caseback, although stainless steel, merely snaps in place. I'm a little disappointed that the titanium-colored finish on the case seems to be discoloring in places. I don't think I've ever exposed it to anything stronger than some seawater and have always rinsed it off afterwards. It's also another one of my watches that have developed a haze inside the crystal that will have to be cleaned at some point. Overall, a nice watch for the price that looks suitably sporty for most outdoor activities and has just enough ruggedness and water resistance to go with its good looks.










6 comments:

dennis said...

You certainly have an interesting assortment of watches. Not just the typical ones that seem to be bandied around the bulletin boards. Thanks for the interesting posts.

Z4MC said...

This one is very nice- if you don't mind how much did this one cost (if bought retail)

Jason said...

When I got mine it was only about $30, but that was on closeout. For some reason the smaller one I got for my wife was $10 more. I've recently seen various versions of the Wenger Extreme for about $60-80 around the Internet which still seems to be a good price for what you're getting.

Jesse said...

Realize this is from 2008, but I just had to comment! I bought one of these in October of 2004 and have loved it ever since. I actually like that the bezel doesn't rotate- one less thing to break. Earlier this week, though, I lost mine somewhere [I think at the Y, but they don't have it...]. Now I'm mourning its loss and wandering the web looking for a new one. Luckily, I see they're still out there! Thanks for the review!

Linea said...

can anyone help me find the official website for SWISS SPORTS watches? I;ve been googling without success

Jason said...

Linea,
this is the official North American site for Wenger, who produce the Swiss Sport watches which they mention in their FAQ. They also have their full catalog available for download there. Good luck in finding what you need.