Monday, August 18, 2008

Victorinox Swiss Army Cavalry

This is my only watch from the "other" Swiss Army watch manufacturer, Victorinox. Although I could be wrong, I believe Wenger was making Swiss Army watches before Victorinox, and for some reason I've just always been more of a Wenger fan. It's somewhat elementary now, since Victorinox bought Wenger, although I do take it a bit personally that Wenger is now the Swiss Army "value brand". This watch was my dad's and he wore it quite a bit, as evidenced by the heavily worn leather strap, as well as the scratches and scuffs on it (although the big scratch on the back I made the first time I tried to open it. I've since acquired better tools and more patience.) I just put a battery in it yesterday and the Swiss ETA quartz movement is keeping great time. The watch has a classic look and while it's only 36mm wide, it's just about the perfect size for everyday wear (square and rectangular watches always seem to wear bigger than similarly sized round watches, probably due to the increased dial area.) While the watch appears to have wire lugs, it actually has springbars hidden within. Completing the illusion is an open-ended strap which actually can be fitted to watches with wire lugs or fixed bars. Overall, a good looking and versatile watch.


Z4MC said...

Dude you put a lot of work into this and nobody responds- if your going to wear them talk about them I will too! I don't have a watch a day but I have a few and think your blog is pretty cool.

Jason said...

Thanks, I appreciate it.

CEO-MERC said...

Hi Jason,

Nice blogs and nice collection of watches.

I really like your idea of wearing 1 watch per day.

In the past, I had done that and tried wearing 1 watch per week.

Keep up the good work.


Victorinox Swiss Army and Wenger are good choices for watches (both quartz and mechanical timepieces).

Hence, it is good to find another watch collector, who is also into those two brands above.


goodasabot said...

i was wondering how do you get the back of to replace the battery

Jason said...

Pieasourus, it's a snap-on case back, so you need a thin, dull knife (there are special tools available, but a butter knife would probably work.) You then just find the little notch in between the case and caseback, insert your tool/knife and twist. Putting it back on is easiest with a crystal/caseback press, but it might go on with just finger pressure. If any of this seems daunting, most jewelry stores will replace the battery for you and only charge you for the battery itself. Good luck!