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For a reliable and useful tool, is the go-to brand. The makers of the Swiss Army Knife have become a by-word for utility – the essential tool for the modern day survivalist. Since 1989, Victorinox Swiss Army has branched out into the world of watches, and even in this newer field, the company refuses to yield on the quality it built its name on.
The Victorinox AirBoss Mach 9, much like its bladed counterpart, is built like a tank. The watch takes inspiration from the world of military aviation. Features include a chronograph, 24 hour time on the dial, and a slide rule reminiscent of vintage aviation chronographs used to perform essential flight calculations. At 45mm, the stainless steel case shows much presence on the wrist, but downturned lugs ensure it fits well despite the size.
Those who wear watches on the left wrist will be particularly pleased by the distinctive location of the crown and chronograph pushers. Though the case is large, the positioning of the crown and pushers on the left-hand side guarantees they do not dig into the wrist, making for a supremely comfortable wearing experience. The position of the crown that operates the slide rule is also well thought out. You’ll find it at the 2 o’clock position, so that it too does not gouge the wrist.
The dark grey dial of the AirBoss Mach 9 is based off vintage pilot watches, with the Arabic numerals and the triangle at 12. It is incredibly easy to read, as every instrument should be, requiring only a glance to get the information you need. The timepiece’s ties to the past are further strengthened through the ecologically tanned leather strap in brown with white stitching.
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