Two Victorinox Swiss Army Watches Celebrate Two Victorinox Anniversaries


Victorinox Swiss Army Inox - blackVictorinox, maker of the iconic Swiss Army knives, was founded 130 years ago, in 1884. The company made its first Swiss Army watches 25 years ago, in 1989. Victorinox marked both milestones last year with the release of two new Victorinox watches: the new Inox line of tough sports watches, and a limited-edition dive watch, the Dive Master 500.

The Victorinox Swiss Army Inox watch collection pays tribute to the 130th anniversary of Victorinox and is designed as a link between watchmaking and the company’s pioneering invention, the Swiss Army knife. (“Inox” is the French word for stainless steel, the material used both for knife blades and for the watch’s stamped, machined case.) Victorinox has subjected the Inox watches to a battery of toughness tests to verify them as timepieces “built to last.” Inox watches can withstand a 10-meter drop onto concrete, survive being driven over by a 64-ton tank, and emerge unscathed from two hours in both a washing machine and a sandstorm. These most robust of Victorinox watches can also resist temperature variations from -51 degrees Celsius to +71 degrees Celsius and 12 Gs of acceleration and deceleration. Victorinox even subjected the watches to corrosive agents including gasoline, solvents, oils, cleaning products and insecticides.

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The reinforced steel case of the Inox is 43 mm in diameter, water-resistant to 200 meters, and has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with triple non-reflective treatment and a screwed-on stainless steel caseback. The dial — available in black (pictured above), navy blue and khaki green, all with matching rubber straps (below) — is a single sealed piece, with its indices stamped rather than applied. The axis and attachment of the hour and minute hand are reinforced. The lugs are protected against warping and solidified by a crossbar. The slightly elevated bezel guards the crystal and a the crown is also protected. The entire timepiece is shielded from impacts by the Inox collection’s signature feature, a removable “bumper” made of silicone and nylon (pictured at left, above) that attaches to the case without obscuring any of the information on the dial, which includes a military-time scale on the flange and a date window at 4:30. The Victorinox Swiss Army Inox watch contains the Swiss quartz Ronda 715 caliber and is priced at $525.

 

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2 Responses to “Two Victorinox Swiss Army Watches Celebrate Two Victorinox Anniversaries”

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  1. Allen Andrade

    I’ve had this watch for a whole year now and I am so happy I bought it! It 8s my favorite time piece amongst my growing collection. It is well constructed and has a heavy feel to it so you know it’s well built.

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  2. MrTissot

    I have a Victorinox Dive Master 500 with blue dial and blue rubber strap ref no. 241425. I am extremely happy with it although my only gripe is that I wish it had a Helium Escape Valve and if this is anything to go by, then this model is going to be a ripper!! It looks amazing. The lume is so strong and long lasting. My only concern with this watch is that it seems a little overpriced in that it has no In-House movement and is not Chronometer certified. On the other hand it does have a Titanium case and is also a Limited Edition. At this price point I would expect these features to be present. If not having a chronograph function does not bother you, then this will compete well against a Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster and also a Ball DeepQuest which have Tritium Tubes and are COSC Chronometer Certified.

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