Traser P67 Officer Pro Gun Metal Lime Orange Replica Watches Hands-On

Traser P67 Officer Pro Gun Metal Lime & Orange Replica Watches Hands-On Hands-On

At Baselworld 2017, Swiss Traser introduced a “trendy” tactical replica watch with the Traser P67 Officer Pro Gun Metal in bright Lime and Orange lumed dials. The replica watches are not terribly expensive and show a more lighthearted side of the brand which is mostly known for being the in-house brand of MB-Microtec who produces glowing tritium gas tubes. I think there is an appeal to wearing “tactical” replica watches without always wanting to look too tactical. Of course, not everyone will be into lime green or bright orange on their wrist all the time, but at least for a fun-looking timepiece such as this you don’t need to spend more than $500.

Traser P67 Officer Pro Gun Metal Lime & Orange Replica Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Traser P67 Officer Pro Gun Metal Lime & Orange Replica Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The Traser P67 Officer Pro Gun Metal collection already had black-dialed versions with lime green or orange hour numerals. What is different for 2017 is that the collection now includes these models with dials that are entirely lime green or orange. When mixed with the gun metal-style PVD-coated steel cases and the matching straps, it makes for a neat look. I have a soft spot for functional replica watches that are more about being a bit loud in style, so I do appreciate stuff like this.

Traser P67 Officer Pro Gun Metal Lime & Orange Replica Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Traser P67 Officer Pro Gun Metal Lime & Orange Replica Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The Traser P67 Officer Pro Gun Metal replica watch is 42mm wide with an AR-coated sapphire crystal and is water-resistant to 100 meters. The straps are orange or green, and Traser makes a point to indicate that they are “Italian-made natural caoutchouc” straps. For a more discreet look, Traser also sells NATO-style straps in black, with a lime green or orange stripe down the middle.

Traser P67 Officer Pro Gun Metal Lime & Orange Replica Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Traser P67 Officer Pro Gun Metal Lime & Orange Replica Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The dials combine Taser’s typical use of Tritium gas tubes, with Super-LumiNova for darkness illumination. There are gas tubes in each of the three hands, as well as the hour markers. Also note the two gas tubes in the logo under 12 o’clock. Traser says these are used to help orient the position of the dial in the dark so that you can more easily read the time – a good thing. The rest of the dial is painted in green or orange Super-LumiNova. This is contrasted by the black hands and Arabic hour numerals.

Traser P67 Officer Pro Gun Metal Lime & Orange Replica Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Traser P67 Officer Pro Gun Metal Lime & Orange Replica Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The dial and case are relatively simple, which is part of the utilitarian appeal of the replica watch. This isn’t trying to be a high-fashion, high-design timepiece. Rather, this is supposed to be an imminently simple replica watch with a functional character that adds a bit of fun to it. Inside the replica watch is a Swiss quartz movement.


Traser P67 Officer Pro Gun Metal Lime & Orange Replica Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Traser P67 Officer Pro Gun Metal Lime & Orange Replica Watches Hands-On Hands-On

For those who demand excellent legibility in a replica watch, a high-contrast dial design such as this works very well – and it doesn’t need to be as boring as “black and white.” Moreover, the combination of traditional light-powered Super-LumiNova along with self-illuminated tritium gas tubes makes for a combination that’s difficult to beat. Traser has been looking to increase their popularity as of late, and I am curious to see how they will do that. The brand predates competitors such as Luminox (that also gets their gas tubes from Swiss MB-Microtec), but has for the most part been rather quiet from a marketing perspective.

Traser P67 Officer Pro Gun Metal Lime & Orange Replica Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Let’s see if more bold and trendy styles such as the Traser P67 Officer Pro Gun Metal Lime and Orange replica watches are sign of what is to come from the Traser replica watch brand. Retail price for the standard black-dialed Officer Pro Gun Metal replica watches is $395, while these more colorful versions with the orange and green Super-LumiNova dials are $450 USD. traser.com

Breitling Colt Skyracer: The New Entry-Level Pilots’ Watch

Breitling revamped its entry-level Colt collection in 2014 and introduced its proprietary case material, Breitlight, last year on the Avenger Hurricane model. At Baselworld 2017, the brand introduced the Breitling Colt Skyracer, the first in the collection with a Breitlight case, named after an aerobatics plane flown for the Breitling Racing Team in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Breitling Colt Skyracer - front
The Breitling Colt Skyracer is named after a Breitling Racing Team plane.

Like many other Breitling models of recent years, the Colt Skyracer sports a military-inspired, all-black “stealth” look. Its 45-mm case is constructed of Breitlight, a a high-tech alloy that Breitling says is four times lighter than titanium but significantly harder. Among its other listed attributes are exceptional resistance to scratches, traction, and corrosion; thermal stability; and antimagnetic and non-allergenic properties, in addition to being warmer to the touch than other metals and, aesthetically, having a somewhat mottled surface texture. The case is water-resistant to 100 meters (330 feet); it has a rubber-moulded, screw-down crown and a protruding bezel gasket protecting the domed, glareproofed sapphire crystal.

The “Volcano black” dial of this non-chronograph timekeeper is designed for maximum legibility, with big, white luminescent hands and hour numerals providing stark contrast with the black background, along with red accents that impart a cockpit instrument panel look. In keeping with this model’s military-use history, the dial also features a 24-hour timekeeping scale. The unidirectional ratcheting bezel is equipped with rider tabs for ease of use and is etched with a 60-minute scale. The date appears in a window at 3 o’clock.

Breitling Colt Skyracer - reclining
The Skyracer’s case is made of the proprietary Breitlight material.

The engine in the Breitling Colt Skyracer is Caliber 74, a thermocompensated “SuperQuartz” movement, 10 times more accurate than a standard quartz watch movement, equipped with a battery end-of-life indicator, and — like Breitling’s array of mechanical movements — certified as a chronometer by the Swiss testing agency COSC.  Like the dial and bezel, the black rubber strap, made specially for the Skyracer model, features useful indications for aviators — relief measurement scales for 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 on the top (12 o’clock) strap section, and for centimeters and inches on the bottom (6 o’clock) section. Breitling’s removable fastening system enables the wearer to quickly and easily remove each section to use for measurements and just as smoothly re-attach it to the case.

Breitling Colt Skyracer - angle
The black rubber strap is enhanced with measuring scales.

Priced at $2,000 — and named for the high-performance MXS-R “Skyracer” aircraft  flown by the Breitling Racing Team’s rising star aerobatics pilot Mike Brageot in the Red Bull Championship — the Breitling Colt Skyracer is clearly intended as an accessible, entry-level timepiece for aviation enthusiasts and other adrenaline junkies of all stripes. Here’s a wrist shot taken at Baselworld.

Breitling Colt Skyracer - wrist

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