Traser P59 And P96 Replica Watches Reviewed

Traser P59 And P96 Replica Watches Reviewed Wrist Time Reviews

Before receiving a pair of Trasers in the mail, I had very little knowledge of the brand. Their arrival served as a stark reminder that there are still so many brands that exist just beyond each collectors’ horizon. And it is truly one of the best things about working with replica watches for a living that these brands often present themselves rather than having to be sought out. Included in the package were two very different models: a Traser P59 Essential S Black (reference 108212), and a Traser P96 OdP Evolution Chrono Petrol (reference 109050). If packaging tells a story (which it certainly does in this day and age), then the boxes these replica watches came in told no lies. Here we have a brand that places functionality right at the top of its list in nice, big, bold letters. Make no mistake, these are not luxury replica watches; they are designed to be used and take a beating in the process.

Traser P59 And P96 Replica Watches Reviewed Wrist Time Reviews

So let’s start with the similarities: While there are many options for both models (with leather straps and mesh bracelets available), I chose the versions on fabric NATO straps. The P59 was delivered on a plain black strap with black hardware, while the P96 came on a fetching striped strap, which alternated between petrol blue and ice gray. Both straps were comfortable and were held in place by slim keepers that were happy to stay put once fastened.

Traser P59 And P96 Replica Watches Reviewed Wrist Time Reviews

Since these replica watches are quartz-powered, their movements add negligible weight. Although the P96 is considerably bigger than the P59 (44mm-wide in comparison to the dinky 37mm piece I requested), its glass-fiber-reinforced polymer case (not too dissimilar to Breitlight) means they weigh about the same. There was no doubting the ease-of-use of these pieces, which are ready to strap on and go straight out of the box. The time and date are easy to read and set on the P59, and the Chronograph function of the P96 (with a 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock, and a 12-hour register at 6) has a nice rapid reset feature that is cool to play with.

Traser P59 And P96 Replica Watches Reviewed Wrist Time Reviews

None of that surprised me. From what little I knew of Traser before I conducted this review, I expected tough, no-frills replica watches, designed for the outdoors. I wasn’t expecting to be particularly impressed with any element, but a couple of things did stand out to me. Firstly, the material of the P96 is, while not in any way luxurious, comfortable to wear and cool to look at. It also makes for a pretty neat rotating bezel — it doesn’t bind or jam up at all, and while it lacks the godly click of, say, a Rolex Submariner, it has a very good level of performance for the price).

Traser P59 And P96 Replica Watches Reviewed Wrist Time Reviews

Secondly, the lume, on both models was outstanding. Yes, the brand makes a huge deal out of this, and yes, it is tritium and so should be expected to put on a dazzling light show, but the performance of it in real life is very impressive.


Traser P59 And P96 Replica Watches Reviewed Wrist Time Reviews

I’ve not worn many tritium lume replica watches in the past, and one of the things that really grabs me about them is how they seem not to be glowing at all in daylight (whereas Super-LumiNova can sometimes be seen to be humming during the day), but then suddenly blaze into life the second the surrounding light disappears. This enhances their legibility in both day and night as the complete neutrality in daylight is less distracting than a greenish or blueish hue desperately trying not to be noticed.

Traser P59 And P96 Replica Watches Reviewed Wrist Time Reviews

I wore both models alternately for a week, heading out on long walks with both in tow. I found myself quite enjoying the simplicity of the P59 and enjoyed wearing it in the evening after returning home, while the P96, which was a much better trek companion, came off the wrist as soon as I completed my activity. The truth is, when not being used as the pure tool it is designed to be, it is, for an experienced collector at least, a bit between things.

Traser P59 And P96 Replica Watches Reviewed Wrist Time Reviews

And I think that zeroes in on the main problem I had with both models. As undeniably fit for their intended purpose as they are, I struggle to envisage the end customer profile. And that comes down to price. The A Traser P59 Essential S Black (reference 108212) retails for CHF 225, and the Traser P96 OdP Evolution Chrono Petrol (reference 109050) retails for CHF 495, and, once again, I think that places them in a tricky no man’s land.

Traser P59 And P96 Replica Watches Reviewed Wrist Time Reviews

The optimist would say these are excellent replica watches for someone who wants a cheap replica watch to knock around in, while the Omega, the Blancpain, or the IWC has a rest away from the action. And that’s fair enough, but if that’s all you want, why not a Casio G Shock, or even something simpler like the old faithful Casio F-91w? In addition to a much lower price point, the name recognition, versatility, and collectibility of a Casio trump those of these Trasers. Where I think they might find their groove would be with hunters or servicemen or women looking for a truly functional replica watch that looks aesthetically at home with the rest of their gear. To learn more about this Swiss brand, please visit traser.com.

Necessary Data
>Brand: Traser
>Model: P59 Essential S Black and P96 OdP Evolution Chrono Petrol
>Prices: CHF 225 and CHF 495 respectively
>Sizes: 37mm and 44mm, respectively
>When reviewer would personally wear them: During trench warfare, if I somehow passed the medical.
>Friend we’d recommend them to first: Someone who likes camping (or trench warfare).
>Best characteristic of these replica watches: The tritium lume lives up to the hype.
>Worst characteristic of these replica watches: Product positioning. Seriously, for the job they are designed to do, these are more than capable. But the release of the update Casio Mudmaster with Quad Sensor and Bluetooth tech for $350 has created an extremely competitive price point.

Traser P68 Pathfinder Automatic Replica Watch

Traser P68 Pathfinder Automatic Replica Watch Replica Watch Releases

Any replica watch using self-illuminating tritium gas tubes has probably been supplied by the Swiss company MB-Microtec. The company also makes its own replica watches, mostly “tactical” in theme and design, under the name Traser, and they have just unveiled their newest model. The new Traser P68 Pathfinder Automatic is a 46mm field replica watch with an integrated compass ring and, of course, tritium gas vials for illumination. For Traser, the new replica watch represents a new feature for them with the internal compass ring as well as an additional automatic in their mostly quartz-powered collection.

Traser P68 Pathfinder Automatic Replica Watch Replica Watch Releases

Well-known within the military community for decades, Traser were one of the earliest adopters of tritium gas illumination, which they call “trigalight.” More commonly known as gaseous tritium light source (GTLS), this technology of small tritium gas-filled vials allows the replica watch’s hands and hour markers to glow brightly without prior exposure to light, making these replica watches perfect for nighttime viewing or tactical operations. As you’d expect, the new Traser P68 Pathfinder Automatic makes ample use of “trigalight” as well as the more commonly used Super-LumiNova to create a real lume show for all the “ill-lume-inati” out there. See more about tritium gas tubes, how they are made, and all about the company in our visit to the MB-Microtec manufacture here.

Traser P68 Pathfinder Automatic Replica Watch Replica Watch Releases

The majority of Traser’s lineup feature all-black dials and PVD coated black cases, and the new Traser P68 Pathfinder Automatic sports a black dial version called “Black Hole” as well as one with a “mystical Midnight Blue dial” which Traser states is intended to remind one of “the infinity of the universe.” Whether it evokes something that profound for you or not, the dial is a deep metallic blue color with printed, Super-LumiNova-coated white Arabic hour markers as well as a 24-hour scale for keeping military time. Traser is so excited about the Midnight Blue they almost forgot to tell us about the Traser P68 Pathfinder Automatic Black Hole model, which is also handsome with a black sunray finished dial.

Traser P68 Pathfinder Automatic Replica Watch Replica Watch Releases

Surrounding the hour markers are tritium vials which glow green. The hands are relatively straightforward with a stick minute hand and a yellow painted hour hand, both of which also have their own green tritium vials. Tracking the seconds is a sweeping black hand with a tiny tritium vial of its own. A black on white date wheel is in its usual spot at three o’clock. Yet another dose of Super-LumiNova is applied in the form of a ring which goes all the way around the chapter ring and dial – just for fun, I guess.

Traser P68 Pathfinder Automatic Replica Watch Replica Watch Releases

Around the dial is an internal bezel which is operated by the crown at eight o’clock and printed with typical compass markings. A cool feature here is that the cardinal and inter-cardinal compass points are also lumed. This particular compass feature is operated (in the Northern Hemisphere anyway) by holding the replica watch horizontally, aligning the hour hand with the Sun, and visually bisecting the distance between the hour hand and the twelve o’clock marker to find South. Once you’ve done this, you can rotate the compass ring to indicate the cardinal directions and, theoretically, find your way. Ironically for a replica watch which is dripping with Super-LumiNova and GTLS vials, this method of wayfinding assumes daytime use and a clear view of the Sun.


Traser P68 Pathfinder Automatic Replica Watch Replica Watch Releases

Like most Traser cases, the Traser P68 Pathfinder Automatic is a straightforward, if huge, PVD-coated stainless steel model with alternating brushed and polished surfaces. The Traser P68 Pathfinder Automatic also has a screw-down crown (enabling 100m of water-resistance) at a less familiar eight o’clock position which is intended to keep the crown from digging into the back of your hand. An anti-reflective sapphire crystal rounds out the durable and tactical package. Traser have chosen not to publish the actual name of the Swiss automatic movement being used, though we feel comfortable assuming it is either the ETA 2824 or the near identical Sellita SW-200 as in their other replica watches. Keeping the whole thing on the wrist is a matching midnight blue nylon NATO-style strap with a complementary yellow stripe.

Traser P68 Pathfinder Automatic Replica Watch Replica Watch Releases

While not a huge leap for the brand, it is nice to see a new and slightly less “tactical” Traser coming out, especially in a configuration other than all-black – even though the brand also recently released bright, neon-colored P67 Officer Pro replica watches (hands-on here). The internal compass ring, more novelty than necessity, does add some potential use for the adventure-minded wearer in a pinch. A reasonable 895 CHF retail price should make the Traser P68 Pathfinder Automatic Midnight-Blue a viable option for the large-wristed, tactically minded buyer in the market for an automatic which does a bit more than tell time. traser.com