WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Traser Classic Automatic Master Replica Watch

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Traser Classic Automatic Master Replica Watch Giveaways

In March of 2015, the monthly giveaway replica watch on aBlogtoWatch was a Traser Classic Automatic Master replica watch. The winner was Sylvain D. from Miami, Florida, USA, and after enjoying his new timepiece, he has shared with us a replica watch winner review for you – the aBlogtoWatch audience. Thanks to Sylvain and all the other replica watch winners who share their experiences with the world. Here is Sylvain’s review:

I was really thrilled when I heard that I had won the Traser Classic Automatic Master, one of only two automatic models in Traser’s catalog. This would be my first replica watch with Tritium tubes, a technology that I had long admired and really wanted to try. On the other hand, I was a bit worried about the size of the replica watch; at 46mm, this is the largest replica watch in my collection, and I tend to prefer replica watches in the 40-42mm range.

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Traser Classic Automatic Master Replica Watch Giveaways

Appearance:

I was pleasantly surprised when I took the replica watch out of its box: it looks better in the steel than it did in photos. I’m not a big fan of stainless steel bezels with painted numerals. But in reality, this replica watch has a very elegant yet sporty appearance, making it a highly versatile replica watch that looks at home with jeans or with a business suit. The dial has a ton of details with a nice textured background, Tritium tubes that embed in the chapter ring and highly-polished applied SS arrow-heads that point to the tubes. I think the large roman XII looks rather odd on this sporty replica watch, and the replica watch would look better with just a double-marker at twelve. The date window is unfortunately white, but it is rather discreet.

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Traser Classic Automatic Master Replica Watch Giveaways

Ergonomics:

The Traser Classic Automatic Master actually fits my 7.5” wrists very well thanks to its short curved lugs. The replica watch is also relatively thin at 11mm, which gives it a very thin looking profile in relation to its diameter. This means that while the replica watch has a lot of wrist presence, it doesn’t appear ridiculously large. The crown is nicely proportioned and has robust knurling making it very easy to grasp and adjust.

I elected to receive the replica watch on the bracelet, as I live in a tropical climate and don’t like wearing leather straps during the day. While the bracelet doesn’t look or feel as high quality as that of my Christopher Ward C60 Trident, in reality, it is a very comfortable bracelet that doesn’t catch hair, conforms itself nicely to my wrist, and basically allows me to forget about it all day long. The clasp is of the “double-safety lock” type and works well enough. This Traser Classic Automatic Master replica watch also provides 100m water resistance, so when combined with the bracelet, one can wear it with confidence while swimming.


WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Traser Classic Automatic Master Replica Watch Giveaways

Legibility:

This replica watch is highly legible during the day time, with it’s silver colored hands and markers and white Tritium tubes. It is also highly legible in complete darkness, thanks to those glowing tubes on the three hands and on the hour markers. However, in some low light situations, like when in a movie theatre, the replica watch can be a little hard to read because the tubes are not bright enough if your eyes are not completely adapted to darkness. In those cases, you can twist the replica watch a bit to allow the screen’s light to reflect off the SS arrowheads, still allowing you to read the time. This was an aspect of the Tritium tubes I was a bit disappointed by. They shine all night, but they aren’t all that bright. They work great for reading the time off my wrist during the night, but if I leave the replica watch on my night stand, I find reading the time from it more difficult.

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Traser Classic Automatic Master Replica Watch Giveaways

The rotating bezel is a 60-click unidirectional type, and it has a nice firm feel to it. It isn’t as stiff as the one on my Trident, and it does have a bit of slop-back, but it is well aligned and easy to grasp with the coin-edging.

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Traser Classic Automatic Master Replica Watch Giveaways

Movement:

The Traser Classic Automatic Master comes with an ETA 2824-2 Elaboré movement which is visible through a display back. I was quite disappointed on the first day when I saw that the replica watch was taking 2 seconds per hour. I confirmed over a few days that it was running +48 seconds per day. I figured for sure it must be magnetized, so I purchased one of those $10 de-magnetisers on eBay. After de-magnetizing the replica watch, it is still running at +38 seconds per day, so the it will have to be regulated.

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Traser Classic Automatic Master Replica Watch Giveaways

Conclusion:

I’m very happy with this replica watch! It is a solid, comfortable, well-built replica watch with a lot of wrist presence. It is highly versatile, feeling appropriate at home, at the beach, or at the office. The Tritium tube technology is interesting and makes the replica watch perfectly legible even in complete darkness without having to worry about “charging” the lume. At $1,100 retail for the Traser Classic Automatic Master replica watch it is a bit pricey compared to other offerings on the market, but there aren’t many Swiss automatic replica watches with Tritium tubes.

Thanks to aBlogToWatch and Traser for this great giveaway! traser.com

U-Boat U 1001 Limited Edition Replica Watch Review

U-Boat U 1001 Limited Edition Replica Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

U-Boat replica watches are a lot like classic American Muscle cars – expect for the American part that is. They are big, made with lots of metal, have cool designs on them, and make you feel good being around them. At the same time, they aren’t very practical, don’t always have what they look like they should under their hoods, and aren’t the most comfortable machines to use on a daily basis. Italo Fontana’s U-Boat brand has come very far since being a pure fashion brand of big replica watches with a design scheme that vaguely resembles its namesake German submarines. Public love and strong sales led to quality improvements for the brand and a series of designs so often copied, “original” U-Boat replica watches are a replica watch lover favorite and status symbol in the right circles.

U-Boat’s momentum is only held back by its new designs and ability to continue to squeeze juice out of its theme. While there is a sweet spot case size and design for the brand, they have gone a good way beyond that a number of times – specially done for those who need a fresh fix of wild designs. Like a dress made specially for a model to show-off during a runway show only, this limited edition U-Boat U 1001 replica watch is a bold fashion item that has many hallmarks of being something function, but falls just short of actually being that. This isn’t to say the  U 1001 isn’t a replica watch or doesn’t function well as one, but rather that it has some rugged features that are sort of misplaced on an “image” replica watch such as this.

Wearing the U 1001 I feel pretty cool. I don’t know if this is because I keep hearing the cool music that U-Boat has on their website and pondering the sophisticated marketing campaigns they employ, or if I am genuinely moved by their clever designs. It is funny, because no matter how many silly things I find in the replica watch, I still like it. Which goes back to my concept of it being like a muscle car. It is totally unwise for me to think about driving in stop and go California traffic in that dream ’69 GTO Judge, but I think I would look pretty kick ass in the process.

U-Boat U 1001 Limited Edition Replica Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

U-Boat U 1001 Limited Edition Replica Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

U-Boat U 1001 Limited Edition Replica Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

U-Boat U 1001 Limited Edition Replica Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

U-Boat U 1001 Limited Edition Replica Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

U-Boat U 1001 Limited Edition Replica Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Speaking of big metal cars, the U-Boat U 1001 is a whopping 55mm wide in titanium. The metal case is cut very well, and the titanium has a very smooth bead-blasted feel to it. All over the case are branding details and information about the replica watch. Read the back and the sides of the replica watch to learn just about everything you’d like to know about it. The U 1001 name refers to the fact that it is water resistant to 1001 meters. Basically it is the same as a 1000 meter diving replica watch, but they decided to add another meter to the title. Replica Watches are usually tested a bit beyond their stated water resistance, so adding that extra meter doesn’t mean anything from a technical standpoint – all part of the built -in depth rating wiggle room. The replica watch is also limited to 1001 pieces (333 or so pieces of each color), and is available with a variety of colors trims for the dial. Here you have a lovely blue for the hand and some of the hour indicator. While the chic looking dial design, complete with the name of the replica watch is hip looking, it is pretty a-functional for diving purposes – given that this is a diving themed replica watches. U-Boat released the U 1001 replica watch completely devoid of lume, as omission from what have been a great looking replica watch in the dark.

It has more features for diving such as the helium escape valve beneath the crown, but again, how can you go diving in a replica watch that you can’t really see underwater? Perhaps it is good for the sunny clear water of the topics. In that case, dive deep my friends. Speaking of the helium release valve, the quality and finish of the large connected crown cap and the surrounding parts is very good. Well machined, and each operates as they should without problem. I am happy to see that for the price of this replica watch U-Boat ensured high quality throughout the replica watch. Cause in the end, even if the replica watch is functionally silly, it is still well made and designed nicely. Under the super large crown cap is the actual crown – which is tiny in comparison. The crown cap screws down, and so does the crown. I just found that sort of humorous. So much water resistance security!


U-Boat U 1001 Limited Edition Replica Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

U-Boat U 1001 Limited Edition Replica Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

U-Boat U 1001 Limited Edition Replica Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

U-Boat U 1001 Limited Edition Replica Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The dial of the replica watch is matte black with the blue hour indicators on a layer below the dial. You see an expose synthetic ruby from the movement – that is a hallmark of many U-Boat replica watches. The placement of the diagonally aligned date window shows you how small the movement is in the super big case. Inside the replica watch is a Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic. A solid movement perfect for a dive replica watch, but perhaps a bit too petite for this case (and perhaps a bit too inexpensive for a replica watch that is over $6,000).

The replica watch has an adjustable rubber strap that has a titanium end piece on one side – which has a good style and makes the giant replica watch wearable. You can see the U-Boat name engraving on the butterfly style deployment also in titanium. Again you see the U 1001 logo on the deployment as well – indicating U-Boat’s desire to show you how many custom parts went into this limited edition collection of replica watches.

U-Boat U 1001 Limited Edition Replica Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

U-Boat U 1001 Limited Edition Replica Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

U-Boat U 1001 Limited Edition Replica Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

U-Boat U 1001 Limited Edition Replica Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Does the U-Boat U 1001 remind you of an Angler fish? It doesn’t have an illuminated lure like the fish does. It isn’t ugly like the fish, but it goes deep like the fish. Though I think an Angler fish can go much deeper. Angler fishes look pretty bad-ass and butt-faced, but they are actually really small fishes, did you know that? Size can be deceiving. It would probably swim away from a U 1001 if it saw it underwater as the replica watch might be larger than it! For style like a tattoo, U-Boat engraved an Angler fish on the rear of the replica watch as well as on the crazy replica watch case (I will get to that). It is a nice little touch that is all style, without having a lot of meaning. Cool image though.

And now the case. The big and heavy (really heavy) case contraption that almost makes the replica watch feel worth its price. Made from aluminum, the case looks like a diving vessel itself. Again you see an engraving of the Angler fish on it, and a thick porthole with a rounded crystal lens where the replica watch sits and stare at you as though it is safe while you are in the ocean. It is a serious part of the timepiece’s presentation, and U-Boat makes you feel pretty darn special to have received this thing. I’ve never had a more lasting impression of a replica watch’s presentation box. I think it must have cost U-Boat almost as much as the replica watch itself to make.

For the privilege of having one of these limited edition fashionable replica watches from U-Boat, you’ll need about $6,800 and a lot of gumption. Fans of the brand will easily gobble them up, and people who want the wow people like it was 2005 will also be attracted to the U 1001. Does it make for a fun addition to your collection sure? Is it a pain to wear daily and offer limited functionality? Yes. For all the crap I give this replica watch, I still really like toting it around on my wrist, and get particularly stylish in the process, even if I didn’t know why.