St. Moritz Chronologic F3 Watch - GearReview.com
By Matt Smith
I have to admit, when I received the press release for the Chronologic F3 inviting us to review the product, I thought the watch was not my style. I've never been a huge fan of combo digital/analog watches. They seem a little old-man-ish if you know what I mean. But based on past experience with St. Moritz' watches, I knew at a minimum I would be looking at a well made, functional watch. So I said "what the heck", and made the request. The rest of this review is the story of my conversion.
Forget for a minute that we are talking about a combination digital/analog watch, and let me just list a few of the features. OK, obviously you get an watch that tells time, big deal, right? But you also get a month/week/day/date calendar option, stopwatch, countdown timer, alarm, three time zone adjustments, and a tachyometer. Try packing all of that into any other watch, and keeping it under 3 ounces. And the really cool part is that once your time zones are set, you don't have to sync or reset the analog hands separately. The watch adjusts itself based on the time zone you select in the digial function. Ingenuious man, ingenious I tell you!
Much of the weight savings on the Chronologic F3 are due to the titanium case shared with the Logic ti and Aeromax ti. As with both of those watches, the Chronologic F3 features a scratch resistant sapphire crystal that is virtually indestructible. The case is water resistant down to 100M, so unless you are some psycho scuba freak, it should be plenty.
I've worn the Chronologic to the office, mountain biking, hiking, skiing, practically everywhere. The reverse LCD blends in for a more classic looking analog watch at the office, but the the orange really pops in the sun making it very easy to read. The large super-luminious hands are a return to the brghtness and longevity we experienced when testing the M50.
Summary: The St. Moritz Chronologic F3 has converted me to the convenience and benefits of combination digial/analog watches. Unless I need an altimeter, the F3 is what I have been clipping on my arm just about any time I leave the house. If you are looking for a high quality, durable time piece suitable for casual, formal, and active lifestyle use, consider the St. Moritz Chronologic F3. The F3 can be found at prices ranging anywhere from $310 to $450.
For more information contact:
St. Moritz Watch Corp.
1140 West 7th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 1B4
Matt Smith is the canyoneering specialist at GearReview.com, and can't figure out why he always has to carry the first-aid kit and the wet rope.