This mens stainless steel Accutron Valjoux VX-200 watch features a black chronograph dial and day/date window. This has an automatic, self-winding mechanical movement. The watch also features a unidirecional elapsed time bezel and a tachymeter.
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Slip on this Accutron VX-200 stainless steel mens automatic chronograph watch (model 28C05) and youll feel confident enough take on any task--whether in the office or on weekend adventures. Stylishly appointed for everyday professional settings, it will also stand up to the rigors of recreational scuba diving with water resistance to 200 meters (660 feet). This large round watch is topped by a coin-edged, red and black-plated unidirectional rotating bezel with elapsed time markings in silver. It frames a black dial thats supplemented with three tonal chronograph subdials, large luminous hands (with sweeping seconds hand), large day and date display at 3 oclock, and tachymeter readings around the exterior (which can be used to measure time over distance). Its completed by a handsome stainless steel bracelet band thats joined by a fold-over buckle with safety clasp and extender (for wearing over wetsuits). Other features include a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, a screw-back with sapphire exhibition window, and screw-down crown.
An automatic (or self-winding) watch is fitted with a device (rotor) that automatically winds the spring by using the force of gravity. It needs no battery, but it will stop if you have been physically inactive for an extended period of time--as long as youre moving, the watch will stay powered. Swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Perrelet invented the self-winding mechanism in 1770. It worked on the same principle as a modern pedometer, and was designed to wind as the owner walked.
Rate Points :5.0
Lowest Price :$660.00USD
Customer ReviewsThe mustgottahave Valjoux 7750
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Bulova/Accutrons hallmark auto-mechanical chronograph VX-200 stands alone in its price range. This very affordable automatic watch combines styling, Swiss Made quality and affordability in a very attractive package. Lets take a tour of this watch and see why many watch collectors find it so attractive.
The 43mm stainless steel case is about 15.5mm thick with curved lugs that fit comfortably on most wrists. This is a moderately thick and heavy watch case that may not be attractive to many buyers - but to watch hobbyests and sportsmen attracted to a auto-mechanical chronograph it is a desirable timepiece found in many collections. Sapphire crystals front and back are highly scratch resistant - the watch is 660 ft/200m water resistant. A "Tissot Seastar-like" distinctive red and black uni-directional coin edge diving bezel - along with its deep water resistance make this a professional class diving watch - with some limitations ... more on this later.
This watch features the ETA (Valjoux) 7750 25 jewel auto-mechanical movement - prized by most collectors and increasingly hard to obtain by watch manufacturers. This is a chronograph movement with 3 registers which track seconds, minutes and hours for timing purposes. The second hand is actually the large timing hand. The watch features a screw down crown for water resistance - the pushers which activate the timer however depend on seals only to keep water out. The exhibition back sapphire crystal exposes a minimumly decorated rotor and mechanical mechanism.
The Valjoux 7750 - directly from the Swiss ETA factory comes with a day and date wheel - most designers however cover the day window as the watch dial can get very busy. The black dial on the VX-200 is one of the rare 7750 designs where there is both a day and date window showing. The dial is well laid out - with a Tachymeter on the chapter ring, 1/10 seconds indices on the outer boundary of the dial and superluminova paint on the hour indices, second timing hand, minute and hour hands. Over the first month of ownership - both on the wrist and on a winder - the watch keeps time within 6 seconds a day - very acceptable for a mechanical movement of this caliber.
IMHO the most attractive watch feature is the stainless steel bracelet. With solid end links, double safety clasp, wetsuit extension and micro-adjustment - the brushed and solid links are among the most attractive in the industry.
The watch weighs in at about 270 gr and with its 43mm diameter and 15.5mm thickness - will not fit under some cuffs and is not a formal dress watch.
Most chronographs do NOT make good diving watches - the busy dial with 3 registers and day - date window - and average lume on the hands and indices are better than a dress watch for low light and rough water conditions - but not as good as a purpose built and designed dive watch - such as the Seiko or Citizens that offer better visability/brighter lume.
The small size of the hands and indices on the three timing registers make these complications (features) virtually usless underwater. The pushers are easy enough to activate on land - less so when using diving gloves (JMHO)...
With those caveats out of the way - the attractiveness of this watch can curl your toes! The fit, finish, design and Swiss Engineering - color pattern on the bezel and beautiful bracelet design are - well - elegent for a sports watch.
SHOULD I BUY THIS WATCH?
One can purchase similar quartz movement chronographs featuring the Swiss ETA G10 QUARTZ movement for about half to 3/5 the going price of this watch. The attractiveness of this auto movement watch lies in the smoothness and quality of the mechanical movement - the heft of the watch and how it sits comfortably on the wrist. Under certain conditions - one can feel the rotor which winds the mainspring give a wobble as it spins! The ETA Valjoux 7750 is in increasing demand worldwide and the SWATCH Group - Swiss owners of ETA have rationed the movements - as it cannot keep up with demand.
Citizen Corporation of Japan has recently acquired Bulova/Accutron - and how it will influence the brand is still undetermined. Owners of the timepiece on the watch forum I moderate indicate no warranty or service problems from Bulova/Accutron as of the time this review was written.
Seeing this watch in person and wearing it on your wrist is a real treat. Of the 47 watches in my collection - most all of which I enjoy - this remains one of my favorites - getting more than its share of wrist time.
The author is Admin/Mod Staffer of an internet watch forum and owns this watch.
Rating Point :5 Helpful Point :1
This is a great watch! Very reasonable price for a swiss watch. You need to know that this is a big and heavy watch. Some people will not be comfortable wearing it every day. But it is very eye catching. I have had many people complement me on its appearance.