WatchUSeek Watch Forums banner
1 - 9 of 9 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
225 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Hi there,

since I havn't got any feedback from anybody asking for opinions and/or experiences on the Archimede Outdoor Sport, I simply ordered one after Christmas... :)



Background information:
I have been looking for a watch, that I could use for sailing (so it should stand at least 100m) without being too big or too expensive. My investigations lead me to a short list of two watches: Damasko DA 36/37 and the Archimede Outdoor Sport. In fact, the final decision was based on pricing... My female minister of finance (for those of you, that are not married - my wife) insisted to put a new kitchen on the top of the shopping list, so budget was a bit limited this year. :-( So the Damasko will have to wait some more months...

What's about the Archimede? Well, first of all it provides a great value for money ratio! The Outdoor sport is delivered with a perfect steel case (Mr. Ickler started as a specialist for watch cases) sapphire glass and metal strap (regards to Damasko...) for € 295,-. In fact, this thread could also be interesting to the affordables forum!:-!








For this money, you get a 200m waterproven watch (don't waste your time with nasty questions: That's of course not the depth I use to go sailing at...) equipped with the 'workhorse' 2824-2.

Another argument to me have been the small dimensions of the Outdoor Sport. I know that large watches are fashionable nowadays, but for sailing it is important, that a watch doesn't constrain your operations. With a diameter of 38.7mm and a heights of 10.6mm, the Archimede is probably designed at the smallest possible dimensions for a waterproven automatic.



I received the watch two days ago and I really like it! Of course, the design of the watch is not made to get really emotional. It is neither a real pilot watch, nor a tool watch and also not a diver. But its a timeless, classy design which will fulfill its assignment very good. The position of the date window is clearly an issue to me (like for many others here in the forum). I understand the idea not to destroy the symmetry of the dial, but the location at 'half-past-four' looks a bit lost...But in total, I really like this watch and can hardly wait for the next chance to experience the Archimede in its elements.

After my next sailing trip, I will give you some more information how the Outdoor Sport performed in practice.

Regards Nauticus (Niels)

P.S.: This is the first time, I try to use the html inclusion of pictures. So if it goes wrong, I will reply to my own post to try it again...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,909 Posts
Thank you for the review and pics. Congrats on a great looking watch. Archimede definitely makes a great watch for the money.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
97 Posts
Hi there,

since I havn't got any feedback from anybody asking for opinions and/or experiences on the Archimede Outdoor Sport, I simply ordered one after Christmas... :)



Background information:
I have been looking for a watch, that I could use for sailing (so it should stand at least 100m) without being too big or too expensive. My investigations lead me to a short list of two watches: Damasko DA 36/37 and the Archimede Outdoor Sport. In fact, the final decision was based on pricing... My female minister of finance (for those of you, that are not married - my wife) insisted to put a new kitchen on the top of the shopping list, so budget was a bit limited this year. :-( So the Damasko will have to wait some more months...

What's about the Archimede? Well, first of all it provides a great value for money ratio! The Outdoor sport is delivered with a perfect steel case (Mr. Ickler started as a specialist for watch cases) sapphire glass and metal strap (regards to Damasko...) for € 295,-. In fact, this thread could also be interesting to the affordables forum!:-!








For this money, you get a 200m waterproven watch (don't waste your time with nasty questions: That's of course not the depth I use to go sailing at...) equipped with the 'workhorse' 2824-2.

Another argument to me have been the small dimensions of the Outdoor Sport. I know that large watches are fashionable nowadays, but for sailing it is important, that a watch doesn't constrain your operations. With a diameter of 38.7mm and a heights of 10.6mm, the Archimede is probably designed at the smallest possible dimensions for a waterproven automatic.



I received the watch two days ago and I really like it! Of course, the design of the watch is not made to get really emotional. It is neither a real pilot watch, nor a tool watch and also not a diver. But its a timeless, classy design which will fulfill its assignment very good. The position of the date window is clearly an issue to me (like for many others here in the forum). I understand the idea not to destroy the symmetry of the dial, but the location at 'half-past-four' looks a bit lost...But in total, I really like this watch and can hardly wait for the next chance to experience the Archimede in its elements.

After my next sailing trip, I will give you some more information how the Outdoor Sport performed in practice.

Regards Nauticus (Niels)

P.S.: This is the first time, I try to use the html inclusion of pictures. So if it goes wrong, I will reply to my own post to try it again...
Hello Nauticus,
This is my first posting on the forum and wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading your review of the Outdoor Sport.

I am considering buying this watch from Archimede and wondered if you are able to add anything to your initial experience of the watch?

Thanks
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
439 Posts
Not a bad pickup at all. It's a no nonsense timekeeper in the fashion of a "field watch". I like it a lot, congrats :-!.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
225 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Hello Randy,

when J-Twin stated his request for an update and more information, I sent him a PM.
Since there are obviously some more fellows interested in an update, I enclose the main statements of my personal message to J-Twin to this post:

After one year of ownership, the Outdoor Sport has become my favorite watch for all robust activities, in which I need a watch, that is not too heavy and that can 'bear misery'. Whenever I go sailing or whenever I do some manual tasks (like redecorating my home or helping some friends to move house), I wear the Outdoor Sport.

To me the Outdoor Sport is a very reliable, solid watch, that is made for regular leisure activities. This is said in differentiation to so-called 'Tool Watches', that are designed for heavy operations and normally provide special technology for hardening their cases (Ice-hardened at Damasko, Tegimented at Sinn etc.). The lack of such special case treatment resulted in a small dint, when I used the watch at an apartment removal last month. This would probably not happened with a real tool watch, since their cases are much more robust.

On the other hand, with dimensions of ~ 39mm (diameter) x 10mm (height), the watch is smaller and of lower weight compared to tool watches, which gives you some more ease of movement for your activities. (See Mühle SAR Timer 42mm x 13,5mm; Damasko DA 37 40mm x 12 mm).

The design and the feel of the watch is not outstanding but it has its classy, highly ergonomic aspects. Overall the watch still gives a good quality impression to me. With regards to the still 'reasonable' pricing and compared to other watches in this price range, I would call it premium!

As direct 'competitors' to the Outdoor Sport, I would state the new Sinn 556. But to be fair, you have to see, that although the 556 is priced on the lower end of the Sinn pricelist, it is still 1.5 to 2 times the price of the Archimede. If you are not fixed to my criteria of size and price, indirect competitors is (not limited to and only imho) the Damasko DA 36/37 (twice the price, bigger dimensions, higher value and hard to get...)

So in the end, the Outdoor Sport with its in-house case is a good quality (that's good), comparably small (to me, this is good), comparably flat (to me, this is good), low-budget (to me, this was important) sports watch, that's using standard and proven Swiss movement technology (that's good to me). the rest is on you to decide...

Anything more specific, you need an answer or and update for?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,232 Posts
That's a fine looking, no-nonsense timepiece. Congratulations!!

ARCHIMEDE's communication and support is superlative in every regard - I am a big fan.

When you have a moment, can you show the lume on that watch?
 
1 - 9 of 9 Posts
Top