Continuing the brand’s celebration of the 175th anniversary of watchmaking in the region of Glashütte—an anniversary that any fan of German watches can appreciate—the third release commemorating this anniversary has just been announced in the form of the Nomos Club. You may recall some of our prior coverage of this, including our brief history lesson on Nomos and the region, as well as our look at the Ludwig White Enamel series that launched at the end of 2020.

To be fair, we should be saying the third, fourth, and fifth release, as Nomos has unveiled three references of the Club Automatic in Onyx, Navy, and Olive colorways. For this release, the brand opted to highlight the steel 40mm automatic variant of the Club, which is fitted with their in-house caliber DUW 5001 movement. The casual and daily-wear focused models offer a water resistance of 20 bar, and are touted as being “suitable for diving” per Nomos, though they aren’t fitted with screw-down crowns. In the case of all three references, production is limited to only 175 examples of each reference, so if these tick the right boxes for you you’re going to want to move pretty quickly. The retail price will be $2,620 USD (1,960 Euro) for the Navy and Olive, and $2,920 USD (2,240 Euro) for the Onyx model.

As you can see in the image above the Onyx reference is fitted with the recent Nomos Sport bracelet, which you may remember from the Tangente Sport, and a handful of other Club references. The Navy and Olive models, on the other hand, will be offered on textile straps. The Onyx and Navy dials bear a slight similarity to other references that have been found in the Nomos catalog in recent years, though more often we see these colorways appear with different accent colors, gilt hands or other details. In contrast these new references are cleaner and more subdued in design. Were I to pick a personal favorite, the Olive would be an easy win, as green remains a very rare color for nomos watches. Though these pieces all feature automatic movements using the Nomos swing system they’re relatively slender, with cases measuring 9.7mm thick. While not COSC certified, Nomos does state that these watches are regulated to Chronometer standard. As a point of reference, Nomos states that its calibers are adjusted in 6 positions, whereas COSC certification only tests in 5.

For those less familiar, the Nomos swing system is the brand’s in-house escapement that first launched in 2014 in the Metro model range. While this isn’t some wild constant escapement mechanism, the swing system has other merits that are a significant benefit to Nomos. Most notably, it speaks to brand independence. Nomos remains one of a handful of brands in Glashütte, and one of a still relatively small number of watch brands with the capability to produce its movement components in-house. The term “in-house” is so often one that acts as a bit of a marketing ploy, but its merits are simple. Access to supplied movements from ETA, Sellita, Soprod, and others can vary, and there remains a certain level of uncertainty out there when it comes to access of components. Furthermore, having that ability to control and monitor your own movement supply at the price range that Nomos sells in is a significant benefit that its competitors are pretty much all lacking.

As a final note, Nomos did send out the Onyx reference of this watch, and we will be working on a comprehensive review for the site in the coming weeks.

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