Edmond Booster Watch Review

Edmond Booster Watch Review

Edmond Booster Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Last year we brought you a review of the quirky and unique Edmond Pole Guardian watch. A few extra gears on the dial made for a very special look that offered visual thrills and a great way of having an AM/PM indicator. Now we review something more simple and straight-forward, but also really well priced.

This is the Edmond Booster watch. Let's just put it out there right now, Edmond doesn't craft watch names as well as they do designs. In addition to names like "Pole Guardian, Booster, and Cap Horn," the models in each of the collections share a lot of design elements so it is difficult to know what collection they might be in. I think what really separates the collections is the watch bezel versus even the dial. The quirkiness of the watch industry never ceases to amaze me.

Edmond Booster Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Edmond Booster Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

I chose to review this model because I liked the dial design. The textured face and applied hour indicators give it a ritzier feel than the price might suggest. It is also legible with a nice modern aesthetic. One issue with the dial is luminant. There are four dots of lume on the dial's flange ring where the minute indicators are. That's it. No lume on the hands even. This could have been remedied by having luminant in the open strips on the hands, but alas they are open and skeletonized. Frankly, the watch probably looks better this way, but you'll need to use the light on your phone to read this watch in the dark (if you can even wrap your mind around the irony of that statement).

The case is a sort of mish-mash of Panerai and diver watch aesthetics, but is really neither. While the watch case is water resistant to 200 meters, the bezel does not rotate, nor is there luminant for diving. Having said that, the piece is durable, and the 44mm wide steel case with black coating is very sporty in appearance. Over the dial is a sapphire crystal and the case is 15mm thick. It wears a bit large, but with the steeply curved lugs, the watch is quite comfortable.

Edmond Booster Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Edmond Booster Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

You can't miss the Edmond "Lock-ED" crown protection system that is of course a nod to the famous crown lock on Panerai watches. While not a copy, this system works the same way. A small lever is used to pull the crown out for winding, date setting, and time setting. When locked, the crown will not turn. It is a neat alternative to screw-down crowns and adds a welcome layer of uniqueness to the Booster watch design.

In black on the new steel bracelet Edmond watches look their best. The bracelet option is a relatively new addition to the collection and in my opinion they match with the case designs better than the rubber straps. It is difficult to explain in words the design of the bracelets, but they uses alternating "H" links. The bracelet links are soft to the touch and it uses a butterfly-style deployant.

Edmond Booster Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Edmond Booster Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Inside the Edmond Booster is a Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic movement. The price of the watch is really fair given the market value of ETA movements alone (outside of Swatch Group brands). The automatic movement is visible through the sapphire caseback window and it has a custom Edmond rotor.

There honestly isn't a huge amount to say about these timepieces that isn't communicated through the images. This specific model is the Edmond Booster ref. BO-BB-A04-M, and it is a well-priced Swiss sport watch with some quirks and character. Other models have dials with more luminant by the way. Price is 1,010 Swiss Francs and you can buy one via the Edmond website.

Necessary Data
>Brand: Edmond
>Model: Booster
>Price: 1,010 Swiss Francs
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes
>Friend we'd recommend it to first: Younger guy with a relaxed attitude who doesn't wear a suit or tie on a regular basis and has no desire to adorn himself with name brands.
>Worst characteristic of watch: Lack of useful lume on the dial.
>Best characteristic of watch: Truly unique look and reasonable price, along with a sense of welcome familiarity to big brand watch designs.

6 comments
Mitch M
Mitch M

Nope. I wouldn't give this one a second glance. Dime a dozen IMHO.

Will_F
Will_F

Blah. Looks decent but a fail as anything but a Panerai wannabe.

CG
CG

looks like an imitation of an imitation and nothing is workable; no rotating bezel, no lume... worthless. China produces fashion watches exactly like this. are they just trying to cash in by going backwards?

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

The worst part here is not the lack of lume, its that bezel: why didn't they make it rotate? What a fail that is -the data on the bezel is already present on the chapter ring, so the redundant bezel now just pisses me off. For $1100+ it should be countdown style, even without lume.

The pole guardian was an excellent intro to this brand, but they seem to be walking away from proper evolution and heading into fashion watch territory. Shame.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

The crown-lock lever looks like a squashed chipolata.  The hour-markers and hands look flat and cheap; a little tweak here and there and the watch would look pretty good.  The glossy finish looks more like paint than plating, and from these photos at least, fit and finish seems dubious but it might just be Ariel's greasy paw marks all over the thing.  I'd recommend cotton gloves to avoid this.  It would be nice if the date disc was black not white and presented a little more thoughtfully than a mere punched-out hole in the dial.  A chrome-bordered window would coordinate with the silver markers and look a little more premium, like you can get on those nice looking $50 watches.  Thoughtless use of lume too.  You could get a way better watch for $1100.

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

Nice looking serviceable watch. Like the dial, not bothered by the lack of rotation o the bezel.

Get it an after market lume job and the like factor jumps way up.  This appears to be the only lumeless BOOSTER model on their website.

Not crazy about the Panerai Crown Lock, but it works here.

Seems it would have been easier to just have a screw-down crown - but it is what it is.

Does it hack? The ETA movement is easily worked on one so problems should be few. Not a fan of view backs - but here, I like it.

Over-priced by about US$400...but it looks like a good watch.