Elysee Classic Aviator Automatic 71003 Watch Review

Elysee Classic Aviator Automatic 71003 Watch Review

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Newer watch brand ELYSEE offers a range of styles and values with most of their products being under $1,000. My primary interest is in their Swiss mechanical watches which includes this ref. 71003N (71003) Classic Aviator Automatic. It isn't a complicated design, but rather, is intent on featuring a classic look in an easy to read and wear package.

The watch itself is 42mm wide in polished steel with a "coined edge" style bezel. This bezel was popular on historic aviator watches and can be found on "retro" models from today. Things get a bit more formal into the dial where ELYSEE used an engraved silvered dial with Roman numerals giving it an almost Breguet-esque look and feel. Sport returns as you see the minute scale on the periphery of the dial. The idea is simple as ELYSEE goes for a hybrid look between formal and aviator watches. I believe the look is quite successful as the dial design feels natural.

Elysee Classic Aviator Automatic 71003 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

ELYSEE uses aviator style hands that are coated with lume. Trust me when say how happy I am that the hands are the right size! A date window is placed neatly neat 3 o'clock and over the dial is a sapphire crystal. Quality is impressive for this model as the case feels solid and the polish is nicely applied. In addition, the case is water resistant to 50 meters and has an aviator style "onion" crown that is easy to grip and operate.

Elysee Classic Aviator Automatic 71003 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Elysee Classic Aviator Automatic 71003 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Inside the watch is a Swiss ETA 2824 automatic movement. You can see the movement through the sapphire display back on the rear of the watch. Nothing super fancy, but there is a custom rotor plate. The watch wears comfortably with the padded black leather strap accented with contrasting white stitching. And there is a small ELYSEE logo engraved in the ardillon style buckle. It does, however, feel that maybe ELYSEE used a buckle that is about 1mm too wide. This doesn't really affect much, though, as I am just being nit-picky at this point.

Elysee Classic Aviator Automatic 71003 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

On the wrist, this piece looks pleasant; the lugs stick out a little but that should only cause an issue on very small wrists. The dial is very legible and I think it does a good job at taking cues and aesthetics from the two different style genres the design of the 71003 borrows from. I wouldn't call it a sport watch but rather a formal/business casual watch that is unique but conservative at the same time. Price again is in the $1,000 range - and is closer to the high-end of what the brand currently offers.

7 comments
Jonathan
Jonathan

In terms of a Deutsche Fleigergraph....I still prefer Tutima. Though, for the price, a nice entry level aviation inspired timepiece.

Marc
Marc

For under or near 1K? Stunning.

Ulysses
Ulysses

A lovely classical design - the hands and coined edge are great. Not innovative but then it doesn't have to be. The price seems a little steep for what this offers, unless there's something very special about the movement that i'm unaware of.

carolyn
carolyn

Handsome watch! I really like the coin edge and the Guilloche dial together, though I agree that that smooth area under the logo is inconsistent. I am going to look more at this brand. Is it curious that they mark the dial of the watch "German Made" while the movement is Swiss made? Two problems I see with this design is the date square seems to have chopped off the base of the III and the date font is too large. I know that font is trying to match the logo font but at that size it is a bit clashy with the classic style of the watch. I'm being nitpicky too. I like it.

kris c
kris c

Very nice - I'm a big fan of these hands. The simple seconds hand, along with the nice hour and minute ones that finish with long, fine points. Well executed there. The textured dial is nice, but the logo looks a bit "applique", and not a part of the dial, but that may be a trick of the photo.
Also, I like the plain coined edge - often on this type of watch you see that there is some enamelling at the 12 position in the coining: just a little triangle or line of red (Tutima, etc), and I've never really liked how that turns out.

Ulysses
Ulysses

Seems a bit harsh, since this is also the beloved symbol of the USA. Thank the Romans for popularising the symbol of the eagle in the form of their Aquila, which later inspired the Nazis and North Americans. Could be worse - it could have Invicta written on it and be two metres wide.