Limes Chyros Watch

Limes Chyros Watch

Limes Chyros Watch   hands on

New for fall are these German made Limes Chyros watches. They have Ickler cases and a neat style to them. Something classic, Bauhaus, totally German, and also highly appropriate about these watches. I do quite like the Chyros watches, I did from the moment Limes let me check them out - what is hard however is explaining what initially drew my interest. The best part of the watch is the case design, and how the design of the dial matches it so well. The texturing and applied elements on the dial serve to give it a handsome three dimensional quality, while the design of the cases is intended to make it look anything but boring. As such you'll find a type of fluting on the side of the case, which matches the vertical lines in the center of the dial

Limes Chyros Watch   hands on

Limes Chyros Watch   hands on

This is really a classic formal watch for people who are tired of most classic formal watches. It comes with an off-white or black dial, and in a 40.5mm wide steel case (again, made by Ickler in Germany) that is water resistant to 50 meters. Hints of sportiness exist int he dial design. This is due to the large Arabic numeral style 12 o'clock hour indicator, and the use of black colored lume on the hands and on the flange ring.

Limes Chyros Watch   hands on

Limes Chyros Watch   hands on


Limes Chyros Watch   hands on

At just 11mm thick, the case isn't too tall, and is has an AR coated sapphire crystal (both front and back). Inside the watch is a Swiss ETA 2834 automatic movement in a "TOP" grade, that has been decorated with perlage and has blued steel screws. The movement looks nice, especially for the price. Both the white and black dialed versions are great looking. They are super legible, and have a welcome style that is designer to look good today, and in several years from now. Limes is very humble about their designs and watches, but this is a great looking timepiece for the suit and tie crown. Price is reasonable at $1,290, and can be ordered online from Lime's website.

11 comments
SGK
SGK

Ariel,

I'm strongly considering purchasing the black dial version of this watch, but I have a question. Your review mentions that the case is 40.5mm, while the Limes website indicates that the case has a diameter of 43mm. Do you know which figure is accurate? 2.5mm may not be much of a difference, but as a rule watches under 42mm are just to small for me, given my height and build.

Thanks.

Will
Will

Ariel,

The Limes website now has this watch listed with a Sellita SW-200 movement. Shouldn't that drop the price a bit, even if it's still an ETA clone?

They keep the price the same...

John
John

I own two Limes watches - the Pharo day / date, and the Pharo Hand wound / power reserve, and they are by far my favourite watches. The cases, and the dials with the guilloche finish, are impeccably finished (as one would expect from Germany - they make by far the best in the business) , and are quite often commented upon by my collegues. There is a clarity about their appearance which I love and which I see in very few other watches of any price range - and the Limes price range is astonishingly low. They are both also extremely good timekeepers.
I will certainly be having a white faced Chyros in the very near future.

Ivan Y
Ivan Y

I love the black-dialed version!

witch watch
witch watch

Black face kills the white stone dead, loving the work on the bezel and when i first saw it was a German brand i was expecting a fair chunk more in terms of expenditure than what was posted. I'll be looking into this brand more for sure.

Kris C.
Kris C.

What's not to like here? The white-faced version is all but perfect. The hands are exactly how they should be, and the detailling is impeccible.

Duo
Duo

Ariel,

Quick question: What is the significance of blued screws? Like I told you in my email, I've only recently started to get serious about watches and have noticed in the various write-ups I've read that most companies do this. Initially, I thought it might have been because the screws were made of titanium and they've been burnt to get the coloring. Why do this to steel?

admin
admin

I would go with what is on a manufacturer's website as that is most up to date most of the time. Also, sometimes people measure the width differently (such as with or without crown).

admin
admin

Not really to be honest. I mean theoretically ETA movements should be worth more now because they are harder to get, but that doesn't mean they are better. I wouldn't mind paying "ETA prices" prices for a Sellita. In fact, some people like the Sellita stuff better.

admin
admin

Blued screws likely did have a functional purpose a while ago. Likely to fight corrosion or alike. Today it is a sign of a nicely decorated movement. The best are flamed blued as opposed to chemically blued. I've never heard of titanium blued screws, but they might exist.

Duo
Duo

My reference to burnt titanium comes from my experience as an automotive enthusiast. Cars that have titanium exhaust components (header and/or exhaust pipe) tend to have them blued over time or from the factory because of the extreme heat of the exhaust gases. That's mainly why I thought the screws were made of titanium.

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