Mondaine Sportline Alarm Watch Quick Review: Easy Time Reminder

Mondaine Sportline Alarm Watch Quick Review: Easy Time Reminder

Mondaine Sportline Alarm Watch Quick Review: Easy Time Reminder   watch releases

I picked up a Mondaine Sportline Alarm watch in black recently. I'd known about the "Swiss Railways" watch company before, but never took the opportunity to own one. They have an appearance similar to Xemex watches, which I tend to really like (I do own a Xemex Offroad with Arabic numerals). Both watches have what they like to think of as being minimalist designs focusing on legibility and what I see as friendliness. Enjoying my Xemex, I thought I would finally try out a Mondaine. I picked up a Sportline Alarm with the black face (Model # 94205). I'd not owned too many analog alarm watches, and this one appeared very simple to use.

The Sportline Alarm is a medium size watch in my opinion at 41mm, but feels right on my wrist. I'd never posit that it is a large watch, but it is well noticed on my arm, and I can always see it. The face is pinnacle of clarity honestly. the hour and minute hands are very legible and feel sized just right. This is an issue actually as I feel that many watches come with hands which are too short. This frustrates me, but not on this watch. One of the best features of the face is the amount of luminant, at least on the black faced version with the white hands. The hand and indexes really glow well. I am not totally convinced about the seconds hand with the red ball at the end. It is a Mondaine icon, and it does not detract from the watch, but I think it looks better than it is functional (I sometimes think the seconds hand is placed on backwards when I look at it), just a thought.

Mondaine Sportline Alarm Watch Quick Review: Easy Time Reminder   watch releases

Being an alarm watch, I needed to test this function out a few times. You'll notice on the watch a smaller outline of a hand with a red tip. This is the alarm hand. You basically have 12 hours to work with, or the alarm will go off twice a day. Pull out the upper crown and you activate the alarm and listen to a little charming alert. The lower crown (in addition to setting the time and date) adjusts the alarm hand but unfortunately only moves in one direction. You can't set it with to the minute accuracy, but it serves most purposes. If you keep the upper crown pulled out, the alarm is "on," otherwise the alarm won't sound. The alarm noise itself is a charming little jingle that is better than just a few beeps. I'd become so accustomed to the typical beeping alarm from being around Casio watches so much, that I was surprised to hear a different type of alarm. The volume of the alarm is not very high. If you are outside in a crowd or in the car, you might not hear it, though the alarm last for at least a few seconds. I think the idea was not to annoy the wearer with an alarm noise that quickly became abrasive.

The Mondaine Sportline series has always been very inexpensive for a Swiss watch. They are all $200 or under, and represent an excellent value for the money. The case is well made and solid using thick steel. You can tell that the case is made up from 3 pieces with a screw down back. I am not too happy that the crystal is mineral glass. I obviously prefer the durability and scratch resistance of sapphire crystals, but those are more expensive. As the Mondaine Sportline Alarm is going for about $150 many places, there really isn't that much for me to complain about.

Overall, you get a nicely made and designed watch for the money. The design is symmetrical, and inside a Swiss ETA quartz. You aren't going to get a decent mechanical movement based watch for this price. I have been happy with this Mondaine and would likely be happy with others. I suggest that if you like the looks of the watch (as I do) you should have no qualms about getting one.

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9 comments
phillipchouzenoux
phillipchouzenoux

I enjoy your reviews and having resided in Europe especially Switzerland the Mondaine represents Switzerlands consevative minamilism. The watch is border-line whimsical and the 39 looks great on a womans wrist.

Christian Clough
Christian Clough

I just read your review of the Mondaine Sportline Alarm watch, but I can't find it anywhere. Has it been discontinued? Several years ago, I owned two or three Timex Expedition Turn-and-Pull alarm watches, which were reliable... for a while. I much prefer an analog watch, and I like the alarm function, when available. To add the Mondaine style to that list of qualities would be quite a find, but I don't know where to find such a combination at a reasonable price.

D. T. Miller
D. T. Miller

Re: "You aren't going to get a decent mechanical movement based watch for this price." Have you investigated Russian-made watches? I own several of these (Poljot (which no longer exists), Aviator, Vostok, Sturmanskie), all in the $100-300 range, and the movements have been both accurate and fail-safe for years.

Evan
Evan

My name is Evan Saltzman and I own Saltzman's Watches, the Mondaine service center. I'm sorry you are having trouble with your alarm. Please send the watch back to us and we will certainly take care of this for you. It will be covered under warranty per your description of the problems. Again, I'm sorry we didn't get this taken care of the first time, but we will take care of this for you.

Sincerely,

Evan Saltzman

jim keavney
jim keavney

In early Oct of 2009, I purchased a Mondaine SBB alarm watch, model 30308, in Chur Switzerland. Upon returning home, I discovered that the alarm did not work. I sent the watch to saltzman's Wataches in Rhode Island, the only US factory authorized repair facility. I received the watch back after 3 weeks and the alarm is still defective. I wonder if Mondaine has a "LEMON" exchange program?

Otherwise, it was a neat souvenir of a great trip to Europe.

JK

admin
admin

Stephen,
Glad you also enjoy the Mondaine Sportline Alarm. You are correct about the alarm adjusting using the lower crown. I corrected that. It is true what you say about the alarm sounding louder when you are not wearing the watch. This of course has to do with the speaker being in the rear of the watch, and was not really anything that Mondaine could work around. I'd love to see a volume adjust on the watch for the alarm sounds.
The reason I love seeing comments such as yours is because one really gets a feels for all the reasons people like or dislike a watch. I mentioned those aspects of the watch that are most important to me, while you had a few different features to talk about. It is best for everyone to hear a "community voice" when reading about a watch. Thanks again and keep reading.

Stephen
Stephen

Are you sure you use the to crown to set the alarm?? I have the A4683030814SBB (do a search on Amazon $195). I set my alarm by the lower crown. BTW, if you use the alarm traveling, set it on a table beside you, back down. It is a lot louder that way. I like the way you can turn on/off the alarm by pulling the upper crown out...it makes a cool sound when you pull it out, too! Also, when you pull it out, there's a red strip just below the crown so you can see it's on...great design, You also forgot to tell people the date is easy to read without rotating your arm because it's at a slant. But I agree, I wish it wasn't mineral :(

Best,

Stephen

admin
admin

They might not make it anymore. But there are other Swiss ETA alarm watches out there.

admin
admin

Hi Jim,
This is a serious issue. You need to contact Mondaine directly. They are located here in the US in San Rafael, CA. Your watch should still be under warranty. They will fix it, if they don't, I will contact them myself.