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Nixon C.R. Stecyk III Descender Limited Edition Watch

Nixon C.R. Stecyk III Descender Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

The watch world has certainly seen its share of collaborations with artists both classic and… edgy. In the realm of the latter, it’s few and far between – most recently Alec Monopoly and his unconventional, bold, and downright polarizing collaborations with Tag Heuer have been on the forefront of my mind. In the same vein (with a lot more street-cred) is OG Graffiti artist C.R. Stecyk III, who has teamed up with Nixon to create the Nixon C.R. Stecyk III Descender Limited Edition watch – a “tactical” model that comes with the option to be packaged in a cool camera backpack and customized Pelican-style watch box.

Nixon is a prominent voice in the surf and skate community that Stecyk is so involved in. As an artist, he’s produced so much staple artwork during the ’70s and ’80s, mostly in the skateboarding and surfing community, that I would argue “well known” would be an understatement – and working through this press release I found so many pieces that I didn’t even know he was responsible for, but were recognizable from my childhood. Not only was he an artist, but many were also familiar with his documentation of the art and skateboarding community – a prominent figure in the Dogtown days. He wrote many articles, most notably following the Z-Boys and their progress as a skateboard crew, something I was obsessed with when I was a teenager. So this collaboration with Nixon feels right at home – natural considering the camera bag and Stecyk’s penchant for documenting the sports both literally and artistically.

Nixon C.R. Stecyk III Descender Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

The case is based on the Descender Sport, a 45mm steel watch that was “built for the modern Waterman.” The original model was interesting but quite bland. A large modern take on the dive watch design with some added quirks. While the overall design is still there in the Stecyk model, it takes the design and gives it a tactical, rugged look. The case features a matte grey-green Cerakote… er, coat and a graffiti-splattered case. It actually looks quite nice and isn’t too busy. As with many of Nixon’s watches, the crown is moved to the 9 o’ clock position to “prevent wrist bite during active outdoor pursuits” – sure. As a left-handed person, I’ve always appreciated this feature in many Nixon watches because it allows me to wear a watch regularly even on my right wrist – “Wrist Bite” notwithstanding.

Nixon C.R. Stecyk III Descender Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Nixon C.R. Stecyk III Descender Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

The inset bezel is black PVD coated with a stainless steel color filled insert and nicely compliments the grey dial. I find the hour indices a bit cumbersome. Adding “0”‘s to make everything double digits seems very forced and clutters an already aesthetically hefty watch. The color of the numerals is easy on the eyes, however, and contrasts nicely against the dial. The hands match the model nicely, and I had to go back and look to see if the original Descender featured the same handset because I thought the hands were reminiscent of a skateboard deck and a surfboard, as that’s the first thing I thought about when considering the context – it did, a testament to collaborating on the right model. Tying the dial together is Stecyk’s tag at 12 o’ clock, and a graffiti version of “Descender” above 6 o” clock – a nice contrast to the greyed-out hour indices and some added personality.

Nixon C.R. Stecyk III Descender Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Nixon C.R. Stecyk III Descender Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

The watches feature an unspecified Swiss quartz movement, something I know will get a sigh considering the price-point more than merits an automatic movement but is historically in line with most of Nixon’s collections. The case features a water resistance rating of 300m and comes on a grey NATO strap, so taking it with you to swim out to tag that bridge won’t be an issue. I do think an opportunity was missed to add some paint splatter to the strap, as it fits the watch, but is a bit bland.

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Nixon C.R. Stecyk III Descender Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

15 years ago, when I thought I was as good at skateboarding (turns out Tony Hawk Pro Skater points don’t translate to real life skills), Stecyk existed as a prominent artistic voice and recognizable artistic mind in my circle of friends. Hell, I even remember doodling his Rat & Crossbones tag on most of the decks I bought, and God only knows how many pairs of shoes I ruined with permanent marker and little graffiti tags. So that’s what makes this collaboration with Nixon so fitting for both parties. It’s quintessentially Nixon and quintessentially Stecyk. It’s attractive, affordable, edgy, and properly channels the DNA of two entities that seem made for each other.

The watch is limited to 100 pieces and will come with an arguably steep price tag of 400If you opt for the camera bag as packaging, it’ll add €160 to the price tag. nixon.com

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  • H.S.M.

    Somehow still more appealing then the Alec Monopoly + TAG bastard child.
    And the price sounds quite right for this one as well.

  • Travis Cannata

    I already have my popcorn ready. ;]

  • Nic

    I really hope you calling Monopoly an “artist” was satire, Trav!!! Not a bad looking piece but a bit pricey for a Nixon. I’d stick with the Boba Fett!!!

  • Mr. Snrub

    A pelican case and morale patches? All it’s missing is a beard and shemagh for maximum tacticool.

  • Berndt Norten

    I always found it very useful when watching golf twenty or so years ago to know that I was watching Davis Love III (instead of, say, Davis Love II). ‘And let’s go to the 15th, where Love the Third is teeing up…,

    • SuperStrapper

      Love DLiii. Old accuform guy. Great dude.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Well, I had to google him.

      • Berndt Norten

        I was very happy when he won the PGA, his only Major. Sometimes good guys finish first.

  • Jj

    Horrible

  • ncgh

    I thing it’s generally a bad idea to pay a premium for celebrity ‘special editions’ (watches or anything else). The product becomes much more quickly dated.

    [The other day I was parked next to a Nissan Rogue Star Wars edition… and my thought was that the owner was probably regretting spending extra money to jump on a passing fad.]

  • SuperStrapper

    At first I was like ‘well at least the handset is cool’ and then I realised it’s actually just the flat spanner I use to change blades out on my table saw.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2cb9fc99a7c09073168ab1d29c567480a228a57c08454f7a9b948dec492d0c8f.jpg

    • H.S.M.

      Does this make it a Tool Watch then?

    • Travis Cannata

      A proper Tool Watch.

  • Agnar Sidhu

    Tony Hawk pro skater brings back good memories!

    • Travis Cannata

      Oh man. Only the best with all my pre-teen friends huddled in a corner trying to watch me land that sick Benihana.

      Good times.

      • SuperStrapper

        For me it was all my friends huddled in a corner trying to breathe from laughing so hard when I near castrated myself attempting a sped up No Comply.

        • Travis Cannata

          Nothing says pain like slamming into the suspended warehouse office trying for the kickflip achievement.

  • Travis Cannata

    Well thanks man. =]

    OJII Represent. Weren’t a TrU skater unless you had that Toy Machine Grip with a small diagonal strip cut out for foot placement. ;]

    • Nello Alexandri

      Hahaha

      I had the guy at the shop apply the grip tape on my last Lucero deck. I always sucked at that.

      • SuperStrapper

        Wow you guys didnt ride beer city? For shame…

        • Travis Cannata

          Beer City was 2edge4me.

  • Travis Cannata

    “Yeah, I had enough money in ’02
    To burn it in front of you
    Younger me? No, you’re the whack me
    It’s funny, but so true
    I’d rather be 80 year old me than 20 year old you”

    /swoop

  • Larry Holmack

    I agree, it would have been much more appealing with an SW200…and if the “I” company can sell watches with this movement for around $300…so could’ve Nixon. Personally, I am purging my collection of quartz watches and sticking with automatics or hand crankers.