After the release of their debut military-inspired timepiece, the M100, Vertex has announced a follow-up version with a new stealthy look. The Vertex M100B was created with the goal of producing a watch that was more in line with modern military needs. The reduced reflectivity of the case combined with the durability of DLC coating results in a watch that is more easy-wearing and visually restrained. Unlike the debut model, the M100B will not be sold through Vertex’s exclusive referral program, but it is limited to just 150 pieces.
Much like the original WWII-era Vertex “Dirty Dozen” watches, the Vertex M100B builds upon the classic military field watch designs of the past. The 40mm case certainly wears larger, but the size is still reserved and appropriate for modern audiences. The DLC coating is thoroughly applied for a rugged, almost tactical feel and the watch is also water-resistant to 100m. A scratch-resistant sapphire crystal is also set in place with AR-coating that cuts down on reflections, just like the brushed DLC case.
There’s also a great deal of depth to the dial and legibility was paramount during the design process. Large, molded Super-LumiNova Arabic hour markers serve as a focal point for the design and low light visibility is no issue for the M100B. The broad arrow dial marking is also front and center, which visually connects this modern watch with the brand’s military roots. The matte dial is also superbly legible thanks to the contrast with the large, luminous hour and minute hands. At 6 o’clock, Vertex integrated a well-designed running seconds sub-dial for symmetry and added utility.
Inside the Vertex M100B is a customized ETA calibre 7001 that is hand-wound with 42 hours of power reserve. It features a rhodium finish with Côtes de Genève decoration and also has a ‘Vertex’ engraved ratchet wheel. It’s a reliable choice, keeps the watch slim, and also calls back to the hand-wound movements military watches utilized in the past. These elements combined with the included two-piece rubber strap make for a superbly comfortable watch that delivers a sporty look.
The Vertex M100B also ships with a custom Pelican-style case that includes two additional nylon NATO straps in black and red. The keepers are DLC-coated for a cohesive look and branding is kept to a minimum. Currently, the Vertex M100B is available on the brand’s official site for £2,187 without the need for a referral. vertex-watches.com