Victorinox Infantry Mechanical Watch Review

Victorinox Infantry Mechanical Watch Review

Victorinox Infantry Mechanical Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

The Victorinox Infantry Mechanical watch was a new model for 2012 and offers a relaxed and casual wrist presence that should suit a wide range of dress and tastes. As is the case with many of their most successful designs, Victorinox has relied on the simplicity of vintage military watches as the base of the Infantry Mechanical's look and feel. Boasting a legible time display, simple hands and a railway minute track, the Infantry Mechanical lies somewhere within the overlap of an Omega Dynamic and a Hamilton Khaki Field.

Victorinox Infantry Mechanical Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

The Infantry Mechanical's steel case measures 40 mm wide and 10.5 mm thick, making it an attractive size for most wrists, including those normally covered by a shirt cuff. Lug to lug is an easily managed 46.5 mm but the lug spacing is a rather odd 23mm. The 23mm lug width not only gives the Infantry Mechanical a rather wide stance, but also makes it more difficult to find straps. There are abundant strap options at 20, 22 and 24mm, but 23 is a fairly odd size. That said, the Infantry Mechanical includes a mesh-style bracelet and 22mm straps worked pretty well, with only a small gap between the strap and the lugs.

Victorinox Infantry Mechanical Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Victorinox Infantry Mechanical Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

The case and bracelet are polished and carry quite a noticeable glimmer. While I would normally prefer a brushed finish, especially on a watch with military styling, I grew to rather like the polished finish and found it to match nicely with a simple leather strap. The included mesh bracelet is also rather nice. With straight lugs, a tight but flexible mesh link structure and an easily adjustable clasp, I found this bracelet to be comfy, solid and not prone to pulling hairs. The clasp can be easily adjusted to suit a wide range of wrist sizes thanks to a receiver that can slide along the length of the bracelet before locking in place to accept the claps from the opposing side (see video for full visual). If you would rather a leather strap, check out the nearly identical Infantry Automatic (ref: 241565) which has the same look and movement but comes fitted to a brown leather strap.

Victorinox Infantry Mechanical Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

7 comments
jopez
jopez

Nice watch, thanks for the video and photos.

spiceballs
spiceballs

Nice simple clean watch but not a fan of "stiff" mesh-like bracelets, plus price seems a little high when compared to similar offerings from Tissot? 

Wouldn't the face look more balanced with the date window just above the "6" (between "Automatic" and say, a simple bar at the "6" - to "match" the "12") and put the "3" back where it belongs?

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

Not terribly exciting, but a nice watch at a very fair price. A very reasonable choice if buying at the department store. And yeah, if some parts of the case were brushed I think it would look even better. 

It would be interesting to see how the mesh bracelet holds up in the long haul. I say that as I had a cheap (well, not that cheap) mesh bracelet fail at the springbar connection (where the flat metal part is pressed to the mesh). It is both embarrassing and frustrating to have your watch just fall off your wrist to the floor. Hopefully these Victorinox mesh bracelets are very well built.

Emperius
Emperius

Wow, classy look, beautiful. Nice wrist James, make a perfect hand/wrist model for media haha.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

That's a good looking watch on an attractive bracelet, but the proportions look a bit off.  The dial looks too small, surrounded by an overly-thick frame of metal.  Gives it a bit of a clunky look.  Apart from that, no complaints.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

A bit smallish, but very nice on that mesh - it has an almost clinical look to it, with the lack of all colour and the all-polished appearance. And yes, it does have an interesting stance about it with what would certainly be considered wide lugs for a 40mm watch.

James: those in the know would just go and get a 23mm strap, but if the few ready-made options are not for you, and going custom is not your cup of tea, reach for a 24mm strap, not a 22mm. The slight squeeze you'll get with going bigger always looks better than a little gap by going smaller.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@spiceballs Yeah, and a black background date disk with white numbers would look better too.