The watch itself features a 42mm stainless steel case with PVD coating. The screw-in case back features a map of Iceland (and the namesake Arctic circle) and is also coated with PVD. The screw-down crown carries forth the compass theme we see on the case back, and is signed with a stylized A. With everything locked in place, the watch carries a 200m WR rating.
Topping the case we have an AR-coated sapphire crystal, which protects the stark (and very readable) black and white dial. The dial itself is fairly simple – black with minimal branding, numerals at the cardinal points, and circular indices for the other hours. The arrow handset complements things nicely and stands out against the dial.
The inner chapter ring also stands out, as it comes in one of five colors (white, blue, orange, yellow, or red). That accent color also carries over to the rubber strap. That leaves us, last but not least, with the movement they’ve placed into the watch. Driving the time, GMT display, and large date display functions you have a Swiss quartz movement. Sure, maybe not as attention grabbing as the mechanicals in the JS Watch Co line, but certainly something that will stand up to outdoor sports abuse.
Coming in at around $588, you can pick yours up today directly from ARC-TIC. While the sport watch market (especially the quartz-driven models) is especially crowded, I think they’ve done a decent job trying to differentiate themselves from the pack. If for nothing else, how many of you can say you have a watch from Iceland in your collection? arc-tic.com