The newest watch from German Archimede is the Outdoor. It is an evolution on some past designs and fits a very specific purpose. To understand the Outdoor you need to look back to a watch that I believe was the thematic influence for the Outdoor, the Timex Camper. These are meant to be outdoors friendly timepieces that are easy to read and durable. They are not meant to be much more, and sit in a sort of functional minimalist category.

Size is 38.5mm wide in nice looking lugless steel case. It is rather thin at just 10.6mm thick. The case and watch is meant to be light for a steel watch. According to Archimede, the watch is 120 grams on the metal bracelet, and 70 grams on the leather strap. This is for active people don’t want a heavy watch and don’t want to wear a plastic watch. In a nutshell, this is a German daily beater that won’t complain when you beat it up.

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The case has a sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 200 meters. The black dial has white text for very high contrast. There are lumed hour markers and hands, as well as Arabic numerals for even easier legibility. Archimede intends the wearers be able to wear the watch on their wrist or over various jackets. The steel bracelet has an extension segment, and the leather strap is available with an option extension pieces. These are good for use in harsh or cold weather climates.

At first I found this watch boring, but the more I understand what it is for, the more I appreciate the strict utility concept behind it. You can see more images of the watch at Archimede’s website. Inside the watch is a Swiss Sellita SW200 automatic movement. Price for the Archimede Outdoor is $675 on the leather strap and $745 on the steel bracelet, and they can be ordered online from Archimede here.

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