Bianci 5837M Tungsten Watch Review

Bianci 5837M Tungsten Watch Review

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It is possible to get good watch deals these day. But they don't always come to you. I would have never heard of Bianci watches had they not contacted me, and chances are most of you would have never heard of them without me sharing them with you. Actually, it allows me to mention something about the watch world - no one has ever totally indexed it. That means there is no definitive list of every watch brand. That would require each brand that pops up to (A) know of the list, and (B) take the time to be included on the list. So as it stands (and as it will stand for the conceivable future), discovering good watches can be a spontaneous adventure.

Anyhow, Bianci watches are done by designer Roberto Bianci. They use (at least the ones I have seen) Swiss movements with probably Asian componentry. That actually sums up a major chunk of the watch industry. But in this case prices are really fair. This watch retails for  $239.99 on their website, but readers get a special discount. More on that below.

This piece is the ref. 5837M, which  is in their Tungsten collection. As such, the watch has a tungsten carbide case. I had to do a little bit of research on this, and it turns out that tungsten carbide is an all tungsten material. Meaning it is not just a coating or plating as I suggested it might be in the video review. Tungsten is a metal, but seems to have ceramic like properties. It's edges are a bit sharp, but it is highly scratch resistant. Plus the colors won't fade. Tungsten (hard to photograph) has an interesting color which is like a dark, mirror like gunmetal. This means it a dark glossy gray. The mixture of the color and the reflective qualities make it an ideal "men's bling item." This means it has a nice showy quality to it, without lacking a masculine feel given the dark gray color.

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The watch case is 44mm wide, but wears small due to the thick bezel. The bezel of course is "AP" style with its 12 sided shape. The case and bracelet have a nice heft to it, and I have seen watches priced two or three times as much that don't have the same feel to it. At 10mm thick, the case is pretty thin actually. The crown is nicely substantial, while the chronograph pushers are much smaller and highly rounded.

For the dial Bianci went for applied triangular hour markers that feel like they match the theme of the watch pretty well. The hands and hour markers both have lume applied to them, and contrast with the black dial well. The face of the watch isn't too original, but feels highly acceptable and conservative. I happen to like the rounded edges on the square date window. The sloped flange ring is a tachymeter scale.

Attached to the watch is a matching tungsten bracelet that is pretty comfortable and nice looking. Again, the overall look of the watch is acceptable and conservative. A respectable looking timepiece that isn't gonna win any beauty contests, but looks nice, and is a good value for the price. The case has a sapphire crystal and the case is water resistant to 30 meters.

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Inside the watch is an ISA movement. ISA is one of the less commonly known Swiss watch movement makers. All the movements they make that I've seen are on the "interesting side." All quartz, and they like arranging complications in interesting watches. In this watch you have the time, date, 30 minute chronograph (with a sweeping, not ticking seconds hand), subsidiary seconds dial, and day of the week dial. A good feature it has is the ability to manually adjust the chronograph seconds hand if it gets out of place. In the images here you can tell that the chronograph seconds hand is not perfectly aligned. I was able to manually adjust it to make it perfect again.

With a highly scratch resistant tungsten case, sapphire crystal, Swiss movement, and decent looks, the Bianci 5837m is a good value for its $239.99 (direct from Bianci online) price. readers can get an additional 25% off this Bianci watch if purchased via their online store by using the discount code: "ablogtoread5837." That makes the price of this watch just $180 for you if you use the discount code.

Thanks to Bianci for the review unit. Opinions are 100% independent.

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  • Kris C.

    I really like the look of the tungsten; the high gloss is great, and the bracelet design is pretty tough. The $180 is not bad to get your hands on a throwaway, but it lost me at 30m WR. Other than washing your hands, any moisture can be a problem. I’ve seen the inside of 3atm faces get fogged up just from the piles of humidity we get here in the fat part of summer.

  • Having been involved in the creation of other tungsten watches – I can say that a sub-$200 tungsten cased and bracelet watch is a ska-reeming deal. The aesthetics are pretty generic, but not unattractive. It’s a great watch for someone who’s not jaded to think that anything other than Swiss mechanicals are “beneath” them. Thanks for mentioning the brand – I’m off to see what else they have to offer.

  • Awesome deal for Tungsten watch…

    Think I’m adding this to my Christmas want list

  • Ivan Y

    Thanks for bringing us another interesting brand — seems to fit “fashion” watch category, although Vittorium looks better, in my humble opinion (more expensive though). They have more tungsten watches in their collection (men’s —, including one Movado look-alike (1842M).

    Finally, I think, you need to give some photography tips to their people because I couldn’t recognize this model on their site — it looks wholly unremarkable and plain.

  • Vadim BenKatz

    Seriously dude? You’d take an “ISA” swiss movement over a japanese (i.e. Seiko/Citizen quartz chronographs) one? As far as i knew, at least Seiko quartz chrono movements (like the ones they use in the sportura line, let’s say) are even better than ETA quartz chrono movements (excluding the super high end ones they use on breitlings)

  • I will add some pics to the site this week, I hope it helps 🙂

  • Antonio

    Indeed, “It is possible to get good watch deals these day”. I just bought a very nice watch in a Swiss store in Mexico City. The brand is STEINER, Swiss design, with a Japanese quartz movement (although they also make watches with Swiss movements). The model is the “VOYAGER”, the price was US$106. If you are interested go to
    Finally, congratulations on your blog. It is the best I have seen!

    • Thanks Antonio, glad you like the site. Keep reading.

  • Jonathan

    A fresh perspective on a brand that won’t break the bank for Tungsten… not too shabby. I like how you can adjust the seconds indicator… for $180… probably a wise investment. Thanks Ariel!

  • Vladimir

    Thanks Ariel, the discount code works on their website and you also get a free standard shipping within the states. The presentation was perfect and I just can’t wait to recieve the shipment. I’ll post more comments later. Thanks again for the great blog!

  • noguyin

    I’m watch lover (a Swiss watch lover). I owned a Swiss Legend Tungsten (SL-T8010-11) and it absolute fabulous (meaning no scratches whatsoever). The S.Legend of course is Swiss Movement. I assume the rest of components are from China. I read somewhere about “Swiss Made” (I think from Swiss Watch Federation). If it is not 100% made in Swiss than it is illegal (or it is fake) to have the word “Swiss Made”. As for this Bianci tungsten watch, it said “Swiss Made” on the bottom at 6 o’clock. Could someone confirm this “Swiss Made” or “Swiss Movement with Other Asian components”. The reviewer said “Swiss Movement with asian components – aka case, band, etc.). If it is 100% Swiss Made… this is a super sweet deal.

  • Kopsis

    I just received my Bianci 5837m and so far I am very pleased with the quality and appearance. Assuming it holds up (I can be hard on watches), this watch is a very good deal. However, like the watch in the photos, my chrono second (and minute) hands reset a little past zero. I’ve tried to adjust per the very limited instructions that came with the watch, but to no effect. Can someone enlighten me as to the process to zero the chrono?

    • I believe it was pulling out the crown one stop and then holding down one of the chronograph pushers that allows you to adjust it.

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  • Articblade


    I read a review on that says this watch is NOT made of true tungsten carbide and the reviewer notice scratches on its watch after wiping with his cotton tshirt. Was hoping an owner of this watch can verify his claims.

  • Mitch M

    Interesting Amazon customer review of this watch. If it was indeed made of tungsten, there is NO WAY it could be scratched the way he described. I wear a tungsten ring and it goes through hell and has ZERO scratches on it in four years…and I mean ZERO. It looks exactly the same as the day I bought it. So, I find it hard to believe that a tungsten watch case, if it is actually tungsten, could be scratched so easily. I was somewhat interested in the watch after reading Ariel’s review so I went to the Bianci website to see if they still have this model. They do but the price has gone up a bit.. Two years ago it was less than $250.00 (and with the ablogtoread coupon: $180) Now it is $599.99 !?!  uhm…..No thank you! LOL

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