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Ferragamo 1898 Sport Watch SFDU00419 Hands-On

Ferragamo 1898 Sport Watch SFDU00419 Hands-On Hands-On

Italian fashion house Salvatore Ferragamo has been producing wristwatches in collaboration with manufacturer and licensing partner the Timex Group for quite some time. My favorite Ferragamo watches continue to be in their longstanding F-80 sport watch collection — but that is a story for another day. Today, I look at another Ferragamo sport watch: the Ferragamo 1898, which is a diver’s watch GMT-style timepiece.

New for 2019, the Ferragamo 1898 Sport initially comes in a few versions, this being the blue and red bezel reference SFDU00419. This watch is modern and practical in a way that a fashion house watch should be. It’s got a well-made steel case and matching bracelet with handsome surface polishing to it. The overall aesthetic of the watch is meant to be classic, following in the spirit of the Rolex GMT-Master, but with a distinct take on the theme and with plenty of Salvatore Ferragamo brand DNA (if you know their legacy or wristwatches, that is).

Ferragamo 1898 Sport Watch SFDU00419 Hands-On Hands-On

Ferragamo 1898 Sport Watch SFDU00419 Hands-On Hands-On

Let me address the watch’s two downsides, as I anticipate consumer feedback. First, the watch contains a Swiss-made quartz GMT movement, as opposed to a mechanical one. That actually isn’t a bad thing, per se, but it does mean the likely consumer audience will be a bit more mainstream than your typical watch collector who might prefer an automatic GMT movement. The second issue is related to price. At retail, this watch is nearly $1,300 — which, in a vacuum, isn’t too much, save for the fact that a legitimate claim could be made that Timex and Ferragamo could have sold this 1898 Sport watch with a Swiss-made mechanical movement for around the same price.

Ferragamo 1898 Sport Watch SFDU00419 Hands-On Hands-On

Again, Ferragamo sells more to mainstream consumers versus watch collectors, but they do rely on the recommendations of watch nerds, such as my self and the aBlogtoWatch audience. As a watch, the 1898 Sport is certainly fashionable if not a bit on the conservative side. In fact, a lot of the Ferragamo watches being released today are certainly more classic/conservative in style, which I think is a function of the times we live in. Little details, such as the flared lower lugs and bottom section of the dial, are decorative and, in my opinion, necessary if you are looking to get a timepiece from an Italian fashion brand.

Ferragamo 1898 Sport Watch SFDU00419 Hands-On Hands-On

Ferragamo 1898 Sport Watch SFDU00419 Hands-On Hands-On

The steel case is water resistant to 200 meters with a uni-directional rotating bezel (a GMT is supposed to have a bi-directional bezel, but it matters little) with a red/blue aluminum insert and lume pip, and a 44mm-wide wearing size. It certainly is a large watch, but it is well-proportioned and comfortable on the wrist. The dial has applied hour markers in a gold tone, with a sloped flange ring for extra legibility. The flat sapphire crystal is AR-coated, making overall legibility and ease of reading the time very high. The dial design is attractive overall, but it doesn’t have nearly the personality of some other Ferragamo timepieces.


Ferragamo 1898 Sport Watch SFDU00419 Hands-On Hands-On

Attached to this Ferragamo 1898 Sport GMT watch is a matching steel bracelet with a polished center link and brushed outer links. It closes with a simple butterfly-style clasp. Again, quality is more than decent for a higher-end fashion watch but, like the rest of the 1898 Sport timepiece family, Ferragamo is going for familiarity versus novelty. One important fact to mention is that the entire watch — like a decent piece of jewelry — doesn’t have sharp edges that will hurt your skin or snag your clothing. Non-snagging wristwatches are clearly a good idea from a company that primarily produces other items of clothing.

Ferragamo 1898 Sport Watch SFDU00419 Hands-On Hands-On

For those who are fans of the Ferragamo brand, the Ferragamo 1989 Sport is a handsome and solid daily wear watch for those not interested in a mechanical movement and who want a classic style. That particular category of timepieces might be quite large — but then again, the marketing play here is the brand versus the specific design. Having this be a mechanical watch would have lured a lot of timepiece enthusiasts, but as it is, this should be a watch that timepiece aficionados can tell mainstream consumers will be decent on their wrists. And let’s face it, most consumers not educated in fine timepieces aren’t interested in the quirks of a mechanical movement, anyway  they just want something nice and dependable on their wrist — which this is. The Ferragamo 1898 Sport SFDU00419 has a retail price of $1,295 USD. Learn more at the Ferragamo website here.

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  • Alex A

    People who just want something nice and dependable may not want to spend that kind of money on a watch.

  • Pedro Lambareiro

    Tudor-level finishing for 1/3 of the price and no need to keep winding the thing? Alright in my book. Is the GMT a quick-set one, though? That’s the question that I’d like to see answered.

    • Alupin

      Where in the article did it say tudor level finishing? It says quality is more than decent high end fashion brand level. That is most definitely not where tudor is. Expect Oris level quality and for this much money that sounds appropriate.

      • Marius

        Doesn’t look as good as Oris in these pics…

      • Mikita

        Don’t expect Oris level of quality.

      • Gokart Mozart

        Well if they could not be bothered with a bi directional bezel, I think timex quality may be more appropriate.

      • Pedro Lambareiro

        Tudor isn’t high-end in any way. All my Tudor had to be expertly polished after purchase in order to get the best from them.

  • dr3

    This is not ‘on brand’ for a house known for well crafted leather goods and chic designs.
    In contrast, Bulgari have remained true(ish) to heritage (jewellery, flair), as have Chanel (simple effective designs) and Hermes (equestrian influences, nice leather bracelets).
    I would not have led with a diver for a house with origins in far-from-the-sea Florence.

  • Independent_George

    You lost me at $1,300.00.

  • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

    Classic case of paying only for a name.
    Fashion watch…….Next.

  • Ugo

    it was “meh” til the price.
    now it’s stunning, but not in a good way.
    any seiko 5 is a better bargain…

  • eric veracruz

    Overly priced because of the hype and thebrand name. Not worth the price

  • I honestly didn’t know the Italian luxury brand made watches????
    The Art of Shoemaking by the Florence Master craftsman Giuliano Bartolozzi showing his fine skills at the SF boutique at Pavillion Mall, Kuala Lumpur Salvatore Ferragamo Fall / Winter Collection

  • Pete L

    Cant help thinking that any watch with a Pepsi bezel is going to look like a Rolex wannabe/cant afford it, rather than be seen on its own merits (obviously Rolex don’t own the rights to this colourway but it is strongly associated). Too much money I think, particularly for a quartz. Doesn’t get you far off a nearly new Tag aquaracer GMT with 300m water resistance, an automatic movement and the brand history to carry off a pepsi bezel with no worries. Fashion brands rarely get it right.

  • Nando Facchini

    I can’t find it in the website?????

  • Lauri Martikainen

    “but with a distinct take on the theme and with plenty of Salvatore Ferragamo brand DNA (if you know their legacy or wristwatches, that is).” – – So what’s their brand DNA? I checked out their website and their watches seem to be rather unoriginal “homages”.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    It’s not speaking to me.

    • Berndt Norten

      So Ferragamo talk to Ray
      Like watches do

      Here comes The Raymond again
      Falling on my head like a memory
      Dishing his cynicism
      Like a new emotion

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Great Scotish band.

        • SuperStrapper

          I also enjoy chvrches.

          • Mikita


          • SuperStrapper

            Them too ?

          • Gokart Mozart

            Maybe it is a Bulgari Church?

          • Mikita

            BVLGARI CHVRCH!

      • Raymond Wilkie

        That’s 2 T’s Raymond.

  • Esteban

    Shoe brand.

    • Mikita

      It’s a pity, but yes. I also can’t get rid of the poor aftertaste of brands making variety of products. For me, Montblanc = wallets + pens + scarves. Hermes = bags + bags + bags (but their watches are great!). Ferragamo = shoes + bags + perfume.

      • Esteban

        It gets even worse when they get bought and end up looking all the same (like Luxottica did with all the sunglasses).
        I see someone with a Burberry watch, thinking is a luxury thing, and roll my eyes.

  • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

    I think some Sponsored posts are not labeled as such.

  • Gokart Mozart

    Maybe if Lou Ferrigno had designed it it would talk to Raymond more. At least he would have no issues on size.

    Why oh why does it have a unidirectional bezel, could they not find a case that has a bidirectional bezel? I mean they are only charging $1300 for a quartz Pepsi knockoff. You say it matters little. Perhaps for the customers but that is no excuse for ABTW not to criticise it, that’s your job.

    It’s these types of watches that then have a negative knock on effect on brands like Hermes, and Chanel and Ralph Lauren.

    As for the watch at least they avoid Mercedes hands. The weird bottom lug with the sticky out bit looks like it would snag plenty of woollen garments

    • Ariel Adams

      I’ve not experienced too many people with GMT watches such as this, to demand more “traditional” GMT functionality such as a bi-directional rotating bezel. Clearly they went with the same parts as a uni-directional diver knowing that it wouldn’t really change sales too much. As for me this is more a decent fashion watch it didn’t seem to be a serious issue.

    • Ugo

      since i still don’t find a GMT that checks all my boxes, i pass a lot of time thinking about how i’d design a perfect-for-me GMT.
      about the bezel, and despite a bi-directional one is seemingly a more appropriate choice for GMT purposes, having an uni-direcitonal with a lume pip could permit to retain some ISO6425 functionality in darkness while paying a very minor drawback in GMT usage.
      at the end, in my ideal-GMT, i would probably go for a uni-directional…

  • Pedro Lambareiro

    Oh, Like the ETA module… how’s that still a thing? A GMT without a fast-set is utterly useless. I say that with sorrow because of my Damasko, that I don’t bother to set when away.

  • gw01

    Let’s call things what they are: this is a Rolex knock-off. Pass.

  • •L•E•O•

    What an uninteresting piece.

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