Janis Trading (remember, formerly just Lew & Huey) has certainly got to be one of the most popular – and affordable – micro brands that we’ve had pop up in the last year or two. Frankly, that is not something I see changing with these new NTH Subs. Vail has a knack for starting with popular designs, and building them into something that is uniquely his own. And, while the materials involved may not reach the levels of, say, an MKII, that is ok. The NTH Subs are still solidly built with good bits and bobs – stainless steel, sapphire, and a Miyota 9015. All good stuff for keeping the watch firmly standing in the affordable market.
You might think the MKII comparison a bit unfair, but I find it to be appropriate. Frankly, for what Vail has put together here, I think these are actually fairly close competitors. Yes, there are any number of Sub clones, homages, and imitators out there on the market, especially among the indie and startup watch brands. For more established brands with solid track records, though, Janis Trading and MKII are definitely inhabiting similar orbits, at least in my mind. Pricing aside, picking a model of either is going to result in a watch that you will no doubt enjoy for years, and it’s the details that set them apart. Of course, when you also incorporate price, well, then the Janis Trading NTH Subs certainly pick up an advantage.
Speaking of price – the pricing across the NTH Sub lineup is consistent. While full retail is expected to be $625, Janis Trading is currently in a pre-order mode, so they can determine how many of each model to produce (see link to previous article). That means that there are some rather nice discounts in place. At the time of writing, the pre-order price was sitting at $475, though we are told that the price will be going up another $25 after July 30th (and $25 each month until production is finished). Have no fear, if you should miss that lower price, as you, dear reader, can use the code ABTW to net yourself another $25 off of your order. Then, once you’ve redeemed that, be sure to pop back over here and let us know which one you ordered! Based on the remarks these watches picked up on my Instagram feed, do not be surprised when you start seeing these pop up all over the place when deliveries start in the fall. janistrading.com
>Model: Sub (Santa Cruz and Amphion)
>Price: $625 (MSRP)
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Why yes, yes I would, thank you for asking.
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: This is a perfect entry for your pal who sort of likes vintage style, but really just wants a solid sport watch for everyday use.
>Worst characteristic of watch: That we can’t mix-and-match the various details to create our own “perfect” sub homage.
>Best characteristic of watch: Amongst the many details, I settle on the one that first captured my attention – the lumed crown, which is a symbol of the attention to detail here.
Tech Specs from Janis Trading
- Case Material: 316L Stainless Steel
- Caseback: Solid, 316L Stainless
- Display Crystal: Double-Domed Anti-Reflective Sapphire
- Water Resistance: 30 ATM / 300 meters
- Bezel: 120-click uni-directional
- Bezel Insert: Steel with Lumed Markers
- Crown: Screw-down
- Case Diameter: 40mm (without crown)
- Case Length: 48mm
- Case Thickness: 11.5mm
- Lug Width: 20mm
- Weight w/ bracelet: 5.5 oz / 155g
- Movement: Miyota cal. 9015 Automatic
- Accuracy: -10~+30 seconds/day
- Beat Rate: 28,800 BPH
- Power Reserve: More than 42 hours
- Warranty: 2 Years
NTH Sub Amphion
NTH Sub Santa Cruz
NTH Sub Amphion + Santa Cruz