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Laco Cuxhaven And Bremerhaven Watches


Laco Cuxhaven And Bremerhaven Watches Watch Releases I’ve always believed that good design should be invisible. We should only see the end product, not the sketches that led to it. With the release of the Laco Cuxhaven and Bremerhaven watches, the popular German brand is leaning heavily on the “form follows function” mantra of the Deutscher Werkbund. The result is neat, but is the design a success? Laco Cuxhaven And Bremerhaven Watches Watch Releases On first glance, both watches leave me indifferent. It’s the same feeling I get when I pick up a spoon. It barely registers in my mind that the object I am holding was created. It’s just there. It is only when one starts to appreciate the many virtues of a spoon that one starts to appreciate this kind of design. Laco Cuxhaven And Bremerhaven Watches Watch Releases If I were to give the process that results in such minimalistic watches a name, I would call it “functional restraint.” These watches are not minimalistic in an artistic sense, rather in a utilitarian fashion that makes them eternally relevant.

For those who prefer a large, clear dial with highly legible hands, these are perfect. There is no clutter, no mess, and nothing to distract from the time. For those who want to form a strong emotional connection with their daily wear, these may miss the mark. Laco Cuxhaven And Bremerhaven Watches Watch Releases

The Case

Housed in 42.5mm stainless-steel cases, both the Laco Cuxhaven and the Laco Bremerhaven are water-resistant to 100m and employ flat sapphire crystals on the front and the back of the watch. The sapphire on the front is treated with an anti-glare coating on its underside.

The Cuxhaven features a white dial, while the Bremerhaven has a black display. The railroad minute track around the outside edge adds a very vintage flair, as do the heat-blued hands, but the use of modern (and generously applied) luminous compound brings these watches a little more up-to-date. Laco Cuxhaven And Bremerhaven Watches Watch Releases

The Movement

Inside the pair, however, is a caliber regularly associated with pocket watches, due to its traditional layout and generous diameter. Laco has used the ETA 6498-1 caliber as a starting point, and decorated the ratchet wheel with their logo. As a result, the caliber has been renamed the Laco 98.

Although it may seem overkill to give a new reference to a movement that has undergone no functional modifications, it is nice for smaller brands to put their stamp on an engine brought in from the most well-known movement manufacturer.

The advantage of making only superficial changes to the 6498-1 is that consumers can be sure of what to expect. The 6498-1 has an operating speed of 18,000 (2.5Hz). That is very low by modern standards. Most modern sports watches have an operating speed of 28,800 (4Hz).

A Note on Speed

The difference is simple: The higher a movement’s operating speed, the more power is being pushed through the escapement at all times. This means that power reserves tend to be lower because the watches are working a lot harder.

To compensate for this, watches with a high operating speed are generally automatic. The advantage is that all that power being forced through the escapement means the watch is far better at powering through any shocks it might experience. Obviously, this is very important for a sports watch. Laco Cuxhaven And Bremerhaven Watches Watch Releases Laco can easily justify the decision to use a lower operating speed in this piece on several fronts. Firstly, the watch is not a sports watch. It has been designed to be treated in a manner that should not trouble its timekeeping ability. Secondly, the vintage aesthetic marries perfectly with a hand-wound movement. And lastly, the lower operating speed increases the power reserve to a very sufficient 46 hours.

Perhaps the best thing about the ETA 6498-1/Laco 98 is its robustness. Movements of this grade are often referred to as “tractor” calibers, basically because they are almost indestructible and have no problem doing the dirty work. The ETA 6498-1 is better referred to as a tank.

The wheels and, more importantly, the pinions, are large and sharply machined, meaning they last for years and years. The hairsprings are so thick, it’s genuinely possible (although definitely ill-advised) to work on them without a loupe. This almost-industrial style of watchmaking still exits for a reason: It’s tough as old boots. Laco Cuxhaven And Bremerhaven Watches Watch Releases


Inspired by two classic seafaring watches, the Laco Cuxhaven and Laco Bremerhaven take their cues from a 1940s pocket watch and the watches worn by the crew of the U1 submarine. The nod to the pocket watch ties in neatly with the choice of a 6498-1 to power the watch. Laco Cuxhaven And Bremerhaven Watches Watch Releases Additionally, the advantage of plumping for an ETA 6498-1 means that Laco can keep the price down. That’s essential in such a competitive segment. Laco made lots of smart commercial decisions when designing these watches. The brand is strong, with a good reputation for manufacturing quality.

You certainly get a hefty dose of wrist presence and undeniable functionality. And the beating heart of the watch is an affordable, yet respected, stalwart caliber. Together, these points add up to a compelling proposition. Laco Cuxhaven And Bremerhaven Watches Watch Releases

I have a lot of respect for the conscious design decisions made. I think either would be a solid addition to a collection that is lacking this kind of throwback aesthetic. At just $1,190, the Laco Cuxhaven and Laco Bremerhaven are both accessible, solid choices. Visit to learn more.

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  • SuperStrapper

    Hard pass. They may carry a vintage flair, but Laco is a pilot’s watch (flieger) brand to me, those are the only watches they make that I find interesting. To be clear, I’m a fan of Laco, I just wouldn’t consider these.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Ticks all the boxes for me. In white.
    * Away to look at a spoon.

    • Independent_George

      You look like you got some sun.

      • Gokart Mozart

        I thought it was Dale Winton ; )

  • wickets

    they look incredible…a bit big for my own taste but still very inticing

  • egznyc

    I have a positive connection to the brand, having enjoyed a sterile B-dial Flieger for the last half dozen years. This is a little large for me but I like the design language a lot and the choice of movement, which looks somewhat decorated. With 100m WR and good lume, this is tempting!

  • Independent_George

    Can’t imagine Laco likes having their watches compared to a kitchen utensil (and the least interesting one at that), but they are a German brand, so maybe they appreciate the utilitarian analogy.

    Nice watch, decent price.

    • egznyc

      I am offended on behalf of spoons everywhere. Indeed, if I didn’t know what meal I was having next and I could only have one piece of flatwear, I would choose a spoon every time. From a utilitarian perspective, I believe I stand on terra firma – but I also think the spoon is most aesthetically pleasing, the most feminine, of the Big Three. (Right now, however, my tongue is firmly planted in my cheek.)

  • DanW94

    Laco offers solid watches at fairly reasonable prices. Not much to dislike here. Size is good, a bullet proof movement and what looks to be good lume. Maybe a different handset? I’m not in love with the syringe styled hands but they’re decent enough. Nice job.

    • Craig A Clark

      Agree totally with this 🙂

  • Jeffrey Kot

    Absolutely love these, especially the white

  • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

    Clean, simple & classic. Black dial for me.

  • Rob Crenshaw

    Love the white. This is an almost-want. It’s probably a bit too big, and at 13mm a bit too thick. I’d forgive this if it had a big date. For a purely function watch I want a date. Love the hands, the railroad, the cleanliness. I dislike the lume, not much point for it on a watch like this, but I’d forgive that too if it’s not intrusive. I’ve got to see one. 🙂

  • Doni F

    The only flaw is its case size! Should have been 38-39mm. When are the brands going to realize over sized cases were a industry/fashion mistake. Just my 2 pennies. regards.

    • Dimman

      Maybe they will realize that around the same time as people figuring out that the 6498 is a huge 37mm movement and has minimum case size requirements. 41mm is pretty much as small as physically possible. 42mm isn’t bad.

      This is much better than manufacturers stuffing normal 26mm movements into 44mm watches, which looks ridiculous.

  • Han Cnx

    Cuck’s Haven? They’re just messing with us right..

  • •L•E•O•

    Nice classic design and good price, I like it. At 42.5mm, a little too big for my taste.

    • MG

      Considering the Unitas movement is quite large, I was quite pleased to see a watch thats around the 42mm mark. They’re usually 44mm like in Steinharts, or larger in a Panerai.

      Still, i’m on the side of where I have no emotional connection to the design, whether its too big or not.

  • Mark

    Clean, legible dials like this really hook me. I know most would think this boreing, but not me. Reminds me of a comparing watch.

  • Paul Higgins

    My thoughts entirely, I have a Ingersoll pocket watch that looks the same as the white version, the black model looks slightly better. with the railway track set in from the dial edge it looks like a miss match dial/case scenario.

  • daveyah2002

    The white dial is perfect, apart from the size. Too big for me.