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Nomos Club Sport Neomatik 42mm Watch Hands-On

Nomos Club Sport Neomatik 42mm Watch Hands-On Hands-On

I finally feel seen by Nomos. And by that I mean that for someone with a 7.5-inch wrist and a taste that skews on the sportier side, the new Nomos Club Sport Neomatik is the first piece from the brand I’ve worn that is neither too small nor too dressy. Some notably vocal people have had difficulty accepting the brand’s decision to offer two models in 42mm but I’m finally feeling like Nomos is competing for my business by sizing up and simultaneously introducing its first bracelet, which is impeccably done. Most importantly, the design DNA is kept in tact.

Nomos Club Sport Neomatik 42mm Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Zach Piña captured this over-the-shoulder wrist shot.

It’s a move that Nomos must be confident in, since this is the first time the brand is testing the waters of the insanely competitive landscape of sports watches priced between $4,000-$5,000. In my estimation, time in the metal and on the wrist with this watch and the pricier Tangente Sport has me seeing Nomos in a new light. Namely, as a brand I could see myself owning, rather than an abstract watchmaker for people with wrists smaller than mine.

Nomos Club Sport Neomatik 42mm Watch Hands-On Hands-On  Yes, A Nomos Sports Watch

There’s a misconception out there that Nomos is promoting the Club Sport Neomatik as a dive watch, but they never actually say this, so I’m not sure where that idea came from. They do call this a sports watch, which the new steel bracelet and 1,000 feet of water resistance justify. While the case size of 42mm is the largest Nomos has ever made, they’ve shortened the long lugs on the Club here, so it wears less dressy, and is on the smaller end of its measurements.

Nomos Club Sport Neomatik 42mm Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Nomos clearly has the intention for the Club Sport to be an everyday wear, given the “sport” designation and 1,000 feet of water resistance that’s clearly stated on the dial. (I refuse to pontificate on the meaning behind the use of feet over meters.) It’s an interesting gambit to provide the very German, very minimalist ethos of Nomos but in a package that’s just a little more, well, American.

Nomos Club Sport Neomatik 42mm Watch Hands-On Hands-On  Nomos Club Sport Neomatik Dial & Case

Measuring 42mm-wide and 10.2mm-thick, the Club Sport does get the benefit of a relatively slim case, even if the width is on the higher side for the brand. The steel case has an exhibition caseback and a domed sapphire crystal that, thankfully, has double-sided anti-reflective coating on the dial. This goes a long way with legibility, as do the white hour and minute hands, which contrast with the black dial. The hand and hour markers are liberally coated in lume (it was difficult to get a photo of this in the Baselworld environment), which glowed as I moved my wrist under the desk I was sitting at.

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Nomos Club Sport Neomatik 42mm Watch Hands-On Hands-On

What Nomos does really well is the date window. They keep the date disc background in black and digits in white in order to match the rest of the dial. They also don’t try to hide the date window, as it’s noticeably larger than you’re used to seeing on a majority of watches.

Beneath the seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock is the gold text that simply reads “1000ft” which really says all it needs to about that. It’s a simple, classic Nomos dial that looks at home in a 42mm case, just as it would a smaller one.

Nomos Club Sport Neomatik 42mm Watch Hands-On Hands-On Nomos Club Sport Neomatik Bracelet

Much of the discussion about these new Nomos sports watches is going to revolve around the new bracelet that’s debuted on this line. Nomos had previously used a bracelet on the entry-level Club Campus model, though the two are quite different. The new bracelet has larger links that make for a distinctly more masculine look and feel. I think Nomos opts to call all its watches unisex, but you can immediately tell this new watch and bracelet was designed for a buyer who is shopping around for what would, colloquially, be placed in the “men’s watch” category.

Nomos Club Sport Neomatik 42mm Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Nomos Club Sport Neomatik 42mm Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The links that make the bracelet are still narrow when you look at other brands, but the uniform shape and 20mm width come together in a final product that colors well within the lines of the Nomos design language, while drawing in people like myself. The horizontally brushed 145-piece bracelet is screwed together by hand and has an easy-to-use and solid-feeling deployant clasp. Personally, bracelets that have close-together links make me a little anxious at first, since arm-hair pulling has been an issue, but I really didn’t experience any problems with comfort or ease of wear in the 20 minutes or so I wore the piece. Oh, and I also like the pinholes you can see on the inner-side, as they add a great industrial look.

Nomos Club Sport Neomatik 42mm Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Nomos Club Sport Neomatik 42mm Watch Hands-On Hands-On

I did hear some talk, though not a lot, of hope for an integrated lug with this bracelet. I can’t say how happy I am that Nomos didn’t do this. It would make the audience so niche and bracketed, as well as the fact that I’d be a hard “pass” on it personally. As it is now, the Club Sport Neomatik shows that you can appreciate Bauhaus-style and Nomos design without coming off like a dilettante.

Finally, because Nomos is all about the details, the strap has an easy-release system for when you’d like to resize the bracelet or change out the strap.

Nomos Club Sport Neomatik 42mm Watch Hands-On Hands-On Nomos Caliber DUW 6101 Movement

Inside both the Club and Tangente Sport watches is the in-house automatic DUW 6101 movement. Considering the water resistance here, the case thickness of 10.2mm is really made possible by how slim this movement is at 3.6mm thick. The movement operates at 21,600 vph and has a 42-hour power reserve. Functionally, the forward and backward quick-date mechanism is a very welcome asset here.

The three crown positions allow for manual wind on the first pull, quick-date set on the second, and setting time on the third. In a very Nomos touch (and one I completely forgot to photograph …Basel-brain, sorry), part of the tube of the crown is done in red. This way, if the crown isn’t sufficiently screwed down, you’ve got warning. It’s a thoughtful touch.

Nomos Club Sport Neomatik 42mm Watch Hands-On Hands-On Closing Thoughts

The Nomos Club Sport Neomatik is the right direction for the brand, as it stays true to why people have been so drawn to them, while expanding their appeal. On a 7.5-inch wrist, both this watch and the Tangente Sport hit the sweet spot. But what about price? Just a hair over the $4,000 mark, we are looking at territory a notch above the usual competitors. For instance, pieces like the new Breitling Superocean Automatic 42 ($3,950), Grand Seiko SBGR255 ($4,100), and IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII ($4,150) are not really direct competition when it comes to design and style, but they do mark that same general price territory where buyers begin to browse brands at that level.

Nomos Club Sport Neomatik 42mm Watch Hands-On Hands-On

I say this as a testament to Nomos because I doubt they’d price this watch at $4,060 USD if they weren’t confident that someone seeking a versatile everyday watch that stands out from the pack, while carrying design-enthusiast cred, would be a convert when trying it on. I know I was. You can learn more over at nomos-glashuette.com

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  • IanE

    Looks like My First timex. Fail.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Like the watch, but the bracelet looks like one of this aftermarket, flexible straps that old people put on their watch because they can’t handle a normal buckle anymore.

    • DanW94

      The knock off versions of the old Speidel Twist O’ Flex bracelets. The kind that cost 2.99 and not so gently remove your arm hairs.

      • Independent_George

        When my grandfather passed away, we found a shoebox full of them. When I was a little kid I always thought it odd that his left arm had much less hair than his right, but I always thought it was an old man thing, or something that happened in the War. Now I know!

        • Gokart Mozart

          Maybe all see though watches should use those bracelets.

          • Mikita

            ..and come with a bottle of shaving cream.

  • Andrew Thomas

    Watch looks too big for you, lugs overhang and the dial takes up the entire wrist “real estate”. Sure it’s a personal thing, but it also looks rather uncomfortable.

    I agree with the comment that it looks like a Timex – to me, an Easy Reader, so at least it’s got that going for it. Nomos has taken Colin Chapman’s ethos and spun it round to say “for simplicity, just add price”. I’m surprised they didn’t make this $6k or more, if you like Nomos you’ll pay anything.

    And the bracelet looks terrible to me.

  • Lauri Martikainen

    What’s the lug to lug size? I think that’s more crucial information than the 42mm diameter. It sure looks too big for the reviewer. And what’s with the Nomos’ obsession with those small second/minute numerals on their recent watches? I much prefer their traditional desings without them. They feel unnecessary especially on the small secons dial.

    • Gokart Mozart

      Agree the small minute markings are my biggest annoyance with “modern” Nomos, especially when they are in bright colours.

      I don’t know why they do that, it’s not like people who would buy Nomos would have problems telling the time.

      It’s not like they are appealing to Rolex or G-shock owners.

    • Andrew Thomas

      The 38.5mm Nomos Club is 47mm from the 12 lug to the 6 lug. With lugs proportionally the same length as they are to the Club’s case, this puts the 42mm Nomos at around 52mm total. I think – personally – that unless you’re a giant, it’ll look comical.

  • Mountainous Man

    I actually like the watch and Speidel-looking bracelet, but 42mm is way too big, even for your wrist size.

    • Lingua Franca

      Never mind the wrist, that movement looks like it’d be shaking around in that case!

  • Raymond Wilkie

    The watch doesn’t seem to fit the style of the watch.
    I don’t like it.

  • aWtchslvr

    I do not like how they solved the date. The bracelet is feminine to be kind. Otherwise nice watch.

  • NaJo

    A mix of dress and sports with 42mm dial, dated style old man’s bracelet, a 42 hr pr movement running at 21k for $4000! A fail.,.

    May give it a try if under $2k…

  • ProJ

    So how difficult was it for the guys at Nomos to make the bracelet integrated?
    It just doesn’t look right in 2019.

    • Independent_George

      As someone who currently owns and has owned watches with integrated bracelets, well, let me say I think they suck.

    • Joe

      By “integrated” do you mean like on a VC Overseas or PP Nautilus, or just to have fitting end-links?
      I think if they had either provided some option for fitted end-links, maybe it would work better.
      On some watches (especially with straps) I don’t mind a gap between the case and strap but where a bracelet is involved I prefer to see it fitted to the case – otherwise it looks a bit like an afterthought.

      • ProJ

        Yeah I just meant fitted end links. I don’t mind a gap only if the strap had been leather. For rubber and I metal I prefer integrated.

        • Joe

          I agree. Even on leather (not that I have many leather straps) gaps are sometimes “ok” but even there I would prefer curved spring bars.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    No crownguards on a sportswatch?

    • Gokart Mozart

      Thank goodness.

  • George Yang

    I’m sorry Bilal, but that watch looks way too big on your wrist. Are you sure your wrist is 7.5″?

    • Joe

      I don’t remember any ABTW articles talking about watch size (which is relative to the wearer).
      It would be an interesting topic!

      • egznyc

        Without going into the archives, I do believe there was such an article but it was probably at least five years ago. I probably didn’t have the same appreciation of watch size when I read it back then as I do now.

      • George Yang

        Ariel mentions sometimes in passing (videos and articles) but his personal belief (which I’ve since adopted as my person take) is that the best fit is a watch where the lugs get close to the edge of the wrist but there isn’t any overhang.

        • Joe

          I think that’s a good way to gauge it.
          If we’re saying we think this Nomos it still too large for Bilal, then it would be good to see what the staff think are the largest they can wear…and we can all have discussions about it 🙂

          I don’t really believe in telling people that something is too large/small. Ultimately we all have our own styles and perspectives and what works for one person may not suit someone else.

  • WINKS

    Weird.

    • egznyc

      But, hey, is weird something to avoid … or embrace? 😉

  • Tom Erne

    Want to like it but kind of underwhelmed.
    The movement doesn’t fit the case, and they did nothing to hide that fact.
    The bracelet I sort of like, at least the attempt to do something different, but it looks much more brushed than the lugs and case sides. Just doesn’t match – at least not in these pictures.
    The date window is placed -slightly- too far to the right, killing the symmetrics with the numerals.
    Feet i/o meters…by a German brand???
    40mm would have been sufficient to enter the world of sports watches. 42mm in a no outer bezel case comes of rather large, and I would suspect even more so to the usual Nomos crowd.
    4K RRP….stop it now! Nomos does not have the legacy to demand that price point for a watch that breaks zero boundaries. There is waaay too much choice in the market for that to work out.

  • Mikita

    Looks good when on a table, but much worse on medium sized wrist. 42 mm is already kinda big, but those super slim bezels make it look even bigger than it is. Strange move from the company known for its delicate design choices.

  • Joe

    Ultimately there’s a lot to like about this Nomos but I’m still waiting for the Nomos I really want to buy.
    It doesn’t help that my wrists are smaller than Bilal’s, but perhaps I need to try one on.

    The way the lugs overhang the wrists remind me of the time I tried on a Blancpain FF Bathyscaphe Ceramic.
    So nice but just too big.

    • ???

      There are a lot smaller models you can choose from Nomos.

    • SuperStrapper
      • Joe

        Thanks. I’ve been on the lookout.
        I’m more interested in “sport watches” or “sport-capable watches”. For me it’s mostly about water resistance so I don’t have to take it off when I go swimming (or snorkelling).

        I know some of their Ahoi and Club models offer these features too, but I’m generally not a “strap guy” and prefer to have my watches on bracelets if I have the choice.

        This is why this Nomos was close (but no cigar) 🙂

        • SuperStrapper

          Oris Diver 65 is a solid option. 36mm I believe.

          • Joe

            I like the look of that and tried it once…but somehow it appeared too small.
            I guess small (in that case) is part of the vintage vibe.

  • Foul Owl On The Prowl

    I like it, but I’d have to ditch the twist-o-flex-like bracelet for a colorful MN strap Like this maybe

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8ae6871a247b7c5130e5c84a13012c3d4cbf18ea5cf7e3e4afa1215f8653e946.jpg

  • Plyphon

    The printing on the dial looks a bit inconsistent unless it’s supposed to be like that….