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Pramzius Berlin Wall Signature Edition Watch Hands-On

Pramzius Berlin Wall Signature Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Berlin and greater Germany recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. In 1989, the reunification of East and West Germany — memorialized by the destruction of a wall that separated East and West Berlin — was also a precursor to the demise of the Soviet Union and the Cold War between Western powers and those in the Soviet Union’s Iron Curtain. One of the most interesting timepieces to celebrate this piece of history is this Berlin Wall Signature limited-edition set of watches from Pramzius. Named after an obscure mythological god known by people in Baltic region of Europe, Pramzius as a watch brand is brought to you by the same people who operate the longstanding online watch retailer R2Awatches.com.

Pramzius Berlin Wall Signature Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

aBlogtoWatch first debuted the Pramzius Berlin Wall Signature Edition watches in early 2018 when they were part of a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. The limited edition of 1,989 watches came with two dial styles (one with or without the more bold graffiti-style “Berlin” statement) and with two case sizes (42 and 48mm-wide). The Berlin Wall Signature Edition watches are also available on a strap or this matching “aged-style” steel metal bracelet. Now after the watches have been produced and released, I offer a hands-on look at this pretty cool, but certainly not for everyone, timepiece.

On my wrist is the 42mm-wide version of the Berlin Wall watch with the “colored dial.” The particular “Berlin” graphic was inspired by actual graffiti from the watch (and that was used with permission by Pramzius). The face itself is bluish actual marble stone, and the dial is a decently legible mixture of applied hour markers with graffiti style 8 and 9 o’clock hour indicators that have been juxtaposed in order to create the “89” number as indicative of the year 1989, when the Berlin Wall came down. Given the art on the dial, I actually think it is pretty legible, overall, and the luminant on the hands and hour markers makes for impressive darkness visibility.

Pramzius Berlin Wall Signature Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Pramzius Berlin Wall Signature Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

If you’ve been to Berlin — especially in first two decades after the fall of the wall, you’ll immediately appreciate how the “aged, industrial” look of the watch case and bracelet fit in with the vibe of the city. While at times the case feels a bit like a hodgepodge of design elements, it results in a masculine and comfortable aesthetic that is satisfying given the current popularity of “aged-style” (otherwise brand new) timepieces. To achieve this aged effect, the 100 meters water resistant (with sapphire crystal over the dial) steel case and bracelet is given a coating for the visual effect.

Pramzius Berlin Wall Signature Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Pramzius Berlin Wall Signature Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

On the rear of the case is an etching of the Brandenburg Gate — an important and historic landmark in Berlin and the place where United States President Ronald Reagan famously orated “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” Another fun detail that is sure to help with social conversation is the crown of the watch. Inside is a small capsule that contains rocks that came from the actual Berlin Wall itself. Pramzius very much wanted to have an actual part of the Berlin Wall in the watch, and this was a clever way to do it.

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Pramzius Berlin Wall Signature Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Pramzius Berlin Wall Signature Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Inside the watch is a Japanese Seiko Instrument NH35 automatic mechanical movement. Yes, it would have been nice for the watch to come with a Swiss movement, but at this price point and with all the details in the watch, I am not complaining. In fact, my major takeaway feeling is that Pramzius really went above and beyond in making not only a satisfying historical-themed watch, but also in making a fashion statement well beyond the history the watch is trying to tell. With all the timepiece details meant to satisfy wristwatch enthusiasts, the Pramzius Berlin Wall Signature Edition watches actually better than one might expect, compared to other watches of this ilk in their final execution.

One again, Pramzius produces four versions of the Berlin Wall Signature Edition watch depending on the case size and dial design. Each of the watches is available on either a strap or a matching metal bracelet priced at $649 USD and $699 USD, respectively. Learn more at the Pramzius website here.

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  • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

    This company is still around??

  • TNSL

    Yeah, no!

  • Berndt Norten

    This is only fitting.
    The West is the best.
    (The West is the best)

    Give in.
    The consumer will do the rest.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    *Note to self
    Try to be more polite like George.

    • Joe

      Is that a 2021 new year’s resolution? 😉

      • Raymond Wilkie

        It’s the same every year! I try my best.

      • Berndt Norten

        It’s my 2112 resolution ?

  • Ulysses31

    I get why this exists. I don’t even mind the dial design. I just can’t see myself spending that kind of money on something that looks like it was made from pot metal in some Chinese backstreets, and finishing that consists of being run over multiple times by a rusty bicycle. Yes, I realise that the worn appearance is intentional, but it still looks awful.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      I quite agree. And how long would it be before the rattling of those stones would do your head in?

  • Gokart Mozart

    Aesthetically, it’s a shame they did not wait another 9 years to tear down the wall.

    Had that been the case then Nomos watches would still be a bargain and GO and AL&S would still be niche.

  • Joe

    I actually like it more than when I first saw it mentioned on ABTW, especially on the bracelet.
    I think if the dial was more muted, it could be more appealing. In fact they seem to have a more muted dial on their website.

    The way this one looks, it could be one of those souvenir quartz watches that you swiftly walk past while you’re at the airport looking for something authentic to take home.

    I suppose it’s not expensive, but I could buy a nice Hamilton (or Seiko) for this $$ and unfortunately I would choose to spend it there.

  • hatster

    ….I think a 1980’s pop video would like their watch returned please….

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