Shut up! Shut up, you American. You always talk, you Americans, you talk and you talk and say 'Let me tell you something' and 'I just wanna say this.'
-Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life
Let me tell you something. I really like this watch. It’s a small miracle that I do, really, since I spent the intervening moments between placing the order and actually receiving the Aquitaine learning a lot about watches, reading and watching lots of reviews about this and other watches, buying watches, selling watches. I’ve heard good things about the Aquitaine, I’ve heard bad things about the Aquitaine, and I had no real idea how I’d actually like it when it showed up.
I just wanna say this: it’s a winner.
It’s a hefty watch. It feels more substantial on the bracelet than my Sealander does (makes sense: Aquitaine is larger with a wider bracelet). But the weight is nicely distributed and the bracelet is very comfy. I’ve heard the screws to remove links are a bit tricky to work with but I had CW resize it for me so I can’t speak to that. I was surprised CW didn’t include the links they removed, however.
The bezel is great to my eyes. Mine lines up as you’d expect a $1200 watch bezel to. It’s clicky and loud and has only the smallest bit of backplay. Little enough, in fact, that I almost didn’t mention it. I can see how some are disappointed by the text or the lume on the bezel. I’m not but I don’t care at all about lume, and the text looks good to me.
The keyless works are… weird. Dry Marshal is pointless, really, as others have pointed out since it’s not noticeable under anything but intense scrutiny. One concern or question I have is around the winding: it seems like it is pretty tight when I wind it. It doesn’t really feel like other watches I own. Is this the messed up winding mechanism others have experienced or am I unclear on how that should feel? If it is defective, is it fine to just wear the watch a few minutes to let the automatic winding works start the watch and then set the time, or should I send it back?
The dial is beautiful. I was worried it’d be a weird blue, but I think it’s perfect. It catches the light in surprising ways that shifts its hue from deep navy to brilliant and bright metallic. The red text and second hand decoration are nice pops of color, and the indices and hands are finished nicely. The boxed sapphire crystal is retro enough to create some interest but never crosses the line into gimmicky territory.
One other quick note: I had CW engrave my kids’ initials on the caseback. Kind of a waste, really, since the engraving is minuscule enough to practically require a loupe to read, but you know what? I know it’s there.
I mentioned in another thread that this watch has jumped to the top of my stable of watches (do you jump to the top of a stable? Probably not. The front? Anyway.) it’s comfy and well-balanced and it is classy enough not to embarrass me in front of my fancy friends (mostly because I have no friends fancy or otherwise), but unassuming enough that I can wear around town without feeling loud.
So those are my first night impressions. If you made it to the end, I applaud your patience. Thanks for reading.