Skywatch is an interesting new US-based watch brand that produces affordable Swiss quartz timepieces. Skywatch currently makes two collections: 3-hand and chronograph. The 3-hand collection is available in 38 mm or 44 mm diameter case sizes (pictured). The chronograph collection is only available in 44 mm diameter cases.
The Skywatch 3-hand models (hours, minutes, seconds and date), are powered by Rhonda 515 quartz movements. Cases are constructed from stainless steel, with optional black-IP or rose gold-plating.
The bezel is similar to the sapphire crystal bezels – although instead of sapphire it is made of epoxy. Skywatch achieves a look similar to the famous Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, at a fraction of the cost.
Skywatch uses mineral crystals on all their timepieces. Mineral crystals are more scratch-resistant than plexiglass, but not sapphire. The strap is made of premium Italian sailcloth with a nubuck leather lining and the brand’s signature blue loop. The caseback is solid steel. The crown is non-locking. Water-resistance is 100 meters.
On the wrist, the 44 mm 3-hand Skywatch has an excellent fit. The combination of a relatively thin case, tapered lugs, and pin buckle strap result in a timepiece that feels very comfortable on the wrist. The uni-directional bezel rotates with ease and precision.
The domed crystal looks good, although the lack of anti-reflective treatment can make it slightly hard to read in bright lighting conditions. Conversely, it is very easy to read in low-lighting conditions due to the generous amount of lume that has been applied to hands, bezel, and markers.
Skywatch offers distinctive Swiss-made timepieces, with a luxurious feel, at a price that doesn’t break the bank.
Retail is $295 for the 3-hand version and $395 for the chronograph.