Ancon X-35 Series Concept Black Red Automatic Day Night 45mm 200m
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Some of you may know Ancon watches for their tough-looking collection of military-inspired dive watches, which serves only to illustrate the departure represented by the Ancon X-35 Concept. The Ancon X-35 Concept may boast the same strong lugs as their Sea Shadow line, but that is where the similarities end, with the Ancon X-35 Concept opting for a more radical and three-dimensional design. Melding the footprint of a bold dive watch with the dial design and wrist presence of a much more expensive and complicated watch, the Ancon X-35 Concept offers an interesting package for those looking for a watch that might fill the void between affordable and avante-garde.
The previously mentioned dial is rather complex looking, but still uses three hands to show the time and sports a skeleton view of the balance and a day/night indicator at nine o’clock. The hour hand is the shorter colored hand (red, in this case) and the seconds are shown in a half sub dial between four and five. The strength of this design is that it offers a lot of visual drama without relying on an unconventional time display or movement. Watches that offer a truly different way of showing the time almost always require a specialized movement, which is much more expensive, making the Ancon X-35 Concept’s sub-$1000 price point impossible.
The Ancon X-35 Concept is powered by the Miyota 82S7, an automatic movement with a 40+ hour power reserve, 21 jewels and a rate of 21,600 vph. Miyota lists the accuracy of the 82S7 at -20 to +40 seconds a day (a full minute), but this is likely not of huge concern for this specific movement, as it lacks a hacking seconds feature. Without hacking seconds, it is very difficult to synchronize the seconds display on the Ancon X-35 Concept. In addition to this, the seconds display on the Ancon X-35 Concept is incomplete, using a half scale with a double-sided seconds hand to basically show two looping 30 second scales.
Compared to what I normally wear, the Ancon X-35 Concept is quite large and the combination of its black case, wide lugs and black rubber strap give it a very casual wrist presence. I found the Ancon X-35 Concept to be comfortable, but not especially compatible with sleeves and cuffs, thanks not only to its 16 mm thickness, but also the inclusion of a large PVD steel buckle for the rather thick rubber strap. Crown action is pretty good, thanks to a large crown flanked by crown guards that do their job without getting in the way. With 200M water resistance, the Ancon X-35 Concept is weekend ready and certainly feels tough enough to handle most day to day abuse.
MODEL: X-35 Black Red
MOVEMENT: Automatic – Miyota
CASE: Black IP Coated Stainless Steel
CROWN: Screw down Crown
DIAL: Black Dial with Red accents
CONDITION: Pre-Owned – As-New!
BOXES/PAPERS: Yes/Yes – Complete Ancon Wooden Box Set
WATER RESISTANCE: – 200m
STRAP/BRACELET: – Original Ancon Red Rubber strap with Black Steel buckle.
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