A few months prior, we educated you concerning the new Calypso Premium timepiece from Swedish micro-brand, E.C. Andersson, which at the time was seeking subsidizing on Kickstarter. After a very successful campaign, the company is back with a new model in the Calypso range, called the Calypso Sport. Pitched as an entry-level model in the Calypso family, it offers a significant number of the same esthetic touches as its elder kin however with a few varieties to keep the price a little more wallet-friendly. Available now for pre-order on the E.C. Andersson website, we thought we’d take a closer glance at what you get for your money.
The first thing you’ll most likely notice about the Calypso Sport is that it shares the same case as the Calypso Premium, which is rated water-resistant to 100m. Made from sandblasted and polished 316L steel, it measures 40mm x 9.85mm high and looks quite nice on the wrist. The simple black dial is double textured and embossed done with the E.C.A logo, giving it a touch of personality and making an otherwise plain dial stick out. Personally, I’m not one for heavy-marking thus I wouldn’t see any problems with seeing the dial without the embossing or perhaps with a different pattern, yet I don’t think it detracts from the overall look of the watch and it likely will not be that undeniable once you’re wearing the watch.
Time is displayed centrally (hours, minutes and running seconds) by means of twirly doo style hands, with ice-blue lume for easy evening reading. The indices are the same as on the Premium version, which I really like. Adding some depth to the dial, they are marginally elevated and are polished and beveled for that extra touch of class, with B3 ice-blue light used once more. Completing the dial is a date window at 3 o’clock.
The date circle is white, which I’m sure will be somewhat contentious as numerous people prefer it to be the same color as the dial and in this case, I’m inclined to agree. It is anything but a deal-breaker of course, and one could make that argument that it matches well with the white indices, yet at the same time I think I’d prefer on the off chance that it was black.
Inside, hidden behind a strong case back, is the principle reason at the reduction in cost. Instead of utilizing a Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic movement like the Calypso Premium, the Sport is powered by a Japanese-made, hand-regulated Miyota 9015 automatic movement, beating at 28,800 beats per hour. It’s a natural workhorse and one that will get the task finished, while as yet keeping the price down.
Offered on your choice of a matching steel bracelet with butterfly clasp, or crocodile-grained calf leather with uni-molded E.C.A steel buckle, the Calypso Sport will be limited to 220 pieces. In the event that you hop on the 21-day pre-order early, there are “early-orders” pieces available from just EUR 420, which is a considerable discount on the last expected retail price. More data can be found on the E.C. Andersson page here .