It’s not elusive a chronograph in any value range since pretty much every watch brand offers one (or many). I’m fairly exacting with regards to chronographs and will in general like more extraordinary pieces like the Longines Avigation BigEye or Junghans Meister Chronoscope Terrassenbau Limited Edition , and pass on the regular. Its a well known fact that there’s a detonating populace of microbrands all through Europe and North America that are undermining set up brands’ costs with Kickstarter crusades and online-just customer facing facades. Watches like the Aqua Compressor Endeavor from Farer Universal and Ticonite from ORLO Watches demonstrate that cutting edge innovation, an ability for plan and mass-delivered, excellent developments have evened the odds generally, particularly in the sub-USD 2,000 market. Mercer Watch Co. is a phenomenal illustration of this and has an all around planned chronograph with a segment wheel development, and a noteworthy cost to coordinate. We should investigate their Lexington Chronograph.
I consistently like supporting little business visionaries and Mercer Watch Company is only that. Situated in Princeton, New Jersey, home to Princeton University, Mercer was named after Hugh Mercer, one of George Washington’s key commanders who passed on in fight only a couple miles from their base camp. Established a couple of years prior by Scott Vuocolo, Mercer Watch Company has developed from its unique Brigadier piece in 2014 (driven by a Miyota 9015 programmed) to a current arrangement of eight models with numerous varieties among them. Developments range from Miyota to Sellita to Seagull types, which are common for microbrands to hold costs within proper limits. Mercer won’t probably ever deliver in-house developments and numerous parts will keep on being re-appropriated, yet as Vuocolo unmistakably concedes, the company isn’t attempting to waste time. Their attention is on plan and moderate assembling, and watches are gathered, tried and managed in-house.
CASE AND DESIGN
The case on the Lexington has a 1960s retro vibe, being totally cleaned tempered steel with a held 39mm measurement. While I appreciate this outdated appeal, the 13.5mm tallness is emphatically contemporary. I lean toward this piece of heave and it helps the watch wear greater than the 39mm measurement proposes. Unobtrusive chamfers adjust the two sides of the top and stretch out to the tips of the carries, which is a pleasant detail, yet difficult to see through the cleaned finish. Keeping with the retro theme, the precious stone is high domed and produced using a scratch-safe K1 glass, encircled by a cleaned bezel. Better than acrylic, yet shockingly not sapphire.
The case back has a K1 glass presentation window showing the improved, manual-wind Seagull development. The crown is stepped with an “M” and doesn’t screw down, leaving the case water-impervious to just 50m. It is anything but a jumping watch, so don’t regard it all things considered. Albeit the watch could be confused with a Hamilton or a TAG Heuer from the outset, it has a one of its very own kind character and isn’t attempting to ride in the wake of a particular brand. Regardless, it seems to be like the Long Beach Racing Chronograph from the Aramar Watch Company, a microbrand situated in the Netherlands that additionally utilizes Seagull movements.
DIAL AND HANDS
The Lexington has an exemplary highly contrasting “panda” dial that helped me to remember an exemplary 1970s Wakmann chronograph. A dark tachymeter encompasses the white dial with two cleaned, dark snailed sub-dials at 3 and 6 o’clock. A seconds hand involves the sub-dial at nine with 20, 40 and 60 printed numerals, while a thirty-minute counter is at three with 10, 20 and 30 printed numerals. Silver faceted files on the fundamental dial are cleaned with internal confronting focuses, and have a pleasant shine as the light changes. The hour and moment hands are additionally cleaned silver and liberally loaded up with an off-white lume.
The hands inside the sub-dials are splendid red and add a pleasant differentiation, while the focal chronograph hand is dark with a spot of lume in its upper triangle. Dial text is kept to a base with the company’s name and logo at the top and LEXINGTON BI-COMPAX just beneath the sub-dials. LEXINGTON is imprinted in red to coordinate the sub-dial hands. Luckily, Mercer wasn’t enticed to add a date window, which would’ve lost the equilibrium of the dial – the development that controls the watch is “no-date” in any case. There’s as of now a great deal of meticulousness, yet the outcome is pleasingly uncluttered.
The pulsating heart of the Lexington Chronograph is a Seagull ST1901 development. It is China-made, which sounds somewhat startling, however don’t let that toss you. Seagull developments are among the awesome of China and have Swiss birthplaces. Swiss development maker Venus was procured by Tianjin Watch Factory in China during the 1960s, alongside their hardware and plans. Today, Seagull developments are as yet fabricated on Venus hardware and are comparable to these vintage developments in both plan and dependability. Mercer additionally gathers, controls and tests each movement.
The Seagull ST1901 is a segment wheel development, which is a superior offering for a chronograph and considers a smoother pusher activity and more quick reaction of the chronograph hands. The chronograph capacities additionally can’t coincidentally be reset while working. Seen from the presentation caseback, the development has that wonderful vintage feel, with the vast majority of the parts noticeable – and that look fits the general plan of the watch. It has 23 gems, beats at 21,600vph (3Hz) and has a 40-hour power reserve.
The Lexington comes with a convention style dark Italian leather tie with energetic white sewing on the two sides. The huge holes help keep sweat from developing on hot days and it was entirely comfortable out of the case. The tie tightens from 20mm down to 16mm, which is somewhat more than I would like but is inoffensive generally speaking. It’s a cushioned tie, yet not excessively thick, and Mercer’s blade logo is engraved on the hardened steel clasp. An earthy colored lash is additionally accessible on another model and can be requested independently if desired.
As author Scott Vuocolo says, Mercer isn’t wasting time with the Lexington Chronograph. It does, in any case, give an all around planned, section wheel chronograph for a portion of the expense of numerous comparable watches from set up brands. It’s additionally simple to wear at 39mm and doesn’t come across as conventional or deadened. The quality are charming, the Seagull ST1901 establishes a decent connection through the display caseback and the general esthetic is a cool return to the 1960s. There are chronographs out there for a huge number of dollars that just miss the mark concerning that. Also, that gets my attention.
You can buy the Lexington Chronograph at Mercer’s site for USD 529 and three models are accessible – white and debris (dark), white and silver, and indigo and silver, the last of which comes with the earthy colored leather tie. All watches come with a two-year guarantee and 15-day return window.