Hands on with the Xetum Stinson Automatic
Written by Richard Zolla for The Watch Review Site
Well it’s been a long time sitting on my desktop, so firstly apologise to Rick and Xetum for not getting this out there sooner, this had a fair bit to do with being unable to undertake any computer work for a couple of months…. But that is now history and The Watch Review Sites year begins in earnest today.
Enough of the chit chat lets get on with our first Hands On Review of 2013, firstly let us thank Xetum for supplying the Stinson in all its glory to Our new contributor and writer Rick Zolla, who is based in sunny California (I think) and thank you Rick for undertaking your first hands on review for our little site on the other side of the pond. Now I have got that all out the way i Hand you over to Rick and his review of the Xetum Stinson timepiece… Enjoy the read we sure did.
The first thing you may notice about the Xetum Stinson is the apparent size. My first impression was “wow this is a large watch”. Actually the diameter of the watch is only 41 mm and as it is a lugless, ‘puck’ style case, it should be an excellent choice for the person with a small to typically sized wrist. In fact I’m sure it would look excellent on a larger wrist in a formal/dress setting.
The apparent size is the effect of the 41 mm round case design, and the fact that the case has no bezel. This affords the sapphire crystal to be large at 35 mm, to allow maximum readability of the equally large dial. The dial itself is mat black, and that combined with optic white dial lettering, gives the effect of a virtually invisible crystal.
The hour and minute hands are large, well lumed, and provide superior visibility. The seconds hand is also painted white, and provides easy daytime visibility, but is not lumed for nighttime viewing. Also provided at the three o’clock position is a small date window with a white-on-black date wheel. I find this especially pleasing as it is small enough not to detract from the overall balanced look of the dial. The Xetum logo is positioned at nine o’clock.
On the wrist, the presence of the watch is enhanced by the large dial, however the moderately sized case allows for a comfortable fit and pleasing proportions. The height of the case from case back to crystal measures 11 mm while the case sides are brushed, with two raised, polished accent rings that provide visual balance to the hex-shaped screw-down crown.
The case back is also brushed and contains a 24 mm by 20 mm mineral crystal window to allow a view of the ETA 2824-2 automatic movement. A quality trusted Swiss Made movement for this American designed timepiece. Incorporated into the case/case back are the attachment points for the strap.
The strap itself is black leather with white stitching and tapers from 20 mm at the watch to 17.5 mm at the clasp. The length of the strap is 73 mm /111 mm and it has ten adjustment holes. The number five adjustment was perfect for my seven inch wrist, and allowed the Xetum signed butterfly clasp to sit comfortably in the center of my wrist. Those with smaller wrists will find no difficulty with the Xetum Stinson strap.
In summary, in the Stinson model, Xetum has produced a stylish timepiece in a unique package. and, has done so in a size comfortable to a vast number of watch wearers. The Stinson provides a lot of wrist presence in a moderately sized timepiece. Perhaps it’s time you try a Xetum Stinson. You may be surprised.
So it looks like this slowly becoming American stalwart of a watchmaker in Xetum has left a lasting impression on our American correspondent Rick. Ooh as with all our Hands on reviews don’t forget our little gallery below the Technical Details.
Xetums own overview – The Stinson men’s Swiss automatic watch is all about the basics. A sweep second hand powered by an ETA Swiss automatic watch movement glides effortlessly around the minimalist dial. For those who appreciate uncluttered functionality and design, the Stinson represents timekeeping at its most fundamental level.
Technical Details – Xetum Stinson
One last thing to say is Thank you once again to Rick Zolla for the Review and if you want to follow Rick you can on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/rick.zolla