Straton Legera Bullhead - VK67 Mecha-Quartz (Blue)
Straton Watch Company's Legera chronograph comes in a variety of colors and styles, with each color having the option of either a highly desirable Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 or 7753 automatic movement, or a more economically priced VK63 or VK67 mecha-quartz hybrid.
Even more exciting is the rare and highly collectible option of a "bullhead" configuration, with the crown and pushers on the top of the watch, or the more standard configuration with the crown and pushers on the right side of this 1970s vintage-styled automotive timepiece.
This watch also comes with a convenient travel case.
Why We Love This Watch
The bullhead design of this particular chronograph, (with the crown and pushers on the top of the watch, instead of on the side,) an option that's rarely seen in modern chronographs, should excite many watch collectors. It's also a firm shout-out to the 1970s vintage theme of this timepiece. Brands such as Omega first introduced this layout in their Seamaster collection in 1970.
Straton are a Swiss microbrand rightly famous for their 1970s vintage automotive racing themed chronographs, and in our opinion have produced some of the very best offerings in this genre. The Straton Legera raises the bar to even higher standards, and the color scheme here, with the carefully coordinated vintage-style rally straps and playful outer track design, is nothing short of exquisite. Look closely though and you'll see a great attention to detail too. While admiring the curves on the case you might pick up on the subtle mirror polished bevel that helps contrast the edge with the finely brushed finish on the rest of the case. Or, perhaps you're admiring the subtle dish shape of the dial and how Straton have carefully married traditional chronograph functions such as a tachometer (found inside the chapter ring) with a 12 hour rotating bezel featuring a second time zone without any sign of clutter. Lots to see here.
Good looks and styling aside, the Straton Legera is not just a chronograph but can also double or triple as a dive watch or robust travel watch or field watch, with it's 100 meter water rating, Swiss Super-Luminova lume, 120 click unidirectional sapphire bezel with second time zone and domed sapphire glass. This is truly one hell of a versatile timepiece, and looks particularly good on Straton's optional oyster bracelet.
- Type: Microbrand watch.
- Reference: Straton Legera Bullhead VK67 Type A (Blue).
- Complications: Chronograph/stopwatch sub-dials for elapsed minutes and hours, main second hand for chronograph elapsed seconds with current time in seconds on sub-dial, rotating bezel for optional second time zone.
- Color Scheme: Blue with orange and silver.
- Water Resistance: 10 ATM / 100 meters / 330 feet.
- Diameter: 42mm.
- Lug-to-Lug Length: 48mm.
- Lug Width: 22mm.
- Height: 13mm.
- Case: 316L marine grade stainless steel with silver colored finish and a subtle mix of finely brushed and mirror polished surfaces.
- Crown: Signed gnurled crown unusually located at 12 o'clock with pushers either side in a bullhead configuration.
- Case Back: Solid screw down case case back with deep illustration.
- Dial Type: Multi-layered dish-shaped sunburst dial with snailed sunburst concentric circles on sub-dial, multi-colored outer track and applied indices.
- Dial Glass: Scratch resistant domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating.
- Bezel: 120 click unidirectional scratch resistant ceramic bezel with 12 hour markers for an optional second time zone or counting dive minute multiples. Fixed chapter ring below has traditional tachometer chronograph markings.
- Lume: Swiss Super-Luminova BGW9 (blue.)
- Straps Included: 1x set of 22mm vintage rally-style blue leather straps with matching orange stitching.
- Movement: Seiko VK67 mecha-quartz hybrid chronograph movement with 60 minutes and 12 hours sub-dials and instant mechanical reset.
- Tick Rate: 5 ticks per second main chronograph second hand instead of the more typical 1 tick per second found on most quartz.
- Hacks: Yes.
- Power Reserve: Up to 3 years battery life with normal operation.
- Manufacturer's Warranty: 2 years.
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