About Vintage - Friendship built the brand
Introduction - Hello watch fans or those who simply fancy reading something different. My name is Podge and I review microbrands, Why? One reason is that I love them and today I have a stunning timepiece for you. About Vintage are a Copenhagen-based microbrand, founded by childhood friends, Thomas and Sebastian who are self-proclaimed watch addicts, Long story short while on holiday in Mexico and after one too many Coronas they brought up the idea of starting a watch brand together, so after waking up the next day and still wanting to push forward and turn their dreams into a reality they forged ahead and created, About Vintage. Side note before I begin the review. For every order, they offset our entire CO2 emissions by funding UN-verified climate projects.
Review- The Case
Ok let's get into it, Today I have the About Vintage 1926 at sea, a classy diver that pays tribute to the first ever dive watch, which was made using the hermetic seal, designed by Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex who in 1926 designed the first ever dustproof and waterproof watch. Now as always I'll start with the Case, made from our good friend 316l stainless steel this 39mm watch is nothing short of spectacular. Let's talk Dimensions for a minute, Diameter of 39mm, Lug to Lug 47mm, lug width of 20mm, and a thickness of wait for it, 12mm, now for a watch that features a domed sapphire crystal to have a thickness of under 13mm is truly brilliant. The stainless steel case of the 1926 strikes the perfect balance of striking design and quality.
The polished sides along with your polished screw-down crown give a real luxurious feel to the sides while the brushed finish to the lugs lets you know you have a watch that's not just for show, but can handle anything. The 1926 at sea, features a uni-directional coin edge bezel that feels extremely solid to the touch, along with zero back play, assuring you that no stone was left unturned when it came to creating this solid timepiece.
The Dial- Like most timepieces, the dial is usually the star of the show and The 1926 is no different. Featuring a rich deep blue sunburst dial that makes you feel like your delving deep into the unknown, complemented perfectly with white lume-coated dot markers and sword hour and minute hands. Along with the company's logo at 12 and name at 6. The diver really comes alive at night or as your dive deep into the abyss as the lume lume on offer is truly exceptional and a definite highlight.
Case-back and Strap- When you're buying your watch from About Vintage you have the option of adding an additional strap for $10, which given the quality of them, I highly recommend taking up the offer. My 1926 came with a 5-link jubilee stainless steel bracelet with quick-release springs which meant I could easily swap over to my brown Italian leather strap for a different look. Both straps feel and look like they belong on a watch, ten times the price of the 1926, with the jubilee bracelet being one of the most comfortable straps I have ever tried on.
To the rear is where you find your screw-down case back providing you with 200meters of water resistance, along with a beautiful engraving of the companies home, Copenhagen.
Movement- Finally we have the movement, We have the Japanese mecaquartz Vh31 which is the definition of low maintenance and reliability. As a mecaquartz type of movement, the second hand on the VH31 has a rather smooth sweeping motion, unlike most quartz watches that impulse with a ticking motion. The VH31 provides you with an accuracy of +/- 15 seconds a month. it should easily last you two years at which point you simply unscrew the case-back and replace the battery.
Final Thoughts- Firstly let's talk about why you should buy from About Vintage, 1-Free delivery and returns, 2- You're supporting a sustainable business that actually cares about its carbon footprint and only uses recyclable materials in its packaging. 3-Their level of customer service is truly remarkable, they are a small business that genuinely cares about its customers. Finally, they make brilliant watches, with superior build quality with exceptional attention to detail, backed up by providing value for money. The 1926, deep sea retails at $399 which you may think is a bit high for a quartz watch but when you try it, see it and feel the quality you'll understand, it's worth every penny and is a watch that will last a lifetime.
As always thanks for reading, I'll leave a link below so you can check About Vintage for yourself.