Minor Watches- A Family Affair

07/09/2022

Introduction-

Hello and welcome. It's time for another review and today I'm bringing a bit of Spanish flair to proceedings with a brand new microbrand from Spain. In 2018, Héctor and Santiago Pérez Salgado, two brothers from Ourense (Spain) decided to turn the passion passed down from our grandfather into our own watch brand. So after years of drawing. brainstorming and research, Minor watches was officially founded at the end of 2021. Designed in Spain and assembled in Switzerland you can rest assured you're getting a quality timepiece.

Review 

Let's get into it, Minors first release The Heritage is available with a choice of 5 different colored dials with a variety of different strap combinations. In my honest opinion having twenty-five different options for a first release is a little over the top, especially for a new brand. But that's just my opinion. Today I'll be focusing all my attention on the mh-b221. 

Starting as always with the case. Made from wait for it, yes our old friend 316l stainless steel. Now before I go any further, I would like to point out that Minor has nailed the dimensions of this watch. Unless you have something crazy like a 12-inch wrist the mh-b221 will fit you and look good doing so. Now back to why you are here, the highly polished case with a lug to lug of 47mm and lug width of 20mm the case also features a beveled polished push-pull crown and a sapphire crystal exhibition case back, ( great for those who want to check out the watches movement) curved lugs give a touch of real elegance to the watch and gives you the impression that you are wearing one classy timepiece. 

Time for the dial, now it's listed as elegance grey but personally, I get more of a metallic grey vibe which may sound a bit strange but trust me when the sun hits this sapphire-coated dial it really does stand to attention. Along with seven golden yellow applied dots and six printed numerals all featuring swiss lume, you can rest assured that time telling will not be an issue day or night. finishing off the dial is brushed steel lume coated hour and minute hands and a contrasting polished steel seconds hand.

Movement Time, powering the mh-b221 is the swiss made  Sellita SW 200-1. If you are looking for a reliable workhorse of a movement that won't let you down, then you have found it in the Sellita Sw 200-1. Features include a power reserve of 38hours, and 26 jewels ensure a friction-free environment for all components. Minor has added their little touch to the movement by engraving their company name on the rotor. For those of you not a fan of hand winding the movement, don't worry as you have the option to shake, rattle, and roll and you are good to go.

Strap time, now this is a first for me as an owner of over 100 watch straps, none have caught my attention as much as the strap on the mh-b221. Firstly the brothers decided to use a Spanish manufacturer, Jacob Straps based in Jaen, southern Spain. Which I feel says a lot about the company as a whole, that they are willing to put money straight back into the local economy on their first venture. Each strap is handmade and embossed with the company name using only the best quality cowhide leather with contrasting white stitching, the detail, feel, and texture of the strap are truly exceptional and are without question the most comfortable watch strap I have ever tried on. You just know that the more worn and beat up this strap gets the better it will look. Finished off with a polished pin-buckle clasp.

Final Thoughts 

Ok, so we have come to the end so I'll make it short and sweet. I'll get the negative comment out of the way.  This is only my opinion, but I don't see the need to offer 25 different options of effectively the same watch, yes obviously offer a choice of dials but there's no need to offer that many strap options. That aside my experience of Minor has been nothing but positive, the watch is honestly the most comfortable watch I have ever tried on, and believe me there has been a lot, I love the style and it really is a solidly built timepiece that I'm glad to have in my collection. Now before I wrap up, let's talk price, Currently coming in at £550 it's sitting in the middle competition alley, with competition such as the Seiko Presage. Would I pick this over the above name Seiko? Yes simply put this is a watch that is both striking in design and quality and one that won't be leaving my collection anytime soon. Thanks for reading. you can check out Minor below. 

https://minorwatches.com/en/product/reloj-minor-automatic-mh-b221/