Out Of Order. Gimmick or Quality?
Hello, Hello, and welcome to another microbrand review, and this is bound to raise a few eyebrows.
So today, I'm reviewing the Grey Auto 2.0 by Out of Order watches. Originally founded back in 2013, in the home of Pizza, Italy. Out of order, looked at the market and wondered what can they create that sets them apart from their competitors. They wanted to create watches, with old vintage charm without compromising on quality. They use a unique handcrafted process to give the watch an old vintage aesthetic, with modern construction. Due to their process, they promise none of their watches will be identical.
Let's get into, Starting with the case, Imagine this, leaving your watching in the rain and then attacking it with a blowtorch and you'll get some idea of how the case looks, ( obviously the guys over at Out Of Order use a more refined process then this) but it has a real vintage aesthetic and I have to be honest, while I was initially skeptical I love it. Made from 316l stainless steel with a diameter of 44mm, lug to lug of 51mm, and a thickness of 14mm along with its knurled PVD aluminum-coated bezel, with yellow markers, and a screw-down case back which provides 100meter's of water resistance this is no shrinking violet.
The dial is where you start the see the blend of vintage charm with modern aesthetics, featuring a matte grey dial with applied yellow markers, which along with the hour and minute hands are coated with Superluminova, providing optimum time-telling in the darkest nights A date window with white background, blends in perfectly with the matte grey dial. The knurled crown is engraved with the Out Of Order Logo and is the perfect size for even the biggest of hands.
Last but by no means least, We move on to the movement and the strap. We have the hand-wound Seiko nh35 which along with hacking and an acceptable power reserve of 41hours, we have a more than acceptable movement for the price point of just 379euros. The strap is a genuine brown, Barbour vintage leather strap with a width of 22mm, tapering down to 20mm, with a gunmetal pin-buckle fastening.
Having owned the watch for a little over 3 weeks, which can be bought directly from the out-of-order site if you are in the UK, I would recommend the guys over at watch-pilot. https://www.watchpilot.co.uk/collections/out-of-order-watches. While I was a little unsure of how it would look on my 6.5 inch wrist, I had no need to worry as it looked at felt great on my wrist, the lume never let me down and weight wasn't an issue. I honestly have no issues in recommending Out of Order watches, they may not your typical watch, but every collector likes a bit of diversity and these would look great in any collection. If you want to check these out for yourself. Click the links below. If the Uk and want next-day delivery then Watch pilot has you covered, otherwise, you can buy direct from Out of order. https://outoforderwatches.com/collections/auto-collection