ARBOR, Sunburst magic by Oliver Green

12/06/2022

Intro- 

Hello and welcome to another review. Today's watch is the final piece of my Oliver Green Jigsaw, having previously reviewed their Tudor-inspired diver, Mare, and the ultra-elegant dress watch, Caeli. Now is the turn of their Chronograph, the Arbor. Without further ado, lets get into it.

Review - 

Starting as always with the case, Now with Oliver Green being a unisex brand there are usually two size options with each of their watches, the Arbor is no different with a choice of 36mm or 41mm. I opted for 41mm as for me 36mm is a touch too small for a chronograph. Oliver Green brought their A-game when creating the dimensions for the ARBOR, you can tell they wanted to produce a functional chronograph that looks equally classy whether at work or play and they have indeed done that thanks in part to their polished curved lugs which make the 47mm lug to lug feel more like 45mm. To the side of the polished 10.5mm, thick  316l stainless steel case is where you find the signed 2.5mm crown nestled between your polished pushers which activate your seconds and hour sub-dials. Unfortunately, all is not plain sailing and I feel the Arbor is lacking in the weight department and feel the addition few extra grams would give a more premium feel. Finally protecting the dial we have a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with much-needed Ar coating.

Time for the dial, here we have a green sunburst dial with two textured sub-dials, at the three o clock position we have our 60 seconds, and opposite us, at nine o clock we have our hour sub-dial, along with a date window at 6 o clock which for me takes away from the dial as it's just too small. Running along the outside of the main dial is a chapter ring which features Breguet-style numerals at five-minute intervals but again I feel they are just too small and add nothing to the dial if anything they take away from the stunning main dial. Ok, that's enough negativity, Let's talk about the undoubted stars of the show, the dial, and the hands. Firstly the dial, the green sunburst is simply a thing of sheer horology beauty, on a dull dark day it's nice to let's give it a 7/10 but when any light hits it, that's when the magic happens and the Arbor comes alive, the blend of forest and emerald green make you feel like you're deep in the forest surrounded by pine trees, it really is spectacular. 

The dial is highlighted even more with the addition of polished Feuille hands which add a real touch of elegance and beauty to the dial. The craftsmanship of the hour, minute and seconds hands is plain to see in the picture above.  

As we all know every watch needs a movement some use cheap and cheerful and hope we the consumer don't notice. But thankfully Oliver Green opted for a Mitoyta 6S21 Quartz movement, providing you with an accuracy of +/- 20 seconds a month and an average lifespan of three years. If after three years you want to get an exact replacement for the 6S21, then it will set you back between $22-30, not bad considering all you have to do is pop the case back off and put the new battery in. Ahhh the joy of quartz watches. 

What about the strap I hear you ask, well I don't but let's pretend I do. Oliver green leaves that decision up to you by offering you a choice of 14 different strap options, including my personal favorite the brown leather option which while a touch on the thick side is one extremely classy and comfortable strap. The added bonus is all, Oliver Green straps are quick release so if you are after a more casual look simply swap over to a nato or rubber strap in seconds. 

Final Thoughts 

Ok so if you've read this far, firstly well done, it was a hell of a journey. Now let's talk brass tax for a minute. How much will the Abor cost you? $199, but you get 10% off if you simply pop your subscribe to their site, and don't worry they won't email you every second day. Is the Arbor worth the money, for me I'm conflicted,  I like the option that you can choose your strap and the different size options also all packaging is recyclable, along with free shipping and returns . But the points I made as regards the weight,  chapter ring, and date window, while may appear to be small issues they are still issues. The Arbor is a beautiful watch and is one I would recommend but my reviews will always be honest with that said I feel with the 10% discount you get value for money along with excellent service. If you want to check out the Arbor or any of the Oliver Green Collection , Click below and as always thanks for reading, 

 https://olivergreen.com/collections/arbor/products/arbor-steel-green-36mm