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Traser H3 Classic Chronograph Watch
Price Approx £249
The Traser H3 Classic Chronograph Watch is a men's military style watch with optional strap choice. The choices of straps available are Silicon, NATO, Leather, or Steel strap. If you order from the Traser watch site you get to pick the strap type. The crown is steel and has a black PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) coating.
The watch is powered by a battery but the main selling point is the watch illumination along with the history and marketing associated with military forces around the world having similar types of illumination on their watches. Traser also are proud that they were the first company to offer this type of illumination system. The watch hands can be seen perfectly clearly even in pitch black conditions.
The light sources on this watch are 15 self illuminating Gaseous Tritium Lighting System. Fourteen of the lights are blue from the 1 to 11 o clock positions with the remaining one being orange at the 12 o clock position for correct orientation at night. The light tritium light sources are expected to last twenty years and are said to be 100 times brighter than other comparable illumination systems.
This review is based on the Traser H3 Classic Chronograph I have fitted with the matching black coated steel strap.
Case - Black Steel
Bezel - Black Steel
Strap - Black Steel (adjustable from clasp or removal of links)
Size - Approx 40mm
Waterproof - Water resistant to 330 feet (100m)
Expected battery life -
Screen - Crystal Sapphire
Movement - Swiss Ronda 5040.B Quartz
Date - field on watch face at 12 o clock
Illumination 15 Traser lights 12/face (11 x blue 1 x orange) 1/hour (1 x blue) 1/mins (1 x blue) 1/seconds (1 x blue)
Tachymeter situated around the face of the watch (It's used to calculate speed over a set distance)
Warranty 2-3 years manufacturers from date of purchase and 10 year guarantee on the tritium lights.
The Traser H3 Chronograph watch comes in an attractive plastic box cover with a sliding black cardboard outer cover endorsed with the company logo. The box itself is well manufactured keeping the watch secure in transit. There is also a multi language instruction booklet detailing the use of the watch. It's probably worth keeping the box as I have done for storage if you fancy wearing another watch from time to time.
Picking up the watch it feels robust and well constructed I have to say it weighs quite a bit compared to my other watches. The screen numerals and date are well displayed and easy to read. The second hand has a ticking movement and is also clearly displayed on the face of the watch. There is also a stopwatch function with three dials recording the minutes and seconds and hours on the watch face (These are not lit by the Gaseous Tritium Lighting System).
If you are like astronomy then this watch is well worth the money as other watches I have other watches whose luminosity decreases in intensity of the light after a few hours to the point where you need to shine a torch on the face of the watch to read the time. This has an effect of destroying you night vision for about 15 minutes whereas with the Traser the face remains perfectly readable throughout the night.
It's a very nice easy to read watch with clear hands and face. The hands do benefit from being coloured white against the black background of the watch face.
The Tritium lighting system is indeed very clear and as stated by the manufacturer can be seen in pitch black conditions and doesn't diminish through the night.
The timekeeping is very good and the mechanism doesn't loose or gain much time every couple of months. The dials can also be re synched to the12 o clock positions should they drift out of alignment.
The watch is also very soundly constructed and waterproof I wore this watch in the sea on holiday and during dives and jumps into the water most days for two weeks from about 10-15 feet high and was swimming around underwater at a depth of around 4-5 meters the watch did not once leak or develop condensation inside after coming out of the water.
The H3 Classic Chronograph does look very nice and quite a few people have noted that the watch looks very nice and suits a variety of outfits without looking out of place.
The PVD coating on my watch has started to come off on the clasp that seals the strap around your wrist. This exposes the silver coloured metal underneath and looks a bit tatty. I prefer to think it looks rugged but I'm sure others would think it looks tatty
I also would have though that a watch of this price range would have a better coating but I have to say it has worn off in places where the strap rubs against the wooden desk I use my computer at. It's not excessively bad but it did make me wonder whether to replace the strap with another from Traser or take the cheap option and fill exposed metal with a black permanent marker. I decided to try the permanent marker method for now and it seems to have worked in masking the scratches.
I would recommend this watch to anyone just on the experience of I have had since owning this watch.
One recommendation is to look out for purchasing is to make sure that you do not receive a grey import (A watch from another country). When I registered my watch on the Traser sight it checks your serial number against the country where the watch is sold. If the country of production and serial number do not match It has an effect on the warranty terms and conditions.