The tonneau case style is classic 1970s style. You will see tons of old watches on ebay from Swiss brands that are still around today like Tissot or Omega, or lesser marques like Buler, Damas or Leno. Now Singapore based OSO are bringing back the classic gents dress watch case look, with a touch of Panda dial magic, in the shape of their Orbit models.
There are three dial colours; green or two shades of white, with two sub-dials offering chronograph timing features. The Orbit Quasar model has a blue inner tachymetre ring, plus blue finishing on the sub-dials, looks great we reckon. The reverse Panda with black sub-dials also stands out. Inside there’s a Seiko V series Meca-Quartz movement, with a sapphire crystal and some discreet, semi-recessed pushers on the side of the 40mm steel case. There are different finishes on the tonneau case, so you can get that pure retro gold plated look – although it isn’t actually gold plated.
It’s on the Indiegogo fundraising platform now, with about 25K in funds already committed, so it’s a runner. The early bird price is around £185 and you get a standard leather plus NATO strap package, there is a steel bracelet upgrade too.
Verdict: Hard to fault at this price point, which is about the same money as something like an Armani AX chrono quartz. But this is far better built with a sapphire crystal, engraved logo on the caseback, a Seiko movement rather than a base camp Miyota inside – and dare we say more interesting that a black PVD coated case to look at every day.
More info here.