I get asked all the time from various people, “what’s a nice watch I can buy for around $500?” Usually my response is Swatch, Tissot or Swiss Army or save your money and buy something really nice. A friend of mine recently got into the watch business, he told me to stop by his booth at JCK. The brand he joined is called Victory Instruments. The brand is mainly sports and pilots watches at lower end price points. For the most part, the line looked pretty generic to me, but there was one that really caught my eye that I really liked and thought I would share it with you.
I am talking about the Victory V-Pilot watch in stainless steel. For the money, I don’t think there is anything I have seen aesthetically that can beat it. This watch retails at $329 which is a bargain. Even though the movement of this watch is Japanese Quartz not Swiss Automatic and the crystal is mineral and not sapphire, it gives me hope that this watch can probably be had sometime in the near future with automatic movement for $600 or less. If Breitling and Swiss Army had a baby, this would be the creation.
The V-Pilot is a modern-day analog chronograph in stainless steel with an impressive 49 mm case. The multi-functional crimson red bezel can operate as a slide-rule, has nautical to statute mile conversion and compass scale capabilities. The black dial with contrasting 3 silver white sub dials makes this watch bold and legible in any situation, while the stainless steel bracelet has a brushed and polished finish for versatility.
This watch is available in 5 different styles and two different finishes. If you want something inexpensive, functional and nice to look at, I would seriously consider this watch.
Technical Details for the Victory V-Pilot 3099-RS
|Model||3099-RS||Bezel Function||Unidirectional with log scale|
|Finish||Red on Stainless Steel||Crystal||Mineral|
|UPC||852298004808||Clasp Type||Fold over with push button safety|
|Band Material||Stainless Steel||Weight||222g / 7.8oz|
|Band Width: Min||20mm||Water Resistance||100 meters|
|Band Width: Max||24mm||Calendar||Date window at 4:30 position|
|Case||Stainless Steel||Case Back||Screw Down|
|Dial Color||Black||Crown||Pop up|
|Hands||Silver||Pushers||2 for chronograph function|
|Subdials||3 Subdials||Warranty||2 year limited warranty|
|Markers||12 numeral, hour markers||Other||Pilot’s scale & compass directions on bezel|
|Luminous||Hour/minute hands, hour markers||Number of Styles||5|