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A few weeks ago I travelled with my family to Hornbaek in Denmark for a holiday. About Vintage 1815 Chronograph Review.
And of course we didn’t miss the opportunity to visit Copenhagen. Copenhagen is home to the young Danish microbrand About Vintage, which I have been in contact with some time. So of course I had to visit them.
About Vintage was founded by two watch lovers in 2013 who had the idea of setting up their own watch manufactory and making watches that would take up the classic “vintage” elements of timepieces from bygone eras. Each model is named after a specific year. In combination with the loving design, this reminds us of important historical moments in watch history without completely forgoing modern elements. In my eyes a unique concept!
Arriving at the store, we are warmly welcomed by Frederik Pedersen. He is sales and content coordinator and thus also cares for people of my species, namely watch bloggers. After showing me around and talking to us, he gives me the first About Vintage chronograph, the 1815 Chronograph, with its blue dial and light brown leather strap. Really chic! What exactly this name is all about, I’ll tell you later.
I don’t know if he saw an enthusiastic expression on my wife’s face; in any case, he gives her a watch directly. Not just any, but akind of a female counterpart to mine, the About Vintage 1969 Vintage. With rose gold dial and dark green bracelet. The following reviews will deal with both watches. So please read through both reviews and discover with me what exciting differences and similarities there are!
Part 1 of 2 – About Vintage 1815 Chronograph Review – The Men’s Watch
We travel to the year 1815, rightly an important milestone in the history of watches. This year saw the invention of chronograph technology, which is still used today in high-quality watches and enjoys great popularity. So it is probably no wonder that the founders Sebastian Skov and Thomas Andersen named their first chronograph after this milestone: 1815 – a very high-quality, great watch at an affordable price – so much in advance. First of all, I would like to take a closer look at the men’s watch…
When I’m back from our holiday in Denmark, there it is on my desk, the noble wooden box. If I didn’t know better, I might suspect a luxury fountain pen in it. Or a good wine, at least that would be something great. But the seal on the upper side, which looks burned in, makes it clear what it is about – and that is even better. It’s a typical About Vintage package. I’ve never seen such a packaging with other watch brands before. The Danish, robust and warm design reminds me of my visit to Copenhagen.
I really like it! My 1815 Chronograph, number 1450 to be precise, is embedded exactly in the handmade wooden case and engraved in the case back. Another nice detail of the Danish newcomer brand that lends individuality. About Vintage 1815 Chronograph Review.
About Vintage 1815 Chronograph Review
The first impression is promising. The watch looks extremely classic, discreet and noble when I pick it up. On the dial in “Blue Sunray”, a dark blue shade, interesting light reflections fall and lend the whole additional shine. With a diameter of 41 millimetres and a height of 12.5 millimetres, the case has a suitable size for men. It is made of polished 316L stainless steel in very good quality. The case back is extremely well done: the black silhouette of the city of Copenhagen is particularly striking. Anyone who has ever been to Denmark or Copenhagen will love this design!
Also engraved in my chronograph number 1450: The logo and the specifications in the outer circle. There is praise for the engravings, because they are all very clean and easy to read. The case contains a Miyota 6S11 chronograph quartz movement. The 1815 Chronograph is water resistant up to a pressure of 5 bar, i.e. to a depth of 50 meters.
The Dial – About Vintage 1815 Chronograph Review
The dial From the dial you can not get enough: My color “Blue Sunray” is extremely noble and seems to reinvent itself again and again. If I am outside with the watch, the dial shines in clear blue and shows different shades through the sunlight. But if I take it with me into rooms, the blue is clearly darker under artificial light and almost black, especially in poor lighting conditions. If you prefer other colours for the dial, you can choose between white and dark green.
One outstanding detail: the circular markings are not white, but chrome-coloured to match the case, as are the numerals and hands. Hour and minute hands have a small “thickening” and then run narrowly towards the end. The numerals are Arabic, the typography is extremely small and subtle.
In total there are two more small dials: a 60 minute counter at 12 o’clock and a second counter at 6 o’clock. Both dials have an eye-catching circular pattern, the upper one also has an About Vintage logo. At 3 o’clock there is also a date display. Apart from the lettering “Chronograph 1815 by Skov Andersen” and “Copenhagen”, there are no other lettering on the dial. All in all, it doesn’t look overloaded, but rather minimalist and tidy.
About Vintage 1815 Chronograph Review
The dial is protected by sapphire crystal, which is slightly curved and has an anti-reflective coating. The crown and the two pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock round off the attractive Danish design. Like the case, they are made of stainless steel. The crown is quite large and bears the manufacturer’s logo. The feeling when pressing the pushers is very pleasant.
What rounds off a dark-blue dial? Right, a light brown leather bracelet, made of Italian leather as standard. The workmanship of the bracelet is in no way inferior to that of the watch. The underside is printed with the manufacturer’s logo and lined with soft material, which has always provided me with a pleasant wearing comfort. The buckle is made of stainless steel and polished. A second leather bracelet is also included. At this point I have to emphasize the configurator on the homepage, where you can put together your personal specification, including the selection of bracelets. The bracelet can be changed in seconds by the simple spring bars.
What About Vintage has designed and launched here is a real asset. For a price of just over 300€ you get a solid chronograph with a great design. What makes the watch so special is the feeling: the old wooden case, the minimalist design, the loving details like the Copenhagen silhouette and the small logos. The concept of designing and naming the watches according to historical epochs convinces me.
And finally, perhaps I also feel a little reminiscent of Denmark, of Copenhagen. And my visit to About Vintage and Frederik Pedersen…
Thank you for our great meeting!
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