Many traditional wet shavers seem to be interested in watches too, given that there are a fair amount of watch posts on a sub-forum at B&B and a shaving thread in a watch forum. With that in mind I thought I would “show off” a recent holiday gift: a Stauer 1930 Dashtronic Watch.
A Little Background
I have been wanting a nice dress watch for a while now. I wear an inexpensive Casio multi-function digital watch most of the time (two time zones, calculator, stopwatch, etc.) but it is not really appropriate for a dress-up occasion. I wanted something that was the antithesis of the Casio for dress–something a little unusual and that just tells time (not even a date). I had been looking around for some time, even going so far as to consider a Rolex, but nothing appealed to me (well, a few things did, but they didn’t appeal to my wallet). Then I happened to come across a Stauer catalog. I was just browsing through it when I saw the Dashtronic.
A Reproduction–Kind Of
According to the description, the Dashtronic has the look of a 1930’s “jumping mechanism” watch but with a modern “automatic” movement (e.g. a self-winding watch where the movements of the wearer’s wrist keep the watch active). The front of the watch has a window where the hour and minute is read from a rotating dial. The back of the watch also has a window to view the mechanism.
It is a bit larger and thicker than many other men’s dress watches, but not in an annoying way, at least for me. If the watch is not worn for more than a day or so it will wind down and stop but I do not find that to be a problem, as resetting the watch is exceptionally easy. I wish the hour and minute digits where a tiny bit larger but that is a quibble. It is simply what I want in a dress watch: a clean but unique look that can be elegant and under-stated at the same time.