Paradise By The Dashboard Light: The Stauer "Dashtronic" Watch

The Stauer Dashtronic

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.

The Back

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.

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  1. John Wolfe says

    I own five different models of Stauer automatic watches. They are all worn in rotation, and I have never had a warranty issue. I have worn out a few straps as these watches are not coddled. They are dropped, banged and left unwound for weeks at a time, but none have let me down. For a collector of fine watches on a budget, look no further than Stauer.

  2. Christopher says

    I got a Dashtronic in Dec 2012, and it worked till June 2013. I wore it 5 times till it shot craps, so buying one? Again, it’s a crap shoot, so caveat emperator……..

      • DrDro says

        I am considering buying one for $99+s&h I saw the ad in this months MotorTrend magazine and before in the past. So far I’ve seen this piece go for $120 on ebay + shipping and up to $149 on other sites.

        DKH if your time piece has held up for +3 years, then I’m really considering joining the club.

        Christopher, are you serious this piece malfunctioned via normal ware? Can you send it back for repairs? Your comment is what’s holding me back….but I really want this unique time piece!


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