WA­TER SPORTS LOVER

Tu­tima sails the world’s oceans with the wa­ter­tight M2 Seven Seas. But is this sports watch also suit­able for land­lub­bers and stay-at-homes?

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By Alexan­der Krupp | Tu­tima sails the world’s oceans with the wa­ter­tight M2 Seven Seas. But is this sports watch also suit­able for land­lub­bers and stay-at-homes?

Any­one who wants to wear a sporty, sturdy, wa­ter­tight watch like the new Tu­tima M2 Seven Seas doesn’t have to jus­tify his de­ci­sion by ex­plain­ing that he sails reg­u­larly or fre­quently takes div­ing va­ca­tions. Sporty time­pieces are pur­chased by all watch lovers, those who en­joy wear­ing them at their desks or at busi­ness meet­ings as well as those who take them on camp­ing trips or trekking ex­pe­di­tions. Ev­ery­body loves sports, re­gard­less of whether they par­tic­i­pate them­selves or pre­fer to watch the pros do it. And a sporty watch is an ex­pres­sion of this at­ti­tude.

That’s why the M2 Seven Seas is a func­tional in­stru­ment for ex­treme sit­u­a­tions and, at the same time, a suc­cess­ful ac­ces­sory for ev­ery­day use. Ex­treme sit­u­a­tions? Re­ally? Yes, be­cause Tu­tima com­bines a 3-mm-thick pane of sap­phire and a ti­ta­nium case with a sand­blasted sur­face that’s com­par­a­tively re­sis­tant to scratches. And if it does get badly scratched, then this Glashütte-based brand can eas­ily rem­edy the prob­lem by sand­blast­ing it again.

Peo­ple who love wa­ter sports can take this time­piece along when they dive, kite surf, ride the waves or – as this model’s name and the en­grav­ing on the back of its case sug­gest – sail the world’s oceans. And while they’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing these ad­ven­tures, the ETA 2836 move­ment with its elab­o­rately crafted Tu­tima ro­tor will stay nice and dry. The strap won’t suf­fer any dam­age ei­ther, be­cause it’s made of wa­ter­proof Kevlar.

All of these ad­van­tages, plus high con­trast on the dial in the day­time and good night­time leg­i­bil­ity, add up to an at­trac­tive over­all pack­age, which is even more ap­peal­ing thanks to its af­ford­able price of $1,900.

There are, how­ever, a few flies in the oint­ment. The uni­di­rec­tional ro­tat­able bezel is dif­fi­cult to grasp se­curely, de­spite the fact that it’s equipped with grooves and notches. The small crown is in­con­ve­nient to un­screw and screw shut again. And purists may be peeved by the min­utes hand, which is too short and doesn’t match this watch’s im­age as a pre­ci­sion in­stru­ment.

On the other hand, the rate test showed praise­wor­thy ac­cu­racy. Our tested time­piece gained only 3 sec­onds per day on the tim­ing ma­chine and on the wrist. The in­di­vid­ual val­ues in the elec­tronic mea­sure­ment test di­verged by no more than 4 sec­onds, which is also an ex­pres­sion of con­sci­en­tious fine ad­just­ment in the fac­tory.

Tu­tima gives divers, sailors, desk jock­eys and arm­chair quar­ter­backs an ac­cu­rately run­ning, sturdy, self-con­sis­tently de­signed and af­ford­ably priced sports watch with the de­sir­able Glashütte/sa. qual­ity seal. But Tu­tima doesn’t give them ab­so­lute per­fec­tion. If that ex­isted at all, this watch would cost con­sid­er­ably more.

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