Most watch collectors will agree that the process that governs selecting a watch goes beyond the initial interest we have for the watch brand in question, much more is involved. You put hours into researching the history of the brand, read reviews etc. We make sure of the above and many more because we want to ensure we’re spending our money on a watch that’s well vetted.
With the above criteria in mind did l stumble on About Vintage watches while scouting the social media for microbrands and the 1820 automatic.
Why About Vintage watches?
Although this Danish watch brand founded by two friends, has been around since 2013, l had never heard of them, which intensified my curiosity as to what they’ve got to offer.
It’s always nice to see a vintage-inspired piece that is a little different from the norm, I was drawn by their minimalist yet elegant classic designs, About Vintage is one of such piece.
One of the objectives of About Vintage is to craft luxury watches at a price point that is affordable, with the catchphrase; Make moments, give it history, and let it become vintage. I finally had one in my hand
I need to mention that the shipping was very fast, from the time of ordering to receiving the parcel took 2 – 3 days. Opening the shipping package, you are met with a black cardboard box, with a printed logo. Inside the cardboard box is a custom-made wooden box with engraved logo.
Inside this wooden box is the watch on a genuine Italian brown leather strap and a warranty card. Very impressed with the packaging as it speaks premium and plays well with the overall idea of the company.
Now to the watch, one thing synonymous with About Vintage is that they like to name their watch with reference to historical and memorable moments. The year 1820 happens to be the time when ‘Thomas Prest’ became the first person to register a patent for the self-winding watch, hence the name 1820 Automatic. Let’s delve into the specification
The dial is a beautiful thing to behold and the pinnacle of showing what this watch has got to offer, the dial is simple, but well thought out. Featuring a lovely white dial, a clean rose-gold minute and hour marks with a royal blue second hand and a date window.
My favourite feature of this watch is the slightly domed sapphire crystal with the AR coating, it works beautifully well with the 11mm thick design, making it a fantastic dress watch.
Comes well sized at 40mm with a thickness of 11mm, the watch is carefully designed with quality materials, there’s a nice finish to the 316L stainless steel case of the 1820, that really compliments the domed sapphire crystal, an extremely well-executed case.
The water resistance on the 1820 comes at 5ATM as you would expect with any dress watch, l wouldn’t be swimming with this watch, it’s not a dive watch. This wristwatch ticks all the right boxes to make a perfect dress watch.
I’m a sucker for a nicely designed case back, and the 1820 automatic does not disappoint, a pop-open case back with a matt finished design and nicely engraved on the edges are the specs of the watch.
Each timepiece is made unique with its individual number engraved on the case back. We got No: 400 for this review.
The 1820 strap is made from genuine Italian leather, further adding to its classic look, there are also variant colours to choose from on their website, About vintage has made switching of the strap easier with the quick-release spring bar.
To power the 1820 automatic, About Vintage chose the powerful NH35A movement, a reliable and fairly accurate automatic movement that has become one of the most popular automatic movements for many affordable watch brands, spotting a 40 hours power reserve. Not a bad choice for this watch.
The 1820 is a true gentleman’s timepiece and would add elegance to any dress code, casual or formal wear. Personally, I think this is an excellent watch for anyone looking for that stylish dress watch without having to break the bank.
The ability to keep good timing and still look good wearing it makes the 1820 is a winner and has found a place in my watch collection.
Material: 316L stainless steel
Lug width: 20mm
Movement: NH35A Automatic, 40-hour power reserve (Mechanic/Automatic)
Water Resistant: 5 ATM tested
Glass: Slightly domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Strap: Italian leather (genuine) with Pin buckle
Box: Custom made in beautiful wood with engraved logo
Retail Price: €535
You can purchase the 1820 from here – About Vintage