Vostok Europe makes the Anchar relatively durable with the case being water resistant to 300 meters. That and some other features such as the rotating diver's bezel help make it a true dive watch. However, I believe the piece doesn't have a sapphire crystal. But the mineral crystal it uses does have AR coating on it. On the rear of the case is an engraving of the Anchar submarine - which was designed in the 1960s.
Anyone thinking that Chinese consumers only like small diameter classic looking timepieces are pretty much living in the past. I predicted a few years ago that Chinese watch tastes would catch up to those of the Western markets very quickly. Sure, you see the typical vintage style watch attached to colorful NATO straps as fashion accessories, but very little that was inherently made to look vintage or classic. The watches produced by the Chinese for their market and around the world were mostly huge, colorful, and sporty. Brands such as Rolex and Casio got a lot of "homage" works as well. Long live the big bold watch it seems.
The nerd in me loves this, but is starting to realize that the Tread is no longer a nerd watch. With a smaller size and improved wearing experience, the Tread 2 opens up the concept to a whole new world of watch lovers that can enjoy the electro-mechanical belt system concept. Now with more color options as well.
The first time I put on the SISU Guardian (version A2 as reviewed) I was actually amazed at how well the large case wrapped around my not-very-large wrists. The 54mm wide case has stubby lugs and a bracelet that does not really jut out. Don't get me wrong - the watch is big, but not to the point where it is actually oversized. The largest watch SISU makes is the Bravado. That model is 55mm wide and does weigh a full pound. It has a different style case and bracelet that I will say are only best for people who have larger wrists. I wouldn't even consider the Bravado model unless your wrists are 8 inches or more. The Guardian on the other hand is much better suited to small and medium wrists - along with larger ones of course.
At 130g, the titanium is actually comfortable to wear; that's only slightly more than my titanium IWC Aquatimer, which is 120g on its bracelet.
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