Anonimo Nautilo Automatic with bronze case
The Anonimo Nautilo Automatic with bronze case has a large case diameter, conferring a vast dialscape on which the various indications are clearly presented.
This detailed review of the Anonimo Nautilo Automatic with bronze case includes live images, specification details and pricing.
Quite often I am loaned a factory-fresh wristwatch for evaluation. After a week on the wrist I have a good idea of the timepiece’s virtues and shortcomings. Interestingly, a few weeks ago I commented on a timepiece being worn by a watch company executive. He offered to loan me the timepiece for a period of evaluation.
The loan watch was interesting as it featured a bronze case which had already acquired some patination. Moreover, examining the caseback revealed a good dose of skin residues. This watch had already lived, but it still possessed a notable freshness and, other than the intentional patination and skin residues, it looked as good as new.
I wore the watch and put to one side the thought of the dermatological deposits on the caseback.
The first aspect to note with the Anonimo Nautilo Automatic with bronze case is the snailed dial canvas. Concentric circles adorn the full vista of the dial, toying with light, resulting in areas of lightness and shade.
The hands are bold, partly open-worked and bronze toned. The tip of the hour hand resembles the Anonimo logo and features luminescent treatment near its tip. The minute hand is comparatively conservative, featuring straight sides and incorporating a section of luminescent treatment along its form. The slender central sweep seconds hand sports a white tip and includes a red triangular counterbalance which, again, resembles the brand’s logo.
Each hour marker is circular save for 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock where lozenge-shaped batons feature. The hour marker at noon consists of two batons, reinforcing the importance of the midnight hour.
Located at 6 o’clock is a date display. The text for the date is white, crisp and highly legible against the black background. The date aperture is framed with a white box, accentuating the date and guiding the eyes towards the numerals presented.
Encircling the dialscape is a minuterie, making the read off of both minutes and seconds very simple. Indeed, this is a very user-friendly dial with nothing appearing cluttered or confused and the lucidity proving exemplary.
The Anonimo Nautilo Automatic with bronze case is no shrinking violet, measuring 45.5mm in diameter. However, as the crown is positioned at 4 o’clock, the case provides a surprisingly unobtrusive fit for all but the smallest of wrist sizes. The crown is accompanied with an arc-shaped crown protector emanating from 01:30 to the crown, with no protector beneath. The resultant aesthetic is slightly idiosyncratic with its asymmetric outline breaking all rules of symmetry, however, it confers a delightful dose of charm which is clear to see.
The bezel is marked with a series of strokes from 0 to 15 minutes and thereafter, each 10 minute integer is marked with Arabic numerals. At noon, a truncated triangular index features, again, referencing the Anonimo logo.
My press loan had already begun to age with the tone of the bezel changing from factory-fresh yellow to distressed green-bronze. This patination process is a distinct part of the charm conferred with bronze cased watches. The lifestyle of the individual will influence the appearance of the case. I personally find the distressed appearance bestowed with bronze to be most endearing, however, if you suffer from OCD or obsess about gleaming surfaces then this watch is probably not for you.
The press loan I had in my possession had an accumulation of emerald green deposits near the crown. This can be removed with a determined finger nail but, to many owners, this will be part of the allure.
Unlike many timepieces of today, this watch eschews an exhibition caseback, favouring a solid case back made of stainless steel instead.
The Anonimo Nautilo Automatic with bronze case contains a Sellita SW 200-1 movement. The balance has a frequency of 28,800 VpH (4Hz) and the movement contains 26 jewels. The power reserve of the movement is 38 hours.
Owing to the solid caseback, the quality of the finishing could not be appraised. Sellita offer the SW200-1 in three standards of finish, including ‘Standard’, ‘Spécial’ and ‘Prémium’. Unfortunately, Anonimo do not declare which specification they have used.
The dial of the Anonimo Nautilo Automatic with bronze case is highly legible with all indications simple to read. Part of the reason for this clarity relates to the scale of the dial. This timepiece has a vast dial area, but by having a diameter of 45.5mm, each indication has sufficient space to proclaim its meaning. Nothing is squashed. Everything is clear.
The bronze case is magnificent, ageing wonderfully like a fine wine. The patination of the case, accrued with time, ensures no two Anonimo models look the same. Variables such as wearer perspiration, exposure to water and the natural acidity of the wearer’s skin will all influence the appearance of the case, enhancing its charm. Historically, bronze cased watches have been expensive, however, the Swiss brand offer the Anonimo Nautilo Automatic with bronze case at the surprisingly affordable price of £2,600 (RRP as at 6.2.2017).
I enjoyed wearing the Nautilo Automatic, notwithstanding the aforementioned skin deposits. Despite this watch having been worn for some time by its watch executive owner, there were few signs of wear, indicating this is a robust timepiece capable of tolerating the minor impacts typical of daily use.
There is much to like about the Anonimo Nautilo Automatic with bronze case and, based on my experience, I intend to return to Anonimo and look closely at its other models over the coming months.
- Model: Anonimo Nautilo Automatic with bronze case
- Case: Bronze; diameter 45.5mm; water resistant to 20 bar (200 metres); sapphire crystal to front and solid caseback.
- Functions: Hours; minutes; central sweep seconds; date
- Movement: Sellita SW200-1; self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz); 26 jewels; power reserve 38 hours
- Strap: Black calf leather strap supplied with bronze pin buckle
- Price: £2,600.00 (RRP as at 6.2.2017)