Reservoir Tiefenmesser Bronze
The Reservoir Tiefenmesser Bronze sets aside ‘normal’ hour and minute hands in favour of a jumping hours and a retrograde minutes indication. A bronze case heightens the distinctiveness of this maritime-inspired watch.
This detailed review of the Reservoir Tiefenmesser Bronze includes live images, specification details and pricing.
I can still remember watching the BBC Proms as a child, hearing ‘Fanfare for the Common Man’ for the very first time. It is an amazing piece of music written by the American composer, Aaron Copland. The music was intended to promote patriotism and national unity. At times we appreciate being part of something bigger, it provides a sense of belonging.
However, there are other occasions when we want to celebrate our individuality. We don’t wish to always follow the path of others. Indeed, there are times when we want to embrace free thought and express our own personality. It is probably my penchant for the unusual which explains my appreciation for the Reservoir Tiefenmesser Bronze.
The Reservoir Tiefenmesser Bronze is a distinctive watch with its jumping hours and retrograde minutes. It was inspired by the instrumentation found in submarines of yesteryear. Previously, Reservoir has looked to car or aeronautical instrumentation for design ideas.
Appraising the creamy-white dial of the Reservoir Tiefenmesser Bronze, the minutes display dominates the dial. A blued steel hand arcs 240° clockwise, indicating the minutes. Double-digit Arabic numerals in black, denote each 10-minute integer. Positioned in between are simple strokes indicating 1-minute intervals and blue Arabic numerals every five minutes.
I have worn this watch for several days and reading off the minutes has proved highly-intuitive. Moreover, the scale of the indications facilitates ease of read-off. When the minute hand reaches ’60’ it moves with great alacrity to ’00’. There is no noticeable hesitation. This swift motion is accompanied with a reassuring click.
Simultaneously, when the minute hand moves, the hour disc jumps to the next value. The hour is presented in the lower portion of the dial. Slender black numerals are presented on a creamy-white disc. The disc perfectly matches the colour of the dial, augmenting the overall cohesion of the watch.
Positioned beneath the hour display are five apertures, each revealing a creamy-white or vibrant-red circlet. The latter hue denotes the available power within the spring barrel. The display proves eminently logical and I have repeatedly topped-up the mainspring on seeing only two or three red dots. This is an incredibly user-friendly means of indicating the available energy held in the barrel.
The scale of the 43mm case should prove suitable for most would-be wearers. The lugs taper downwards, following a gentle arc. My press loan was factory-fresh on receipt and returned in a similar condition. While some bronze watches assume a rich patina with time, I am unsure whether this timepiece will age. Those prospective purchasers seeking either an aged appearance or a factory-fresh look may wish to check this aspect with their authorised retailer prior to purchase.
The bronze surfaces of the case feature a subtle brush and imbue the watch with a utilitarian look. Indeed, it is the absence of highly polished surfaces which makes this watch ideal for casual attire. Furthermore, it possesses a robust appearance which also proves very appealing.
Having worn the Reservoir Tiefenmesser Bronze for several days, I can attest that it is incredibly comfortable. One reason for this cosseting union with the wrist is that the case-back sits flush against the arm.
The case-back features an unusually-shaped pane of sapphire crystal. This glazed aperture arcs 240°, matching the trajectory of the aforementioned minutes display. The case-back is retained with five screws.
The brown leather strap is very attractive. It features prominent red overstitching that wonderfully enlivens the watch’s appearance. The strap is secured with two quick-release fastenings, making it simple to affix an alternative. A folding clasp provides a secure means of attaching the watch to the wrist. The press loan was also supplied with a NATO style strap.
The Reservoir Tiefenmesser Bronze is fitted with an ETA calibre 2824-2 paired with an additional 97-part module.
When setting the time, turning the minutes hand anti-clockwise, there is a safety mechanism preventing the wearer turning the hand before ’00’ and potentially harming the movement. This is another example of Reservoir’s impressive attention to detail.
The automatic movement contains 25 jewels and the balance has a frequency of 28,800 VpH (4Hz). The lone spring barrel delivers 34 hours of autonomy. Although this may not sound very much, it must be remembered that the ‘jumping hour’ and ‘retrograde minutes’ are thirsty indications. Moreover, assuming the watch is worn by a moderately active person, the mainspring should remain fully wound, obviating the need for frequent winding.
Although, the dial of the Reservoir Tiefenmesser Bronze is distinctive, reading the indications proves intuitive, facilitating quick interpretation of the hours and minutes.
The appearance of the bronze case is superb. Its rich golden tones are warm, but more muted than gold. I don’t know how the case will age with the onset of years. Some companies treat bronze to inhibit patination while others don’t.
I found the watch accorded impressive levels of comfort. The muted appearance of the brown leather strap is enriched with noticeable red stitching and looks stunning. The folding clasp provided a congenial fit and felt steadfastly secure.
Reservoir has prudently selected the venerable ETA 2824-2, a movement synonymous with reliability and precision. In addition, the company has produced its own patented module. This latter element appears to be cleverly engineered with due consideration to reliability.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Reservoir Tiefenmesser Bronze. It is endowed with an impressive specification and a breathtaking mien. Moreover, it is keenly priced at £3800 (RRP as at 10.9.2018). This is a watch for free sprits, wishing to celebrate their individuality and stand out from the crowd.
- Model: Reservoir Tiefenmesser Bronze
- Reference: RSV03.TM/330-23
- Case: Bronze; diameter 43mm; height 13mm; sapphire crystal to front and case-back; water resistant to 5 ATM (50 metres).
- Functions: Jumping hours; retrograde minutes; power-reserve indicator
- Movement: Calibre ETA 2824-2 with patented module; self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz); 25 jewels; power reserve = 34 hours.
- Strap: Brown leather strap paired with a butterfly clasp
- Price: £3800 (RRP as at 10.9.2018)