Tutima Saxon One M Automatic Steel Blue
Angus Davies gets hands-on with the Tutima Saxon One M Automatic Steel Blue
This detailed review of the Tutima Saxon One M Automatic Steel Blue includes live images, specification and pricing.
Tutima is based in the watchmaking haven of Glashütte. In this small town in Saxony, some of the world’s finest watches come into being. Indeed, this is the epicentre of German watchmaking.
The German brand, Tutima, was founded in 1927 and it soon gained an enviable reputation for producing fine timepieces, particularly reliable pilots’ watches. Just prior to the end of World War II, the company’s founder, Dr. Ernst Kurtz, took the bold decision to relocate the company to Bavaria, opening a factory in Memmelsdorf. In 1951, the company relocated to Ganderkesee, near Bremen, and the firm continued its operations in this locale for several decades thereafter.
However, after reunification in 1990, Dieter Delecate, the brand’s present-day owner, began to plan a return to the former East German town of Glashütte. In 2005, Delecate acquired a building near the railway station in Glashütte. Six years later, in 2011, the atelier in Glashütte was officially inaugurated by Delecate.
To mark the return of Tutima to Glashütte, the company unveiled a technical tour de force, the Hommage, a minute repeater, ‘completely developed and produced in Glashütte.’ This signalled the beginning of a new range of timepieces, including the Grand Flieger, M2 and Patria. However, one model doffed its hat to the new home of Tutima, the aptly named Saxon One.
In recent times, the Saxon One has been offered in both chronograph and three-handed variants, but now there is a new version, the Tutima Saxon One M Automatic Steel Blue 6121-03, sporting a smaller 40mm case.
The dial is described as ‘Steel Blue’ and exudes a notable richness to its appearance. Light converses freely with the dial surface, resulting in various tonal shades being emitted. The hour and minute hands are dagger-shaped and feature luminescent treatment.
A cheerful flurry of colour is provided by the red central sweep seconds hand.
The Saxon One M Automatic Steel Blue 6121-03 shares a similar appearance to the Saxon One Chronograph Royal Blue 6120-05. Both watches feature day-date displays adjacent 3 o’clock, but there are several distinct differences between them.
The Saxon One M Automatic Steel Blue 6121-03 features Arabic numerals at 6, 9, and 12 o’clock. The remaining hours are denoted with batons, but on the Saxon One M the indexes are smaller. Arabic numerals are presented on the flange and the minute track features one-second integers.
White text, located above 6 o’clock, proclaims the maximum water resistance of the watch (10 ATM). The dial possesses the essential, sidesteps the superfluous and proves simple to read. Furthermore, the dial is particularly attractive and exudes an air of luxury.
The Tutima Saxon One M measures a mere 40mm in diameter. Its case features numerous facets, something the brand describes as ‘pyramidal’ structures. The resultant mien is certainly interesting and, in my opinion, attractive. The numerous case edges cleverly orchestrate light to eye-catching effect.
The smaller case dimensions of this timepiece when compared with the Saxon One Chronograph Royal Blue 6120-05 is likely to appeal to a larger cross-section of society. Indeed, there seems to be few concessions in choosing the smaller watch save for the reduced water resistance of 10 ATM (Saxon One Chronograph Royal Blue 6120-05 has a water resistance of 20ATM).
The bezel features a crenellated edge, inviting curious fingers to paw at its surface. This is a watch which manipulates the senses, imploring the wearer to note the episodes of light and shade on the various surfaces of the case and fondle the textures presented.
Highly polished H-shaped bracelet links provide eye-catching contrast with the satin surfaces of the steel bracelet. The construction of the bracelet feels top drawer, upholding the brand’s reputation for producing quality timepieces.
The watch features the automatic, Calibre Tutima 330. This movement contains 25 jewels and possesses sufficient power to deliver 38 hours autonomy.
A pane of sapphire crystal affixed to the dorsal plane of the watch provides sight of the movement. The movement includes a personalised Tutima rotor featuring an ’18-carat gold seal’. There is little evidence of additional embellishment, however, this is not surprising based on the accessible pricing of the watch.
The Tutima Saxon One M Automatic Steel Blue 6121-03 is a high quality timepiece featuring a glorious blue dial. Furthermore, the lucidity of the dial is excellent and the inclusion of a day-date display proves very useful.
By reducing the case diameter to 40mm, Tutima has enlarged the appeal of this watch. The case treatment is complex, featuring a myriad of angles and employing a mix of polished and satin brushed surfaces. There is no indication of penny-pinching with this luxuriously appointed case.
I found the bracelet to be especially attractive with its distinctive H-shaped links. Once again, highly polished metal contrasts with satin brushed surfaces.
Overall, the Tutima Saxon One M Automatic Steel Blue 6121-03 delivers an array of attributes for a relatively modest sum. Its myriad of qualities makes this watch a worthy bearer of the Saxon name and yet another illustration of Glashütte’s impressive watchmaking prowess.
- Model: Tutima Saxon One M Automatic Steel Blue 6121-03
- Case: Stainless steel; diameter 40mm; height 13mm; sapphire crystal to front and case-back; water resistant to 10 ATM (100 metres)
- Functions: Hours; minutes; central sweep seconds; day; date
- Movement: Calibre Tutima 330; Self-winding movement; 25 jewels; power reserve = 38 hours
- Strap: Steel bracelet with polished H-shaped links
- Price: €1950.00 (RRP in Germany as at 5.12.2017)