THE WRIST WATCH REVIEW
May 17, 2017
by Neal Goodacre
Szanto has been making some pretty cool vintage inspired timepieces for awhile now. Taking inspiration from old military style watches, Szanto takes that look and updates them to modern days specs. Inspired by British foreign offer watches their new line, the Szanto 6200 series is a great example of how they keep to their slogan of “Everything Old is New Again.” Szanto was kind enough to send me a model for review so lets take a look.
There is a lot going on the dial of the Szanto 6200. One of the best features is the guilloche design on the dial. As you move the watch around, the light dances off the all the ridges. Also cool? The fact that the hour and minute hands have a bit of a stained glass look to them. There are also two sub dials for seconds and 24 hour time. Protecting the dial is a very clear hardened mineral glass, and the whole watch is powered by a reliable Miyota 8219 automatic movement.
Made of highly polished 316L stainless steel, the case measures in at 44mm. Being that it is a cushion case and that the lugs are pretty close to the case, the watch fells a lot smaller on the wrist. The coin edge fixed bezel really give this watch a nice classic dressy look and adds a lot of dimension. The onion push down crown pairs well with the coin bezel and is just the right size. Water resistance is 100m which is fine to get wet but I wouldn’t expect to be bringing this into the water. This is for the office of going out for sure.
The lume on the hands on this Szanto 6200 is very impressive. This thing glows like crazy, in the light! The hour numbers however are a lot dimmer and can only be seen glowing in the dark. I do love the glow of those hands though.
I was very impressed with the strap on this Szanto 6200 watch. Right out of the box, they are super soft and fit nicely around the wrist. The short lug length helps the strap conform to the wrist, which all translates to very comfortable all-day-long wear. Szanto used a polished pin buckle clasp with their signature logo.
I am normally a tool watch person and not impressed with many of the dress watches on the market. That said, this Szanto 6200 really appeals to me. It’s great to look at and nothing looks out of place. There are a lot of nice details and the finish is flawless. Suggested retail on this is $395.00 USD which I feel is a pretty good price for a watch of this quality.
Brand and model: Szanto 6200
Price: $395 USD
Who’s it for: Someone wanting to add an affordable dress watch to their collection.
Would I wear it: For sure, perfect for the office.
What I’d change: Would like to see an exhibition case back.
The best thing about it: The guilloche dial.
Tech Specs from Szanto
Case: 44mm wide case made of 316L Stainless Steel.
Movement: Miyota 8219 automatic.
Bezel: Fixed coin bezel.
Water resistance: 100m
Crown: Push down onion crown.
Dial: Customized silver guilloche dial.
Lens: Hardened mineral crystal.
Strap: Genuine Calf leather.