Thu 14 Feb 2013
I mentioned that I had picked up a Tactico TC2 watch in an earlier article about Crepas, and it has landed! This is a hell of a watch, and much more interesting that I had initially thought. It came in a cool waterproof plastic tube with a screwdown top and reminded me a bit of Doxa but still kind of different.
Here’s the 42mm Tactico TC-2, mounted on the Stainless Steel bracelet. The watch also comes with two custom nylon nato-style straps, one in black and one in vintage that match the dial perfectly. The dial is very clean, and shows the hour, minutes and seconds along with the date. Lume is great, with vintage superluminova that is even in the bezel, which I thought was a very nice addition. The dial is a matte black, which goes great with the matte bezel. These are some of the small details that give this watch its unique character.
The bezel is a 120-click, unidirectional affair, that is a bit hard to turn. When you look at it from the side, it actually flares out towards the top, which is a nice touch. The bezel appears to be a plastic insert into the stainless steel ring.
Here’s a shot from the side, showing the neat shape of the Tactico TC-2’s case. Kind of a vintage style look, and it reminds me of the Glycine Airman D24 a bit in the main part, but with a dive bezel mounted on top. The caseback really sticks out a lot from the back so it sits on the wrist a bit high, but I kind of like that since it gives it a different look on the wrist than a watch that sits lower and conforms to the wrist more. The crown is signed with the Tactico logo and is screwdown.
The caseback is heavily engraved, and totally solid, helping with the 500m water resistance. Each watch is numbered and the number is engraved on the caseback along with some of the essential specs such as the Sapphire Crystal, Anti-magnetic properties and water resistance. As you can see, the endlinks are not solid, which is too bad, but doesn’t really bother me as much as I thought it would. Movement is a Swiss ETA 2824-2, the reliable workhorse.
And there’s the wrist shot! Looks bigger in the photo than it doesn’t in real life, but it wears more like a 40mm Submariner than it does a 42mm watch. The bezel is quite a bit smaller than the case so that’s probably why it wears a bit smaller than the specs would make you think. I think it wears great, and it actually exceeded my expectations. This is a unique watch, with a reliable Swiss Movement, and great style and attention to detail. I am very impressed with this offering from Tactico, and will be keeping my TC-2 for now.
For specs, you can check the bottom of my original Tactico TC2 post.