Rose gold, or silver, and displaying its internal movement in a beautiful fashion, the Akribos XXIV Men’s AK493 is a limited edition mechanical tourbillon watch which fans can’t miss out on. From the large face to the fluted onion crown style, every last detail of this watch is a clear exhibition of the manufacturer’s devotion to detail and quality. The fitting and finish of this watch is astounding, mimicking the style and much higher priced watches. Here we’ll be taking you through a look at what makes this a key consideration for anyone looking for a new automatic watch with a vintage, timeless style.

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Akribos XXIV AK493 Tourbillon Features

    • Anti-reflective scratch resistant sapphire glass protection
    • Genuine mechanical tourbillon self-winding automatic movement
    • 42.5 mm diameter, 14 mm thick stainless steel casing
    • 42.5mm dial with Roman numeral indicators
    • Stationary bezel
    • White dial
    • Dual time subdial
    • Sun/moon indicator at 3 o’clock
    • Skeleton window displaying movement
    • Croco-embossed calfskin leather band
    • Deployment buckle
    • Water resistant to 165 ft.

Pros

  • Good accuracy
  • Butterfly clasp helps strap last

Cons

  • Fairly heavy

Summary

The Akribos XXIV Men’s AK493 Limited Edition looks like a much higher-priced watch than it actually is. Its upscale feel is enhanced by the sophisticated skeleton display and hours marked by Roman numerals. The dual-time subdial is well-placed and straightforward to operate. A sun/moon indicator is also there but doesn’t offer total lunar accuracy to a real-world cycle, just the day/night cycle itself, but you’re sure to get a much longer lifespan especially considering the weight and attention to detail.

Reliable tourbillon movement

The tourbillon movement is not on the same level as Swiss manufacturing, but it does a decent job of keeping time. Most users report losing four minutes over the course of a week which isn’t too bad considering the price. Although good quality, the strap is generally replaced by most users. When you use a solid stainless steel band this watch is transformed into something that looks like it could cost up to 10 times as much as it does. Akribos have put together an attractive watch, to say the least.

The ideal affordable tourbillon watch

You may find yourself winding this watch at least once a day, but no one can deny just how inexpensive it is. It’s nearly impossible to find a more affordable, quality tourbillon watch. Yes, the dial can be difficult to read in low light, and the watch may be a bit thick for some, but overall it is attractive and well-priced. The slight sacrifice in contrast and a little loss of accuracy doesn’t make up $2,000 in cost unless you’re an enthusiast or need something more rugged. For day-to-day use by someone who likes engineering and mechanical watches, this is about your best bet.




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