As sports watches go, the Airboss Mechanical from Victorinox has a rather stylish design with a slimmed-down profile, the Swiss-made automatic movement ETA 2824-2 is visible through the translucent exhibition case back and in a world of the digital takeover there is something completely satisfying with seeing these delicate little cogs and mechanisms flitter about. The Airboss Mechanical comes in six designs, two with stainless steel strap, two with full leather strap and two with a fabric strap with leather inner lining. We received the navy-blue version with a fabric strap and soft beige leather lining on the inside of the strap, there are seven red stitches that tie in with the red second hand and the red 24-hour dial that sits on the watch’s window. This watch has a 38-hour power reserve, a circular slide rule and exclusive military time function, it has Super-LumiNova technology for effortless readability in the dark and features a 42mm diameter with a 11mm height and weighs 92.5g. The Airboss Mechanical is water resistant up to 100m (330 feet) and up to 10 ATM, the lug has a width of 22mm and there is a bidirectional rotating bezel, the date display is centred just above the six o’clock marker, this keeps the watch face in a visually pleasing symmetrical arrangement.

The dial is protected by a scratch-resistant, triple-coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal casing that provides a super clear display and features military time for those budding aviators. The metal tri-folding clasp is a little fiddly to close at first but it protects the leather from wearing out too quickly and makes it easier to attach with one hand, the red 24-hour dial adds nice visuals but is difficult to read, other than that the Airboss Mechanical is beautifully put together and looks and works like the premium product it is. RRP £795

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4.5 out of 5


Swiss-made automatic movement ETA 2824-2

Translucent exhibition case back

With 38-hour power reserve

Super-LumiNova technology

Premium build quality

Scratch-resistant, triple-coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal

Water resistant to 10ATM, 100m depth


Red dial difficult to read

Clasp can be fiddly to do up to begin with