I love wristwatches. I’ve loved wristwatches ever since I was a kid, and I think I was five years old when I got my first piece. It was one of those robot-transforming digital wristwatches that came with a happy meal and of course, being a kid, I didn’t know better. That all changed when I got my first real watch when I was six or seven. It was a Casio F91W and it was awesome. I still own one today. Check it out. It is awesome.
Over the years, I amassed a few more: some Swatches, more Casios, a G-Shock or two, some Albas, and then I got my first real taste of a real man’s watch: a Swiss Army analog quartz wristwatch. It was my dad’s piece and since I liked it so much, I started wearing it back in college until it died a few years ago. Funnily, my dad would rather wear my G-Shocks, so we traded watches. I really caught the bug when I started earning real money and started delving into automatic watches.
When I got my first Seiko automatic watch, I was happy but I resisted going further down the rabbit hole; I wasn’t earning enough to go too deep. You see, when you start browsing through forums and watch groups… that’s when it begins. You just have to get that vintage one. You just have to get that limited edition one. You just have to get that flavor of the month. I have four automatic watches at the moment that I don’t really know what to do with it, not counting my quartz pieces; but when you have G.A.S. (gear acquisition syndrome) it is hard to resist. It is an addiction.
Band Length – 20 cm
Band Material Type – Genuine Leather
Band Width – 20 mm
Clasp type – Pin buckle
Case material – Alloy Case
Dial Diameter – 40 mm
Dial Display – 2 Hand Analog
Window Material Type – Glass
Movement – Seiko-Epson Quartz
Water Resistance Depth – 30m
So, when Tempus BC Watches sent me their bestseller, the Nine Two Noir (Php850), I was gobsmacked by how nice the watch actually is! Having reservations for a watch under Php1000 is understandable, but the Tempus BC Nine Two Noir exceeds all expectations.
It easily has the build quality of a timepiece nearing a 5-digit price tag, a robust Seiko-Epson Quartz movement, 30 meters water resistance, an engraved case back, and a supple leather strap. The 40mm diameter is just right for something that looks dressy, while the quartz movement allows it to have a thin case that tapers well to the wrist. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a watch that is well thought out at this price point!
The Tempus BC Nine Two collection has a Bauhaus minimalist design language that gives the watches a timeless and classy look. The only difference between the Noir series and the standard one is the black dial with the 12 o’clock Roman numeral. I personally prefer the standard version with that clean white dial. Don’t get me wrong/ The Noir looks fantastic; but in black and gold, it looks a little bit too dressy to be worn everyday. After a week of wearing it, my only complaint is that the leather strap is too plain. This would look boss with a quality crocodile or snake skin strap, but those actually cost way more than the watch itself!
If you are looking for a nice watch for dressy occasions or a starting to point for a collection, the Tempus BC Nine Two is a good first timepiece. It is built well, looks great, has a robust quartz movement, will not break the bank, and should satisfy any itch while saving up or while trying to justify why you would need a Grand Seiko in my life. Until then, this piece earns a place in my watch box, especially on dress-up Mondays.
And as a pitch for Tempus BC Watches; have a standard Nine Two in stainless steel, add a date complication near the six o’clock marker, make it blue hands, and it will be my affordable Stowa Antea Klassik.
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