- 44.5 x 15 mm Stainless steel case
- Gunmetal PVD finish
- 50 mm Lug to lug
- 23 mm lug spacing
- ETA 7750 Automatic chronograph
- Sapphire with triple anti-reflective coating
- 100m water resistant
- Sapphire display back
- Leather strap with push-button deployment clasp
The Infantry Vintage wears a bit larger than its dimensions would let on but its smooth and nicely finished case is comfortable and carries an appropriate weight for its aesthetic. The stainless steel case has been done in a grey/brown gun-metal finish that matches well with the dial and makes for a rather unique look where many manufacturers would opt for bare stainless steel or PVD. Paired with the soft and comfy suede finished grey leather strap, the Infantry Vintage Chronograph has a quality feel and its very wearable on wrist thanks to its easily wield-able 15mm height (slim for a sporty auto chronograph).
The Infantry Vintage Chronograph is fitted with a triple coated sapphire crystal that does a good job of minimizing reflections without showing too much of the “blue haze” associated with such coatings (see included video). The 100m water resistant case is also fitted with a display back to allow the owner a view of the ETA 7750 automatic chronograph movement that powers this watch.
The dial is a dark copper tone that is incredibly detailed without sacrificing efficient viewing of the time or the chronograph measure. The chronograph uses the main (large) second hand and the two similar sub dials at twelve and six o’clock on the dial. The top sub dial offers a maximum read of 30 minutes with a resolution of 1 minute. As that register reaches its maximum value and resets to 0 the lower registers has recorded the 30 minutes to its measure and will do so to a maximum of 12 hours. The division of thirty minutes and total hours on separate dials makes the Infantry Vintage Chronograph simple to use, even when timing the most mundane aspects of one’s existence.
The running seconds are measured at nine o’clock and the entire scale is not present due to the placement of the “9″ numeral. Reading the seconds can be difficult at first as the running second hand is two sided so the seconds can be read by using the back side of the hand if the long end (front side) is pointing at an area without a scale. For example, at 40 seconds the long end of the seconds hand will be pointing into blank space. The short side (back side) of the running seconds will be pointing at 10 seconds. The user must just add 30 seconds to the reading on the back side of the hand to get the current accurate measure. Complex and a little annoying but this design preserves balance in the dial and keeps the running seconds display available but more subtle than the other sub-dials.
The dial detail is excellent with great attention to fine elements like font used in the scale of the chapter ring, the well-proportioned hands, and use of fine lines to add an additional depth and texture to the dial. The Infantry Vintage Chronograph exhibits the minute details and excellent legibility expected at this price point and much higher.
The main hands and numerals are treated with a luminous paint and glow quite brightly as their large size allows for more paint. I found the lume on the Infantry Vintage to be strong and fairly long lasting, much brighter than I expected for a non-diver. The included animation shows that the fall off is definitely noticeable but the overall performance is still very useable and, providing your eyes have acclimated to darkness, can still be used in the wee hours of the morning.
In the event you’ve never had the chance to operate an ETA 7750 powered chronograph, be assured it is quite simple. The top pusher will start the chronograph (similar to a stop watch) and if you press the top pusher again the measure will pause (so you can take a reading). From the paused postition, pressing the lower pusher will reset all registers to zero. That is all there is to it, simple, reliable and pleasingly mechanical. The Infantry Vintage Chronograph comes fitted with a display back that allows you to view the Swiss movement within.
The Victorinox Infantry Vintage Mechanical Chronograph retails for $1795.00 USD which is a fairly competitive price for a well made automatic chronograph from a known brand. Furthermore, the movement used in this watch is not only seen in its base 7750 form but also as the building block of most automatic chronographs on the market. Very few brands have their own in-house automatic chronograph movements, instead many rely on the 7750 as their base and can modify or add to it depending on their needs. The $1750 asking price places the Infantry Vintage Mechanical Chronograph somewhere between the entry price from some indie brands and more expensive options from Breitling, Tag Heuer, and Bremont.