Only two numeral markers are found on the dial, which I found to be a nice minimalistic touch of traditional German design. The remaining markers are simple, yet they play a pivotal role within the dial. These markers begin to come alive as your eyes are drawn to them, seemingly defying the laws of physics when they bend underneath the beveled edge of the crystal that protects them. Two long needle-shaped luminous hands act as the watch’s hour and minute pointers, while a third hand ticks away the seconds.
The centerpiece of this watch is its hardened mineral lens that sits high atop the dial. The crystal’s beveled edge adds immense dimension to not only the dial, but also to the overall classic look of the Sithon, becoming the focal point of each glance. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I found myself staring at the Sithon, and when my gaze broke, I couldn’t have told you the time. It really is that beautiful. I’m not quite sure why Elysee chose to not use a sapphire crystal instead of this hardened mineral, but one can only assume the decision was made to make this watch more affordable.
The 42mm case is round with a low 12mm profile from the bottom of the case to the top of the crystal. As a total package, the user will have no problem fitting the watch underneath a shirt sleeve. A branded non screw-down crown can be found on the 3 o’clock side of the case, and during the time I wore the Sithon, it operated without a hitch. In the crown’s first position, you’ll be able to wind the watch. In its second position, counter-clockwise turns set the date. The third and final position is designated for time adjustment; one that is non-hacking.
As with several of Elysee’s watch models, the caseback on the Sithon is an exhibition style, allowing you to bear witness to the 21 jewel, 21,600 bph Miyota 821a Elysee decorated movement.
The high-polished mesh band I received has a tightly woven braid pattern and appears to be well-constructed. A floating clamp-down buckle allows you to size the bracelet to your specific wrist size without the need of specialized tools – I like that!
Unlike other watches I’ve written reviews for in the past, I wore the Sithon with kid gloves, as its 3atm water resistance rating didn’t exactly lend itself to the pummeling I give other watches within my rotation, but that was a big part of the Sithon’s allure. The watch brought me back to the simpler times my family would whisper about to me when I was a child. At the end of the day, the Sithon’s greatest complication was the fact that it wasn’t complicated at all.
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