Mondaine is a minimalist’s dream come true. The brand’s main claim to fame is its usage as the Swiss railroad’s official timekeeper. Mondaine has kept true to its credo of providing quality Swiss watches at affordable price points. Mondaine uses slight variations of its iconic dial to remain easily recognizable as a beacon of solid Swiss craftsmanship.
In 1944, Hans Hilfiker designed the Official Swiss Railways Clock, which was soon after adapted to a wristwatch. The dial design is so aesthetically pleasing that it sits alongside the Coca-Cola bottle, Toblerone packaging and other distinctive creations of the 20th century.
The A658.30300.11SBB from Mondaine is crafted from solid, surgical, stainless steel, which has been polished to a lustrous finish. The case is made to midsized diameter of 35mm. This watch is extremely thin with a case height of just 5mm. The main crown is smooth which goes along with the rest of the design features. This timepiece also carries the Mondaine logo in red on the crown.
The dial on this handsome model is white and features black applied indexes and black baton shaped hands. Making one revolution every minute is the famous red seconds hand, which has been a distinguishing feature of the Mondaine brand from its inception. Just below the brand’s name at 12 is the Swiss Railways logo and the inscription “SBB CFF FFS”, which breaks down to SBB for German, CFF for French, and FFS for Italian.
Powering this watch is an accurate quartz movement which is made completely in Switzerland. Quartz is chosen to maintain the slim case of the watch, and to negate large variances in time. Securing this watch to the wrist is a smooth, black calf skin leather strap, which is fitted with a pin buckle. The Mondaine Evo A658.30300.11SBB is backed by a 2 year international guarantee.