As I stated, at 44mm the size might not be for everyone for this style of watch. I think it wears great on the wrist though, and I love the large dial opening. Because of the large dial opening, even though it has thin hands and markers, everything is very easy to read at a glance, and it just has that great classic feel about it. While I am not overly fond of domed crystals on non dive watches, I feel it suits the Breuer, and does not interfere with being able to see the dial or read the time. As many know who read my reviews, I do prefer sapphire crystal, and I think at this price point, that sapphire should have been used, at least on the front of the case. Although this is not a hard use watch, and one that you might not wear everyday, it would give that extra protection that sapphire offers.
One feature I was pleasantly surprised with was the use of a screw down crown. I especially appreciate this because the crown sticks out quite a bit from the case, and with a screw down crown, there is no chance of snagging the crown open while doing daily tasks or grabbing something from your pocket. I wish more watches of this style would utilize a screw down crown. Just because it is not a dive watch, does not mean the crown should not screw down securely.
While the lume on the Panzera Breuer is not going to be a flashlight, or anywhere close to it, it is still functional, and a nice addition to this model. Just because you are all dressed up for your big event, does not mean you won’t have to check the time in the dark right?
The movement used is the very dependable Miyota 8215. I have seen some comments about this being that they should have went with the 9015 instead. While the 9015 is definitely an upgraded movement, I think the 8215 will serve this watch just fine. Though it does not hack, the 8215 has proven to be a reliable automatic movement and is used by many brands.
On the wrist, the Breuer is very comfortable, and lightweight at 83 grams. The black leather strap is very soft and has a glossy sheen to it, giving it a higher end feel. The dual deployant clasp will allow the strap to retain its shape and not get creased like a regular buckle would, and it stays in line with what a dress watch should be.
Overall, the Breuer 44 is is a clean, crisp looking watch, with classic and modern touches alike. It’s a larger width, but still very thin, being able to fit under that shirt or jacket cuff, and whether you choose the white dial shown here, or the black dial version, should go with any business or dress suit. While Panzera sources parts and movements globally, I believe all production is done in Germany. If you have been looking for a watch with a classic minimal design, but in a more modern size, the Breuer might be worth a look.
Thank you to Panzera for providing this sample for review.
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