Elysee is a brand that I have covered here on WatchReport a few times, and for the most part they deliver a solid & attractive watch at a good price point. The Dual Timer I am covering here today is no different, and while not necessarily a bang for your watch, it is not offensively overpriced compared to what is on the market.
The Dual Timer comes in 3 color variations, the black with lime green accents I am reviewing, a blue dial with orange accents and a silver dial with lime green accents. Its sports a 41mm case, has a sapphire crystal, the Miyota 820A automatic movement and an oyster style 3-link bracelet. The price is about $430 USD converted from 395 Euro.
Here are the full specifications
- Stainless steel case and bracelet
- 41mm wide
- 49mm in length
- 13mm thick
- 20mm lug width
- 145 grams
- 10atm water resistant
- sapphire crystal
- Miyota 820A automatic movement (non hacking)
- 2 year warranty
- Price $430 USD
The overall feel of the Elysee Dual timer gives me that vintage vibe, the inner bezel, the dual crowns, the shape of the case with its curved lugs and straight end links. At 41mm it is a watch that can be worn for work or play and is better suited for smaller wrists or someone that enjoys a more classic size.
The case is a mix of brushed and polished finishes, with the top of the case brushed and the sides of the cased polished, along with the crowns and parts of the case back. This continues into the bracelet, where the center and side of the links are polished as well. It’s a nice mix and I do not think the polishing is overdone, I would have just rathered the center links be brushed as well, but that is a personal choice.
The crown at the 4 operates the time and date, and is a screw down crown, and the 2 oclock crown operates the inner bezel, if you wish to set a second time zone. A nice touch was the Elysee logo on the time/date crown and the accent color dot on the inner bezel crown. I imagine it is the same with the other color variations.
Because of the inner bezel, the dial has that stadium effect, and along with the lime green accents, the applied crown markers and the white outlined day/date window, it is an almost perfect dial, for me. This might be me nitpicking, but “dual timer” is written so small that it might as well not be there; difficult to see at a glance with the green color against the black dial. Automatic could have been left off and a larger font used for the model name instead.
Even though the watch is stainless steel and on a bracelet, it does not weigh much at 145 grams, due to its case size and 3mm thick bracelet. The lack of a solid caseback I am sure helps keep the weight down as well. Sometimes I like a heavy and chunky watch, and other times you want something more lightweight and slim and this fits the bill.
I removed 3 links for my 7 ½ inch wrist, and it fits perfectly. Out of the box, I would say it should fit an 8-8 ¼ inch wrist, anything over that and you would need to request extra links. Comfort wise, no issues, I do not feel any sharp edges from either the bracelet or underside of lugs on my skin, which is always a plus.
Though the watch states made in Germany, it houses a Miyota 820A automatic movement, which is basically an 8215, with the addition of the day wheel. This is a non-hacking movement, and as such not the most accurate. But the movements have been around a good many years now, and have proven to be dependable and long lasting.
Lume is very good. The indices, inner bezel numbers and lume pip glow a nice blueish/green, as C3 superluminova was used for the Dual Timer. I would not call it Seiko or Rolex lume, but it is evenly applied and is bright and long lasting.
Overall, I really like the Elysee Dual Timer, as I said it has a vintage sort of vibe to it, of course with a modern automatic movement and sapphire crystal. The biggest contention for some will no doubt be the movement, as we have become spoiled by some micro brands using the Miyota 9015 at this price point or below. And there is no denying that. While the 9015 has a higher beat and is more accurate, it does not have a day wheel, if that is something that you like. Personally, I am on the fence. I prefer a hacking movement, but I really enjoy everything else about the Dual Timer, especially the dial. So while it might not be the bargain of the year, I think it is a watch worth taking a look at.
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