30 Jun '16, 7pm

High value, (very) low cost, great design. Automatics from William L. 1985

In the Automatic Classy watches, for your €399 you get a 40 mm 316L stainless-steel case, water resistant to 10ATM/100 meters. The dauphine hands are coated with Super Luminova and are easily visible under just about any lighting conditions you care to name; the strap is leather and comes with "easy bar" spring bars so that you can swap out straps without having to use any other tool than your fingernail (a great plus for consumers and something more brands should do). You have, rather amazingly enough, a sapphire crystal and the watch is powered by a Miyota caliber 8215. You can, if you want, look at the movement through a display back and of course, for €399, you can't and shouldn't expect any fine hand finishing. Thankfully, William L. 1985 isn't messing around with a bad imitation of hand finishing either, opting instead to spend money on things like good water resista...

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