Hemel Stratus

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Hemel Stratus

Post by koimaster » February 10th 2020, 10:38am

I've reviewed a few iterations of the Hemel HF Series, all of which were chronographs. I have enjoyed them all. Today, I have the Stratus, the first HF three-hander. While the Stratus may have dropped a couple of functions, it gives up none of the collection's appeal or value.

I've liked the HF Series case from day one. Fashioned in brushed stainless steel, it is 42mm wide, 49mm long, and 13mm from the engraved case back to the flat, AR-coated, sapphire crystal. These proportions create a stout, tool watch wrist presence in a surprisingly compact space. Gently curved, tightly tapered lugs seem to shrink it even more. As such, it wears particularly well on my 6.75" wrist.

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Re: Hemel Stratus

Post by bbattle » February 10th 2020, 5:56pm

I would prefer the small indices to be thinner. Being the same width as the hourly indices makes the dial seem busy but the lume shot looks pretty nice.

I like the hands, bezel, case. Not sure about the "screws" holding the strap on but that's a minor point.

I'd opt for the automatic.
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