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Kickstarter has its critics, but I think it has benefitted the watch industry enormously. The big brands keep on recycling variations on the same few themes and there is little innovation. Crowdfunding allows niche ideas to find an audience and allows creators to ensure they can sell enough to support a production run. Margins are low and there’s little guarantee the manufacturer will be around in a couple of years for after-sales service but you get top-specs for a low-price and can pick up something far more exclusive than a Rolex or an Omega.
The ATOLL Viceroy Precision is housed in a 40mm case that wears smaller thanks to its thinness: 9.8mm or the plain bezel and 10.3mm for the rose gold version (as reviewed). To fit a sapphire crystal and Miyota 9039 movement in this is pretty impressive – I expect the absence of a date wheel helps with this.
Nevertheless, the watch wears very well and indeed meets the maker’s claim of fitting under a shirt cuff. Indeed it fits under a cuff better than any of my other watches, except for my 1978 Seiko Lord Quartz. The plain case-back is just fine by me, I’d rather my money go on the parts of a watch I see and a badly-done etching is worse than nothing at all in my view.
https://wristwatchreview.co.uk/atoll-vi ... ion-review
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