The Victorinox I.N.O.X. has become one of the best selling watches in their line because it is the most indestructible watch on the market today. The watch case for all models except the new Carbon is made from a solid block of steel, plus the case back comes from the same mold so it fits together seamlessly. The sapphire crystal is recessed to reduce risk of chips or breakage. The standard rubber strap is a little stiff, but stretches tremendously so it will still be comfortable on the wrist.
The crown is protected on all sides so it would be difficult to break off, even if you do not screw it in all the way. The watch is a standard 3 hand timepiece with superluminova on the hands and markers so you will have no trouble seeing it in any low light situation, even if it only lasts a few hours. The I.N.O.X. has come in a variety of colors including black, blue, red, yellow, green, and grey and is available on rubber, leather, paracord, and steel bracelet. There’s even a diver model in the same colors so they definitely have every variation you could want.
Now the I.N.O.X. is available in a carbon model with gift set. This carbon composite case is much lighter than the steel cases the rest of the line have, and it really has the very cool military look to it. It comes on a paracord, but included in the gift set is an extra rubber strap so you can interchange them yourself. The deep grey almost black dial is accented with a red seconds hand and a red 24 hour track ring printed right onto the sapphire crystal. I don’t really understand the need for the 24 hour track ring on the crystal since it isn’t a GMT, but I think it just adds to the military look and feel.
The paracord strap has a story itself. Victorinox made the band so that it is a fully functional paracord, and if you need to use it in the woods, or….in Kabul, you can send your story into them and they will replace your strap at no cost.
Each piece also comes with the standard bumper for extra protection so as not to scratch your watch, but the carbon case won’t really show that just by the nature of the material.
This piece is only available on the Victorinox website, or in select retailers around the country. (Saltzman’s Watches is YOUR neighborhood service center and dealer so you KNOW we have it now!) It is $950, a bit more expensive than the regular steel I.N.O.X., but the carbon case, and extra strap really show the value and where your money is going. This piece is ridiculously durable based on the tests they put it through, like driving over it with a tank, and freezing it in a block of ice, and spilling acid on it, and now the carbon case is completely heat resistant.
It is water resistant to 200 meters, and takes a lithium long life battery so you don’t need to compromise the water resistance for the battery change every year. This battery should last you 8-10 years.
To sum up, this is an extremely cool looking watch that holds up to the rigors of an active lifestyle. Come in and see it at either location (Cranston or Newport) or call us and we can help you with any questions you have!