Monday, October 19, 2020

The Archimèdes Wild Green

From Milus -

Courtesy of Milus
Now ordinarily I don't write about watches on Pre-Order or Kickstarter. In this case, I own one of the Milus Archimèdes from 2019, so I feel that I am in a solid ethical position to write about this one.  That, and as I haven't seen it at some of the other, bigger (read - pay us and we'll write about you) sites, I feel okay in bringing this to you first. So rest assured, no money has changed hands, no editorial (or lack thereof) pressure has been brought to bear on Milus.  It's something a little different - it's called NON-SPONSORED content.  I know it's a little old fashioned, but you never know, maybe it will catch on ; )

Now in previous versions (blue and black) you will note that the strap included was leather.  As an early adapter, I can tell you that the original watch is quite good, but although it was promoted to come with two straps, I only received the leather. I all fairness, I purchased mine at BaselWorld and that's the way it came. As you can see from the images (should you be inclined to "click through" to the website), this one comes with a Tropic strap as well as the (if I am honest, not-so-special or good) leather strap.  My presumption is that these are OEM supplied by Rick Marei's Tropic strap brand marketed under his Synchron group banner. 

One thing that is a wee-bit different than many pre-orders, is that there are no discounts offered. The "carrot" in this instance is an additional "Tropic" strap included with the watch, and that you will get your watch earlier than the general public. Which is fair enough.

Overall, I have been quite happy with my Archimèdes, and were I to pick again, I might opt for the green dial version.  And let's just say that the Tropic strap definitely marks an improvement in the total package.  It also bears mentioning that when the  original was put out there at BaselWorld 2019, it was mentioned that it would come with 2 straps.  I honestly don't know if that ever materialized, my requests for the additional nylon strap went unanswered, possibly "lost in the mail"...

So while you will most likely not see the same "as featured on Tempus Fugit" plug on the Milus site as you will for the big dippers who will, I am sure, eventually cover this release once the money hits their accounts, here are the pertinents -

Automatic self-winding, ETA 2892A2 (TOP) calibre, 21 jewels, 42-hours power reserve, 3 o’clock date window. Pearlised and snailed bridges, blue screws, oscillating wheel with Milus logo open-worked.
Brushed / polished steel 316L, ∅41.00 mm, water resistant up to 30 ATM, helium valve. Thickness: 11.9mm (glass included). Lug to lug width: 51mm.
Tropic dive rubber, brushed / polished steel 316L clasp 18.00mm
“Broad Arrow” hands, diamond cut & rhodium-plated with natural SuperLuminova
Screw-down crown, Milus and Diver logo embossed
Curved sapphire glass with inner antireflective coating
Green vertical brushed, natural SuperLuminova indexes
Bi-directional rotating dial ring, screwed crowns, helium valve
Screw-down case back

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