Goodspeed has set out to provide an affordable, high quality watch representing the 70s style era of racing chronographs, and they are definitely affordable, and available on Kickstarter for Pre-Order October 22, 2018.
” Three Color Dials Available “
Genuine Leather Watch Pouch / Sunglasses case the watch is presented in ( production models will
be larger in size )
The 316L solid stainless steel case of the petrol measures in at 42MM in diameter, which is a good size in my eyes for a chronograph. This size allows easy legibility, and will not have you squinting to look at your chronograph subdial. The case is very reminescent of 1970s racing chronographs if you haven’t noticed already, and Goodspeed did a decent job of mimicking that era. The one thing that stood out to me was the 10ATM ( 100 Meters ) water resistance rating, typically not seen on this style of chronograph. I think that is a good thing, and allows the end user to have a bit more confidence and security when using the watch. The crown is mid-sized, and is fairly easy to grip, signed with a capital “G” for Goodspeed. The domed genuine sapphire crystal features anti-reflective coating for increased legibility in high light conditions and sits just above the black Tachymetre scale. This can be used for numerous calculations, and is useful. Heading to the caseback, it is screwed down for that 100M of water resistance and signed with some specifications and your limited edition number of 1,500 pieces.
This black dial is typical vintage racing style with two oval
subdials reading the 60 minute chronograph, and to the right a 24 hour subdial. I like the way the black and white flow together nicely, and looks in place with the tachymetre bezel. Another characteristic that stood out to me were the red sub dial hands, adding a bit of character and seriousness to the piece. The applied markers are also filled with Superluminova which is decent as well. The hands themselves are standard long white and contrast well with the red arrow pointed sweeping chronograph hand. I don’t know about you but I am certainly a sucker for a white/black/red color combination timepiece.
The movement Goodspeed decided to use is a common one amongst microbrand chronographs, for good reason. The seiko VK64 Meca-Quartz movement allows us to get a feel for a real mechanical chronograph combined with the superb accuracy of a standard quartz movement. Another good thing is the pusher actuation feels genuinely mechanical, and the second hand has a smooth sweep just like a standard automatic chronograph. I have reviewed numerous watches using this movement lately, and it is a winner in my book.
Rallye style racing leather bands
What’s a racing watch without the racing style rallye strap? The 22MM genuine black leather rallye strap is certainly comfortable, supple, and honestly does not require a break-in period. One can wear this one straight out of the box to the track!
Conclusion and Value Factor
Furthermore, this IS probably the best value Meca Quartz timepiece heading to Kickstarter in a few days. I have seen other brands with the same quality and specifications sell for upwards of $400 USD, whole Goodspeed is offering a great value proposition at just under $200 via Pre-Order on KS. I have dropped a link below to their campaign, and urge you to give them a look.
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