Up Close With The Xetum Stinson

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You no doubt are familiar with the Xetum brand, based out of California.  If not, just have a look over at to the side of the page. In the past, we’ve reviewed their Tyndall model; today, we’ll be taking a look at the Stinson.

The Stinson presents as a very minimalistic three-hander, and it does it with style.  I say that for two reasons – first, it’s an extremely clean dial.  Second, the lugless design (well, to be honest, they’re hidden in the case) helps for a cleaner appearance.

But let’s get back to the dial.  The numerals and indicators are varied and easy to ready, especially with the slightly longer-than-usual hands (maybe they’re not, but it seemed that way to me) and super-luminova usage.

While some might prefer the white dial as summer approaches,  I think the black dial works great as a year-round option.  I’d be remiss if I didn’t complement them on having the date wheel color match the dial – such a small detail, but just great when they complement.

As you can see from the pictures, our review model was on a steel bracelet, which is a $100 option.  I can’t say how it compares to the leather strap, but as a bracelet itself, it’s a nice one.  I especially like how the latching mechanism kind of tucked away, giving a clean, smooth surface under your wrist.

What’s ticking away inside that 40mm case (11mm thick)?  Glad you asked!  It’s an ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, which is a well known quantity.  You’ve also got a sapphire crystal up front (mineral glass for the exhibition caseback), and a screw-down crown, all resulting in a package that’s water tight to 100 meters.

Should you want to pick one up for yourself be ready to bring $995 for the model on the leather strap, or $1095 for the steel bracelet.

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