Hands-on With The Simple Swiss Made Porsche Design 1919 Datetimer Eternity Watches
During Baselworld 2016,Swiss Porsche Design debuted a totally new collection of watches known as the typical Porsche Design 1919. Here, we look at the Porsche Design 1919 Datetimer Eternity models, and what all 1919 collection timepiece share is a new case design which has a solid, skeletonized lug structure. The Porsche Design 1919 Datetimer Eternity is interesting because, in addition to wearing quite large on the wrist, the legible and lume-rich dial has a very definite “modern Panerai” feel.
The odd man out of the entire collection is a rather cool albeit niche model from Porsche Design which is the Porsche Design 1919 Datetimer Eternity that has a “bronzed-color” titanium case with “gray-green” dial and is fitted to a brown alligator strap. Yes, there is some fashionable trendiness going on here, but Porsche Design points to the original Porsche 356 automobile as the direct inspiration for this model, as well as of the entire 1919 collection overall.
At 42mm wide and 11.92mm thick, the Porsche Design 1919 Datetimer case doesn’t seem that large but given the rather long lug-to-lug distance and how the straps connect, these look best on wrists of a thick girth.
Other versions of the Porsche Design 1919 Datetimer Eternity have slightly more simple dials, but are overall just as legible and interesting. I’ll once again point out that Porsche Design currently produces both the 1919 Datetimer and 1919 Datetimer Eternity. The former has a slightly more modern and technical-looking dial, while these “Eternity” models focus a bit more on Bauhaus-style simplicity.
Porsche Design mens watch points to the skeletonized lugs as a means of reducing the visual mass of the case, and I think it works. The curved and skeletonized lug structure does assist in making the case feel a bit thinner and more “architectural,” but there is the issue of how it wears on smaller wrists, as I pointed out above. In addition to the alligator strap offered on the reference 6020.3.01.003.06.2, Porsche Design offers a rubber strap as well as a titanium bracelet on the 1919 Datetimer collection of watches.
The awesome Porsche Design 1919 case has a domed and AR-coated sapphire crystal over the dial, is water resistant to 100 meters, and has a solid titanium caseback on these these three-hand Datetimer models. The 1919 Chronotimer chronograph is the 1919 model that has an exhibition caseback window. While most of the case is given a sand-blasted finish, the crown, caseback, and thin bezel are offered with a polished finish.
Inside the Porsche Design 1919 Datetimer watches is a Swiss Sellita SW200 automatic mechanical movement. This is a more basic movement, and while it works well, I think this collection would have benefited from something a bit fancier such as something with a longer power reserve. It isn’t that the SW200 is a bad movement, but rather that it can be acquired in much less expensive watches, and I like it when Porsche Design does everything possible to promote the more premium features of their watch collection which is not only connected in a familial sense to Porsche cars, but also that the Porsche Design brand has a large assortment of appropriately premium items such as sunglasses, luggage, and apparel.