Reviewing The Well Finished Victorinox Swiss Army Infantry Automatic
We test the Victorinox Infantry Automatic, with simple military watch styling to match. Find out the results — including all specs, scores.
The Infantry Automatic from Victorinox Mens Watch has many of the features of a traditional military watch: large, easy-to-read Arabic numerals, a minutes track, luminous hands and dial markers, a prominent sweep- seconds hand and a water-resistant case. The watch weighs just 73 grams and is comfortable to wear all the time, even to bed, and the large markers glow into the early morning hours. The watch’s legibility is superior.
But the watch’s military styling is clearly a matter of fashion, not function. The case, which is 40 mm in diameter and highly polished, isn’t rugged enough for a soldier’s wrist: it’s almost delicate-looking and has no added protection such as surface hardening, a screw-down crown or screwed lugs. It will do much better in civilian life. Thanks to its relatively thin case and sloping lugs, it lies flat against the wrist and slips easily under a shirt cuff.
It contains an undecorated ETA movement in the lowest of four quality grades, a mineral glass caseback instead of a sapphire one, and a simple pronged buckle. But it has no serious flaws. The only minor ones are that the crown is a little too small for easy winding and setting and the faint, stamped hour numerals from 14 to 22 look more like flaws on the dial than useful indications.
These drawbacks do not detract from a number of attractive details. Although the crystal is not curved, it is beveled along its edge. A groove between the bezel and mid-section provides a visual accent and a leather strip is sewn to the end of the strap to cushion the metal buckle. All in all, the Infantry Automatic is an attractive everyday swiss luxury watch.