What Time Is It
. Watches, yeah I have them. In fact I’ve been wearing a watch since I was a kid. In a world of smart phones, and the answer to everything at the tip of your fingers, I still love and use one of my many wrist watches everyday. Why, you ask? Style and function.
Let’s talk about style first because it’s important to most people, whether they want to admit or not. The Isobrite has plenty of style, as you can see. You can tell a lot about a person by the watch they wear, whether it be classy like a Tag or Rolex, or a high tech Suunto, or even a more tactical type watch like the Armourlite Isobrite we are going to be talking about here. It gives you a look at who your dealing with. It tells you something about that person.
. Now, what about function? Well first is the battery. The battery in a watch lasts a lot longer than a battery in a smart phone. I mean a lot longer, years in fact, with no recharging or anything (and some require no batteries at all). The 100 series excels here due to the 10-year lithium battery installed in it. A lot of other watches have a 4 year standard battery. In the event of some kind of major disaster or long time power outage a watch is a nice thing to have.
The Isobrite 100 series has both style and function. It really is a beautiful time piece. I have been testing this watch since Shot Show this year (Jan. 2014), so about six months. I have worn it everyday since then. I have been very pleased with it’s performance, it keeps time very accurately due to it’s Swiss Ronda 715Li quartz movement.
Also, the 100 series won’t weigh you down either. Coming in at 2.93 Oz on my scale you don’t even notice you are wearing it (well until you need it that is, then like a old friend there it is). This light weight is achieved by the polycarbonate case construction. So, your probably thinking that it must have a small case diameter like a lot of other poly watches? Nope! It’s a 47mm case that is
12 mm thick, which is a nice size. The crown is 4mm and is also water resistant. To protect that big beautiful face is an anti- reflective and scratch resistant sapphire crystal, not the inferior and less hard mineral crystals that a lot of other makers use. It does it’s job very well as I am not easy on anything I own and I don’t notice any scratches whatsoever on the crystal. It is also very clear.
. The isobrite 100 is very tough also. I have ruined watches before on the range. A lot of watches just don’t seem to be able to handle the recoil from thousands of rounds being fired down range. So far this has not been a problem for the Isobrite.
What? You’re worried about getting it wet at the range when the skies open up? Well don’t be because the 100 series is also water resistant down to 200 meters 660 feet, so you’re good to go around water. In fact I have submerged this watch several times with no ill effect at all.
. Now for night operations. The Isobrite really shines due to the T100 tritium inserts which are made in Switzerland and are currently the brightest tritium illumination available. Most other manufactures use T25 tritium illumination resulting in much dimmer hands and markers.
. There are two different band types available on the 100 series depending on which model you get. The iso-100 which comes with a very comfortable and attractive silicone band, or the iso-100-PU which has the polyurethane rubber band (which I prefer this band, it has the look of metal but at a much lighter weight and more comfortable than metal). Both models come with an extra nylon band in the very nice zippered travel/storage case that the watch comes nestled very nicely in. All Isobrite watches come with a pretty standard 2 year warranty.
. Now for what most of you want to know, the cost. Both the iso 100 and the iso 100-PU are $499.00 with free shipping in the US. In fact all of the Isobrite series watches, except for the Chronograph series of course are $499.00. The Chrono comes in at $550.00.
So in closing, would I recommend the Isobrite line of watches? Absolutely I would! It looks great and functions flawlessly. It has all of the upgrades for a pretty good price. I have a knack for destroying watches, I don’t mean to but it just seems to happen (I try to not wear my nice ones out on a daily basis). Lets face it $500 is not cheap (at least for me it’s not), so tearing the watch up is not something I want to do. Now with that being said I have worn this watch everyday for about six months without any negative effects, besides maybe a few little nicks or scratches on the case and band here and there which is to be expected from a watch you use as a daily driver.
. The question is this, will I continue to wear it everyday without worry of messing it up? You bet I will! If you’re looking for a really nice watch with a more tactical look, have a look at the Isobrite series of watches by Armourlite, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. You can find them here www.armourlite.com