Monday, September 15, 2014

And now for something completely different: Minuteman MM02 DLC Liberty Watch Review



Uh wait a minute.... time out..   (ok ok.. sorry for the watch puns).   Yes.. something completely different and, gasp, not related to barefoot/minimalist running, trail running, ultra running, clean eating!

Well.. time for me to fess up...  one of my guilty pleasures is watches... yes watches.  I love them.. and if I had more disposable income (that wasn't spent on race entries), I'd probably own hundreds!...

http://minutemanwatches.com/


So, when I was presented with an opportunity to review a new watch, I just couldn't say no!  And the watch I'm talking about is the Minuteman MM02 DLC Liberty.  Before I get into the specs of the watch though, I have to tell you the cool stuff about the Minuteman Watch Company.  What caught my attention were these points as to why Minuteman was created:


  • To raise funds for charities that support Veterans and their families (25% of all profits)
  • To provide work for Americans/Vets
  • To provide a quality product that will stand the test of time
Cool right?



Ok.. watches made in the USA for a great cause.  But what about the watches?  Check this out on the MM0 Series:

  • Wet tested to 300m, despite the 200m rating, which exceeds ISO standards
  • Humidity testing that meets Rolex standards
  • Built in two shops in the US, both run by Certified Master Watchmakers (CMW21), the highest level certification by the AWCI
  • Stainless Steel Diamondback DLC coated case (coated by Ionbond, Greensboro, NC)
  • ETA 955.112 Swiss Made 7 jewel quartz movement


Ok.. enough with the specs, it's obviously a well crafted watch.  But here are the other really nice features.  The watch comes in a really nice zippered/padded case.. not a box! I used to keep the boxes from my watches, but they got in the way, and really weren't needed, but they were hard to toss!  This padded pouch is really nice for travel, and you can use it for other stuff! The MM0's come with a nice leather strap (hand crafted in the US), as well as a 5-ring Zulu/NATO style nylon strap. 

Sorry for the low quality.. watch pics are hard to take!

The MM0 Liberty is 43mm across (excluding the crown), and it has a nice screw down crown as well.  My wrists are on the small side, but I like the fit and feel of this watch.  And the watch has a nice heavy (but not too heavy) feel.  With the nylon strap, the watch weighs in at 3.6 oz. 



The leather strap is nice, and a little dressier of course, but I really love the NATO nylon strap. I think it suits the watch style better, and it is really comfortable.  Took me a bit to figure out how to use the strap, but thanks to Youtube, it's all good :-)


The stamping on the back (including the serial #) is pretty cool...  but hard to take a pic of as well! 


Overall I really do love this watch! One of the things I like about it most is its clean lines and simplicity.  Anymore it seems we are overloaded with tech, and this watch cuts to the chase with an easy to read face (even at night.. the luminous dial works great), and easy to work (one knob!).  I know it may sound silly, but for me it's kind of refreshing. This watch does one thing, and it does it damn good :-).  And after wearing it a lot for the past month, it is really sturdy... and built to take a beating it seems as I can be rough on watches. 

If you want to check out the other Minuteman lines, go to their website at http://minutemanwatches.com/ or on Facbook (click HERE) and check them out.  There is also a link to the retail dealers where you can find Minuteman watches...  just click HERE

Ok...now you know a little bit more about me (and what to get me for Christmas! ;-) ).   As always, if you have any comments/questions/feedback, feel free to leave a comment below, or drop me a line on Facebook. 

Happy trails!

Jeff
barefootinclined@gmail.com
http://barefootinclined.com




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the Minuteman MM02 DLC Liberty for free from Minuteman Watches as coordinated by Deep Creek Public Relations in consideration for review publication