Very seldom in our business do we get a product that has buzzing with excitement for weeks. But this Bertucci Para-Cord Titanium #12080 is one of truly great exceptions to the rule. Here’s a few reasons why:
1. This para-cord strap is one of the strongest watch bands we’ve ever seen.
While I’ve been prone to hyperbole in the past, this is simply not an example of that, especially compared to our other nylon strap watches. At all. This braided para-cord olive drab band will not break despite our best efforts. Soldiers and astronauts have used para-cord in the field before because of its toughness and resistance to almost, well, anything really. Several individual strands of rope are inside each braid of this strap.
To put it bluntly–although perhaps a bit grotesquely–if one of these Bertucci watch bands were to get caught on something, your wrist or arm would rip off of your body long before this watch would separate from the unbreakable titanium band retention lug bars that attach it to the case of the watch. So if you are rather, ahem, “attached” to those limbs, make sure you are aware of this timepiece’s shear power before you go willy-nilly into the great outdoors.
2. Its Swiss Ronda 700 movement will keep you on time forever.
The only thing that will slow this watch down is the battery–not the movement. Swiss watches are already known for being the best, and more specifically the Swiss Ronda 700 is one of the most precise movements available in the watch industry. It’s usually found in much more luxury-styled watches that sell for well over $10,000. But Bertucci watches went all out when it designed this model, putting such an exquisite movement in a field watch.
Since the movement is so intricate, in addition to being hyper-accurate to the second, it will hardly drain the battery in the process. At a minimum, you can expect six to seven years of life from the 12080, while a decade without the battery needing changing is probably more realistic.
3. The sapphire crystal makes it nearly scratch-proof.
Instead of run-of-the-mill mineral glass, this men’s watch uses sapphire for the crystal material. Sapphire is a much stronger material, obviously, so you’d have to really do a number on this crystal over many, many years for you to ever see any kind of marking on it.
And while sapphire crystals are more prone to shattering than mineral glass ones, this Bertucci men’s watch has recessed the crystal deeper into the case. Even if you were to go out of your way to try and break this crystal, you would not have much luck. (Trust me, we tried this. For a half-hour straight.)
4. The titanium watch case and screw-down crown will withstand the toughest test.
Because of the density of the strap, the watch would be slightly heavier than standard Bertucci Vintage series watches. However, replacing the stainless steel case with a U.S. patented titanium one actually makes the case about a third of the normal weight. So this watch, even though it is quite a bit lighter (1.9 ounces total weight) than the regular Bertucci A-2 watches, is actually exponentially stronger and will probably outlive its wearer.
The screw-down crown keeps moisture, dust and everything else that could seep in and damage the movement. It was easier for Ocean’s 12 to break in and steal the Fabergé egg than it would be for any harmful materials to get inside this watch.
5. The superluminova hands make it easy to read no matter your environment.
Whether you’re defending a country or playing a super-intense game of late-night paintball, you’ll be able to accurately synchronize operations. Make sure you have a sleeve that will cover up this bad boy when you are covertly assembling. The hands and markers are so bright that they could give away your location from thousands of yards away.
OK, so THAT’S hyperbole, but I had to use it somewhere in this review. Frankly, this watch is so awesome, it’s pretty difficult to exaggerate how fantastic a tactical watch it is. The biggest aspect that I thought would slow our sales on it was going to be what I thought would easily be a $400-500 price tag at a minimum. Not so, as we currently have a sale on this model for $259.99.
So, what are you waiting for? You’ll get the Bertucci warranty since we are an authorized dealer of the brand, and we can’t afford to offer this deal forever. (Even though that’s exactly the length of time this Para-Cord Titanium Bertucci watch will probably last you.)
Oh, and rent Tropic Thunder if you haven’t seen it yet. I promise you, you’re in for a treat. Stop people from looking at you like this guy when you tell them you haven’t seen it: