We recently interviewed the founder of Jack Turner Watches and it was really insightful. We do recommend having a quick read if you are starting a watch brand. Now we are going to review one of their watches, the Jack Turner Sports Chronograph Limited Edition. They currently have two models of the chronograph and we are going to be reviewing the ‘Blue’ version.
Jack Turner Sports Chronograph Features
Material : 316L Stainless Steel/ Combination of Brushed and Polished
Lens:Double Domed Sapphire Crystal with anti-reflective coating
Diameter (mm) : 43
Thickness (mm) : 12.4
Case back : Closed. Screw down case back with Deep Etching effect with Limited Edition Number
Type : Swiss Ronda Quartz Chronograph 5030.D
Origin : Swiss
Material : Full Grain Genuine Leather
Buckle : Tang
Strap Length(mm) : 22
Water Resistance : 10ATM
Crown: Push and Pull
The packaging is well done. It is not too extravagant but it is enough. The first feature which will attract your eyes is the blue dial. The dial is not one solid blue colour but it is broken up into light blue in the middle and then dark blue. There are a lot of features on the watch but the distinct colour of the hands will make sure you do not lost track of time. Overall, the watch looks good and is definitely alluring, but is it worth the price tag? Let’s find out!
Let’s start with the showpiece feature.There are two distinctive colour on the dial. At the top, you have dark blue, navy type, colour, in the middle you have a light blue and then you have the dark blue again. The different colour breaks your attention on the dial and it is playful on the eye.
For the second index on the Jack Turner Sports Chronograph, you have white batons, with bolder batons on every 5 second interval. The legibility of the second index is great and the background contrast again the colour well. For the minute index, yellow batons have been used. They are large and very much noticeable. The yellow and blue colour does go well. When you try to picture this colour combination, you may think it is going to be too bright. However the use of the different blue makes the colour combination very alluring.
Let’s move on to the sub dials. There are 3 sub dials; hour, minute and second. The background used on the sub dials are in a different blue. The background used is more of a chrome blue. The contrast is great and you can clearly see the sub dials and also reading them clear. There are a couple of numerals used and the hands are in silver. The sub dials haven’t followed the colour scheme of the main hands which is actually a great thing. The main reason is, if the colour yellow were to be used on the sub dial hands, it would just ruin the look and your eyes will be lost on where to look at.
The hands designs are similar to pencil hands, but without the pointy tip. Both the minute and hour hand are in yellow and very much noticeable. Reading the time is not an issue on the Jack Turner Sports Chronograph. The second hand has followed a leaf design with a white tip. They have cleverly added the Jack Turner logo and the bottom end of the second hand and it is a nice feature for sure.
To finish off, we have a date window located at the 4 o’clock position. The window is located on the dark blue section of the dial and it does get lost. Legibility is fine but with all these features on the dial and different colours going on, the date window is lost.
The case is 43mm by 12.4mm. It is definitely a large watch and will take a lot of space on your wrist. Comfort wise, the Jack Turner Sports Chronograph feels good on the wrist and does not get in the way. The lugs helps to push the watch on the wrist and this makes it feel solid and stable on the wrist.
The feature which stands from from the casing is the bezel. The chronometer bezel has followed the same colour pattern of the dial. It has two colours, navy blue on top and light blue at the bottom. The numbers of the bezel are large enough and legibility is not an issue. The colour used on the bezel really goes well together and does stand out for sure.
The crowns are your usual size. The crown has been signed with Jack Turner’s logo, which is always great to see! The clicks of the chronometer are strong and you can hear the click.
The back casing is closed off which Jack Turner’s logo and also the number of your limited edition watch. To be honest, it does not look the best but given the watch is a quartz, there is not much point of having an exhibition case.
The casing overall is great and well made The stainless steel makes the watch shine from the blue colour accent used. It just gives it a bit more life to an already colour dial.
Inside the Jack Turner Sports Chronograph you have a Swiss Ronda Quartz Chronograph 5030.D. It is a very reliable movement and suits this watch. The time accuracy of the watch is spot on, as you would expect on a quartz watch. The battery life on the watch is around 2-3 years. The life expectancy will highly depend on how much you use the chronograph feature.
Would we like to see an automatic version of this watch? Yes! We love automatic watch and we would definitely love to see an automatic movement with an exhibition case.
The strap is made from full grain genuine leather. The strap has enough holes to fit smaller wrist, which is great news! The strap fits well on the wrist and is very comfortable. It does not need much breaking into and has a lovely cross hatch design to it. There are no quick release pins and the watch does not come with other straps. There is a black version of the Jack Turner Sports Chronograph, if you do not fancy the blue version.
Buy, Shortlist or Avoid?
All in all, the watch is great. It has some great features and aesthetically it is a a stunning looking watch. The RRP of the watch is $499/ £380/ €420. It is at the high end of the price range and some may still argue that the price of the watch is a bit exaggerated. One thing you have to consider is that this watch is limited edition and once it is gone, it is gone. We would shortlist this watch. It is a great watch for sure, but we just feel an automatic version would be great for this watch.