All I see in this watch is Rolex. Not just any Rolex, but a Paul Newman Daytona. With the recent explosion of these particular watches it's no surprise that companies that make homages are copying this one next. Inside of the watch is the Miyota 6S50. The running seconds subdial is at 6, the 60-minute subdial is at 9 and the 20th of a second indicator is at 3. You can see all of the specs on the movement here. The stainless steel case is 42mm in diameter. The watch comes in 4 versions, all of which can be found on the Armida website. This watch is a heck of a deal. It comes with a 22mm bracelet, rubber strap, C3 superluminova and sapphire crystal. Although these new A10 watches are homages, they are good for people who can't afford the real deal, which is more than 99% of people worldwide. You can buy it now for $300.
Armida is a micro brand based out of China. Their models all have names following the same pattern. Their first watch, the A1, was a serious and tough dive watch, giving the brand it's identity from the start. Now, although the bulk of their sales is dive watches, they have watches including the A6, which is a Rolex Explorer homage. Their watches generally use the Miyota 9015 or the Seiko NH35A. The new A9 is no exception. Powered by the NH35A this watch has hacking, hand winding and a bi-directional automatic winding. Pretty good for a watch with this price. The watch could be defined as a Sub homage, because of the dial, bezel, and bracelet. I am not saying this isn't true, but the hands do give the watch a distinct look that although is similar to the Sub, it is not identical. There are two versions of the A9, one has a WR rating of 1200m and the other has a rating of 500m. In terms of tastes, the 500m has more options with a date and no-date model in both black and blue dials. You are stuck with the date window, whether you like it or not, if you buy the 1200m. Each version retails for a mere $400, something I have yet to see on another watch water resistant to 1200m. More information and pictures can be found on the Armida website here. They also give a good list of the differences between the two versions and although they are small, they can greatly sway one's decision when buying a watch. Thanks for reading!
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