Thursday, 9 April 2015

Nautica Competition Yellow Dial

Today, I'm back to the Nautica brand of watches with this yellow quartz model.

The Nautica brand started as a menswear brand in 1983, but have expanded into a global brand for lifestyle products. They are know part of the VF Corporation, and have a very sailing based theme with the name coming from the Latin word for ship.

This particular model is a standard 3 hand dial design with a quartz movement. The dial is bright yellow with blue numbers, and minutes numbers for the 5 minutes towards the middle. The design is missing a couple of numbers though - the 6 is not present, but the Nautica Competition name is printed on the glass at this point. The 3 is also missing as that is where the date window is located, and there is a Nautica N logo next to the date as well.

The back is a stainless steel screw-on design giving a 50m water resistance, and the watch has a base metal case. The strap is made of leathery plastic and foam rubber, giving it a nautical feel. Inside the back, the name Callanen International is printed, and so I assume they are the case manufacturer. Callanen International were the producers of Guess watches, but were purchased by Timex in 1991, who gained the Nautica licence in 1994.

The module inside this model is a WX42E from Time Module Inc (who may have been a spin-off from Seiko). They are Hong Kong based, but may have manufacturing in Japan (as the watch back says it is a Japanese movement).

I don't know when this watch is from, but I would expect it to be later than the mid 90s and it is not a current model, so I'd guess 2000s.

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