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Default Watch Review -- REC M5 Mark I

Reviewer: Marc (Spaceview)

Watch / Models Being Reviewed: REC M5 Mark I


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About REC (from company web site):

The REC concept is simple: Recover – Recycle – Reclaim. These three words have become both our concept, philosophy and motto. Born out of a belief that a wristwatch can and should be more than just an elegant timekeeper, REC Watches endures to inject your new watch with a unique story and soul. REC Watches believes that a wristwatch should set you apart not only by its design, but also by becoming a part of and extension of its owners personality and ideals. REC Watches concept thus involves recycling out-of-use objects found around the world into brand-new watches. These objects are not picked randomly, but rather selected specifically for the history and values that they represent. As such, any and every REC Watch will not only have a distinct story to tell through its components previous life, but also be visibly unique in its appearance.

We invite you to the REC universe, and hope that you will share our passion for quality timepieces, heartwarming stories, and unique designs.

Mark I:

Inspired by the classic and radically innovative elliptical dashboard of the Mark I & II Minis, the Mark I watch is a tribute to one of the most characteristic elements of the little iconic car. Being the very first Mini to ever hit the pavement on a larger scale, the Mark I has in many ways become synonymous with the joyful 60′s, and was a favorite among both celebrities and the common public. The design and center placement of the dashboard in the car is also shrouded with stories and was rumored to be designed so that the co-driver could more easily keep an eye on it.

Therefore we have transferred the elliptical shape of the dashboard to the Mark I watch design, where it encircles the two subdials – providing a “dashboard within the watch”. The remaining dial is purely made from recycled Mini metal, and will often feature very distinct imperfections, providing an altogether unique feel to the watch. Meanwhile, the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of the recycled Mini is provided on the backcase of the watch, and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

Retail Price: $425 USD

Specs:
  • Handcrafted & unique dial produced from recycled car metal
    NOTE: Every dial is visibly unique and will not correspond exactly to the featured images
  • Caseback with VIN No. (Vehicle Identification Number) referring to the recycled metal's origin
  • Circular and vertically brushed ion plated black stainless steel case
  • Diameter: 44,3 mm Height: 13 mm
  • Weight: 66 g
  • OS21 Miyota movement with 24H indicator, 60-minute chronograph and date
  • Mineral Glass Crystal
  • Black genuine leather strap with black stitching and quick-release system
  • Accompanying black nylon strap
Initial Impression:

The concept of Recover – Recycle – Reclaim really interested me before I saw the watch. The idea of a production watch with design elements from an automobile was also an interesting concept. The watch did look very unique coming out of the box. The VIN number engraved on the case back was a very cool touch.

Packaging:

Outer white sleeve revealed the below box that conveyed the concept of recycled materials. The fact that one box can be used by the entire collection seemed to indicate a saving in materials consistent with the overall concept.



The watch was delivered on the nylon strap with the leather strap inclosed in the box.



The box also contained the warranty card and the user guide.



Dial & Subdials:

No true second hand. You can use the chronograph as a second hand but I assume that will run the battery down faster. I really like my watches to have a second hand. Typically one of the subdials act as a second hand on a chronograph.

The hands are very thin and the color of the hands do not provide enough of a contrast to the dial in my opinion. I would like to see thicker hands used.



Here the subdials are used as a 60-minute counter for the chronograph and a 24H indicator. I think the 24 hour indicator is wasted on a watch like this. I would have preferred a second hand.



51mm lug-to-lug measurement.



44.23 mm case diameter measured.



47m diameter including the crown.



Case Back:

Nice case back with some interesting information, such as the VIN number stamped on it.



Crowns:


Nice main crown flanked by both chronograph pushers. The main crown is large enough to handle with comfort. The first position sets the date and the second position sets the time. The main crown is push/pull and not screw down.

The stem seems sturdy with no play, as it should be.



Straps:


Here you can see that the leather strap is much shorter than the nylon strap.



Nylon:

Plenty of extra length for those of us with larger wrists.



Leather:

Very short strap. Barely able to accommodate my 8.25 inch wrist. Anyone with a larger wrist will not be able to wear this strap.







22mm lug size will accommodate lots of after-market straps.



The straps on this watch use a quick-release pin system. I like them as you don't scratch the case changing straps. I'm not certain that they are as sturdy as good quality standard spring bars.





Wrist Shot:


The watch is comfortable to wear and looks good enough to wear both as a casual piece (on the nylon) and even a work piece on the leather.





Luminosity Shot:


This is a lume shot using a UV flash. You can see that only the hands are lumed. The luminosity on the hands is very, very weak. I was unable to photograph the lume using my standard setup. I think the hands are very slim and there is not enough lume material on the hands. Even when I got them to glow a little bit they faded away to nothing almost immediately. This watch is not about the lume so I think this is a minor issue based on the other things this watch offers.



Movement:
Miyota OS21

Good solid quartz movement that should provide years of reliable service.

Battery: SILVER OXIDE SR927W

http://www.citizen.co.jp/miyota_mvt/.../spec_0S21.pdf



Summary:


This watch is what I refer to as a concept watch. I use that term to describe the watch as you would use the terms dress, sport, or diver. I think it is a very exclusive category and there are not that many watches that fall into the category of concept.

I'm undecided if the pitting around the 6 position is cool based on the recycled concept or an annoying imperfection that, in all fairness, the manufacturer stated would be present. I'll let you decide. They are taking old car parts and recycling them into watches. That is a very cool concept. I think they have executed it well here. Not perfectly, but well enough to make this watch interesting. If you are into "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" and want to show that off as part of your watch collection this might be the piece for you.

Pros:
1. Quick release pin system is convenient and prevents case scratching during strap changes.
2. 44mm is a popular size and will appeal to a lot of buyers.
3. Unique concept of both recycling and using old car parts. Very different and will appeal to those concerned with Recover – Recycle – Reclaim.

Cons:
1. Leather strap is too short
2. Mineral crystal. You all know I prefer sapphire crystals.
3. Very weak luminosity.
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Thanks for a very interesting review.

Brings back a lot of memories. The first car I ever drove when I was 10 was a mini, in a farmers field for anyone concerned with the legality of such an act. Not that it seems to matter these days
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Great review and pictures. I enjoyed reading about this watch.

It is not my style (in just about any way), but excellent pictures and info.

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Cool concept. Enjoyed your review!!


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Nice review. I've never reviewed a watch and don't presume to have the technical knowledge that others on this forum have, so take this observation for what it's worth.

I love cars, and in the last few years I've been privileged to be in a Rolls Royce Ghost sedan (or saloon as our English cousins would call it) and a Ferrari 430 spyder with an F1 sequential transmission. Both have decades of design heritage on which to draw. That heritage inevitably leads to certain expectations about the brand, the car, and the driving experience, and the violation of those expectations can leave an indelible mark of disappointment.

I had a similar experience in both cars when I touched some of the interior fittings. The panel covering the window controls in the Ghost was black plastic, nicely finished to be sure, but plastic nonetheless. The door pull lever in the 430 was frankly rather cheap plastic. Now I understand building a product to a price point, and the Ghost uses a modified version of the 7 Series chassis from parent company, BMW, and the Ferrari sources parts from parent company FIAT.

But I expected a certain level of tactile feedback, and both cars came up short, violating those senses of expectation. Now are both cars highly desirable? To be sure. And as cars alone both are excellent expressions of their respective brands.

Here's the connection to the REC. It's clearly a retro-inspired product. I rather like the design troupe of a watch face made to resemble an old car's dash. But an old car is a decidedly mechanical device. It's why drivers often describe older cars with hydraulic steering assist as "analogue" and modern cars with electric assist as "digital." The terms are apt metaphors for cars from different eras.

It would be more expensive, but this watch begs for a mechanical movement, not quartz. A quartz movement defies my visual sense of expectations about how a second hand should sweep around a retro-designed watch face just as a plastic panel defies my tactile sense of expectations in a Ghost or Ferrari. I got a Seiko Recraft watch as a Christmas present. It's a nice causal wear piece. To Seiko's credit it has a simple non-hackable or manual wind movement. And the movement is entirely consistent with the retro nature of the design. That's what REC needs.

There...my picky observation about this piece.
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Nice review. I've never reviewed a watch and don't presume to have the technical knowledge that others on this forum have, so take this observation for what it's worth.

I love cars, and in the last few years I've been privileged to be in a Rolls Royce Ghost sedan (or saloon as our English cousins would call it) and a Ferrari 430 spyder with an F1 sequential transmission. Both have decades of design heritage on which to draw. That heritage inevitably leads to certain expectations about the brand, the car, and the driving experience, and the violation of those expectations can leave an indelible mark of disappointment.

I had a similar experience in both cars when I touched some of the interior fittings. The panel covering the window controls in the Ghost was black plastic, nicely finished to be sure, but plastic nonetheless. The door pull lever in the 430 was frankly rather cheap plastic. Now I understand building a product to a price point, and the Ghost uses a modified version of the 7 Series chassis from parent company, BMW, and the Ferrari sources parts from parent company FIAT.

But I expected a certain level of tactile feedback, and both cars came up short, violating those senses of expectation. Now are both cars highly desirable? To be sure. And as cars alone both are excellent expressions of their respective brands.

Here's the connection to the REC. It's clearly a retro-inspired product. I rather like the design troupe of a watch face made to resemble an old car's dash. But an old car is a decidedly mechanical device. It's why drivers often describe older cars with hydraulic steering assist as "analogue" and modern cars with electric assist as "digital." The terms are apt metaphors for cars from different eras.

It would be more expensive, but this watch begs for a mechanical movement, not quartz. A quartz movement defies my visual sense of expectations about how a second hand should sweep around a retro-designed watch face just as a plastic panel defies my tactile sense of expectations in a Ghost or Ferrari. I got a Seiko Recraft watch as a Christmas present. It's a nice causal wear piece. To Seiko's credit it has a simple non-hackable or manual wind movement. And the movement is entirely consistent with the retro nature of the design. That's what REC needs.

There...my picky observation about this piece.
Very nice observations about this piece. It is an interesting piece and I could see is becoming a conversation piece if the topic of conservation comes up. I agree with your comments about the quartz movement. A hand wind movement would seem to suit the image more. No battery either. Maybe the brand will listen. You never know.
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Very nice observations about this piece. It is an interesting piece and I could see is becoming a conversation piece if the topic of conservation comes up. I agree with your comments about the quartz movement. A hand wind movement would seem to suit the image more. No battery either. Maybe the brand will listen. You never know.
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Marc, think this watch really is cool, and definitely interesting ! Always like it when a watch does some different. Love the classics too, but there's something neat about when a watch, or watch brand tries to step out of the box, and try something new, and exciting. There will be bumps in the road along trying to perfect an idea, but that's just part of the fun I guess. Just think this one is fun to see ! The recycled materials seem to make every watch a little different, and definitely like the car connection. Imagine having one of these in the collection? Would really stand out, and have a neat story behind it. Thanks so much for yet another fantastic review !!!
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Great concept of the company or vision I should say. AWESOME review and pictures. Cool looking watch.
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We sure love ours! quite a head turner, especially at Mini Dealerships ;
http://gsqmag.com/REC_Watch_M1.html
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We sure love ours! quite a head turner, especially at Mini Dealerships ;
http://gsqmag.com/REC_Watch_M1.html
Mini Dealerships should probably give them to the sales force. May even run a promotion for each car sold for the buyers.
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Very cool! I like the retro styling. Thanks for posting a review.
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