We’ve seen many watches over the years and we got the chance to experience and hold in our hands a huge number of watches. Although, there is always something new that will excite us and make us jump like little kids. This is what happened to us AGAIN with the latest model of Viribus Unitis 153.27. That gradient green/blue sandwich dial is something that you don’t really see every day in a watch. It instantly caught our attention because is very refreshing and unique.
The 153.27 dial has an amazing quality, that gives a new experience when it comes to watches. Not even that, but the attention to detail that was given to the hour markers and the matching bronze color of the case is out of this world. It has some of the most detailed and most beautiful hour markers we have ever seen in a watch up close for under €500. Yeap, that is right. The watch only costs €468.
Furthermore, lets talk a bit about the hands. They overpass the detail of the hour markers. They have the same color but the custom detail that went on them again surpass our minds when it comes to pricing. They are they cherry on top of the cake that give this watch a complete look. The hands feature an anchor on the end of the seconds hand which resembles the brand’s logo. Not many watch microbrands offer such features. The sweeping seconds have a nice smooth movement that doesn’t stutter not even for a millisecond. That’s due to the workhorse movement that went in it but more on that a bit further. The hands as well as the bottom layer of the sandwich dial is treated with a big amount of super luminova to give extra readability even at the darkest hours; even when there is 0 amount of light. The lume is very bright and lasts for a really long time (as long as it absorbed a generous amount of light during the day.)
Another detail we are very keen on is the way that Viribus Watches displayed the printed text on the dial regarding the water resistance depth rating. The gradient dial for us is something that we believe took many months of testing and quality control up until they were satisfied with the result. No gradient dial comes out that good without many runs of quality control. That shows that the company truly cares for its products. Something from the Viribus Watches website that we believe is nice addition to the overall design and how they explain it:
The two arrows on the dial at position 9 are taken from a historical instrument for measuring the vertical speed. In this case, the upper arrow shows the service peak height of the 153.27, the lower arrow shows the water tightness of the watch (data in feet).
On top of that awesome dial we can clearly identify a sapphire crystal that is coated with AR-Coating. Even at this part the company didn’t make any cuts. They went all in regarding the quality of this timepiece.
Moving on to the casing of this bad boy. It is made with CUSN8 a high tin alloy from the bronze family. This type of casing was created with having in mind reduction in electrical conductivity. I mean come on, they even thought of that? Honestly, the more i write about this watch the more i fall in love with it. The size of the case is 42mm with a nice height of 11mm. Lug to Lug is 52mm. The lugs are drilled in order to allow changing the straps much easier. They are also curved for more comfort and for long hours of wearing it. The bezel that sits on top of the case is made from aluminum and has a really unique appearance. They even display proudly the model number inside the bezel. A very sturdy bezel with a nice grip and a 120 click action.
The caseback is made from Stainless Steel 316L again a highly graded metal that is even used in surgical departments that doesn’t corrode. We can also see with much detail the deep engraving of the text ALBATROS D-III the airplane that the watch was inspired from. Again another area they didn’t make any cuts. A few words regarding the history from their website:
The sponsored aircraft for this watch model was the ALBATROS D-III with the aircraft ID 153.27. The pilot of this aircraft was Georg Kenzian Edler von Kenzianhausen, who registered with 9 victories in the list of the most successful Austro-Hungarian fighter pilots.
The livery of his ALBATROS D-III was a model and model for the painting of many military aircraft. The top and sides were green, the underside blue.
Furthermore we continue with the crown. An aesthetically pleasing but at the same time sturdy crown. The crown is again signed proudly with the company’s anchor. Super easy to turn without any plate. The operation of it? Even easier. When looking at in up close it reminds you of pilot watches. That’s a good thing. On the opposite site of the crown we can clearly identify deeply engraved the company’s name. Usually is not something we are fond of but in this case due to the bronze color of the case we will consider it as a nice design element. The case has also been treated to have a natural patina. The second you receive the watch the patina begins to form which gives an awesome addition to the case and to the engraving of the name because it gets darker in the engraving and makes it pop.
As promised, we will proceed with the workhorse that makes this bad boy tick. Inside there is a Miyota 9015, with a date display as you have probably realized. This movement features 24 jewels and a vibration frequency of 28800bph. We managed to make the watch drop to -6 seconds per day which is very good considering this watch offers this much at such a low price point. This movement is considered to be a direct alternative or competitor to the ETA-2824-2 a really known and expensive swiss watch movement.
The matching green nylon strap is of super high quality considering that we have used over 50 different nylon straps over the years. This one is one of the highest qualities i have ever placed on my wrist. I ll leave it at that, because you have to actually see it up close to truly understand the quality.
Final thoughts is that Viribus Unitis has produces a watch that is of rare quality. A watch that can compete with watches in the price range of €1000-12000. The case construction is sturdy. Like a beast. The material used is aesthetically pleasing and the patina makes it look more beautiful every single day. From the unboxing of the watch up to the point of this review the experience has been nothing but extraordinary, unique and exciting.
This watch you either love it or you hate it. You can’t have both. In our case, we usually don’t like dive watches because of their bulkiness but this one has me looking at it every single day, not to read the time but to adore the beautiness it has to offer to me and of course to everyone else. The compliments i received at work and at home are many because is a watch that is visible, no matter how big your wrist is.
Last comment. We believe this brand is here to stay and we will support them through their journey. We believe in them and we believe in their products. I mean, which other brand offers this much for such a price? If you know anyone send us an email and let us know. I am sure it’s going to be a tough time to identify any.
The 153.27 with the extraordinary green/blue gradient dial and the limitation of 200 timepieces ever made worldwide guarantees to everyone a unique experience that cannot be found easily. The prices of the AIRBORNE series start at €390,00 EU and the 153.27 will cost you a small fee of €460, a very impressive value, and you can order it directly from https://www.viribusunitis-watches.com/en/luft/.
More technical specification:
Movement: Miyota 9015, Date, second stop, 24 jewels, vibration frequency: 28800bph
Case: Bronze/ Patina Treated
Diameter: 42mm (excluding crown)
Weigth:180gr (without strap)
Lug Width: 22mm (with spring bar)
Case back: Stainless steel 316 L
Waterproof: 30 ATM
Crown: Screw down crown
Dial: Sandwich construction
Lume: Super Luminova
Hands: Hour, minute and second hands with Super Luminova
Strap: Stainless steel, 22mm
Buckle: Stainless steel, 200mm with safety deployment clasp with logo