Straton Watch Company will add a new model to their line of racing chronographs. Like the Vintage Driver and the Curve-Chrono before it, the Syncro combines quality movements with early 1970’s styling to create an exciting, modern race timer. For those of us who like to match our accessories, Straton is also selling weekend bags with coordinating accents. Preorders for the watches and bags go live on Kickstarter today.
I’ve written about Straton before and I was particularly impressed with the Curve-Chrono. The Syncro is a new watch from the ground up, but it shares some of the Curve-Chrono’s most appealing traits like a barrel case, bold colors, and a wide array of choices. Stratton offers five basic color schemes, two sizes (44mm or 40mm), two movements (Seiko NE88 automatic or VK64 MecaQuartz), two bezels (checkered or dive timer), date or no date, and several NATOs (2 nylon in addition to the standard mesh bracelet or leather rally strap).
I love the sub dials’ oblong shapes and spidery, psychedelic markers. There is some vintage dive watch influence at work here too, most notably in the domed sapphire bezel and 200M water resistance. Of course, the watch has a sapphire crystal and SuperLuminova as well. Prices start at $320 USD or the VK64 and $702 USD for the NE88; approximately 40% off the expected list price.
The Straton Weekender Bag will be available in two styles: leather and a leather/canvas mix. Both bags measure 55x33x24cm and feature striped accents to match the racing livery styles available for the watch. Pre-order pricing starts at $299 USD.