Monday, 23 July 2018

Vertex M100B: a Stealthy Reprise of a Military-Inspired Watch

Last November, I mentioned the Vertex M100, a recreation of a watch that was produced by Vertex for the British military in 1944. The company itself had been revived by Don Cochrane, great grandson of the original founder of Vertex (in 1916), Claude Lyons. The watch, well-made and practical, is now available as a stealthy black version, the M100B.


The Vertex M100B is coated in DLC or Diamond Like Carbon, a form of carbon which is blasted onto the surface and then rapidly cooled. It’s very similar to the way synthetic diamonds are created, hence the name. The resultant finish is extremely hard-wearing. 

I was sent one to try. The coating adds a completely different feel to the watch. What was an excellent homage to a military watch is given a contemporary feel which works well. The quality of the finish and the excellent 3-dimensional luminous numerals of the dial are, as with the M100, a strong feature of the watch. It comes well presented in a Peli case with extra straps.

Vertex M100B

See below and my original review for more information on Vertex and the M100.

  • Price £2624.40.
  • The Vertex M100B is a limited edition DLC coated version of the M100.
  • Only 150 M100B timepieces will be produced.
  • Custom ETA 7001 mechanical movement with rhodium finish and Cotes de Geneve decoration.
  • Moulded Super-LumiNova ® dial
  • Brushed DLC Black case, box crystal glass, waterproof to 100m.
  • Hand wound with 42 hour reserve.
  • Black dial with arabic numerals to maximise legibility, in homage to the Vertex W.W.W watch of 1944.
  • Packaged in a Peli case with two straps - a bespoke Vertex rubber two-piece strap, and a Vertex nylon NATO-style strap in Red with DLC metal parts.
This is an unsponsored post - I was lent the watch to try and received no payment. All views are mine alone.

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