Sep 20, 2020

The Cincinnatus Has the Makings of an Ideal Field Watch

by Zac Vineyard

As the watch industry has progressed, the definition of an ideal field watch has matured to this short list of features: 100 meters water resistance, sapphire crystal, screw-down crown, and an automatic movement. The reality, though, is that very few watch manufactures make an affordable field watch with these specifications. You can surely find a diver's watch with this list of features, but not really a field watch.

While I thought the industry would take notice of this gap (i.e. Seiko Alpinist), it appears the major brands don't see much value in a watch with these exact specs. Instead what I've found is that only a few microbrands make the ideal field watch. Brands like Hamilton have a deep stake in the field watch market, but haven't yet, for example, adopted the screw-down crown in field watches.

Making it's way to the top of my 'best-of' field watch list is the Cincinnatus Field Watch from the Cincinnati Watch Company. The Cincinnatus Field Watch might be the best under-the-radar field watch I've seen. It comes pre-loaded with the ideal specs of a field watch and a Seiko NH71A automatic movement.

Specifications & Dimensions

  • Water Resistance: 10 ATM, 100 meters
  • Lug width: 20mm
  • Lug-to-lug: 47mm
  • Case width: 39mm
  • Case thickness: 12mm
  • Case material: Stainless Steel
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Movement: Seiko NH71A Automatic
  • Warranty: Two Years
  • Price: $299 $239 USD

Inside the 316L stainless steel case, the Cincinnatus features a Hamilton-esque set of syringe hands alongside a unique second hand. The second hand's counter-balance is a stand-out detail among the dials traditional minute track and Arabic numerals. The overall presentation, including the 39mm case, has me pining to own one of these in my collection.

Touting themselves as a watch company that "creates exceptional mechanical watches and provides our clients a unique experience through inspirational design, quality watch components and American service," I'm beginning to wonder if the Cincinnati Watch Company could have a break-out hit with this watch in a market (particularly the American watch market) that's starved for a competitor to the Seiko Alpinist.

You can pre-order the Cincinnatus Field Watch right now for just $239.

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Zac Vineyard

Zac is a watch enthusiast, writer, and web developer. He's interested in telling the story of watches and the people who wear them, with particular interest in how watches have been part of the adventure in the lives of others.