How Robust is a Automatic Chronograph? I did a unintentional Drop Test.
I recently put the Kazimon DREI chronograph on a NATO strap because it’s more comfortable to work out in and swim in. I was pushing the watch up my arm a bit because it traveled down. That’s when the buckle failed and the watch dropped about 20-30 feet onto hardened steel grates while the chrono was engaged.
The watch is still running fine amazingly enough except for the chrono reset. There’s a small knick on the bezel as you can see in the photo. I was a bit shocked, if I fell that distance onto hardened steel grates, I probably would have broken a bone. What is broken is my confidence in NATO straps. I can see why NASA uses velcro.
The DREI uses a “Top” grade ETA 7750 movement and if it can survive this sort of fall, I have no concerns about the shock resistance and hardiness of ETA movements.
Fortunately I do have some insurance on the watch and it should be covered for accidental damage. I’m very impressed by the build quality of the DREI and that it took the fall in stride, chrono still going and it seems to still be keeping time fine.