Whenever a group of watch people get together, it is almost a given that which watch brand is the most underrated is a topic that will be discussed. Usually these are brands that people think other people don’t know about or just a brand that person likes. When discussing this with our venerable 40&20 Podcast host, Andrew, he said Traska was the most underrated. His argument was that while they are popular, their watches sell out, and their quality is fantastic, Traska does not get anywhere near the respect they deserve. When it comes to their newest watch, the Seafarer, that statement is truer than ever.
On the Wrist
I keep telling Jon Mack, founder of Traska, that I don’t know how he keeps putting out consistently good watches without missing a step. While I wouldn’t call Traska’s designs groundbreaking, and not every watch needs to be, they are consistently good with wide appeal. A lot of marketing copy around watches will say, “this watch can go from the boardroom to the pool” and I don’t agree with that when it comes to a lot of watches. But with the Seafarer, and Traska’s other watches, it is 100% true.
The Seafarer comes in at 38.5mm wide, 46mm lug-to-lug, and just under 10mm wrist-to-crystal. For a 150m twin crown dive watch, this is about as perfect as you can get in the dimensions category. The Seafarer takes the tried-and-true case design of their other watches and adds a second crown without feeling awkward. This is the hallmark of great design.
I was able to have this watch for review for a few weeks and thought I should really put Traska’s hardness coating through its paces. I wasn’t reckless and took my kitchen knife to it but I also didn’t baby it. The Seafarer hit a few doors, the clasp got bashed around on my desk while working (including typing this review), and had my kids hit it with about every toy in the house. Not. A. Mark. It looks the same as when it arrived on my doorstep. I even went a little further for the purposes of this review and shot my photos after all this abuse. Feel free to zoom in and look for scratches.
Traska Seafarer Specs
*Height of the watch from the wrist to the top of the crystal
There is an undeniable nautical theme in some of the design elements of the Seafarer. The cardinal markers of the dial are long and rounded. They slightly resemble a diving cylinder. The other markers are set in from the edge of the dial and connected with a line, giving the Seafarer a small touch of a spider dial vibe.
The handset also carries the diving cylinder look but with a pinch in at the top where the valve would be. The hands and markers are filled with plenty of lume but the internal bezel was lacking in the lume department. I believe this would have to do with the fine print used for the internal bezel and considering I was still able to read it in the dark, it isn’t a huge concern.
As with all Traska watches, the dial text is kept to a minimum with Traska’s branding at 12 o’clock and Automatic and the water resistance rating at 6 o’clock. The internal bezel that surrounds everything is elevated from the dial and slopes inward as it meets the drop-off near the main part of the dial.
Case & Bracelet
The case of the Seafarer is classic Traska in its design. It is thin, elegant, and coated in their hardness coating. The lugs start turning down as they leave the case and follow a graceful line in that curve. The polished chamfer that runs the length of the case is widest at the tips of the lugs and thins out as it reaches the middle of the case.
The two crowns are the same size and have the same profile when the main, time setting crown is screwed in. I point this out because not all dual crown watches take this into consideration, and it can create an awkward look if not done properly. The dive time crown at 2 o’clock is easy to operate while on the wrist and has enough tension to not move around if accidently bumped while being worn.
While I don’t know for sure, I am fairly certain that Traska uses the same bracelet on all their watches. It carries the same 20 to 16mm taper and double push button clasp as every other watch I have reviewed. I suppose if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Traska do a jubilee-style bracelet for one of their watches. They have watches that would fit the style perfectly (like the Commuter). For whatever reason, I had a hard time getting a good fit when I reviewed the Venturer, but I didn’t have that problem with this watch. Strange considering the watches have the same lug-to-lug so the bracelet should land in the same spot. Either way, I still think Traska should do half links.
After reviewing every one of their watches over the years and regarding Andrew’s statement about not getting the respect they deserve being true, I must agree. Traska is underrated in every way possible, except for how quickly they sell out. With that said, I believe if Traska produced 10 times as many watches they would still sell out. But selling through your stock doesn’t mean you can’t be underrated.
If Traska had the supply available to put their watches in retail outlets, more people might become familiar with the brand, realize their consistent quality, simple yet effective designs, and push Traska through the ceiling. If this is the 5th Traska review you’ve read on this site or the first, I’m sure you’ve realized that I like this brand a lot. There are too many brands that put out a great watch followed by 2 or 3 stinkers before another great watch. In Traska’s case, it is hit after hit.
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