This is the Victorinox Night Vision timepiece.
Review: Victorinox – Swiss Army -Night vision
This model in a part of the third generation of Night vision watches from Victorinox, and the most elegant one yet.
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I had the 2nd generation night vision for a few years, and my experience from that watch were very positive. It sure took a beating in various climbing, repelling, and other situations and always kept perfect time. The LED light was nice to have as a backup, and is well useful in navigating a totally dark room, or read a map in the dark.
The situations where I found myself using the white LED functions on that second generation watch the most, was when waking around in the dark to tend to the kids if they woke up at night.
-To illuminate the lock on the outside door, to find the right key and open it.
-A few times it was a life saver when dropping something on the car floor in the dark and having to have to find it again.
-And once I attached the old version to the handle bar on my bicycle when the headlamp stopped working in the middle of a dark country road (I used the strobe light to warn oncoming drivers about my presence on the road)
This 3rd generation is looks quite a lot better in my opinion, and is basically just a very good looking watch, that has the added features of the LED lights.
The diameter of the stainless steel case is about 42 mm, and this model comes on a matching stainless steel strap. The watch has a anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal, and a screw down case back. The watch is powered by a swiss Ronda quartz movement.
The push button on the case at the eight o’clock position is firm and nice to push.
-One push activates the blue led on the top of the dial, that illuminates the dial very nicely.
-Two pushes activate the white LED on case of the watch.
-Three pushes activates a flashing mode on the outside LED and a 5 second holding of the button activates an emergency LED mode (makes the LED shine even brighter)
The dial looks very nice with raised hour markers and white and black colors of the hands and dark dial give the watch a very nice look.
The hour and minute hands are lumed as well as the hour markers and numerals. If the lume becomes too dim to read in the dark, you can always press the side button and get the brilliant blue LED to illuminate the dial.
You also have a date window at the 6 o’clock position.
The Night vision also has a red LED above the 6 oclock position that blinks every ten seconds or so, but this is a locator LED so you can locate the watch at night if you place it down somewhere, it also functions as an end of life indicator EOL (by a more rapid blinking pattern)
The day to day blinking can be turned off by five pushes of the button, and turning that function off will not affect the EOL indicator.
The EOL indicator will indicate when the movement battery should be replaced.
The finish and quality of the watch seem to be very excellent and the watch really does look very good, and even better in person than on photographs.
The watch has a screw down case back as well as a signed crown.
The bracelet with this version of the Night vision is a stainless steel bracelet with a safety and a butterfly type clasp.
The bracelet looks very nice, and uses push pins to connect the links together.
My second generation Night vision had two batteries, one for the movement (the clock) and another battery for the LED functions.
I only changed the LED battery after two years, and I believe that there is a similar configuration in this generation of the Night vision.
Overall I have been very impressed with this Night Vision model, and pleased that Victorinox has decided to continue evolving the Night Vision line, and add great styling and finish to the line.
Definitely the watch for someone that wants to be prepared for anything, but still has enough style to fit well with any outfit.
At this time Victorinox has a contest, where you answer a few questions and become elligable to win your own Night Vision, or possibly a trip to Switzerland.