Had looked at another monotimer, but wasn't sure if I would like it. Iron Annie was a good bit less expensive, so thought I would give it a try. Reading is intuitive and not difficult at all. Impressed with the simplicity of the Bauhaus design. I really like this watch.
Iron Annie Bauhaus Monotimer Quartz Watch, Beige, 40 mm, Day, 5042-5
Meistersinger lead the way in single-handed watches but the superb German engineering with 26 jewel Swiss automatic movements comes at a premium, so I save wearing the two I have for best. The quartz Iron Annie bauhaus monotimer (also made in Germany) is a fraction of the price so if you want to try ‘relaxed time’ this is an affordable high quality quartz alternative. At a glance, this could be mistaken for a Meistersinger. Hours, quarters and five minute intervals are similarly divided by indices of different length with hours marked by contrasting raised metallic Arabic numerals. It is possible to tell the time to within a couple of minutes. Also like some Meistersingers models, there is a discrete date window at six o’clock. The elegant minimalistic aesthetic sits well in the Iron Annie bauhaus range, available in Beige, Black or Dark Blue; this is my fourth Iron Annie bauhaus. The Swiss ETA F06.111 quartz movement does the job, although an exhibition back for this seems superfluous. Being quartz, the case is relatively slim at 11mm and light at 33 grams and its side profile curves in towards the base accentuating its slimness. The choices of stitched leather or stainless steel fine mesh strap both suit the watch well. My only minor criticism is that this watch would have benefited from the end of redundant minute shaft not being left visible; Zeppelin monotimers from the same manufacturer as Iron Annie - fundamentally the same watch and movement with different styling - have a small disc which colour-matches the hour hand covering the end of this shaft (as do Meistersingers) so Pointtec could easily have added that finishing touch here. Still, you could buy ten Iron Annies for the price of one Meistersinger; with generous discounts available you can get change from £200.