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Review of the Aatos Lady's Automatic Leather Band Wristwatch G-AdelaLGG

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As Christmas approached I began my search for the perfect gift. One that my niece, who has finished school and is about to jump-start her career, would appreciate. She is young, trendy and fashion-conscious. Since I am not, the selection of the proper gift was bound to be a harrowing experience.

In my search, I came across this offering from Aatos. She would like this timepiece, wouldn’t she? After all, it’s gold plated. Every woman loves gold. I took a deep breath and clicked the order button.


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Description

The Aatos G-AdelaLGG is available at Ebay and Amazon. It can be purchased new for thirty dollars and lightly used units are available on Ebay at half that price. Those unlucky enough to live outside of Europe are subject to a shipping fee of nineteen dollars.

The new watch arrived one week after it was ordered. It came well packed, wrapped around a tiny black pillow and secured inside a cardboard watch box.

This timepiece weights in at 58 grams (2.04 ounces) and, including crown, measures 40.9 cm across. It is 13 cm thick. The leather band is quite thick and measures 20 cm across.

The metal case is gold-plated. This wristwatch features a yellow dial of open heart design. A subdial to the left provides the time in twenty-four-hour format. To its right, the sun and moon rise and set inside a rotating display. For those that would prefer a perkier design and a full calendar, check out my review of the Aatos G-DoliaLSPink.

Crammed between the whirling balance wheel and the post where the main hands are attached, a tiny subdial houses the second hand. All hands and pointers are colored gold.

The back case features a large window, through which the operation of the movement can be viewed. AATOS is engraved onto the surface of the rotor.

The mainspring of an automatic watch is wound by taking advantage of the wearer’s arm movements. This motion swings a weight—the technical term is rotor—back and forth. The rotor is firmly attached to a staff which is connected to a ratcheted winding mechanism. The purpose of this mechanism is to tighten the mainspring. Most automatic watches can also be wound by turning the crown. This is a nice, if not completely necessary, feature that the Aatos G-AdelaLGG lacks.

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Watchband

The watchband is brown, complimenting the dial quite nicely. The back is branded AATOS and marked ECHT LEDER which translates to real leather. I’ll accept this statement. Certainly, this strap is of much higher quality than the PU leather normally found on Chinese watchbands.

The Manufacturer

Aatos is what is commonly known as a mushroom brand. Aatos, M Johansson and Eppman are all trademarks owned by a marketing company which, unfortunately, I have been unable to identify.

German based venders are used to distribute their watches via EBay and Amazon. I suspect these venders; AJ Watches Germany and Watch Store Germany, are owned by the same marketing company. This firm is likely based in either Germany or China. Possibly these watches have been designed in Germany but they are manufactured in China.

Aatos achieved favourable notice, several years ago, when they marketed the Tiago which proved to be the first tourbillon watch available for less than one-thousand-dollars.

Specifications

Brand: Aatos

Condition: New with box. Slightly used available without warranty

Model: G-AdelaLGG

Year of manufacture: 2010 to present

Place of origin: China. Vendors are located within Germany

Gender: Female

Display: Analog

Movement: Automatic

Features: Open heart design and transparent back case.

Functions: 24 hour display and rotating moon/sun

Band material: Leather

Band width: 20mm

Band color: Brown

Dial color: Pale yellow

Dial window material: Hardened, scratch proof, mineral glass

Case material: Gold plated metal

Case diameter: 40.9 including crown

Case thickness: 13mm

Weight: 58 grams (2.04 ounces)

Water resistance: 1 ATM. Splash-proof only. Not designed for use in water

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Visual Appeal

The shiny gold case lends an air of sophistication to this timepiece. All subdials are well designed and the rapidly oscillating balance wheel catches the eye. I’m not so fond of the background color; a black or white dial would provide greater contrast against the gold hands. Pale yellow was chosen because it allows this watch to be matched with a greater variety of clothing.

Although the included leather watchband is very nice, some women might prefer a gold-plated, stainless-steel strap. The Aatos G-CeciliaGGG, a similarly priced watch, will more closely match their taste.

Accuracy

All secondary functions worked perfectly. I placed the Aatos timepiece into my Diplomat watch winder for a period of seven days. The watch gained an average of five seconds per day. For an automatic watch, this level of accuracy is considered outstanding.

Durability

Overall construction is solid. The hands turned smoothly when I adjusted the time by pulling and turning the crown. The strap appears to be composed of good quality leather and should wear well.

Automatic and mechanical watches require routine maintenance—cleaning and lubrication—every three to five years. Watches in this price range normally receive little maintenance, simply because it is cheaper to replace the timepiece.

In my judgement, this watch will run well for three to four years. Then, as dust accumulates and lubricating oils dry, accuracy will begin to suffer. Eventually it will fail.

To ensure the lubricating oils do not thicken and interfere with the operation of the timepiece, it is advisable to wear the watch at least once every three months.

Overall Impression

This gold-plated Aatos automatic is fitted with a couple of fun—if not particularly useful—secondary functions. It is well built, very accurate and can be shipped to your door for less than fifty dollars. If you like the design, this watch is worthy of serious consideration.

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