Manufacturer: Time Factors | Price: £325 GBP ($415 USD, €375 EUR approx)
This 36mm version of the Smiths Everest PRS-25 from Time Factors is not the usual size of watch that I’d be interested in, as I just think it would be too small for my 7″ wrist. I was initially interested in their 40mm version, however after chatting to Eddie (owner of Time Factors), he actually suggested that this was an better overall package and suggested I review the 36mm version over the 40mm. So is it any good? Is it an affordable alternative to the more expensive Rolex Explorer?
- Dimensions: Case Diameter – 36.2mm, Thickness – 10.9mm, Lug to Lug – 43.9mm, Lug Width – 20mm
- Movement: Miyota 9039 Automatic, 28,800vph (4Hz), Hackable, Self Winding, 42hr Power Reserve
- Case Material: Brushed 316L Stainless Steel with Polished Accents, Drilled Lugs
- Bracelet: 316L Stainless Steel, Screw Links, Solid End Links, Milled & Signed Clasp
- Weight: 140g Antimagnetic Rating: 4800 A/m
- Crystal: Domed Sapphire, Underside AR Coating
- Bezel: Fixed, Polished
- Water Resistance: 100m / 10ATM / 330ft
- Lume: Swiss Super Luminova® X1 C3
- Crown: Signed, Screw Down Caseback: Screw Down, Anti-Magnetic
- Warranty: 2 Years Where to Buy: Time Factors
- Options: Case Size: 36mm, 40mm | Colour: Black Dial, White Dial (36mm only)
Time Factors - The Company
My interest in watches dates back as long as I can remember and I still recall the excitement of receiving my first; a Hopalong Cassidy Timex at Christmas 1956. I made my first internet purchases mid-'96 (my first ever purchase was from Paul Lonnquist of Texas Time) and in November 1996 set up a simple website to trade the surplus from my collection. I continue to add to my personal collection of wristwatches via the net and my website has gradually evolved into what you see today. With very few exceptions, I only buy watches I would be happy to wear myself.
I served for 10 years in the army and wore military issue watches during my service. I remember being issued with an Omega military in 1972 and was horrified at the prospect of having to pay £15 if I lost or damaged it. If I had known then what I know now, I would have "lost" a hundred! Please do not think that my website is for sales only, I am happy to receive questions about timepieces and will answer them if I can. As my website continues to evolve, I will be adding more general horological information and maybe some non-horological. I continue to be passionate about watches, something which my wife simply doesn't understand. Am I unique in having a wife who doesn't understand my passion for watches? I don't think so!
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Case & Crown
The case of the Everest has a small diameter of 36.2mm. The lug to lug is 43.9mm and the overall thickness, including the domed sapphire crystal, I measured in at a rather slim 10.9mm. The entire case, caseback, bezel, bracelet and crown are all 316L stainless steel. The finish of the watch is brushed with polished sides. The transition between the brushed and polished finishing is exceptional, and to be honest it does actually make the watch look more expensive than it actually is.
The Everest has a water resistance rating of 100m thanks to the screw-down caseback & crown. The proportions of the watch, even although I thought it was going to be way too small for my 7″ wrist, it actually wears surprisingly well. The signed crown is also superb, looks great and there is very minimal wobble when the crown is pulled out to its fully extended position. The caseback is quite simple with just a Smiths logo however, Time Factors state that the cover also helps with the anti-magnetic rating of 4800 A/m. I don’t have any way of testing this, so I’ll take their word for it.
The bracelet itself tapers from 20mm at the lugs to 18mm and back up to 20mm at the clasp and it’s of fantastic quality. Sized up for my 7″ wrist I had to remove 3 links, which was simple to do with the screw pins for adjusting & re-sizing. Solid links throughout, a fully milled clasp that is also signed with the Smiths logo are also present on this outstanding bracelet. Additionally, the clasp itself has a brushed centre with polished detailing on both edges. The links themselves are all brushed with polished sides and there are also 5 micro-adjustment holes to ensure a perfect fit. Overall, it’s a very beautiful bracelet and to be honest, it’s probably one of the nicest I’ve seen on any watch at this price point.
Dial, Bezel & Lume
The Smiths Everest has a polished fixed bezel. The dial itself has very neatly printed hour markers and arabics at the 3, 6 & 9 o’clock positions, all of which have a good helping of X1 C3 lume. The logo on the dial is nicely printed and the only other text on the dial is the word Everest stealthly printed at just above the 6 o’clock position. Nice, clean and simple.
As you can see in the images, the hour and minute hands are nicely done with the very familiar Mercedes style hands. The seconds hand is also what you would expect too, with it’s lumed lollipop section near the end of the hand, but before the hour markers, as it sweeps smoothly around the dial. The X1 C3 lume that’s been used on the Everest is nothing more than outstanding. I was really surprised at how bright it is and that it easily lasted right throughout the night.
A fantastic watch that really surprised me. Before it arrived, I honestly thought I was going to hate it mainly due to it’s size. I was wrong though, as this would easily find a spot in my collection as the one & only dress/sports watch. I’m still intrigued by the 40mm version, as it’s the size of watch I would normally wear, but as a sporty dress watch, you really want them to be slightly smaller than average. I’m definitely going to buy one of these for myself, but as I’ve mentioned, I’d really like to try out the 40mm version before I pull the trigger on the Everest.
If you’ve been thinking of buying one of these yourself, I would 100% recommend it. It’s an absolutely brilliant watch at a very affordable price. Oh yeah, if you already have one of these, I suggest you treat yourself and buy this new and improved bracelet that’s now available as it’s a huge improvement over the old version.
Eddie @ Time Factors – A very nice watch indeed, with great fit & finish. I’d still like to review the 40mm version though.