Visitor Linden

Visitor Linden

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Manufacturer: Visitor Watch Co. | Price: $580 USD (£465 GBP, €520 EUR (+ VAT))

I chat to quite a number of watch reviewers on pretty much a daily basis. Mike, who writes for The Time Bum, shared one of his articles in our Instagram group and I think my initial reaction was, “who, where, erm… what the f**k is that? That’s stunning!” I’m pretty sure it was words to that effect. I think people are pretty much aware of what I’m like these days, as subtle as a f**kin’ brick! Nevertheless, Mike gave me all the details about the brand, as well as introducing me to Phil Rodenbeck, the founder of Visitor Watch Co. Cheers Mike, I owe you a pint. Anyway, I think that’s enough of my inane introductory drivel, let’s get on with the actual review of the Visitor Calligraph Linden, to give it it’s proper name… 😉

Specifications

  • Dimensions: Diameter – 39.1mm, Thickness – 10.3mm, Lug to Lug – 48.2mm, Lug Width – 20mm
  • Movement: Custom Miyota 9015, Automatic, 28,800vph (4Hz), Hackable, Self Winding, 42hr Power Reserve
  • Case Material: Brushed & Polished 316L Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Choice of Calfskin Leather, Silicone Lining, 120/80mm, Curved Lug Ends
  • Crystal: Flat Sapphire, Underside Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Bezel: Polished, Fixed        Water Resistance: 50m / 5ATM
  • Lume: Swiss Super Luminova® BGW9
  • Crown: Push/Pull, 7mm, Signed
  • Caseback: Screw Down, Exhibition Display
  • Warranty: 2 Years    Overall Weight: 72g     Where to Buy: Visitor Watch Co.
  • Options: Dial Colour – Midnight Black, Larkspur Blue, Amaranth Mauve, Snowfall White 
  • Strap Choice: Caramel, Fieldstone, Marina Blue, Oxblood, Tuxedo Black, Vintage Black, Vintage Green

Visitor Watch Co. - A Brief Introduction

"Headquartered in Indiana, USA, Visitor Watch Co. is an independent mechanical watch brand focused on providing offbeat timekeepers of outstanding quality. We pride ourselves on original design (down to the buckle & tang) and sketch-to-steel development with minimal compromise. We want to put our ideas on your wrist."

Case & Crown

The case of the Visitor Calligraph Linden has an overall diameter of 39.1mm. The lug to lug is 48.2mm and the overall thickness, including the sapphire crystal, albeit flat, I measured in at a very svelte 10.3mm. The entire case, caseback, bezel and crown are all 316L stainless steel. The finishing of the Linden is by far, my favourite aspect of this dress watch. The transition between the brushed finish and the polishing is simply outstanding and it’s certainly not what you would call bog-standard basic either.

Just look at the images below and you’ll see just how bloody good the detail is of that polished chamfered edge! Anyway, moving on, dragging my digital scales out, I found that the overall weight of the Linden, on the supplied 2-piece leather strap, came in at a very nice, but not overly light, 72g.

The Linden has a water resistance rating of 50m, which is obviously down to the screw down caseback, as the crown is the expected, but perfectly acceptable for a dress watch, push/pull variety. The proportions of the watch, in my opinion, are very nice, but a word of warning for those with smaller wrists, even although the Linden is only 39mm in diameter, the lug to lug is pretty big in comparison. Over 48mm lug to lug is pretty lengthy for a 39mm watch in my opinion. #JustFYI

The signed crown is great and very nicely done with that Visitor Watch Co logo embossed into it. There is pretty much zero wobble either when the crown is in use. Flipping the watch over, you’ll see that we have an exhibition display caseback, with a sapphire crystal, that shows off this Miyota 9015 high beat movement. Not just a standard, off the shelf 9015 either, just look at it, it’s bloody gorgeous and I can easily say, and you CAN quote me on this if you like, it’s the nicest looking Miyota 9015 I’ve seen, that’s for sure! That custom rotor is f**kin’ gorgeous! I love it! Great job Visitor Watch Co.

Strap / Bracelet

The Linden comes fitted as standard with a 20mm calfskin leather strap that has a silicone lining. The length of the straps are 120/80mm, excluding the buckle. The strap itself has curved lug ends with curved spring bars. Even although I’m not really a fan of leather straps in general, the Linden would look pretty stupid without one, although at the price, I would have loved to have seen a stainless steel bracelet, even if it was a cost option. I’d always pick a bracelet first & foremost.

Movement

The chosen movement for the Visitor Linden is the smooth sweep, high beat, Miyota 9015. This is a slim Japanese made 28,800vph, 24 jewel movement with a 42hr power reserve. Checking the accuracy after running the Visitor Linden for just over a fortnight, mainly on my wrist and occasionally in my watch winder, I was extremely happy with the results, with the Linden showing an average of just +3.8spd. That’s an excellent accuracy result! I should also add, I think this is the very first time that I’ve seen a modified Miyota 9015 and very, very nice it is too, that custom rotor is just superb!

Dial & Bezel

The Visitor Linden has a totally fixed bezel with a fully polished finish that matches the chamfered edges of the case perfectly. The text on the dial, that’s printed, at just above the date window at the 3 o’clock position, is the company name VISITOR which is finished in white and that’s it, that’s yer lot, nothing else. A very clean, uncluttered aesthetic.

As you can see in the images, the unique hour and minute hands are very nicely done with their fancy pen-nib inspired aesthetic. The size of the hands too are pretty much spot on, in relation to the real estate of the dial. The seconds hand is also great, with it’s lovely wee counter-balance and the tip of the needle style hand reaching right out to the minute track. There is a perfectly executed date window cut out with a lovely chamfered, borderless edge at the 3 o’clock position and yes, it’s colour matched, so you’ll know it’s going to get a huge thumbs up from me.

 

Oh, I forgot to mention, which I initially thought was a typo on the Visitor Watch Co website, but the dial is actually a sandwich dial. It’s not until you take a closer look at the minute track, you can see the sandwich construction as clear as day. Oh yeah, you’ll also be glad to know that the hour markers are applied and are pumped full of lume. More below…

Lume

The lume on the Visitor Linden is nothing short of f**kin’ phenomenal! It looks like it has been applied by the truck load. The actual lume that’s been applied is Swiss Super Luminova® BGW9, and whoever it was at Visitor Watch Co that made the decision to go absolutely balls to the wall with the lume on a dress watch certainly gets my respect. Most, in fact scrub that, ALL of the dress watches that I’ve reviewed in the past, the lume has been nothing short of utter shite! Visitor Watch Co have even taken it a step further and lumed not only the company logo, but they also lumed the friggin’ date!

Conclusion

I seem to have had quite a few dress watches in for review this past few weeks and from a personal point of view, they all appear to have one thing in common, what’s the word I’m looking for… bland, dull or quite simply, just bloody boring. That’s not the case with the Visitor Calligraph Linden, it’s one of those watches when on the wrist, you can sit and look at it for a while taking in the unique design elements and the excellent attention to detail.
 
If I had to sum up this watch, all I would say is, it’s a dress watch not for the average watch wearer who’s just wanting something smart to wear at a wedding or whatever special occassion. This is a dress watch for the watch enthusiast. The only reason I haven’t given this a full 10 out of 10, is I feel some people with a smaller wrist might buy it for the only reason that it’s a 39mm dress watch, but they haven’t took into consideration the comparatively large lug to lug length.
 
I also marked it down, just ever so slightly, due to the price. It’s spot on if you’re in the US, but if like me, you’re in the UK or EU, you’ll be subject to extra shipping, taxes etc, and this would take the watch above the £500 price point. It’s still an absolutely beautiful watch though and I wholeheartedly recommend it and give the Linden our prestigious Gold Award.
 

Visitor Watch Co. – This is by far, without question, the nicest dress watch I’ve reviewed. Definetly one for the enthusiast!

Design
9.5/10
Quality
10/10
Value
9/10
TOTAL
9.5/10
Zaltek Reviews Recommended
Zaltek Reviews Gold Award
9.5/10 - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
A huge thank you to Phil from Visitor Watch Co for sending me the Linden to review. Thanks buddy, I really appreciate it.
 
I owe a shout-out and thanks to Mike from The Time Bum too, for the initial info and introduction to Visitor Watch Co.
 
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