Autodromo’s ’80s-motivated Group B has long been my top pick of the brand’s watches. Toward the end of last year, Autodromo declared the Series 2, which guided the victorious return of the Group B, but with two significant modifications—the carries are not, at this point fixed, and now the watch comes with an incredible steel bracelet. Before I begin, I’d like to bring up that, outside of the new carry plan and bracelet, the Series 2 is to a great extent a similar watch as the first Group B. As opposed to repeat a survey of the Group B (be certain to look at our Group B audit from quite a while back if you’d like an overview on the watch), I’ll rather center this audit around the bracelet.
The effect of the bracelet couldn’t possibly be more significant. It truly changes the manner in which the watch looks on the wrist, and, as I would see it, it really gives the Group B even more a retro vibe than its archetype. On the off chance that Genta and Giugiaro created a horological lovechild, this would be it.
Hands-On: Autodromo Group B Series 2
Case Stainless steel Movement Miyota 9015 Dial Several options (White highlighted here) Lume Super-LumiNova BGW9 Lens Sapphire Strap Stainless steel bracelet Water Resistance 50 meters Dimensions 39mm x 51mm Thickness 10.2mm Lug Width 20mm Crown Push/pull Warranty Yes Price $975
Let’s start with how the watch wears. The fit is generally equivalent to the first Group B. Don’t let the 51-millimeter drag to-carry fool you or alarm you away. On account of the downturned carries, this watch doesn’t wear like it’s 51-millimeters long—at all. The case sits near the wrist, and the bracelet, coordinating consistently with the carries, folds over the wrist comfortably and in a manner that makes light of the dimensions.
I was at first a bit stressed over the slatted plan because I have generally furry wrists, and I’ve had issues with comparable bracelets previously. I love the look, but slatted bracelets simply will in general draw on my wrist hair, and I envision that’s why they’re moderately uncommon today. It’s shockingly not a problem here.
Note the downturned lugs… …and how they simply fold over the wrist. I love the manner in which the bracelet gets the light.
Though the carry width is 20 millimeters, the bracelet really gauges 23 millimeters at its broadest point. This makes a perfect line from the external edge of the drags down to the to bracelet, copying an incorporated plan without experiencing any of the shortcomings of one. The bracelet tightens from 23 millimeters down to 18 millimeters after the fourth connection, which gives it a greater amount of a rich look overall.
One of my number one subtleties here is the way level each slatted interface is, and how that evenness, combined with the silk finish, permits the bracelet to play with the light dramaticly. Turn the wrist gradually and the connections begin to get the light, with the features bouncing starting with one connection then onto the next as you curve your wrist. It’s kinda of blingy, but in a truly cool way that doesn’t feel garish.
The joins are connected by means of split pins, and bolts on the underside of the bracelet let you know what direction the pins come out. On the off chance that you take a gander at the bracelet in profile, you’d be excused for believing that each connection is removable given that there is a pinhole on each connection, but that’s not the case—only the connections with the bolts are. I envision these pinholes are here to keep up tasteful continuity from one connect to another. Talking about estimating, its absolutely impossible to miniature change here, which for some may introduce a problem. I had the option to discover my goldilocks fit without issue.
The bracelet in profile. Notwithstanding having openings, you can’t eliminate the highest connections. Butterfly fasten. “Autodromo”- marked brace at the fasten.
Of course, the bracelet is only a large portion of the story. Without fixed bars, you can get down to business trading lashes on the Group B—but with one proviso. You can’t utilize some excessively thick ties because you might not have sufficient space to clear the case, so more slender lashes are the best approach here. I’ve likewise found that utilizing bended springs bars can assist with a more tight fit.
Altogether, this is an amazing update to the Group B, and as a proprietor of the first I’d be lying on the off chance that I said I wasn’t enticed to exchange for the 2018 model. The Series 2 is simply so adaptable, however in my experience with the watch I picked to keep it on the bracelet. It’s the superstar, and dumping it by one way or another felt wrong. Autodromo