Every once in a while a new wrist watch is produced that doesn’t necessarily feature a lot of glamour or intricate design work, but it’s nonetheless eye-catching and quite striking in its appearance. Sometimes the best things in life are presented in the simplest of forms, as is the case with the Zodiac Olympos Mystery Dial Limited Edition. There’s just something about this watch that takes hold of the imagination and perhaps this is why its creators dubbed it the mystery dial. The timepiece definitely is worth of a closer look and careful inspection.
A simple watch with tons of character
Perhaps it’s the overall personality of the watch that first grabbed my attention. It’s an asymmetrical design with sharp lines and a definite retro throwback personality. It’s nearly a carbon copy of a release that was made in the 1960s and it’s a welcome addition to the modern collection. This was the era when mystery dials were in vogue and it was a style that could be found in the collections of most of the popular brands.
Perhaps the most captivating feature of the watch is the design and size of the case. It measures 37.7 mm x 45 mm. These are nearly the same dimensions as the original iteration of the watch. The case design is one of the best features of the watch and is referred to as a Batman case. It features sharp edges that swoop along with polished accents which are reminiscent of the 1960s era. It’s worth noting that the case design has also been referred to as a coffin style. Whatever you call it, it’s unique in its form. The back of the case has a unique brushed steel appearance which is minimalist yet somehow captivating and I believe that it is in the simplicity that I find each detail of the watch intriguing. The case back is screwed down solidly with six screws which are highly polished and it’s solid so the inner workings of the watch are obscured from view. The front of the case, when you look closely features a multi-faceted shape and the polished elements cause the light to dance upon the surfaces from nearly any angle you choose.
The crown of the watch is deeply inset at the 2 O’ Clock position. It’s a bit difficult to grip, which is a minor complaint for how well it’s hidden in the watch case. The crown guards are nearly flush with the top of the mechanism and it does take a bit of force because of how tightly it’s positioned in the overall scheme of things.
The Mystery Dial
When we discuss the Mystery Dial, we’re talking about a dial that looks simple, but it’s difficult to manufacture. It features whimsical visual aesthetics that trick the eyes. We begin with the Chapter ring that is placed above the dial face with has markings at the 3, 9 and 12 o’clock positions, leaving out the 6 o’clock and reserving it for the Zodiac branding which adds symmetry. The hash mark indicators were purposely designed for a minimalist aesthetic, yet they’re also highly legible, but in an understated fashion. You see them, they’re there but they don’t interfere with the overall simplicity of the dial. High polish and light reflection are the qualities that make the Zodiac Olympos Mystery Dial sparkle.
This watch is powered by a automatic movement that features a swan neck regulating system and it beats at 4 Hz. It’s an STP 3-13 caliber with everything blued and perlaged. The power reserve is approximately 44 hours.
Other features of the Zodiac Olympos Mystery Dial Limited Edition
The simple yet not simple watch is capped with a domed sapphire glass which gives the dial crystal clarity including the domed sapphire glass. The buckle also features a multi-faceted quality with a unique type of beveling design which ties it in stylistically with the overall design of the case. The Zodiac watchmakers decided that it was time to go retro so they brought back a strictly limited edition of the Olympos Mystery Dial which is offered at the retail price of just $995 while the supplies last.