Based in California, Sisu is a luxury watch company that specializes in manufacturing big watches. The brand has been known to produce impressively huge timepieces with incredible build quality designed to create a significant impact. The cases are made with impact-forged stainless steel, combining power and beauty for an elegant look. Some of the largest ever used cases are those in the Sisu Bravado and Sisu Guardian (discussed in the article), ranging from 54 to 55mm. These provide protection and a clear view of the captivating dials in the watches.
All Sisu timepieces are powered by accurate Swiss mechanical or automatic movements, and are released as limited editions with individual serial numbers on the case-back. Automatic models come with an exhibition window case-back that reveals the movement at the center of the watch. Due to their relatively heavy nature, Sisu watches require extra caution during transit. Here are the top five Watches by Sisu.
SISU Guardian - $1,495
Like most SISU timepieces, the Guardian is a gigantic watch weighing an impressive one pound in weight. It’s made of steel, and was initially designed for big guys such as athletes. The case comes with attached lugs and a cap-like bezel that overlaps the entire body. It is water resistant to a hundred meters. The crown, on the other hand, is located at the 10 o’clock mark for ergonomic purposes. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this watch is the sapphire crystal, which is actually a lot more expensive than mineral crystals. Due to its wide diameter at the case, SISU Guardian utilizes a very large sapphire crystal. This is one of the reasons the watch is heavily priced.
The dial has a modern design that pays tribute to the aviator style synonymous with Bell & Ross. The flange ring at the outer dial overlaps it to make the whole piece appear visually large. This ring is equipped with a complete set of hour & minute markers. The inner dial provides some space to keep the dial from feeling too vast or too empty. Some cut slits are incorporated to reveal some components of the automatic movement, which has some hint of skeletonization. The date window is aligned with the inner ring of the dial. The lumed hands are large and visible. The Guardian comes in a variety of options and goes for about $1,495.
SISU Bravado 55mm - $1,495
The top five SISU watches would not be complete without the largest timepiece from the brand: the Bravado 55mm. This watch is both large and heavy, and may not be ideal for everyone. It weighs about one pound, but comes with relatively tiny lugs. The strap/bracelet looks gigantic in comparison, as it is a whole 32mm wide. If you want to cut back on the weight, go for the rubber strap instead. This will ultimately save you $100. However, the case itself is surprisingly comfortable despite its size. The general design is a unique octagonal bezel, with a knurling around the case.
Both the case and bracelet are detailed but not too complicated. The links have an interesting angling that is quite attractive. The dial on the Bravado is very similar to that of the Guardian. Both are trendy and masculine, although the Bravado has large numerals that tend to disappear into the bezel. The hands are large and lumed while the numerals come with a brushed finish. SISU also released a quartz version of the timepiece, which boasts skeletonized hands. A small cut out on the dial revels a bit of the movement – a Swiss ETA 2824 automatic – which is dwarfed by the case.
Sisu Bravado A6-50 - $1,695–$1,895
Released as a limited edition watch, the Bravado A6-50 features a matte black case and gold toned hour markers. The black case goes a long way towards masking the visual mass of the watch. One of its most interesting aspects is the luminant-coated pilot style hands that are very easy to read. The 16.2mm round case has a water resistance of up to a hundred meters. The design includes a geometrically shaped bezel and knurled inner ring. There’s a large AR-coated sapphire crystal over the dial. The SISU Bravado is more modern with a Swiss ETA 2824 movement that can be seen via the exhibition case-back. Like the other watches mentioned above, the Bravado A6-50 has a small cutout on the dial that offers a sneak peek of the movement. The large case allows the date to be implemented without cutting off any numbers.
Sisu Carburetor Q1 - $695
The Carburetor Q1 is large but remarkably comfy and sturdy, a very rare combination. The name for this line of watches was inspired by an automotive component. Interestingly, the rubber strap and “bolts” surrounding the bezel look like they would blend well in an automotive repair garage. It is one of those watches that are specifically desirable for a limited number of people. Its sheer size makes the Q1 very readable, and this is complemented with an anti-reflective coating on its mineral crystal.
The matte-finished hands work well against the gently sunburst finished black dial. The Carburetor Q1 is powered by a Swiss ETA F06.161 quartz movement, which has a battery lifespan of 5 years. The soft rubber strap on the Sisu Carburator has conveniently chunky steel buckle that looks bulky but is surprisingly comfortable. This is largely attributed to its articulating lugs, which move seamlessly and sturdily. The overall tool theme is completed with the brushed elements of the sophisticated case.
Sisu Bravado A3 - $1,395
Finishing our list of the top five watches by Sisu is the stunning Bravado A3. The watch is equipped with a Swiss mechanical movement with 25 jewels, smooth sweeping seconds, automatic winding, and date. The dial design is clean and remarkably unique. The watch is protected by a stainless steel case (surgical grade 316L), sculpted from a precision machine. There’s a screw down crown at the 10 o’clock mark for distinction and anatomical ease. The black rubber band is unbelievably flexible, comfortable, and durable. Safety is enforced by an antireflective sapphire crystal, which is the hardest lens material known in the world of watchmaking. The watch was released as a limited edition, with individual serial numbers.
Written by Garrett Parker
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