When it comes to vintage watches from the Seventies, the first thing that comes to mind are the racing-themed mechanical watches of the seventies, those that had the checkered flag on the dial. This Vintage Primor Caliber FE 233-66 Mechanical wristwatch, based on the FE 233-66 caliber, is just another nice example of this era.
The watch works well and keeps good time, and has a sub-seconds hand at 6. The date window is at 3 and is very well visible in all wearing conditions.The lume on the hands and on the hour markers is nothing to call home for, but it is there and still holds a faint green color if held under a bright light. We are talking of a 30+ year old watch, so do not expect miracles!
The brown dial has aged pretty well, showing still no signs of patina, while the inner 34 hour bezel is still very crisp in the shape and color of numbers.
The outer rotary bezel, though, is a different story. As is to be expected from a watch this old, the colors have already started to fade away and the bezel itslf is a bit hard to turn around in any direction. The case is also a victim of time, showing scratches and dents, but most notably an erosion of the chome plating showing, yet almost exclusively, the underlying brass on the back side of the watch.
The rubber strap is new and very soft, in racing style, and complements the watch well. The glass also shows its age, but not too much, presenting only light scratches and almost invisible dents, nothing too dramatic though.
The Primor Racing Style wrist watch is a nice addition to the collection of those who miss the typical odd and sometimes quirky color schemes of the seventies and early eighties, it still wears well with a casual outfit and will certainly be a good companion for many years to come.
Things we like about this watch:
The racing theme of the dial is a very nice touch, bringing back memories of racing heroes and legendary races. The movement still works perfectly well, even if the case has seen definitively better times.
Things we don’t like about this watch:
There is really not much to dislike about this watch: the small dimension of the case makes it a good wearer even with smaller wrists, but the case is a bit proud and could upset many who could think it is a bit on the thick side. The rubber strap follows thhe racing theme, but we’d prefer to see a leather one instead. The lume, although still present, has become weak through the years, but this is to be expected with a watch this old.