Nodus Watches Sector Sport Review
In my hunt for finding more brands and watches to take a look at on UNTITLED, the Nodus Watches Sector Sport particularly caught my eye.
This area of more rugged-looking tool watches is an area often filled by a slew of different brands, but the Sector Sport in its Glacial stood out to me for a variety of reasons, including its left-field dial colour, as well as exceptional value for money at £475, which I'll come onto in due course.
Nodus Watches Sector Sport Design - Gorgeous, polar inspired looks
Right from the outset, I should say that the Sector Sport is available in two colourways. You can either get it with a Salmon Pink dial, or you can opt for this light blue colour which Nodus calls 'Glacial'.
The Sector Sport is a good-looking watch. Right off the bat, I was impressed by the combination of its brushed and polished 316L stainless steel case and its sunray light blue dial that certainly catches the light. That combo makes for an eye-catching design on-wrist that somehow also manages to remain understated.
For my wrist, a 38mm case size is ideal, and presents the happy medium between a larger 40mm or 41mm piece like the Christopher Ward C1 Moonglow, and a smaller 36mm option. It's an ideal size for a variety of wrist sizes, and virtually anyone can wear the Sector Sport comfortably without it looking out of place. Its 47mm lug to lug also fits well.
The H-link bracelet on offer here is well-made with some quality finishing, too. It also comes with drilled lugs, a milled clasp and solid end links, which taper well when on-wrist, and don't stick out too much. The bracelet come with quick release pins, if you did want to change the strap, too.
The Sector Sport's crown is both grippy and screw-down, too. It's quite large proportionately to the watch, but helps along any retro sensibilities it may have. Speaking of retro sensibilities, the slightly raised sapphire crystal also looks good too, as well as providing glass that is virtually unscratachable.
When taking a closer look at the dial, it's here where the Sector Sport really shines in its Glacial colourway. The polar blue dial, with a raised chapter ring and in-set centre section, seems to divide opinion with those I've shown the Sector Sport to, but to me, it looks excellent. It's simple enough without being at all bland, and combined with the white hour markers, shines well in brighter light. The Nodus logo is front and centre in the in-set centre section of the dial, but remains small enough to be unobtrusive. It's clear Nodus cares more that the watch speaks for itself, as opposed to feeling the need to plaster its branding all over it.
There are line hour markers everywhere except for the larger 3, 6, and 9 numbers, which provide a nice change, and help the dial to be especially legible. The rounded syringe hands offer the same look as the markers, helping the Sector Sport to look generally excellent. Its second hand hits the markers with solid accuracy, while its black spindly chassis provides a nice contrast to the brighter dial.
The reverse of the caseback is home to a few interesting touches. Arguably the most important of these is the statement that the Sector Sport, like other watches that Nodus produces is 'Designed and Assembled in Los Angeles'. Nodus is a brand who have a strong belief in quality control, and actually moved their assembly process back to the USA after experiencing some issues with overseas assembly. It would appear this has worked out in their favour, if the Sector Sport is anything to by. Also on the caseback is an interesting pattern of concentric circles, which is a nice touch, as well as information about the watch's 100m of water resistance.
Nodus Watches Sector Sport Performance and wearability - Reliable, and rather comfortable
The combination of a 38mm case diameter and 47mm lug to lug, as well as an excellent H-link bracelet, makes the Sector Sport a rather comfortable wear. Its proportions are just right, and it was a joy to have the Sector Sport on my wrist for a couple of weeks.
With that brighter dial and excellent case finishing, it makes the Sector Sport an ideal watch for the summer, and works well when paired with a range of casual and slightly more relaxed wear. When I was going out to the coast on a a day out, the Sector Sport became an integral accessory when paired with all manner of shorts and t-shirts. If you wanted to pair it with some looser-fitting shirts, then the Sector Sport should also go well with that look, too.
Its 12.5mm case thickness is verging on the side of making the Sector Sport a thicker timepiece, but it's all in the name of the movement that's inside. As opposed to opting for a Swiss-made movement such as the Sellita SW200-1 caliber that's present in a lot of microbrand's pieces, the Sector Sport opts for a reliable Seiko movement - the NH38, which is another favourite of microbrands, too. The NH38 offers a 41 hour power reserve, as well as some reasonable accuracy of +/- 10 seconds per day, and is regulated by Nodus at four different positions before it leaves their factory. It's a solid workhorse of a movement that will keep the Sector Sport ticking.
The Sector Sport also provides 100m of water resistance, and with a screw down crown, this is a watch you can take into the water, just as long as you aren't intending on going too far down!
The Nodus Watches Sector Sport is an excellent and classy looking tool watch that brings with it some sublime case finishing and a bright dial that makes it an ideal watch for the summer months. It's also a comfortable wear with some good proportions, and a great bracelet for the price. The Seiko movement inside also makes the Sector Sport an accurate and reliable timepiece, with a solid power reserve to boot. For those wanting a slightly dressier and more eye-catching tool watch for a good price, the Sector Sport is a fabulous choice.
You can purchase the Sector Sport from Watch Gecko here. Nodus Watches provided a sample for this review.
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