Saturday, August 8, 2015
The Special Forces 100 is the new replacement series for the old Commander Force 100 and while it shares many of the same features with the out going model, it improves the watch in almost every way. Starting from the ground up the Special Forces 100 takes everything we love about the reigning champ and makes it just a little better.
Let's start with the styling. The new model certainly shares the same basic shapes and style of the original but tweaks it just enough to make a statement. The differences are subtle but once you start to look closely they are unmistakable. First off it's bigger. Measuring in at 44mm in diameter (up from 42mm) bringing it in-line with the new standard of modern men's watches while retaining the standard 12mm thickness of most Tritium watches on the market. The new size is comfortable on the wrist while providing slightly bolder look and yet not too big to wear every day for every occasion.
And speaking of the new dial, the new internal bezel (that holds the Tritium for markers for 1-12) is now recessed giving the hands more room and providing more surface area under the crystal. You'll notice the second hand now floats over the hour markers rather than stop short. The change makes for a much larger look that is more readable than before and allows for a greater use of space. This coupled with the larger case make for a dramatic increase of overall dial space, where as the old dial looked somewhat squished.
Hands are different now too. Gone are the old school hands that accompanied almost all Tritium watches for a generation and in it's place is a much more contemporary look. We also find new stamping on the setting crown, which is now adorned with the signature H3 logo (trademark logo for Traser's Tritium Trigilight technology) and the crown is also slightly larger and easier to grip. This allows for easier opening and closing of the screw-down functionality as well as setting procedures.
Most of the standard features like 200 meters water resistant, sapphire crystal, screwdown crown, screwdown caseback, solid titanium case and bracelet (and of course full Tritium illumination) remain untouched but the little things mentioned above all add up to a nicely updated watch that still retains everything that made it great in the first place. And in a market where an affordable solid titanium watch remains the minority, the Traser Special Forces 100 retains it's crown as the watch to beat in an ever growing and competitive marketplace.
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Stay tuned next week for our look at the Survivor Pro.