For those of us who keep a close eye on monochrome watches, and especially Circula watches, it’s no surprise that we love the strategy of harnessing “people power.” And honestly, the resulting collections are often fine examples of well-constructed, honest watchmaking. What Circula does when creating a new watch is to enlist the help of watch enthusiasts and collectors to determine the final design of the new collections. Case in point, the brand new Circula Protrail Automatic, is the revamped company’s first field watch. Created with input from the public, the new collection is brought to life by a number of options. As we introduce the production-ready Circula ProTrail Automatic today, we’ll show you one of the three models available.
Back in February, we informed you of the fact that Circula was working on a new field watch to add to the brand’s portfolio of tool watches. Through a dedicated co-creation page, you can vote for things like the collection name, but also case size and shape, dial and hands design, different color combinations and two types of logos. With only 6,500 votes in total, this campaign should be considered a huge success for such a small company. And the beauty of it all is that the ProTrail Automatic is now ready!
Circula didn’t cut any corners when it came to the new ProTrail automatic. Made of stainless steel, the angular shape of the case is nice and comes in at 40mm in diameter and 12mm in height (without crystal). When we applied a set of digital calipers to the case, the height including the crystal came to 13.3mm. Lug-to-lug distance is very reasonable at 46mm. Overall, the ProTrail has great dimensions and sits very nicely on one’s wrist. And to give clients some extra assurance, the case is hardened through a process called Coalsterizing ® , where carbon is diffused into the metals surface by applying heat. It is now hardened to 1,300 Vickers, which is comparable to what ceramic Rado uses (1,250 points on the Vickers scale) and quite a jump from unhardened 316L stainless steel (152 points on the Vickers scale).
The case construction also includes a soft iron inner case, which serves to counter magnetic fields and protect the mechanical movement inside. The soft iron inner case ensures anti-magnetic resistance up to 80,000A/m. Again, to put things into perspective, this equates to roughly 1,000 Gauss (sounds familiar, right?). The case design is hand-sanded (with a polished bevel on the bezel) and features indentations on the sides of the case. The sturdy screw-down crown is set with an illuminated Circula logo. A domed sapphire crystal protects the dial, while a solid caseback decorated with landlines does the same for the movement. Circula also offers a limited edition ProTrail automatic with a black DLC coated case and a slightly different dial design.
Talking about the dial, it comes in two variations. The non-limited edition dial comes in black with orange accents and brushed hands or sandy beige with blue accents and heat-blued hands. Both have the same overall style, with an outer ring carrying the hour markers and minute track, and a second 24-hour scale and a slightly reduced inner section with circular pattern decoration. The black ProTrail automatic emits a mixture of blue and orange glow with bright indicators and hands. The sand-colored version changes things up a bit, with the broad hour ring illuminated instead of the numerals. The older Radium Limited Edition uses a mix of baton markers and hour numerals and omits the secondary hour scale in the recessed center. The hands and markers are finished in a vintage-looking beige that emits a green glow in the dark. You’ll notice there’s no date indication, as Circula chose not to have an extra hole in the soft-iron inner cage that reduces magnetic resistance.
As in the AquaSport II and SuperSport models, the ProTrail Cellita is based on movement. The automatic Sellita SW 200-1 is again the caliber of choice, proving to be a very reliable workhorse. Previously you could choose the Elaborate grade level for the SW 200-1, costing a small premium, but with the ProTrail it becomes standard. The movement uses 26 jewels and runs at a frequency of 28,800vph. It offers a minimum of 38 hours of power reserve, but Circula claims that it typically offers 41 hours of running time. Accuracy is rated at -5 / +7 seconds per day. A good thing to note is that it does not have a “ghost” date setting for the crown.
The new Circula Protrail Automatic comes in black or sand beige with a very comfortable sailcloth strap, fitted with a simple yet effective sandblasted stainless steel pin buckle for the wrist. The ProTrail Automatic is currently available for pre-order, with the campaign running until the end of September. During this campaign, Circula ProTrail will automatically reset you EUR 749It will be a bump EUR 799 On the first of October. Deliveries will begin in November this year so just in time for the holiday season!
And as a bit of closure, for us this circular protrail is a perfect example of an automatic value proposition. You get a very well-designed watch, with input from the public, and some pretty impressive specs. As it has a hardened steel case and a soft-iron inner case, it is the perfect tool watch and can take serious abuse if needed. The finish is nice, the dial is very clear, it feels very solid, and at this price, it’s amazing! So once again; Job well done, Circula!
For more information, please visit CirculaWatches.com