It’s no secret that integrated steel sports watches are trending these days, especially on affordable ones. Models like the Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 are popular, while lesser-known microbrands have admirable offerings like the Dumoreau DM01 automatic. New York-based Retter Watches is introducing its own integral piece with the Retter 22, also the new microbrand’s first model. It’s a stylish Swiss-made watch with an affordable price and classic design, and it’s an impressive debut in a crowded field.
Retter was founded two years ago by Deep Ghosh, a long-time watch enthusiast who wanted to create a luxury Swiss piece with a sub-$1,000 USD price tag. With a design studio in New York and production facilities in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Ghosh has certainly achieved this goal with the Retor 22 integrated sports watch. The stainless steel case is 41mm in diameter and 12mm high (46mm lug-to-lug), and is inspired by Gerald Genta’s distinctive design elements. A brushed fixed bezel with 14 polished facets has a classic sporty vibe, while two fixed finish links flow into a brushed and tapered integrated bracelet. It measures 21mm at the case and features a custom butterfly deployant clasp and draws inspiration from Jörg Hysek and the iconic Vacheron Constantin 222 (precursor to the overseas model). A sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating protects the dial, while the case back is solid. Water resistance is an impressive 200 meters, so the watch has some outdoor street cred to look good on.
The dial comes in two colors, lapis blue or frost white, and has a large date window at 3 o’clock (although the large date is not a problem). The applied silver indices and diamond cut hour and minute hands have loom inserts and a simple yet stylish minute track surrounds the perimeter. The blue color variant has a sunray finish, while the white color is matte. The overall design is classic and dare I say timeless, and works well with the sports watch theme.
Powering the Retter 22 is a Sellita SW400 automatic, which is basically an enlarged SW200 to accommodate a wider date wheel. It is designed for cases over 40mm and helps balance the large date window dial. The SW200 is an established and very reliable alternative to ETA’s 2824. It has 26 jewels and beats at 28,800vph (4Hz) with a 40-hour power reserve. Retter controls the movement in its Swiss atelier to four positions for greater precision.
Following some field tests and feedback from early reviewers, Retter decided to make some improvements to the final product models. These include a more flexible bracelet, refined finishing, improved lume performance and the inclusion of a half link. A custom rubber strap has also been developed and matches the dial colors – lapis blue or frost white. It will be included free of charge for the first 250 preorders. All watches come with a two-year warranty and a two-week return window.
Preorders begin August 1st at 12 am EST (4 am GMT) at a discounted price USD 895. Final retail price will be announced at a later date. Pre-orders are executed for two weeks or until the minimum order quantity is reached. Shipping from the US will take place in late 2022/early 2023.
For more information and to pre-order, please visit RetterWatches.com.