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Mondaine Evo Big Men’s A132.30348.11SBB

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Mondaine Evo Big Men’s A132.30348.11SBB Specifications

Brand, Seller, or Collection Name Mondaine
Model number A132.30348.11SBB
Part Number A132.30348.11SBB
Model Year 2012
Item Shape Round
Dial window material type Mineral
Display Type Analog
Clasp Buckle
Case material Stainless steel
Case diameter 40 millimeters
Case Thickness 12 millimeters
Band Material Leather
Band length Men’s Standard
Band width 20 millimeters
Band Color Black
Dial color White
Bezel material Stainless steel
Bezel function Automatic
Calendar Day and date
Special features 100% Authentic Mondaine, Swiss Quartz Movement, Durable mineral crystal, Water resistant to 99 feet, Stainless steel case
Item weight 2.08 Ounces
Movement Swiss Automatic
Water-resistant depth 100 Feet

Mondaine is styled on the famous Swiss railway clocks found in stations throughout the country. The bold black hands and clever red seconds hand with the bright red pip at the end are instantly recognizable and more important, instantly readable. There is no lume on this watch because the assumption is that the contrast between the dark hands and the white dace will be sufficient for the weary evening sojourner.

It has a nice 40mm case and exhibition back so you can see the movement and rotor. It comes on a basic leather strap and is ostensibly Swiss-made. The Mondaine Evo Big Men’s A132.30348.11SBB runs a Sellita SW 220-1 automatic movement, a capable replacement for the traditional ETA movements used in this sort of timepiece and it has a day/date register in English and German.

The design of Mondaine Evo Big Men’s A132.30348.11SBB

The simple, quite quirky design of the Mondaine Evo Big Men’s A132.30348.11SBB actually pre-dates Mondaine themselves dating back to 1944 and a gentleman called Hans Hilfiker. He was a Swiss engineer and designer who created a clock design that has become known as the Official Swiss Railways Clock. At that time, he was an employee of the Federal Swiss Railways and his new clock design went on to become relatively popular.

9 years later, Mr. Hilfiker added the large red seconds-hand to the clock which not only is very distinct and clear it also replicates the same red batons used by train dispatch staff. It should come as no surprise to you to hear the Swiss quite like a few key things.

  1. Precision
  2. Accuracy
  3. Purpose

These three things can also easily summarize the Swiss Railway Clock which probably explains why it’s gone on to become an icon in both the design world and Switzerland. It’s not just the design of the watch which caught the attention of the world but also its mechanical workings.

Fortunately, Mondaine came along in the 80s and turned Hilfiker’s design into a watch. Fast forward 30 odd years and in 2013. Mondaine releases stop2go technology. This replicated the same procedure found in the clocks, paying homage to Hilfiker’s design. The Swiss railway service across the country and generally resulting in a watch which is incredibly fun to wear.

The case of Mondaine Evo Big Men’s A132.30348.11SBB

The stop2go Backlight with us today comes in 41mm wide, 12 mm thick, with a lug to lug of 46mm and lug width of 20mm. As you can tell, the watch case itself is very round in design with only the short lugs disrupting the perfect roundness. Over the years, Mondaine watches have been seen fitted in many different cases, however, you can clearly see this watch case is very true to the original clock.

The case is also stainless steel complete in a fully brushed finish, and of course, we find a flat anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal. A screw-down can also be found on the watch which feels more like a lever or switch than a conventional crown. This is once again where the Mondaines earn a few more points.

The crown

When you pull the crown out, the seconds-hand turns around the dial stopping back at 12. Once you turn and hold the crown in either the up or down position, the minute hand will begin to move and eventually will pick up momentum and will move at a manageable speed for time changing. Push the crown back in, and the watch sets off once again. This feels like a perfect time to explain the movement behind the watch in a little more detail.

The movement on Mondaine Evo Big Men’s A132.30348.11SBB

The movement on Mondaine Evo Big Men’s A132.30348.11SBB is the Mondaine stop2go cal. 58.02 quartz movement. As mentioned previously this quartz movement is very different from standard quartz. Much like the original clock, this movement ticks around the dial for 58 seconds. It then stops at 12 for two seconds which allows the minute hand to jump forward to the next minute marker and the cycle continues. If you are heavily invested in the passion behind watchmaking and horology this is something you need to see.

The features on Mondaine Evo Big Men’s A132.30348.11SBB

This watch features strong luminescence on the dial to ensure you can tell the time even in the dark. Thin long layers luminescence can be seen attached to the bottom of the Mondaine’s hands means a few things.

First, you can use the watch once it gets dark. Secondly, the lume creates a backlight with the hands as well as reflecting off the dial and finally, the ingenious approach of adding this lume behind the hands means the iconic instantly recognizably design straight from Hilfiker’s mind remains unchanged, still enjoyable in normal daylight. Now, if all of these features don’t make a watch cool.

The lugs on the Mondaine almost blur and wrap around the case of the watch meaning it’s framed very nicely on the wrist. The watches 12mm thickness is relatively noticeably when wearing the watch, however, not enough to disrupt wearability. Of course, the watch is very legible with dark bold black indices, hands, and markers sitting on that bright white dial.

Throw in that distinctive red seconds-hand and clean aesthetic and you can’t help but enjoy the watches overall quirkiness. A design that embraces confident, obvious uniqueness is seldom found in the world of horology which commonly feels like it takes itself rather seriously.

Obviously, the most noticeable feature of the watch happens every 58 seconds, when the seconds-hand takes a break for a moment. You can’t help but glance at your watch in a few seconds in admiration just to see everything stop for a brief moment before the minute hand took over, and then everything went back to normal. The same can be said for the Backlight feature as well.

The strap on Mondaine Evo Big Men’s A132.30348.11SBB

The watch comes in a genuine leather watch strap with black matching stitching. This strap works really well with the watch because of its simple design matched with the watches very dominant visual. You can mix and match the strap to your outfit, the easy interchangeable straps is 20mm wide straps which are the common sizes on other leather straps. We have seen people match their Mondaine Evo Big Men’s A132.30348.11SBB with Geckota Jonathan GP 298 Strap in Black and Red stitches. this strap is the epitome of simple yet effective. This watch strap uses Italian black calf leather along with colored lining. The lining matches the stitching colors of the strap, and in this case, it’s red, making the Mondaine Evo Big Men’s A132.30348.11SBB much more attractive.

Since the Mondaine Evo Big Men’s A132.30348.11SBB is unisex, some ladies prefer to wear the Mondaine Evo Big Men’s A132.30348.11SBB with mesh strap, which completely transforms the watch from masculine to a more feminine touch.

When wearing a Mondaine Evo Big Men’s A132.30348.11SBB as a dress watch, you might find yourself not matching its original black leather that comes alonng upon purchase, then it would be a great idea to have an extra brown leather strap, for instance Geckota Kington Vintage Style Dress in Camel which is perfect for formal events, and business meetings matching with a brown leather belt or shoes.

Overall Mondaine Evo Big Men’s A132.30348.11SBB review

The Mondaine Evo Big Men’s A132.30348.11SBB is an overall beautiful timepiece that will definitely match every outfit you have in your wardrobe and with just a quick change of straps, you can change the entire look of the watch.

Quality on Mondaine Evo Big Men’s A132.30348.11SBB is very reliable and durable. You can be sure that you will have the watch for years without any scratches, although the straps may worn out over time, this is why it is best to keep extra straps just in case.

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Mondaine Evo Big Men’s A132.30348.11SBB
Mondaine Evo Big Men's A132.30348.11SBB
Mondaine Evo Big Men's A132.30348.11SBB is a great dress watch with a simplistic and minimalistic design. Perfect for every outfit.
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PROS
  • Interchangeable straps
  • Quality watches at an affordable price
  • The stainless steel complete in a fully brushed finish
  • Flat anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal
CONS
  • Comes with pin buckle strap which could easily damage the strap