Humans are definitely creatures of habit and this has been proven time & time again. I am completely guilty of this. My daily routine is always mapped out well in advance and I seldom stray from that map which can become boring of course. I am also drawn to certain design features on watches as well. Brushed stainless steel cases, matte black dials, etc.. Let’s face it, most of us are the same way, especially when it comes to our watches. We tend to stick to what we know and what is “safe” especially when you are talking about spending hundereds of dollars.
When the Nodus Trieste arrived it was definitely something that was a bit out of my “safe” zone. The most noticeable feature that is something different for me was the case. The 316L stainless steel case with black PVD coating is definitely something I would not normally choose. I was pleasantly surprised how the PVD coating is so well done, extremely even throughout the case giving the Trieste a nice stealthy appearance.
“The Trieste is named after the legendary deep-sea submersible from 1960 that went into the depths of the Mariana Trench. The burgundy bezel is bold, eye-catching, and highly-dynamic. In sunlight, the burgundy is rich and vibrant; in shade, the burgundy is muted and subdued.”
Because of the black case, the burgundy bezel beautifully pops. The black and burgundy meshes well together. The bezel functions perfectly. Each of the 120 clicks feels solid, with no extra play whatsoever. The insert on the bezel is made of sapphire and really looks great when it catches the light at different angles.
The screw down crown is definitely easy to grip and operate. Nodus took things a step further with the crown by engraving their logo onto it. Which is a detail that always completes the look of the crown and the case itself. The case back also features an engraved Nodus logo that takes up 3/4 of the screw down case back. The Trieste wears quite comfortable which is a combination of the curved lugs and the 50mm lug-to-lug length. The drilled lugs allow for easy access to the pin to change the straps without scratching the inner side of the lugs.
Case demensions: 41mm width | 13mm thickness | 50mm lug-to-lug | 20mm lug width | 7mm crown diameter
The hands on the Trieste are a real thing of beauty that add to the overall aesthetics that make this dial something special. I really like the shape of the hands and that each of hands match perfectly. There has been many times that I have seen where a watch with fantastic hour & minute hands and then the second hand is a complete mismatch. That is definitely not the case on the Trieste as you can see from the pictures. The applied markers are not only for good looks, but they are also extremely legible. The slightly oversized triangular markers at 12, 3, 6 and 9 make orientation to the dial very easy at night and low light situations. Of course the generous amount of SuperLuminova BGW-9 (blue) lume also helps that cause as well.
The text on the dial is kept to a clean minimum. Under the 12 o’clock position is the Nodus name & above the 6 o’clock position is the model name & water resistance depth. The model I reviewed is the no date version which also adds to how clean the Trieste dial is. There is a date version available on the Nodus website. The dial is very legible/visible which is partly due to the double-domed sapphire that is treated with blue AR on underside. I prefer AR on the underside of the crystal. I owned 2 watches that were well above the Trieste price point that had AR on the outer portion of the crystal that eventually got scratched with everyday wear & tear.
Ticking away inside this Trieste is the STP1-11. “Swiss Technology Production has been producing movements since 2006 and supplies movements for a number of Swiss watch companies. We are proud to be one of the few microbrands to utilize STP1-11 movements in our watches. Fully Swiss made, decorated with Côtes de Genève (Geneva striping) and perlage, and tested in five positions from the factory, the STP1-11 is guaranteed to provide years of accurate and reliable performance.”
28,800 vph, 4Hz
44 hour power reserve
Accuracy from factory: 0s ~ +15s / day
Hacking (stop seconds) and hand-winding
The model used for this review was timed in 4 different positions and those results are as follows:
Crown Up: +3 seconds per day
Crown Down: +2 seconds per day
12th Down: +1 second per day
Dial Up: +2 seconds per day
The Trieste comes with two straps, a burgundy canvas strap and a grey/black Nato strap. I personally prefer the Nato strap on this model of the Trieste which I am basing on looks alone. The canvas strap is well made and has a PVD buckle signed with an engraved ‘NODUS’. The strap has a substantial amount of padding to it. Both straps are very comfortable to wear and both keep the 86g watch head balanced as well.
The Trieste is a well executed watch and honestly at $330 is a good value as well for the “amount of watch” that you get. A double domed sapphire AR treated crystal, sapphire bezel inlay, screw down crown, PVD coated case and a nice wood packaging box made of pine with a charred finish. It is definitely a watch worth checking out. The unique styled hands and 4 triangular shaped applied markers make the dial interesting enough to keep some seperation for the others “in the sea” at this price point.
For the total package on what you get, I have no problem recommending this watch to anyone looking to get into the microbrand world that wants a well made and executed watch without destroying their wallet. There are a couple of areas for improvement on the Trieste that I would like to mention. One the crown when full unscrewed and pulled out completely, the crown itself feels a bit on the loose side/a bit too much play. It doesn’t inhibit the functions at all, but it doesn’t have that sturdy feel that I am comfortable with. The other area is in the lume, as you can see in my lume picture that two of the applied markers glow green instead of blue.
I want to thank everyone at Nodus and I would also like to thank all of you for reading.