Price never really played a part in my decision making or affected my overall opinion of a watch. Of course price played a part in what I can afford and what I can’t afford. Other aspects have directly influenced my decision making. When I look for a watch there are certain things that I personally look for, such as crown design/style, the case size, size of the hands in relation/proportion to the dial itself, etc… It makes me laugh when I think about how my preferences have changed over my years of collecting watches. I am able to look back as well at what certain watches have influenced me over the years. I find it very interesting to hear what influences watch designers and to see the final product.
When I first saw Florijn’s final design I was very interested. The bezel is what honestly caught my attention first. The double numbers on the bezel was an interesting feature. Florijn combined both the hour and the minute on the bezel. For example at the 10 o’clock position on the bezel there is the number 10 over th number 50. I first thought that this would make the bezel look busy/cluttered, but it’s ease a reading especially when out in the field when a quick glance is all that you have time to get. This bezel really helps in those types of circumstances.
Functionally the unidirectional rotating bezel works well both in easy of grip and ease of operation. There is a little more play in the bezel than I typically prefer, but by no means is it a deal breaker. The bezel has nice, large notches that allow you to grip the bezel in different situations, for example in the water, with wet hands, with gloves on, in mud, etc… The top of the bezel has a brushed finish and the sides has a polished finish. I would classify this watch as a “tool style watch”, meant for taking out into all types of environments and activities, Florijn design choice of having a brushed finish on the top of this bezel was a great decision.
The lugs are another design feature that I like what Florijn has done. As you can see in the pictures the lugs are quite wide, giving this watch a more menacing appearance and giving it a “I can handle what you dish out” feel. The lugs and the case sides have a brushed finish. The screw downed case back features the Florijn logo engraved in the center which has a great finished look to the case back. Florijn opted for a large screw down crown which is very easy to grip and operate. They nailed the functionality down and adding the engraved Florijn logo to the crown also adds a finished look. The large crown guards will have no problem protecting the crown itself.
Clean. That is how I would describe this dial if I could only use one word. The large, white applied markers adds a nice degree of legibility to the dial. Especially being set against the matte black dial. The markers also add depth to this dial. You won’t find anything unnecessary on this dial either. Like I said before this dial is clean. Sterile white markers, hands and printed second/minute track all add to this functionally clean dial. Florijn added a pop of color with the red printed logo underneath the 12 o’clock hour marker.
At the 6 o’clock hour marker is a date window. Typically I don’t prefer a date magnifier, but Florijn did something slightly different here that made me give this detail a second look and a second thought. I like the round shape of the magnifier it just looks cleaner than an oval shaped magnifier. I also like the black date wheel with the white printed numerals which keeps consistency to this dial. The white hands are a great size and are perfectly proportioned to this dial. The length of the minute hand and the second hand are exactly what I look for when I am making a purchase decision. Yes, hand size and length are a deal maker/breaker for me. I prefer when the second hands actually reach the second track and same for the minute hand. The hour hand doesn’t have to reach the hour markers but they can’t be too short or again that’s a deal breaker. Thankfully, Florijin got the hands right.
Ticking away inside the Florijn is the Seiko NH 35 with 41 hour power reserve, 21,600 bph, diashock protection, 24 jewels. The model I reviewed was timed at +15 seconds per day.
The rubber strap that the Een(1) comes on is pretty cool in its own regards. I haven’t seen a rubber strap wih actually stitching very often. It adds a little cool detail to the traditional rubber straps that are often plain and boring. The rubber strap is very soft, smooth and pliable, but most importantly it is very comfortable. The strap has a traditional style stainless steel buckle which functions as you might expect and has a bit of detail itself. The brushed finish buckle is signed with an engraved Florijn logo.
The Florijn Een(1) is definitely a tough “little” watch packed with some some unique little details. I highly recommend this watch to anyone looking for a tough daily beater and timing is everything right now. Because right now these are 40% off which means you can get this watch for approximately $200 usd. That is an absolute steal if you ask me. Like I said earlier price has never really influenced me in my decision making, but having experienced this watch, putting it through the paces and handling what you get at $200, well for me it’s kind of a no brainer here. It will be very hard to find an automatic watch, with a sapphire crystal, decent lume, 300 meter WR, with a two year warranty and a limited edition run of 100 pcs.
My area of suggestion of improvements if I am going to get nit picky here, it would be a bezel with less play, wider grooves on the crown and a more detailed second hand, for example an arrow head tip. I do challenge you to find a better bang for your buck, honestly it will be hard to do.
I want to thank Florijn and all of you for reading my review. As always your questions and comments are welcome below.