Small German watchmaker Limes makes its Perpetuelle debut with the new addition to their Endurance sport watch range. The Leviathan features a 44.5mm stainless steel case (13.5mm thick, 300m water resistance) with a distinctive notched, PVD-plated bezel. The dial is very straightforward, a basic 3-hander+date window at 6 o’clock. The watch is powered by a Sellita SW 200 automatic movement, essentially a comparable alternative to Swatch Group’s ETA 2824. Everything about this watch says “practical” and “ready for work”, and for about $1,500 (on a divers bracelet) it can be yours. If you are looking for an entry level mechanical dive watch, this is one to put on your short list. We’ll take a closer look, below.
I am still familiarizing myself with LIMES watches, having only recently become aware of the Pforzheim, Germany-based company when they signed up to advertise here on Perpetuelle. And, like any brand which dedicates some of its precious advertising budget to increase its awareness amongst the well informed audience of watch owners, collectors and enthusiasts who read Perpetuelle, I keep them on my radar and I do what I can to help them build their brand awareness.
After doing some basic research, my view is that Limes competes in what I would call the entry-level mechanical watch segment, a segment which is highly competitive including everyone from the likes of Oris, TAG Heuer, Alpina, Victornix, Vostok, Sinn (another German brand) and others. Limes offers both automatic and manual wind watches; the average price point is around $1,500, give or take $500. Some more complicated models push into the $3,000+ range. I am most fond of their sport and diving watches, this Leviathan in particular.
Limes sells this Endurance Leviathan for €995 (~$1290 USD) on a rubberized-leather strap or €1195 (~$1550 USD) on the satin-finished steel bracelet. For the many of you who are looking in this price range, this a watch to consider. The craftsmanship on this watch appears to be very solid; I expect to get my hands on one of these in coming months to give it a full and fair hands-on assessment.
Learn more at the LIMES website.
Karl Karl Ickler founded the Ickler family business in 1924. Today the company is managed by the third-generation Thomas Ickler. Ickler designs and makes watches for customers across the world, employing a direct-to-consumer business model. Ickler started making private label watches in 1990, and a few years later they began planning the LIMES brand.
The LIMES collection includes the dressier Chyros and Pharo families, the rugged Endurance line and some lady’s watches. All its cases are made by the brand in Germany. The cases are crafted in-house, monoblock construction (i.e. milled from solid blocks of stainless steel, pure titanium or 18 carat gold). Finishing and assembly is done by hand.