It’s not often that you see an affordable watch with a solid set of specs that’s assembled in the USA. Vaer watches breaks that mold with their line of American watches that have some serious capability despite the affordable price tag. They set out to make the watch that they wanted to wear, and the result is impressive. The Vaer A5 is a 40mm 316L stainless steel watch with a workhorse automatic movement that looks just as great as it performs.
Featuring a classic sports watch design, the A5's case is brushed throughout with a high polish chamfer on the outside edges of the lugs. At a very wearable 9.7mm thick, the A5 is comfortable day in and day out, whether you’re in the office all day or out on a hike. A secure screw down crown sits at 3 o’clock that helps ensure the watch stays waterproof to the 100m rating. Protecting the dial, there’s a domed sapphire crystal that stays extra legible thanks to an internal coating of anti-reflective film. Each of the three hands and the dial are hit with a generous 7-layer application of C1 Superlume so it stays legible long after the lights go out.
Bold white text stands out on the high-contrasting black dial. Around the outside of the dial, there are small yellow numerals marking 5 minute increments, while scaled down military time markers encircle the inside. A bright red seconds hand adds a pop of color and visual intrigue while remaining as legible as possible.
Inside of the A5, you’ll find Miyota's 9015 Japanese Automatic movement. It beats away at 28,800bph, making for a smooth seconds sweep around the dial. Fully wound, the 9015 is good for 40 hours of power between windings/wearings. The movement drives three hands around the dial. In addition to the hour, minute, and seconds hands, there’s a handy date display at 3 o’clock.
The A5 includes two straps, so you can switch up the look and feel of your new watch right from the get-go.
- Case: 316L Stainless Steel
- Dial: Black
- Movement: Miyota 9015
- Lens: Domed Sapphire
- Strap: Includes Black Rubber + Khaki Nylon
- Water Res.: 100M
- Diameter: 40mm
- Length: 48mm
- Thickness: 9.7mm
- Lug Width: 20 mm
- Assembled in the US
Vaer was founded in 2016 by Ryan Torres and Reagan Cook, the Venice, California-based duo wanted watches that represented who they were. They weren’t buying luxury watches, but they didn’t want low quality either, and they needed to be durable. So, they put their life savings on the line and launched. After some quick success, Vaer expanded their catalog of tough everyday sport watches into some interesting directions. Now, they offer a mix of Asian, American, and Swiss assembly at different prices, as well as quartz and automatic movements.