Oak & Oscar Olmsted

This American Brand’s New Automatic Field Watch Is a Tribute to Its Hometown

October 23, 2019 Watches By
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Today, Chicago-based watchmaker Oak & Oscar has announced a new collection of handsome everyday-wear watches meant to reference the brand’s hometown. Called the Olmsted, it’s named for Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of Jackson Park in Chicago. (Fun fact: he also designed New York City’s Central Park).

The new watch features a straightforward three-hand field watch design with a stainless steel case and a “sandwich dial” — which means it’s made from multiple layers, with elements like the indices formed from cutouts in the top layer. Panerai is best known for this feature, and it allows for the ample application of luminant and a glowy low-light experience.

With a double-domed sapphire crystal, the Olmsted measures 38mm wide, is water-resistant to 100 meters and is powered by an ETA 2892 automatic movement (which is thinner and considered more premium when compared to the more common ETA 2824) with 42 hours of power reserve. The movement is visible through a display caseback, and its custom rotor also features four stars — a reference to the Chicago flag.

Available in the dial colors of charcoal gray, navy blue or matte white, it also comes with the choice of a steel bracelet for a launch price of $1,475 or a leather strap for $1,375. (The MSRP later on will be $100 more, in each case.) It’s available directly from the brand.

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