Goodbye 2017 ! Hello 2018… How was your 2017 overall ? For me, it has been an exciting year that impacted both my personal life and career. Well, I became a first time daddy and successfully launched my first watch brand (Jubileon SG) both LIVE in 2017, and almost at the same period too ! You could have guessed how busy I was juggling both at the same time, but thankfully with the support of my family and watch partner, I got through 2017 successfully ! And just days before the end of 2017, I managed to pull off a trade with a local watch enthusiast for a Blacklist Streetmatic S7, my first meteorite dial watch. What a way to end 2017 with a new watch to mess around with…
Let’s start off with a quick introduction of the brand itself, Blacklist. Founded by Mr. Justin Eterovich in 2013, with the mission to create watches that embody their universal love for automotive. Since every watches are produced with a small limited numbers, hence the brand name Blacklist was only fitting as a special few can own part of the series timepieces. Every series of Blacklist is designed based on motivation for supercars which feature colours and materials that can be seen on some of the most iconic of automobiles and high end luxury cars. To date, they have already produced 3 series in their collection which are Phantom, Renegade and Streetmatic, which some of them are still available on their main website due to the limited edition production for each series.
So… what’s the fuss these days with “meteorite” ? But first, what is a meteorite ? A meteorite is a meteoroid that survives passing through earth’s atmosphere intact but a meteor / shooting star is a meteoroid that doesn’t survive by vaporizes into dust. Because meteorites are rare object, hence the hefty price tag on watch brand that uses it as a dial. According to Blacklist, they confirmed each of the special edition Streetmatic series of S6 & S7 features a real natural piece of meteorite, where each dial varying natural Widmanstätten patterns are completely unique by its’ own. Well, that’s enough of meteorite lesson for today, and back to the whole purpose of this article, my review of the Streetmatic S7.
Case : Measured at 44mm in diameter, the case size is just nice being not too big nor too small for my Asian wrist size. The S7 model comes in black IP stainless steel and designed in a common dress watch circle shape, but the thickness of 12mm somehow made up for the boring case shape. The screw down crown is placed at the 3 o’clock position with an engravement of the company’s logo “B” that stands for the brand name. On the back, if I am not mistaken, it’s a sapphire crystal exhibition caseback that showcases the Miyota 9015 mechanism with a custom-made black winding rotor engraved with the company logo and brand name. Surrounding the exhibition caseback are description engraved which includes the brand, model, water resistance, sapphire crystal and most importantly, the serial number of each case. Unfortunately, for all S7 models, each caseback have been engraved with “1 of 25” which does not reflect the actual serial number against the warranty card. The brand owner was kind enough to offer a brand new caseback replacement set with the actual serial number engraved for free to the backers for this mistake by the manufacturer. Kudos to Justin !
Dial : Ok, this is the star of the whole watch ! Mine is made from Meteorite ! Yup, that’s right… A piece of something from space, and if you are a Star Wars or Star Trek or heck… even Guardians of the Galaxy fan, then you will be so excited to be wearing something from outer space on your wrist. There is a saying, “wearing a meteorite is like having a piece of eternity on the wrist“. The markers are applied with an outer ring seconds marker tapered downwards from which gives the dial somewhat a tachymeter feel. After all, the whole concept is based on fast cars right ? To me, it’s a nice touch in using the simple hour and minute hands because it resembles a speedometer needle that matches the whole theme of the watch, but I was a bit disappointed with the second hand. It would have been a nice touch if it’s red in colour with the design similar to the hour / minute, as every second would feels like the speedometer is being throttled. I would have love no date on my watch, which isn’t a big deal but would give it an overall clean look. After all, the meteorite dial is the star of the show !
Bracelet : It feels solid with the double locking deployment buckle. Pretty decent bracelet but it lacks the punch for a fast & furious watch. I would have preferred a shark mesh bracelet instead. However, this is just my personal opinion.
Movement : All Streetmatic comes with a Miyota 9015 automatic movement. I would have preferred if the meteorite version S6 and S7 comes with a swiss movement instead since it’s already on the higher range of price list. Nonetheless, the Miyota 9015 is definitely comparable to some of the mid range Swiss movement and better in some areas. The movement runs at 28,800 vibrations per hour with a power reserve of 42 hours.
Overall Conclusion : Very happy to have gotten this on my trade and wasn’t disappointed with the overall Streetmatic S7. The meteorite dial is really special and I now know why the craze on some watch lovers like myself. because I know I will be trying to get hold onto other brands that offers meteorite dial (eg. Prometheus, Zelos, Boldr, etc.) for another watch review. But back to the Streetmatic S7, I feel the price is a bit hefty in comparison to other brands but being limited edition to 25 pieces worldwide for each S6 and S7 series, and for the “need for speed” lovers, I would say it’s definitely a worthy addition to ones’ watch collection.
Technical Specifications :
- Case: Black Ion-plated Stainless Steel
- Case Diameter: 44mm
- Case Height: 12mm
- Band: Black Ion-plated Stainless Steel w/ Screw-in Links
- Band Width: 22x20mm
- Clasp: Double-Locking Deployment
- Dial: Real Anthracite Meteorite with Applied Indexes
- Case Back: Exhibition
- Water Resistance: 10 ATM (330 Ft)
- Luminescent: Hands and Indexes
- Crystal: Sapphire with Anti-Reflective Coating
- Movement: Miyota 9015 automatic