Back in March 2017 I reviewed an example of the Grayton men’s automatic watch and I was very impressed. For this review I have an example of the women’s, model S.8-36-006. This 36 mm diameter automatic timepiece is an ideal everyday watch. Grayton offers the watch in numerous combinations of face colors, straps and bracelets. They have also decided to give the watch an exhibition back that shows off the Seiko/Time Module NH35A automatic movement. There is not a lot of space between the movement and the sides of the caseback, which looks great in my book.
The NH35A is a 24 jewel, 21,600 bph, 41 hour power reserve automatic movement that is extremely popular and used by many watch companies worldwide. Grayton is nice enough to sign the rotor in essentially the same fonts that are used on the watch face. Reliable, affordable and serviceable is what this movement is all about. The watch is 36 mm in diameter, not counting the crown and 43.5 mm across including the 5.5 mm diameter crown. It is 14.5 mm thick, 42.5 mm lug to lug with an outer lug width of 23 mm. The bracelet is 17.75 mm across at the lugs and tapers slightly to 16.25 mm at the clasp.
The 316L case is completely and very nicely chromed. The beveled head of the push pull crown is also chromed or polished and the tapered sides of the crown are nicely grooved. The exhibition case back is screw down and is nicely engraved. The watch is rated for 100 meters of water resistance. Both crystals are mineral with the front domed and the back flat with bevelled edges that are slightly raised above the case. The solid seven link wide stainless bracelet drapes the wrist perfectly and is beautifully plated on the outside, edges and the butterfly clasp. All end links are solid and there are a total of seven pinned links that are removeable for bracelet sizing.
The face is the same design as the previously reviewed men’s watch, except smaller with this particular woman’s model having a beautiful turquoise finish on the face that receives a lot of compliments. The polished silver stick second hand, polished silver edges on the six raised even number white super luminous numerals and the five raised lumed round indexes all work perfectly with the sixty white minute markers. Complete with a black on white 3 o’clock date window (with polished silver framing) this watch is truly practical and stylish for daily wear. And my wife loves this watch!
If you are looking for a woman’s watch for yourself or to give as a gift, the line of Grayton automatic watches for women should not be overlooked. Microbrand watch world readers and subscribers can now take advantage of a 15% discount on all purchases of Grayton automatic watches, men’s and women’s. Just use this coupon code before checking out with your order: CS4-Com-GRAYTON15%-Microbrandwatchworld. Grayton-watches.com $255.
Bert Kanne is a freelance contributor to MBWW with a love for well made dive watches and chronographs. All photos by Bert Kanne unless otherwise noted.