Nixon Sentry A105-2867-00 Analog Quartz Men’s Watch is a good looking watch. The distressed dial, rose gold features, and large leather band create a prominent and unmistakable appearance. It looks similar to other day/date quartz timepieces, but its features differentiate it completely.
The hands look awesome, though they lack any lume so you won’t be telling time at night. The same is true of the prominently raised hour makers, which are tapered to provide the illusion of depth.
Rose gold can be a tricky material, but there’s nothing resembling a problem on the Nixon Sentry A105-2867-00 Analog Quartz Men’s Watch. The rose gold looks great, as does the rose gold clasp (which is engraved).
The real stand-out cosmetic feature is the dial, which looks like a slab of stone recently excavated from a quarry. Obviously it isn’t actually stone, but its distressed face looks the part, appearing naturally carved and scratched. It makes the watch much cooler, and in my opinion, makes this version of the Nixon Sentry A105-2867-00 Analog Quartz Men’s watch the best looking of the bunch (there are 24 colour options in total).
The tapered indices play with light, and as a result the Nixon Sentry A105-2867-00 Analog Quartz Men’s Watch always looks richer and more luxurious than it really is. For a “non watch person”, there’s nothing visually to suggest the Nixon Sentry isn’t a higher end watch.
Under zoom, I was able to find small imperfections on the calendar wheel as well as small imperfections in the middle of the hands (presumably, where they were removed from the mold). You will not see these without serious magnification. This version of the Sentry is not inexpensive. That’s getting into what most people would consider expensive, and because of that I can relate to purists that shy away from watches like the Sentry.
The rose gold coated 42mm steel case looks excellent from every angle. The bezel is nice and deep, giving the dial a feeling of being embedded deep within the case. It looks quality, and the enamel-filled crown, which matches the aesthetic perfectly, reinforces this sentiment.
The leather strap is soft and plush, feeling more luxurious than the straps that come with many more expensive watches that I have reviewed. The strap is 23mm wide and features decorative stitching near the lugs.
In fact Nixon Cannon Analog Quartz Men’s Watch looks as good under zoom as watches costing twice or thrice its price, and the use of a Miyota movement gives me confidence in its mechanical longevity.
Bottom line: Nixing the status quo, of what you may expect when it comes to classically good-looking timepieces, the Nixon Wrist Watch has entered the room and raised the bar.