If you’ve been anywhere near the watch world lately, you’ve probably heard of the name Vincero. It’s a watch brand that has taken the market by storm, offering nice-looking watches for a pretty affordable price tag.
I recently had the chance to check out two of their watches, The Vessel and The Rogue, to see what they were all about. After wearing each one for a few weeks now, I came to a verdict. Today, we’re going to take a look at what I like about Vincero’s Vessel and Rogue and what I think can be improved.
Keep in mind, while I do like to speak my thoughts on watches, my words should not be the sole reason you buy or don’t buy a watch. If you really like the Vincero, then go for it! I’m simply a lover of watches speaking my mind.
Vincero was started in 2014 as a means to an end for the problem of high price tags for high-quality watches. For only a fraction of the price, Vincero watches were made available to the public with most, if not all of the features that were available in mid-to-high level luxury watches.
While Vincero has faced some controversy in the past, such as its manufacturers being located in China, Vincero has still released some top-level watches throughout the years and continues to break the status quo of luxury watches.
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Vincero Vessel Watch Review
The Vincero Vessel has many different variations you can choose from and that’s what I think is really cool about the watch. You can choose from different strap types, dial colors, and bezel colors.
This watch is a take on the traditional dive watch, meant to fare well under water while also being an eyecatcher on land. As for the specs of the Vincero Vessel, here are the details.
- Case Diameter: 44mm
- Case Thickness: 12mm
- Strap Width: 22mm
- Movement: Citizen Miyota Quartz
- Water Resistance: 20 ATM
- Glass: Sapphire Crystal (Scratch Resistant)
- Stainless Steel: 316L Surgical
The Miyota Quartz movement is a movement crafted by another watch brand, Citizen, and sold off to other watch companies. While this does trouble me that Vincero is not crafting their own movement for this watch, the Miyota Quartz movement is fairly durable and well manufactured.
The Vincero Vessel Steel Silver/Navy watch I wore had a traditional dive watch look, with the silver bracelet, stainless steel casing and blue-water dial. The closed case back has the Vincero logo on it along with the phrase “veni vidi vici” above the logo, which translates to “I came, I saw, I conquered.”
Below the logo is the phrase “Live Your Legacy”, so there are two phrases accompanying the Vincero logo on the case back. You can also find the Vincero logo on the two crowns of the watch. One crown is located at the 2 o’clock mark and the other is located at the 4 o’clock mark.
The 2 o’clock crown controls one of the inner bezel’s rotary functions and the 4 o’clock crown controls the minute hand. I found the 2 o’clock crown to be really neat since I haven’t seen a crown control an inner bezel before.
What I Like About The Vessel
I think that the idea of taking a traditional concept like the dive watch and adding your own flair to it is a great idea. After all, change is good since we’re exposed to new designs and new innovations.
However, I think Vincero could’ve held back a little bit on revolutionizing the diver. In my opinion, it would have been better to simplify the piece.
The watch has stainless steel casing, sapphire crystal, and is water resistant up to 20 ATM which is roughly 200 meters. At the $225 price point, I’d say these are pretty good qualities for a dive watch.
What I Don’t Like About The Vessel
However, what I don’t like about the Vincero Vessel is the sheer size and thickness of the watch. With a 44mm case diameter and a 12mm thickness, this watch only works for a certain size group.
For most people, this watch will not only be too heavy on your wrist, but it will also be too large. With 12 millimeters of thick steel on your wrist, this can impede the comfort that is supposed to come with a watch.
Furthermore, in my experience, only people with a wrist size of above 7.25 inches can rock a 44mm case diameter. One important quality that I think the Vincero Vessel lacks is a strong lume.
While Vincero does claim that they have lume in their Vincero Vessel, I found the lume to be disappointing. Whereas a Seiko SKX007 or SKX013 can be clearly seen at any time of the night, the Vincero Vessel was difficult to read even in a dim-lit room.
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Most dive watches have some type of lume in their markers and hands because the lume helps in dark situations when you’re underwater. Without a bright lume, this watch is only fit for surface-level water activities.
The Bottom Line
Overall, I think that the Vincero Vessel is a pretty solid watch. They have some pretty solid specs that make the watch durable and a nice movement sourced by a reputable watchmaking company.
The only grievances I have against this watch is that I wish its design were more accessible for those with smaller wrists. At 44mm, this watch is simply too large for some watch enthusiasts and at 12mm thick, it’s simply too uncomfortable for those with sensitive wrists.
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Vincero Rogue Watch Review
The Vincero Rogue is a modern take on the sports watch, designed to be comfortable and tough enough for any situation you throw at it.
- Case Diameter: 43mm
- Case Thickness: 12.5mm
- Strap Width: 26mm
- Movement: Seiko Mecha-Quartz
- Water Resistance: 10 ATM
- Glass: Sapphire Crystal (Scratch Resistant)
- Stainless Steel: 316L Surgical
- Strap Material: Top-Grain Italian Leather Outer/Silicone Inner
I also wish that Vincero built their movement in-house for this watch, considering I really liked the design of the watch. However, Seiko Mecha-Quartz is a really solid movement since Seiko is also a premiere watchmaker in the world and has made some world-famous pieces like the SKX007 and SNK809.
The case back also has the “Veni, Vidi, Vici,” and “Live Your Legacy” quote. The front was a bit more different with a touch sharper compared to the Vessel. The watch has a chronograph dial with three crowns to facilitate between changing the time and setting alarms.
The watch also features a curved tachymeter which I thought was really cool and as for the dial design, the dial has a uniform checker look, giving it a unique texture.
What I Like About The Rogue
To make up for the wrist strap and bulky build, I do think that there are some good qualities to the Vincero Rogue. For one, the dial has a clean chronograph design. I also like how they gave the watch a tachymeter since this makes unit conversions on the go much easier.
Furthermore, the watch uses qualities that are just as good as the Vincero Vessel. Stainless steel, sapphire crystal, and Seiko-sourced Quartz movement combine to make the Vincero Vessel a very formidable timepiece.
What I Don’t Like About The Rogue
This watch was also a little too big for me and for a watch that’s meant to be comfortable and easy to wear, I found it to be quite the opposite. 12.5mm of thickness made sure that I knew the Vincero Rogue was on my wrist at all times.
Another grievance that I had with the Vincero Rogue was the strap. Every leather strap I’ve worn has a connecting, two strap system where one strap connects to the other through a buckle tongue and adjustment hole.
This watch was already connected by a metal band, giving it a very awkward feel that I couldn’t really get used to. For some, this might be better since I’m more of a traditionalist but if you like the way the leather strap is designed then by all means, go for it.
The Bottom Line
Ultimately, I really wish that Vincero simplified things a bit more. While it’s good to change things up, some of the aspects of the sports watch that make it what it is were missing. So, yes, I do like the Vincero Rogue, but right now, I see it more as a once-a-week watch more than a EDC watch.
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Vincero Outrider Quick Look
What I Like About The Outrider
Vincero’s The Outrider looks and feels like a rugged timepiece, from the thick rotating bezel with embossed numbers and accents to the 22mm top-grain leather watch strap.
I opted for the brushed gold/army color which features an olive green dial and white contrasting hands and hour markers. As rugged of a timepiece it is, it still looks quite classy for a chronograph. And the stopwatch timer works well as the second hand sweeps.
In terms of quality, the Outrider feels like a solid and robust watch that’s built to withstand everyday wear and some. On another note, I’m a fan of quick release straps that make it easy to replace watch bands to your heart’s content.
What I Don’t Like About The Outrider
The Outrider’s case diameter is 41mm which seems standard for all of Vincero’s watches. Similar to Tristan’s opinion, I think they should buck the trend and offer smaller diameter men’s watches.
The strap width of 22mm is too wide in my opinion, especially for guys with smaller wrists. I understand that it’s just the rugged nature of the watch and it’s meant to complement the thick bezel, but I’d prefer a 20mm width at least.
Chronographs, in my opinion have too much going on from a design standpoint, and while I appreciate the big numbers, it feels too busy — especially with the bezel’s big accent details too.
Case Diameter: 41mm
Case Thickness: 12.5mm
Strap Width: 22mm
Movement: Seiko Mechanical Quartz
Water Resistance: 10 ATM
Glass: Sapphire Coated Crystal (Scratch Resistant)
Stainless Steel: Surgical Grade 316L
Lume: Swiss Lume on Hands, Hour Markers & Bezel
Strap Material: Single Stitch Italian Top-Grain Leather
Vincero Icon Automatic Quick Look
What I Like About The Icon Automatic
Like the Outrider, Vincero’s Icon Automatic looks and feels like a solid timepiece. It has a nice weight to it. As its name suggests it’s an automatic watch which means it’s got a manual movement and does not require batteries. I opted for the classic blue/brown color pairing.
I personally love automatic watches. There’s something about the smooth sweeping second hand that feels so pleasant and I also like how there’s an observation case back (visible glass), so that you can see the inner workings of the watch.
Additionally, the stainless steel bezel and accent pieces look classy and overall it’s an elegant looking watch with the faux crocodile brown leather watch band.
Furthermore, the Icon Automatic features a sapphire crystal glass which is more scratch resistant than quartz. There’s also a silent tick that you can hear faintly if you put your ear up to the watch case.
Not that you’ll be diving with a watch like this, it comes with 10 ATM (100 meters) water resistance which always comes in handy, just in case you happen to drop it in the pool.
What I Don’t Like About The Icon Automatic
Similar to the Outrider, the Icon Automatic’s case diameter is 41mm, which seems standard for all of Vincero’s watches. Similar to Tristan’s opinion, I think they should buck the trend and offer smaller diameter men’s watches. My wrists are 6″ and as a dress watch, a 36 or 38 mm dial is much more flattering on my wrist.
As a dress watch, the case is too thick for my taste. I prefer slimmer dress watches and the bulkiness of the Icon Automatic dials down the dressiness in my opinion.
Also, I’m not sure how I feel about the die-cut skeleton minute and hour hands. I think it could do without them to make for a cleaner more classy design. That said, it’s still a nice looking dress watch.
Specs: Case Diameter: 41mm
Case Thickness: 11.5mm
Strap Width: 20mm
Movement: Seiko Automatic Movement
Water Resistance: 10 ATM
Glass: Sapphire Crystal (Scratch Resistant)
Stainless Steel: 316L Surgical
Strap Material: Top Grain Italian Leather
I think that both the Vincero Rogue and Vincero Vessel are solid watches. At around the $200 mark, they’re using solid materials, solid sourced movements, and solid features. However, where I think they lack is in the comfort and design range.
Their watches do look nice, but they could work on making the watch more accessible to people. This means making the watch diameter more fitting for smaller wrists, case thickness that won’t bother you every other minute, and unorthodox designs most watch wearers aren’t used to.
I’ve heard about Vincero for a while and after wearing it, my verdict is that it’s a good watch for those who like interesting builds and designs. I will say that they do a good job of designing their dials and other aspects of the watch, but if you want something that retains all the traditional pieces of a watch, then I’d recommend that you expand your options.
Tristan is an avid follower of men’s fashion. He loves wearing a well-fitted white t-shirt and talking about watches. When he’s not writing about the latest Seiko timepiece or the best outfits for the season, he’s playing tennis, watching Mad Men, and taking naps.
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