I’ve been a longtime observer of the brand Xeric. They make unique looking watches that stand out in the crowd and keeps your wrist front and center.
Their unconventional designs are really beautiful and always keep you guessing what’s next from the company. However, out of all the watches they’ve released (except the tourbillon collector’s editions) the Xeric Xeriscope Automatic is my favorite.
To begin with, the Xeric Xeriscope Automatic’s pictures do not do it justice. This thing is pretty. Like seriously beautiful. It is no longer in production (lucky me I guess) and I managed to purchase the last one with mesh strap (unlucky you I guess.) I’ve spent quite some time with this beauty and I’d say it checks a 97% pass percentage on my scoreboard. Obviously, there are some things I would have changed but the watch touches so many other cool aspects.
The Xeric Xeriscope Automatic comes in a 45mm x 13mm case with 22mm lugs. In addition, this case comes in 316L (surgical grade) stainless steel. The Xeric Xeriscope Automatic features K1 domed mineral crystal lens as its lens which Xeric says this is harder than sapphire, I must disagree. Mineral crystal ranks 5/10 on the MOHS Scale Of Hardness but sapphire scores 9/10. To put this in perspective, diamond – the hardest known material – scores a 10. In fact, the same day I did this review, I scratched the lens on a shopping cart (thankfully after taking the photos.) So one change I would hafve liked in this model would have been to use full sapphire rather than mineral crystal.
Also, Xeric said the crystal on the Xeric Xeriscope Automatic is domed. However, this is a very very slight curve. You can’t tell by simply feeling on it or even looking at the watch sideways. A fuller doom would have added to the look of the watch. To be fair, the Xeric Xeriscope Automatic was the first ever timepiece from Xeric. They subsequently corrected these little inconveniences in later timepieces.
The Xeric Xeriscope Automatic’s dial is where the magic happens. Firstly, it’s movement and balance wheel are in full view. Also, because the movement rotates once every twelve hours, it doubles as the hour hand. To achieve this, the movement’s circumference has hour markers from 1 – 12, and the movement has a gold pointer with a blue tip pointing to the corresponding hour. Another hour subdial at 2 o’clock is used for the for dual time function. Both hour dials are independent, and you can set them to show the time in two different time zones.
In addition, the Xeric Xeriscope Automatic features an arc at 12 o’clock displaying the minutes in two tiers. The minute hand is double-sided, with Xeric’s signature hoops on its ends as the hand rotates, one hoop encircles the corresponding minute to tell the time. Lastly, the Xeric Xeriscope Automatic has a power reserve indicator at 10 o’clock.
The time on the Xeric Xeriscope Automatic is set by simply pulling the crown and rotating (clockwise for the subdial and anticlockwise for the movement). The only issue I found was that the minute had regresses a few minutes when you let go of the crown. So you have to turn it a little bit past your desired time for it to be accurate. Nonetheless, the dial itself has a nice touch of cross-hatched and sunburst decorative engravings. In a nutshell, the dial is gloriously designed.
There isn’t much known about the movement, because Xeric kept the manufacturer undisclosed. What I do know from my conversation with Xeric however, is that the movement is no longer in production. In addition, it has 24 jewels, which you can count for yourself if you wish. Inclusively, the Xeric Xeriscope Automatic is water resistant to 5ATM or about 50m.
Pricing and Availability
The Xeric Xeriscope Automatic at launch costed $400. However, its immense success made that price ultimately double. So now, the Xeric costs $800. According to Xeric’s website here, all Xeric Xeriscope Automatic are sold-out. But if you’re lucky to find someone willing to flip his/hers, it probably won’t get much change from $800.
Overall, the Xeric Xeriscope Automatic is a sturdy watch with an exceptional design. Plus, it’s one of those few timepieces that do not sacrifice looks for functionality, yet have both. I’m not entirely sure this is the best $800 I’ve ever spent, but I have not taken off this watch since I got it. That’s got to be a good sign, right?
Neba is a 21 year old watch enthusiast who fell in love with the rhythmic tik-tok of timepieces by observing the grandfather clock in his living room. He is also the founder of Watchword X, a website dedicated to reviewing the highs and lows of horology.
Neba will only make peace with the world when he owns 1,998 individual timepieces.