Today on “MicroSunday” here on we are taking a closer look at the automatic officers watch of 1291 Watches of Switzerland. A Swiss micro brand this time, so we are talking Swiss made and Swiss movements. And let’s be honest those two magic little words printed on your dial, despite all the great other micro brands out there, makes the difference. We are getting used to well made China made cases and Miyota movements, but I still remember my first Swiss Made watch like it was yesterday.

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1291 Watches of Switserland

The year 1291 is an interesting year, from historical point of view. Prince Asulid of Yemen made a remarkable astrolabe (an ancient astronomical navigational tool), the Mongols invaded central Asia and the crusades in the holy land were ended. But more important, in 1291 the Helvetic Confederation was founded by a perpetual pact “ The Eternal League”between 3 forest cantons Uri, Schwytz and Unterwald. So the founder of 1291 Watches of Switserland , Harald Meier, chose his company name wisely with a referral to this important year. I think it’s great when you put effort in the name of your brand and make a difference. So, here we have a micro brand with an ancient history. Well done! The current collection consists of a military watch, the officers watches black and white, Classico chrono’s and the Transformer black. The latest model, the Helvetia is open for pre-order now. Today we are looking into the officer watch.

1291 Officer automatic black

The Officer at hand is a automatic 40mm stainless steel version with black dial, date indication and stainless steel bracelet. At firts I would discribe it as a modest watch, not too big and not too glamorous. But looking closely at this Officer, I noticed that it is all about the details and little things that makes it a very special watch. And what I really like is the 40mm measurement.


The Officer has a beautiful curved 316L stainless steel case and measures 40mm x 49mm without the 3mm crown and has a thickness of 11mm. Comfortable measurements! On top a flat sapphire chrystal is placed surrounded by a polished inner circle and a brushed bezel. The bezel itself has sharp edges and is polished on the outside. In my opinion very nicely done. The case and lugs are beautiful curved, the lugs with a 20mm lugwidth are brushed and faceted. Those are the little details I was talking about and the longer you look at it, the more you will discover. The screw-down caseback is a see-through caseback, so you can see the movement. The only disadvantage is the unsigned crown. I would have loved a signed crown something with a referral to the history of the year 1291.

Dial and hands

The black dial is simple but also quite detailed.  It is equiped with applied indices and luminous dots on the outer circle so to speak. On the inner circle 1291, a little Swiss cross and automatic 100m are printed. At the 3 o’clock position a larger date window is placed and the date indicator is showing you the date of today, tomorrow and yesterday. The hour and minute hands are also equiped with luminova, same as the dots on the dial. The centred second hand is a needle shaped hand pointing at the register in the edge of the dial. And of course, maybe the most important part, at the 6 o’clock position the desired words are printed……Swiss Made! The Officer has a water resistant of 100 meters.


The Officer is powered by a reliable Swiss movement of course, the automatic ETA 2824-2 with a 38 hours power reserve, 28.8. 00 A/h and 25 jewels, quickset on the date, hacking and winding.


This version is equiped with a solid 316L stainless steel bracelet Oyster styled with folding clasp. Brushed outside links, polished inner links. Also the clasp is un-signed and that is a pity, like the crown. Plenty of links though, so an elephant could wear it.


Neatly box, not too fancy, warranty card and Swiss Made tag which I like as you can imagine.


All in all a very well built Swiss watch with a lot of details. For ca. €550,- you have it all:
Swiss Made
Swiss Automatic movement
316L stainless steel
Sapphire crystal
See-through case back
Would I salute this Officer? Absolutely, no doubt!!


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