Sep 28, 20175073 views
Today’s wrist-check is a Croton Automatic CA301179SSBL

This watch was released some time between 2007 and 2009 and may be the cheapest model in the Croton lineup of watches. I first saw this watch while looking for a watch to buy for my son but decided to pass on automatics as a first watch for him. But for some reason I kept coming back and looking at this watch over the next two years. I figured it was the high gloss finish on the stainless steel case and bracelet that caught my eye but now I realize it was the color of the dial. I guess I had forgotten that as a kid one of my first watches had a dial with the exact same color and I loved it. Unfortunately that watch met its demise on a baseball field when the kid at bat hit a line-drive that whacked the dial of my watch as I was running from 1st to 2nd and shattered it.

I don’t know the actual caliber number of the movement, there’s very little info online. Also, the dial color is called periwinkle which has a bit of purple in it if viewed under certain lighting conditions. The watch ships with a polished stainless steel bracelet but I pulled it in favor of a medium grey perlon strap which I think plays well against the periwinkle blue dial.

Movement: Croton Co. Unadjusted 21-Jewel Japanese Automatic Movement (non-hacking)
Complications: Date
Case: 40mm Polished Stainless Steel
Crystal: Scratch Resistant Mineral
Band: 20mm Polished Stainless Steel Bracelet
WR/ 100-meter


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Great looking watch, and indeed it does look pretty sharp on that perlon.