Optik Instruments Horizon

We’re suckers for an unusual watch at WRUK.Last year we featured the MAALS Jump Over the Moon and the Xeric Halograph II. To start off 2019 here’s the Optik Instruments Horizon.

Introducing the Optik Instruments Horizon

Optik Intruments is a new British company that is designing and producing wristwatches unlike any others. The unique selling point of the Optik Instruments Horizon is that it doesn’t display the time second by second, or minute by minute. Instead, it shows the main waypoints of every hour; quarter-past, half-past and quarter-to. According to its makers, the Horizon watch is the first to use a single rotating disc in this way. To read it is simpler than it looks: The central disc rotates once per 24 hours; you read the time by looking at the red line.

As for the specs, it has a Swiss Made movement, a thick domed sapphire crystal and a stainless steel unibody case. A generous 5-year warranty is offered. Although there is very little that can go wrong with a quartz watch it is still a welcome addition. We’re not particularly impressed by “Swiss quartz” movements – they are inexpensive and not really that different from Japanese movements when it comes to accuracy, but the Ronda 515 is a proven reliable workhorse and will give many years of reliable service.

Optik Instruments Horizon – Specifications

– 40mm diameter x 10.50mm
– 316L stainless steel uni-body case & crown
– Sapphire domed crystal with AR coating
– 100m WR rating – swimming & snorkelling
– Swiss electric movement – 515.24 by Ronda AG
– 45-month power reserve
– 20mm strap width – leather & silicone options
– Custom buckle to match case finish

Buy an Optik Instruments Horizon

It’s one of those watches you’ll love or hate, and like the MAALs watch, we think this one is better than its specifications would suggest – if only for the novelty value. The Optik Instruments Horizon costs £349 direct from their website – https://optikinstruments.com


By Mike Richmond

Mike spends what little spare time he has writing for WRUK; and what little money he makes building up his collection of timepieces.

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