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Delbana Celebrates 90th Anniversary with New Rotonda Wristwatch

Delbana Rotonda

When there are 6.5 million dollar watches being flexed by the greatest celebrities in the world, watch collecting can feel like the most inaccessible activity in history. But trust us, it isn’t. There are lots of watchmakers out there who produce lovely watches that won’t break the bank and one of those brands, who are also celebrating their 90th anniversary, is Delbana. This is the new Delbana Rotonda.

The Rotonda has a 40mm diameter stainless steel case with a display caseback and a domed sapphire crystal. Its name, Rotonda, is a reference to the concept of circles, which is why the overall shape is very simple without too much embellishment beyond the crown and lugs to distract from the lines of the circular case. It gives the watch a quiet refinement.

Delbana Rotonda

Delbana Rotonda

Emphasising the roundness of the Rotonda is the dial, split between a silvery hour and minute scale around the periphery and a central, black disc of fine guilloché. The black disc is a call back to a heritage Delbana watch from the 50s, reinvigorating the design for a contemporary audience. The contrast between the centre of the dial and the peripheral scale makes the watch highly legible, something assisted further by the lume coated hour and minute hands and red tipped second hand.

Delbana Rotonda

Housed inside is a classic of accessible watchmaking, the Sellita SW200 automatic movement. It’s the go to workhorse movement for many, many brands and performs the jobs well enough. The 38-hour power reserve is what it is.

Is the Rotonda going to rock your horological world? Definitely not. But it also shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand, especially at a price of CHF 730 (approx. £590). A great piece if you’re looking for an accessible and reliable watch and you aren’t quite ready to jump into the wild west of microbrands.

Price & Specs:

Model: Delbana Rotonda
Case/dial: 40mm diameter x 11.5mm height, stainless steel case, silver dial with black centered guilloché pattern
Water resistance: 50m (5 bar)
Movement: Calibre Sellita SW200, automatic, 26 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 38h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date at 3 o’clock
Strap: Black leather
Price/availability: CHF 730 / €775 / $835

More details at Delbana.

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