Sevenfriday P3C / 02 Racer
More than just a watch
The company producing the watch I’m reviewing today describes itself as a lifestyle brand rather than a watchmaking firm. On top of creating original watches, Sevenfriday also produces apparel and sunglasses. The P3C / 02 Racer you will see here wasn’t only made to be a piece of horology. This piece is more than just a watch, it’s also a lifestyle accessory.
Let’s first have a look at the specs:
Size: 47,6mm (W) x 47mm (H)
3 pieces construction. Entirely treated with black PVD.
Polished stainless steel (316L) case; duo finishing polished and sandblasted bezel; polished caseback.Polished and sandblasted stainless steel (316L) crown with raised ” 7F ” signature icon.
Animation Ring: Animation ring in black EPDM with grid pattern at 3 and 9 hours
Glass: Hardened K1 mineral glass, one-layer anti-reflective coating
4 layers construction dial (multi-level principle)
1st layer (ground plate): Gun metal deep stamped grain pattern plate, with several patterned applied
2nd layer: Applied ring with relief printed SEVENFRIDAY logo, applied pointer at 9h
3rd layer: Black diamond cut ring carrying the minute scaling and 3 applied polished indexes refilled with white luminous
4th layer: Brushed gun metal external plate, with angled round opening
Chip on caseback below the round cover.
Chip in connection with official SEVENFRIDAY APP allows verification & registration of watch
Other FeaturesStrap : Black leather strap with red stitching. Tapered from 28mm (case side) to 24mm (buckle side).
Water Resistance: 10 ATM with screwed-in crown system.
Engine : Automatic movement: Customized Miyota 82S7
Frequency: 21’600 Beats per hourTolerance: +/- 20 sec per day
This is the third iteration of the P3C / 02 Racer. I wasn’t too sure about the level of quality I should expect, the company being promoting the lifestyle aspect over the watchmaking techniques.
Let’s first have a look at the case. My first impression was that it’s quite large! But even with a 47mm square-shaped case, it sits extremely well on my wrist thanks to the absence of lugs!
As you can see in the specs, the case is made of multiple materials. The 316L stainless steel is treated with black PVD and surrounded with a black rubber ring showing a grid pattern on both the 3 and 9 o’clock sides. I like both the soft touch impression and the fact that it doesn’t attract dust the way some bad quality rubbers would do. The outside of the bezel is polished (black and shiny) whereas the inner side is matte thanks to a sandblaster texture. The crown is located at 3 o’clock and signed with the 7F icon.
I was a bit afraid of the glass quality since it’s made of hardened mineral glass. I’d definitely feel better knowing I’m wearing a watch equipped with a sapphire crystal lens, but this one seems to achieve the job as expected. It also has an efficient AR coating, offering a satisfying legibility in most situations.
I quite like the way the caseback shows the specs of the watch. It’s also equiped with an NFC chip allowing the connection with the Sevenfriday app. The aim is to register your model and authenticate it. Although not a mandatory feature, I appreciate being able to link the watch to my account. On top of that it gives you an additional year of warranty, which is more than welcome!
Sevenfriday distinguishes itself from other watchmakers with very specific designs. Not only this watch comes with a large square-shaped case and a large leather band, it also has a very eye-catching dial which can definitely be considered as 7F’s signature. It’s constructed from several layers of different materials. The description in the specs chapter may seem a bit confuse, but all those parts come nicely together to form this well-balanced, very busy but yet easy to read dial. The open-heart pops out without taking too much visual space. On top of it is an AM/PM indicator, and a small second subdial on the right side. One can definitely feel the motor sport inspiration, especially with the grid texture.
This dial configuration is very specific to the Miyota 82S7. This movement isn’t the best from Miyota but it works well, has a reasonable tolerance and offers a stop second. At this point it should be reminded that 7F doesn’t pretend to be a watchmaking company, but a lifestyle brand, hence the choice of a movement that isn’t a high-end one.
The watch costs CHF 1200, +/- USD 1270. It’s a bit expensive if you focus on the horology side only, but this piece is more than ‘just a watch’. IMHO it’s a cool and casual accessory, and even without high-end watchmaking components, it still is very well made and has a real identity.
Please note that the watch doesn’t yet come with a leather strap but with a silicone one. This leather strap I had the chance to test will replace the silicone one within a couple of months.
Visit Sevenfriday’s website here.