Matwatches is a French brand specializing in military watches. The name comes from “Mer-Air-Terre.” The MAT AG5 2 Aviation combines features of diving watches, with water resistance of 300 metres and a unidirectional rotating bezel, and pilot’s watches, with black dial, and hands, numerals and hour indices coated with SuperLuminova for good visibility at low light levels. It’s a large watch at 44 mm diameter, and the unidirectional bezel can be manoeuvred even if you are wearing gloves. It’s an interesting combination of functions, because the watch can be used to time events with a degree of approximation, for example your morning run, or cycle ride.
Interchangeable straps supplied
The other nice thing about this watch is that it is supplied with three interchangeable straps, in khaki canvas, black rubber and black leather. It’s a user-friendly feature that enables the personalization of the watch, and it’s something that several brands are beginning to offer.
Inside, the watch is powered by the ETA 2824-2 movement, running at 4 Hertz with 42 hours power reserve. The caseback is in the same material as the case, 316L stainless steel with a black PVD coating. The case is 15.5 mm thick.
The price of the watch is around €1,600. See the MAT website for further information.