Baume Mercier 8852 Classima XXL Chronograph Review

Baume Mercier 8852 Classima XXLBaume et Mercier’s newest Classima, the XXL 8852, is a trendy Swiss watch designed for the adventuring man. Below you’ll find in-depth details on the good stuff and bad stuff about this watch, so you know what you’re buying before you buy it.

There’s no doubt that the Baume Mercier 8852 Classima XXL looks great. One glance at the picture and you’re probably already at least a little bit intrigued. I’ll tell you right now that this is a great watch, but if you want to find out more then I recommend reading the rest of my watch review below. But I’ll start with basic pricing information, if that’s ok.

Here’s a pretty picture for you!

Baume & Mercier Men’s 8852 Classima XXL Chronograph Watch

This watch was released with another watch, the Baume Mercier 8853, that’s very similar both in looks and performance to this one. The only difference is that the 8853 has only 2 chronograph dials and a PVD black case instead of a stainless steel one.

I’ll give you a picture of that below, but for right now let’s just cover the stuff you’ll wanna know about the Baume mercier 8852.

ETA Swiss Automatic Movement – The ETA movements used in all of Baume et Mercier’s automatic watches are of the highest quality that you can get from a mass-produced movement. The ETA Valjoux 7750 is the movement used in the 8852 and 8853 Classima Executives watches.

The Valjoux 7750 has a power reserve of about 40 hours, runs at 28,800 vibrations per hour and has 25 jewels inside the movement. You can expect it to run at about 2 – 4 seconds per week off.

XXL Stainless Steel Case – For the 8852, Baume et Mercier completely redesigned their case to accommodate a larger watch. The new XXL case is 44mm in diameter and extremely solid both in actual construction, and the way it feels on your wrist. Made from sand blasted stainless steel, not only is it durable, but it features a perfect polishing job.

Baume Mercier 8853 Classima XXL

8853 Classima; Price: $3,700

On the side of the case you’ll find 2 fluted pushers that are not only attractive and sleek looking, but also serve to partially protect the fluted screw down crown that sits between them. In addition, the profiled pushers serve to reinforce the whole case, and together with the screw down case back get the watch water resistant to 200 meters. Baume & Mercier’s trademark Phi symbol is etched into the side of the screw down crown.

Black Dial w/ 3 Dial Chronograph – This is where the good stuff is at…Starting from the outside in:

The riveted hour markers are rhodium plated and coated with SuperLuminova (Baume Mercier’s choice luminescent chemical) so that they remain readable in any lighting condition.

There are 3 dials in the chronograph at the 3, 6 and 9 positions with 30 minute, 12 hour and small seconds functions, respectively. The chronograph has start, stop and reset capabilities via the pushers on the side of the case.

The hands are bearing hollowed and coated with SuperLuminova and there’s a date window at 6 o’clock.

The overall color theme of the watch is, obviously, black and white. The dial holds true to this theme with distinguished white hour markers and things, however, I don’t feel that the dial is too crowded or too busy in anyway. Baume et Mercier seems to have gotten it just right. Both the chronograph, the date window and the main dial are extremely easy to read, and aesthetically the design is flawless.

Black Vulcanized Rubber Strap – This is the cherry on the cake for this watch. The black rubber strap is extremely subtle and very comfortable; it goes great with casual wear, but certainly would fit with slacks and a jacket if you wanted. The strap uses a triple folding security clasp…The upside to this is that you get an extremely adjustable watch and you never have to take it into a jeweler to size. The downside is that it’s a bit tricky sizing this the first time, but once you do you’re good to go. Basically you adjust where you want the clasp, cut off the excess rubber, and then it works like a normal triple folding clasp.

My Verdict of the Baume & Mercier 8852 Classima XXL

The goal of the watch is to be a trendy sportsman’s luxury watch, and in my opinion the Baume Mercier 8852 XXL Classima has succeeded on all fronts.

With a quality and time tested Swiss movement, a beautiful new XXL case and a super trendy chronograph/dial design, the Baume Mercier Classima 8852 seems like a booming success. Honestly, I really like both of Baume et Mercier’s newest Classimas, but the 3 dial chronograph is a little bit more appealing on the all black design. This would be a great watch for a young guy like me…It’s a watch based off of classic horological design, but refitted for the contemporary adventuring man.

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