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Out Of Order: Auto Black

Initial Impression:

Out Of Order (OOO) Black Auto, the company moto - "Damaged In Italy". OOO is based in San Dona di Piave (VE) Italy. Founders - Ricardo Torrisi, Claudio Dalla Mora and Dario Ceolotto.

If you are looking for a unique timepiece with an incomparable look, then you have found it in the OOO Black Auto. The OOO timepieces are designed to look worn, so you do not have to worry about it becoming your "Beater" timepiece - it was created with the intent of being that "Beater" timepiece. First impressions, OOO has taken the "Beater" and leaned it towards the luxury timepiece arena. The timepiece is delivered in a nice wooden box, that matched the company image.

Key Specification

Manufacturer: Out Of Order Engine: Miyota 8215-21A Lens: Flat Sapphire

Series: Auto Jewels: 21 Case Material: 316L SS

Model: Black Power Reserve (Hrs.): 42 Case Diameter (mm): 44

Warranty: 2 Years Strap: Barbour Leather Case Thickness (mm):

Bezel: 120 Click Rotating WR: 10ATM | 100M | 330ft Cost (USD)335.00

The Review

This is the first OOO timpiece that made its way into my collection. When it came, it was in an old, weathered looking wooden box - giving the presentation a little pizzaz. When I opened the box, the OOO was impressive. It has the patina look on the case and bezel, and the Barbour Leather strap adds to the patina characteristics of the timepiece. So, let's get into the specifics below.

The Case

The case is machined from 316L Stainless Steel, it has been through the OOO aging process - so it has that patina look to it. The 120-Click rotating stainless steel dive bezel holds an aluminum insert with the with index and number indicators. There has been patina added to the bezel as well. The dial, is very beautiful and flawless high-gloss black - the OOO logo is chrome, raised and located in the area of 12 o'clock. The date window, located at 3 o'clock, is also bordered with raised chrome, with a white background and black numbers - this makes it easily read. Additional information - the series, company moto, and water resistance is white print located in the 6 o'clock area. The indexes and the hands are all chrome and green Superluminova C3. There is an added touch to the OOO Auto Black, and it is the company log in on the internal ring of the case - which shows a lot of attention to detail, and this can be a conversation starter. This is all protected with a flat sapphire crystal. The screw-down crown is black with the OOO Logo on the end. The case back is a screw down solid 316L stainless steel, with etched information and logos.

The Engine

The Miyota 8215 is a 21 jewel automatic movement, first introduced in 1977. It is made in Japan and is found in many new "Microband" timepieces due to the fact that it is easily obtainable, low cost, and considered to be an entry level workhorse engine. The Miyota 8215 is claimed to have a -20 ~+40 spd accuracy. This claim by Miyota is only measured within 10 to 60 minutes from a full power reserve. Full power reserve is made by hand winding the crown 40 times. The full power reserve is approximately 42 hours. The exact identifier for this Miyota engine is the Miyota 8215-21A, which has a date window at 3 o'clock, it is a square window - the date wheel is a white background with black text.

According to my test on the accuracy of the Out Of Order Auto Black, the average accuracy of three test is +8.7 seconds per day.

The Strap

The 22mm wide, vegetable tanned, genuine Barbour Vintage leather black strap is hand sewn. The strap holds an almost suede feel, this adds to the patina look of the timepiece. The strap is had sewn with a lime green thread at the lugs, and the first loop is sewn into the strap at the buckle - there is also a secondary free loop to ensure that the strap does not free float. The buckle is finished with a patina finish - it looks almost gunmetal grey.

The Wrap Up

The rating that I am giving the Out Of Order Auto Black timepiece is 4 Stars. It is a beautiful "Beater" style timepiece, and it is great for any collection. OOO backs their product with a two year warranty, and the craftmanship is comparable to timepieces that are priced much higher. In overall value, this a great timepiece to add to any "wear" box. It fits with both business casual or casual attire. I am not sure if I would take this timepiece in the pool or lake, but getting it wet in the rain - no concerns. While it has a "Dive" watch look, I wouldn't want to test the timepiece in that environment.

Overall, this is a great entry level automatic - and even for the avid collector - this is a great addition.

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