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Skagen 233XLTMB Review: Grenen Black Titanium Mesh Watch

Since inception in 1987, Skagen has released several watches.

The 233XLTMB is one of them and seems to draw lots of attention especially from people who love classic styling.

I have the opportunity to look at it better and I noticed some outstanding features which are brought out in this Skagen 233XLTMB review.

Skagen Men's 233XLTMB Grenen Black Titanium Mesh Watch
  • Quality Japanese-Quartz movement
  • Mineral crystal
  • Case diameter: 37 mm

Striking Black Dial Face

The black color stands out and this gives it a dramatic effect. The only exception is the hour markers, index, the logo and brand name which come in white color.

This creates a nice contrast that should improve timekeeping. The use of large Arabic numerals on the outer edge of the watch (12 Hour format) improves the clarity.

In the inner diameter, you get 24-hour markers also in Arabic numerals. You also get white minute markers in stick form.

The Calendar window is found at the 6 (18) O’clock points, which seems to go against the common practice of placing it at the 3 O’clock. Also, you will find a round white background that makes it more pronounced and should be easier to view.

This brings out a serious appeal that should go well with formal as well as casual invents.

Tough Looking Black Titanium Shell

Skagen 233XLTMB angled

With a shell made of titanium, this timepiece aims at assuring the user of durability and reliability.

The material is known for sturdiness and should handle bangs, knocks, abrasion, environmental factors, wear and tear better than other options. An interesting bit is that it’s much lighter than the likes of steel.

The 37mm diameter together with the slim profile makes the watch lighter and also more wearable. It should put-up with everyday use, accidental abrasion, impact, shock, and the elements fairly well.

You also get a timepiece that should still be functional in water as deep as 30 meters/ 99feet. I’m however yet to actually confirm the water resistance.

Flexible Lightweight Black Titanium Band

Black and simplicity appear to be the watch’s main theme.

Just like the case/ shell, dial window, and bezel, the band is also black. It has no frills which enhance the somber appeal.

The use of titanium offers more guarantee to the user in regards to resistance to breakage, snapping, and scratches. The band is flexible for easy wearing and removal and is also fairly light.

Looking at it, you may think it may feel a little stiff or rough due it the texture’s appearance. However, you’ll be surprised by its smooth finish which should feel okay on the skin.

I’m yet to hear of people complaining about the bracelet making the skin sweaty or leaving marks on the wrist.

Skagen 233XLTMB on wrist

Simple Japanese Quartz Movement

The movement should prove practical for casual wear or anyone who doesn’t have time to keep winding a unit.

Besides, it contributes to the lightweight since it has fewer parts. And as you may see, the only other part is the crown for adjusting the time or date.

To prevent the delicate mechanism, you get a titanium case and mineral crystal. It is shock-resistant and should handle intent jerks or turns, bangs, vibrations and drops fairly well.

Final Verdict

The watch may look simple and not as flashy or classy as other types. However, it scores big when it comes to sturdiness (titanium and mineral glass).

Also, the numerals are fairly large and together with the black dial /background and white markers/hands improve visibility. Anyone looking for a practical, reliable, and versatile watch should find this one a worthy buy.