2 weeks 1 watch: Sjöö Sandström Royal Capital

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2 weeks 1 watch is our feature of interesting watches worn for two weeks, the perfect time to evaluate if the watch stays or goes.

‘Royal’ is usually associated with extraordinary quality and conservative design. So it’s a bold statement by Sjöö Sandström to name their latest model Royal Capital. But perhaps not too bold since the Swedish king Carl Gustaf XVI is known for wearing Sjöö Sandström.

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The steel version comes in three different dials (silver, grey and black) and the 18k pink gold version comes with a Ivory White dial. The dial is as classic as a dress watch should be and the only notable visual details are the slightly oversized subdial and the indexes that are inclined.

The watch wears comfortably and at just 7,8 mm thin it slips under even the tightest shirt. The folding buckle is 18k pink gold as well and it feels reliable, it’s easy to adjust which is the most important thing. It also features a micro slider for easy adjustment. The brown alligator strap is stuffed and the curved fitting makes the fit great right from the start.

Inside is the Vaucher manufactured movement caliber 5401 which measures just 2,6 mm thin. The case-back has a sapphire see-through that shows the beauty of the movement, notable is the the micro rotor. Made out of 146 pieces with 29 jewels, comes with 42 hour power reserve and operates at a frequency of 21´600 v.p.h.

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The Vaucher manufactured movement is a big step for Sjöö Sandström. Actually the whole Royal Capital is a huge step for the small manufacturer. The watch feels much more well built than their previous watches and the watch breaths quality.

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The watch is rated to 10 ATM which means it’s waterproof to 100 meters, I’m however quite sure the alligator strap doesn’t like water. The watch works with almost any outfit as it doesn’t look to formal, it reminds me of the Patek Philippe Calatrava. Speaking of which, there’s quite a few competitors in the price range and the 18k pink gold Royal Capital is actually selling well. In fact almost all of the first 30 produced is sold.

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The Sjöö Sandström Royal Capital is overall a pleasant watch to both wear and look at. It’s a huge step for the small manufacturer from Stockholm and I’m quite sure we’ll see one on the wrist of King Carl Gustaf XVI soon.

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