Corum Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Automatic Men’s Watch (A503/03134): Review

Rating

9.9 Price
9.9 Design
10 Power Source
10 Functionality
10 Overall Quality
10

It was in 1960 that luxury watchmaker Corum introduced their Admiral’s Cup model, which was created after the bi-annual international yachting regatta of the same name begun in 1957. The style has evolved over the decades and current models have a dodecagonal face and feature nautical pennants on the bezel in lieu of hour numerals.

Brand: Corum
Type: Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Automatic Men’s Watch
Model: A503/03134
Purchase Link: http://www.jomashop.com/corum-watch-a503-03134.html

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Size/Design

The Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Automatic timepiece is a beautiful display by Corum to produce a modern, gorgeously dark, and classic look. This four-hand dial is grey in color and features vertical line texture, a month indicator subdial, an annual calendar around the hour indexes (in which the fourth dial hand tracks), and is powered by a Swiss made automatic movement.

Technical Specifications and Features:

  • Case Size: 42mm
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Label: Swiss Made
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • Case Shape: Round
  • Case Backing: Transparent, Sapphire
  • Crystal: Scratch Resistant Sapphire
  • Dial Type: Analog
  • Dial Color: Grey, Vertical Line Texture
  • Dial Shape: Dodecagonal Face (12 Sided Polygon Shape) from Outer Rim to the Bezel / This design is repeated concentrically on the outer rim of the dial
  • Bezel: Fixed, (Dodecagonal (12 Sided Polygon) Shape
  • Bezel Material: Stainless Steel
  • Subdials: (1) Month Indicator subdial
  • Band Type: Strap
  • Band Material: Leather
  • Band Color: Black
  • Calendar: Annual Calendar, Date Scale Around Outer Rim
  • Functions: Annual Calendar, Hour, Minute, Second
  • Features: Annual Calendar, Calendar, Month, Stainless Steel, Month, 12 Sided Polygon Design, Sapphire Crystal
  • Water Resistance: 30 meters (99 feet)

Power Source

This masculine Admiral’s Cup luxury timepiece uses a Swiss made automatic movement as its power source. This movement powers the four-hand dial as well as the subdial — with a clean functionality and power that will endure for decades, this is a power source you can rely on for precision and longevity.

The Good

Starting with the case construction, Corum uses a nicely polished stainless steel for the case and the fixed bezel. The sides of the case are very ergonomic, with sleek flows and no hard angles.

The 42mm case also has a transparent backing with Sapphire glass protecting the automatic movement. It is a medium sized transparent crystal that is neither too large nor too small.

Now for the front of this gorgeous piece. The grey dial face features wonderful, vertical texture lines that give the watch a luxurious and custom dimension. The dial face and the fixed bezel are both Dodecagonal shaped (which is a 12 sided polygon). This offers a unique and beautiful design that continues throughout the watch from the bezel, to the outer rim of the dial, to the concentric dodecagonal ring of black within the dial that displays the annual calendar.

The annual calendar features white Arabic numerals and this is the display that the thin stainless steel fourth hand on the dial tracks around to display the day of the month. The subdial located at 6 o’clock is another calendar display, but this one is for the month of the year.

The hour and minute hands are traditional Corum with stainless steel skeleton design with luminous fill. The seconds hand is thin and made from steel with the Corum logo in the middle. The calendar skeleton hand is thin and darker grey plated and has a luminous tip — it makes it easy to identify that this is the fourth hand.

As for the hour markers, the Corum has a “60” Arabic numeral at the 12 o’clock position, indicating the seconds, and all other hour placements feature stick indexes of stainless steel that are just lighter than the grey dial itself.

The design is very put together and pays tribute to the grey, silver-tone, steel vibe that Corum was looking for in this Admiral’s Cup timepiece.

The black leather strap does the timepiece justice and allows this Admiral’s Cup Legend to remain dark, sophisticated, and classic.

The Bad

There are really no negative aspects to this watch. We would all love for watches to have a minimum 50 meter / 164 feet water resistance to make sure accidental drops and splashes don’t become an issue — but as long as you don’t swim at length with this timepiece on, it will be just fine.

Functionality

There are no issues with the functionality of this Corum. The Swiss made automatic movement uses precision and power to keep the hour, minute, second, annual calendar, and month indicator subdial with ease.

The water resistance of 30 meters (99 feet) is appropriate for a timepiece of this price and caliber. The leather is made of good quality and the case material is stainless steel. Sapphire crystal is used on the case backing and the front, which give it extra scratch-resistant protection.

The Highlights

There are two things that make this Corum model unique from most other brands — right away, you notice the four-hand dial and the unique shape of the bezel and dial face.

We already went over the four-hand dial that tracks the hour, minute, second, and the days of the month (from 1 to 31). Now to focus on the great shape that Corum followed through with in their design.

The Dodecagonal shape of both the fixed, stainless steel bezel and the dial face itself, are exceptional. Not many watchmakers go through the trouble of making a truly beautiful polygon shape for their timepieces, and even less of them follow through the design all the way to shaping the dial face too.

Corum’s 12 sided bezel is very classic looking and sleek — it doesn’t look forced or overbearing. The grey dial follows this shape as well since the bezel is 12 sided not just on the outside of the case but the inside of the bezel where it meets the dial. The scratch-resistant Sapphire crystal offers a great view into the face, where the day of the month calendar is tracked using the fourth dial hand, and the month indicator subdial shines at 6 o’clock.

Pricing

This luxury Corum Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Automatic retails for $9,500.00 — but you can purchase this fine timepiece unworn, brand new, with a warranty, and with the original papers from the highly regarded Jomashop.com for $3,495.00.

Jomashop Link: http://www.jomashop.com/corum-watch-a503-03134.html

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