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The brand Techné is the brainchild of Switzerland-based Franck J. The word "techné" comes from the Ancient Greek TEXVN, which translates to craftsmanship or craft, « the rational method involved in producing an object through art ». Their new watch SparrowHawk II is an affordable, vintage/military aesthetic watch. It is available in two styles: brushed steel on steel bracelet or nato strap, and cockpit black on canvas strap or nato strap.
The watch arrived in a nice military spec packaging with a cool retro-inspired utilitarian design, the cardboard outer box and field manual are made of unbleached cardstock, in fact, Techné try to uphold accountability and sustainability as much as possible, they use recycled paper for their printed literature, and recycled cardboard for their shipping boxes. The watch itself comes in a practical capsule case, similar to a sunglasses case with foam inside. Contrary to other fancy and big elaborate cases, you can actually use this compact sturdy case for travel.

The watches feature a modern aviation style design, with simple case design and a very attractive dial. Two models of case are available as we mentioned, both have matte black dials making the markers stand out, they are very easy to read. We got a few of the straps to play with,and although we think the black case looks better with the khaki strap, we agreed that the nato straps are perfectly suited with the brushed steel case. Techne offers a range of colors for the nato straps, allowing you to decide witch fits the character of the watch better.  
The watch is moved by an energy-efficient Seiko Instruments VK63 mechanism. Seiko engineers limited to 2 the amount of 4 or 5 step motors usually found in chronographs, and allowed to use the pressure of the finger for reset. Showing 1/5th of a second, this "stopwatch on a diet” runs one year longer than similar products, which means 1/3 less battery change. Pretty amazing how they can apply this innovative technology at an affordable price. Every SparrowHawk II watch is individually numbered, adding to their collectibility.
Overall, this is a well-executed aviator watch, perfect for special occasions or even as a daily wear. If you are looking for a military-style watch, with a great array of strap options, at an outstanding value, this is definitely a good option.

Quick Overview: 

Wrist watch with seconds register, minutes and hours hands, military time (ISO 8601 Standard) and mechanical chronograph with central seconds (1/5th) and 60 minutes register.


- Water-resistance 10 bar (100 m / 333 ft, static)
- Time base Quartz Oscillator
- Limited Warranty 12 months
- Measure between horns (lugs) 20 mm
- Accuracy (minutes per year) ±0h02
- Autonomy (hours) 26�00
- Calibre Seiko Instruments VK63
- Measurements: 41.5 x 49.5 x 11.7 mm
- Smallest unit displayed 5 Hz

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