The Sumo was my second automatic watch. When I bought it in January 2009 it was the first watch where I noticed something was really different about it. There was something I liked more about it than my Orient Mako. Something…luxurious.
Really, the Sumo stands out as a really handsome watch. Pick up the watch and its heft and smoothness will tell you that the polished cushion case is well made. Eventoday, the Sumo has the most satisfying 120-click bezel I’ve ever turned. The domed crystal is nearly invisible.
The stainless steel bracelet has a mix of brushed and polished links. One of the more peculiar characteristics of the watch is its 20mm lug width, which, on a 44mm watch, makes the case look huge.
I love the 6R15 caliber with hack and handwind capability—very refreshing in contrast to the popular 7S26 used in watches like the Orange Monster.
Now on to the gripes.
The endlinks don’t fit flush with the case, so the bracelet rattles. This annoys the hell out of me. I tried switching to a rubber strap, but I hated the gap between the bracelet and the case (due to the lugs being so long). I don’t love NATO straps. I ended up detaching the bracelet, folding scotch tape over and over and sticking it to the inside of the endlinks, and then re-attaching the bracelet to the case. It stopped the noise but I didn’t want to get the watch wet because I had sticky tape in the damn thing. Ridiculous. At $600, this should never happen.
Crooked date is the next one. The date wheel is misaligned so the date sits too high in the window. At $600, this should never happen.
Apparently the date alignment issue is common and the endlink rattling is less common from what I have been able to find online. I don’t consider either flaw to be acceptable, but at the time I wasn’t keen enough on the details. So if I wasn’t looking for it, I wouldn’t see it. Now, though, I could spot a crooked date from a mile away, and I’ve since sold off this watch.