The Traska Summiteer is yet another example of a watch company that is seeking to reinvent the concept of a field watch for the 21st century. However, unlike some other watches we could mention, Traska has succeeded in creating something truly spectacular. It’s fresh, modern, and familiar, yet it perfectly embodies that field watch aesthetic that so many collectors covet.
The case on the Summiteer is mostly comprised of brushed stainless steel. However, it includes a proprietary coating, on the case and the bracelet, which makes it much more resistant to scratches. A typical stainless steel case measures at 200HV on the Vickers hardness scale, whereas the treated steel on the Traska Summiteer comes in at 1200HV. This makes it much more robust and is ideal for a field watch. For additional protection, the Summiteer has a screw-down crown and 100 meters of water resistance.
The dial on the Traska Summiteer is an unabashed homage to the Rolex Explorer. It’s made up of two concentric circles and is available in charcoal black, midnight blue, or sage green. The outer circle sits higher than the inner circle and includes printed hour markers that are generously coated with Swiss BGW9 Super-Luminova. Although it is hard to see in pictures, the inner dial is actually embossed. This gives added depth to the dial and has a subtle 3D effect that is best appreciated in person.
Inside, the heart of the Summiteer is the Miyota 9039. It’s a high-beat automatic movement that oscillates at 28,800 beats per hour. It has a 42-hour power reserve and boasts a remarkably thin profile. Miyota says that the 9039 has a stated accuracy of -10/+30s a day, but Traska regulates all the movements in their watches to four positions so you can expect better accuracy than that. The 9039 is a true no-date movement and it can be both hacked and hand-wound.
- Case Size: 38.5mm
- Case Thickness: 10mm
- Lug to Lug: 46mm
- Strap width: 20mm
- Movement: Miyota 9039 automatic
- Power Reserve: 42 hours
- Water Resistance: 100m
- Crystal: Box-style double domed sapphire
If there is one negative worth mentioning about the Traska Summiteer, it’s availability. This popular watch is typically not available in huge quantities so it will sell out quickly. However, if you are looking for a field watch, if nothing else will do, and if you can find one, maybe you can buy a Traska Summiteer.
Video Review of the Traska Summiteer
Traska is a micro brand that was founded by John Mack. It doesn’t manufacture watches in the same quantities as brands like Seiko or Citizen, but it does spend a lot of time on the quality of watches that it produces. Traska launched its first watch on Kickstarter and generally attracts customers through word of mouth or online reviews. Learn more here.