It's been about 135 years since Master Cutler Karl Elsener opened shop in Ibach, Switzerland. By 1891, Karl was supplying the Swiss Army with their standard issue soldier's knife. Being a Mamma's boy at heart though, Karl reintroduced the brand after her death in 1909. He combined her name, Victoria, with an abbreviation of the French word for rust-resistant stainless steel, "inoxydable"; giving us the Victorinox brand we know and love today.
This brings me to the Victorinox Maverick II Swiss Chronograph. It is horologic marvel of functionality, quality, and iconic design; at a price point that won't break your kids college fund.
With its 42mm case and venerable Swiss quartz movement, the Maverick II is at home outdoors, or in the boardroom. The anti-reflective, sapphire crystal is the ultimate in scratch resistance.
You never know where life is going to take you, but if you end up 100 meters underwater for some reason, you can rest assured your Chrono will have you covered, being water resistent to 330 feet.
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