Manufaktur Waldhoff started last 2015 under the leadership of the Swiss watch designer Manfred Starck Uhren. Their goal is to create high-end automatic watches by combining Swiss design and German engineering. Assembly, calibration, and testing are all done in-house, so customers can rest assured they’re buying only high-quality products.
The Manufaktur Waldhoff Capital Diamond Silver
The Capital Diamond Silver measures 44mm wide and 11.8mm thick, giving it the perfect size suitable for a dress watch; its thin build allows it to easily slip under the cuffs of your sleeves. Its case is made of 316L stainless steel with an exhibition case back to match the skeleton dial. The dial is protected by a flat sapphire crystal sandwich with anti-reflective coating for enhanced clarity of both the dial and the engraved case back rotor.
Hands are diamond-cut and are coated with Swiss Tritec lume for improved visibility even in low-light conditions. The lume brightness isn’t too bright like you would expect from a dive watch. And it’s safe to say that the Capital One made by Manufaktor Waldorf really shines in well-lit conditions where you can see the fine details of the skeleton dial. There is so much detail on the dial that it’s hard to even look away without seeing something new in between the classic look of the dial and the movement.
The watch comes with an authentic leather strap equipped with a pin buckle which the Waldhoff logo etched in the buckle. The quick-release spring bars make it easy to replace the straps with your preferred strap, buy why would you? The Waldhoff strap is super comfy.
The Capital Diamond Silver isn’t made for swimming but it does have a water resistance rating of only 30 meters which great for keeping the movement free from moisture from rain and slashes.
Design and Movement
The skeleton dial is made from stainless steel for enhanced durability. On the outer portion, you’ll see small blue Roman numeral hour markers with tiny luminous circles above each number. At the 6 o’clock position, you’ll see the balance wheel continuously whirring, giving a hypnotizing effect that never ceases to amaze users.
The Capital Diamond Silver features a 21-jewel Asian Hangzhou 7500 automatic movement with a frequency of 28,800 bph. The watch has a massive 80-hour power reserve capacity which is way greater compared to many other timepieces within this price range. While it is an Asian movement this is where the price makes sense for most people who are looking for a reliable watch without breaking the bank, but the truth is I know this may dissuade you and many other watch collectors from buying the watch. However, Manufaktur Waldhoff assures they check every product for accuracy before shipping it to customers.
They also have a plethora of beautiful watches with swiss movements that may also interest which can be found on their collections section of their website.
Who Is This Watch For?
The Capital Diamond Silver is for people looking for a budget skeleton watch. Skeleton watches are often seen on luxury brands and they cost thousands of dollars. There are more affordable skeleton watch options that cost only a few hundred bucks, but the only real trade-off low-quality parts components. However, there are many watch companies like Waldhoff watches taking the extra mile to assure their quality is the best above all other affordable options, even if that means its less profit for them and, more watch for your bottom dollar.
What makes Manufaktur Waldhoff’s Capital Diamond Silver outshine similar watches from cheaper brands is its quality and accuracy. By combining Swiss design, German craftsmanship, and inexpensive Chinese made movements, the brand is able to drastically reduce the price of the watch without skimping on quality.
Pros and Cons
Here are the strengths and weaknesses of the Capital Diamond Silver. Every watch review we do we like to take the objective approach to label the things that we like, along with the things we don’t like.
- Luxurious design that’s on par with more expensive brands
- Features hand-winding and seconds-hacking
- Extraordinary power reserve of up to 80 hours
- Weak lume
The Capital Diamond Silver costs only $440, which is an incredibly low price for a high-quality skeleton watch. This is simply one of the best skeleton watches in this price range, especially when you consider the brand’s commitment to producing only best-in-class timepieces. It’ll be a challenge to find another watch on par with this creation from Manufaktur Waldhoff.