Review: NOMOS Glashütte Club Sport Neomatik

Review: NOMOS Glashütte Club Sport Neomatik

The NOMOS Glashütte Club Sport Neomatik is a departure from the usual Bauhaus design elements peppered throughout the rest of the company’s catalog.  Instead of vibrant pops of color and matte dials, the Neomatik opts for classic dial colors – just shades of blue, green, and black as of 2023 – and in an elegant sunburst finish.  In fact, one could almost argue that the Neomatik is an attractive alternative to the king of time-only watches, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual.  Of course, this watch is much more than an affordable stand-in for the Big Crown.  Let’s get into what makes the NOMOS Glashütte Club Sport Neomatik collection worthy.

What is the Club Sport Neomatik?

NOMOS Glashütte Club Sport Neomatic 37mm blue dial watch/

Image: NOMOS Glashütte

NOMOS developed the Club in 2007, hoping to fill a void in their catalog for a more casual timepiece that would appeal to a younger generation of watch collectors.  Today, the current portfolio houses four sub-collections: the Club, the Club Automatic Date from the Aqua series, the quirky Club Campus, and the Club Sport Neomatik, which debuted in 2018.  The name “Neomatik” is derived from the series of movements driving the collection that are widely celebrated within the industry for their ultra-slim profile.

Design Elements

The collection currently houses two sizes, 42mm and 37mm.  The larger model sports a date display at 3 o’clock and is water resistant up to 300 meters, while the 37mm Neomatik has a time-only dial and promises water resistance up to 200 meters.  Both have two centrally-mounted hands and small seconds at 6 o’clock. Additionally, both watches are furnished with in-house Neomatik automatic movements, with the caliber DUW 6101 hard at work inside the 42mm model and the caliber DUW 3001 powering the 37mm model. As I previously mentioned, both movements are incredibly slim, with the date movement measuring 3.6mm in height and the time-only movement measuring just 3.2mm. The recently discontinued Rolex caliber 3135 with a date function is 6mm for comparison.

NOMOS Glashütte Caliber DUW 3001

Image: NOMOS Glashütte

As expected, the Neomatik movements afford the series a very thin profile of 8.3mm on the time-only model and 10.2mm on the date model.  However, both models measure slightly larger than their diameters would suggest because of NOMOS’ generous lug measurements of 47.7mm on the 37mm model and 52.3mm on the 42mm model.  Still, NOMOS themselves describes the collection as “unusually slender” and “wonderfully elegant,” sentiments we can certainly agree with regarding the overall wrist-wearing experience.

    The sunburst dials are just dazzling enough to turn heads without appearing too flashy or over-the-top.  The textured finish radiates outwards from the dial’s center and reflects the light nicely as the wrist moves, while the sub-dial at 6 o’clock is decorated with a delicate snailed texture. The only exception is the black dial 42mm model, which embraces the model’s inherently sporty dive watch aesthetic - afforded to it by an impressive 300-meter depth rating - with a deep black hue.  The hour markers and hands on all variations are filled with white Super-LumiNova that glows green in the dark.

    NOMOS Glashütte Club Sport Neomatik 42mm Black Dial Model.

    Image: NOMOS Glashütte

    Overall, the NOMOS Glashütte Club Sport Neomatik is an attractive option for anyone in the market for an affordable wristwatch that occupies both spaces as a dress and sport watch with substantial water resistance and a reliable movement.

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