Laco Himalaya, the ultimate squad watch – Review

For over 90 years Laco has been producing quality watches in Pforzheim, Germany. The history of this brand began in the mid-1920s when Frieda Lacher and Ludwig Hummel joined forces to create “Lacher & Co.

In 1933, Ludwig Hummel launched a movement named Durowe (Deutsche Uhren-Rohwerke). With this new company, Pforzheim earns its reputation for producing precision movements. Durowe produced more than 300,000 movements per year and provided brands like Stowa.

In the 40’s, the Pforzheim watchmakers were forced to participate in the war effort. The production of wristwatches has been stifled and the watchmaking facilities have been reassigned to the manufacture of weapons and ammunitions.

Pforzheim in Germany

Laco with Stowa, A. Lange & Söhne, Wempe and Glashütte produced a very large number of “Flieger” watches for the Luftwaffe pilots.

But here we will talk about another style of watch and more particularly Squad Watches / Sport Watches with the model Himalaya which is part of the series “Scorpion”.

How could a Sports Watch be defined? Robustness, clear design and legibility. They are not designated to be diving watches, aviation watches and even less dress watches. They are designed to be a trusty partner on all terrains.

The Amazonas Version

The series “Scorpion” is divided into 4 models with different colors:

• Amazonas with its green minute hand  and bezel
• Atlantik with blue notes
• Mojave with flashy orange
• And finally the Himalayas version with only the orange minute hand.

These 4 versions are available with a rubber, metal or nato strap.

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I opted for the Himalaya version on its rubber strap. The watch is delivered in a beautiful leather pouch that contains the watch and all the papers. I find this pouch very nice and that’s exactly what you can expect from a watch at this price. In addition it can be very easily put in a suitcase to allow the watch to travel safely with you.

The silicone bracelet is also very beautiful and smells a bit like vanilla. The size of the bracelet is adapted to my 19.5cm wrist and is very comfortable. The lugs size is 20mm, a standard size that will allow you to vary your straps according to your needs or to match your sneakers (just like I do).

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The stainless steel case is fully brushed and measures 42mm in diameter and 13.5mm in height with a screwed crown (signed with the L of Laco) positioned at 3 o’clock and allowing a water resistance of 30ATM / 300 meters.

The 120-click bezel is perhaps my favorite part of the watch. The action is firm and precise and I love how the edges are cut in a very steep and rugged way.

The dial is sober, almost military and I think the balance is not far from perfect. The sizes of the different indexes are well thought out and do not overload the dial. Readability is facilitated by a double domed sapphire-crystal with an anti-reflective coating on the underside. The date window placed at 3 o’clock is really discreet and does not disturb the general design of the dial.

In the dark, Laco also did a great job with the indices and the minute hand being coated in luminous Super Luminova paint. The long-lasting afterglow effect ensures optimal readability in low lighting conditions or even complete darkness.

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I chose my watch with the movement Elaboré because I’m not obsessed with precision. I think Laco did a good job on the ETA2824-2 as my watch runs with + 4seconds a day.

Nevertheless, Laco offers the possibility to upgrade the movement to a Top grade version for a small fee of 130 €. They also offer the opportunity to buy the different bracelets available at a very reasonable price. As for example, the steel bracelet for 89 € which I will probably buy in the next months.

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As part of my watch collection “Made in Germany”, I was looking for a sports model that could accompany me in all my activities and combines precision, readability and robustness and this for a price under 1000 €. I finally chose this Laco Himalaya as it fits all my requirements.

Moreover, the fact that Laco is a brand with a very long history and a very good reputation has only strengthened my choice. After more than one month spent on my wrist, I have not found any criticisms to make about this watch.

The smaller wrists may regret the size of 42mm but for me, the size is ideal and suitable for this type of watch.

On a nice Isofrane silicone strap
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LINK TO LACO WEBSITE:

https://www.laco.de/de/uhren/einsatzuhren-sportuhren

Specifications :

  • Movement: Automatic Movement Laco 24 based on ETA2824-2 (Elaboré) with 25 Jewels
  • Case: Stainless Steel with screw down crown
  • Diameter: 42mm
  • Case Height: 13.5mm
  • Lug to Lug: 50.5mm
  • Double Domed and Anti-Reflective Sapphire Crystal
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds and date display