If you visit Lake Michigan, you’ll notice an army of red lighthouses standing guard long the rocky coasts. These lighthouses have stood for hundreds of years. Shinola took inspiration from these guardians—specifically the lighthouses in South Haven, Grand Haven, Muskegon, Holland’s “Big Red,” and others—to build their Harbor Monster Automatic 43mm, and just like the lighthouses that inspired the watch, the Monster is hard to miss, even on a dark, stormy night.
The Harbor Monster is powered by a SW200-1 automatic movement. With 26 jewels, the movement comes with a 38-hour power reserve. The automatic movement uses natural motion for power to drive the hours, minutes, seconds, and calendar aperture functions. Accuracy is a focus of this movement, and that accuracy is accomplished thanks to a reduction in friction by having so many jewels.
Measuring in at 43mm, the watch case is made of high-grade 316L stainless steel, which was chosen for its corrosion resistance as well as its ability to withstand a lot of pressure. And it will be under a lot of pressure. With this watch, you’ll be able to explore the murky depths of Lake Michigan and other bodies of water, thanks to the depth rating of up to 1,000 feet. At those depths, you’ll still be able to see the watch thanks to the anti-reflective coating on the sapphire crystal. The steel casing also acts to protect the watch from magnetic field disruption.
Like the lighthouses, the Harbor Monster comes red in colour—a lacquered cardinal to be exact—on the dial. The colour was chosen for its high visibility, creating a stark contrast with the indices. The stainless steel, three-link bracelet not only adds strength but also a sense of refinement. This is a watch that you’ll come to rely on, just like sailors rely on lighthouses. You can purchase the Shinola Harbor Monster Automatic from their website for USD$1,450.