Watches & Thoughts: Nomos Club Campus 736 - The Ultimate Value Proposition

Fresh from Baselworld 2017 is the new Nomos Club Campus 38 Nacht model, reference 736.

Here are some general specs and features...

It's 38.5mm, height is 8.45mm, weight is 60 grams.

The case and caseback are stainless steel, the crystal is sapphire glass.  The caseback is mostly blank, and according to Nomos, leaving lots of room for an engraving.

The California dial, featuring a mix of Roman and Arabic numerals, is the best design feature of this watch.  Being from California, getting a watch with the California dial is a must have.

The dial indexes and hands have a nice blue lume.

The movement is Nomos' own Alpha manual wind caliber with 17 jewels and 43 hours of power reserve.

On the wrist, the Club Campus at 38.5mm is perfectly sized.  And it's really thin, so fitting it under a shirt sleeve is not an issue.  Unfortunately I can't say the same of most of my other watches.

Finally, no review of the Nomos Club Campus is complete without mentioning the price.  At $1,650 MSRP, this watch is extremely affordable.  I really can't think of a better watch, with an in-house movement, and so nicely designed for less.  This is my favorite watch release from Basel, and it's the ultimate value proposition.

What I love...

  • Properly sized at 38.5mm
  • Art deco style California dial
  • In-house movement
  • Extremely affordable

Not so much...

  • Lugs are a bit long, typical of all Club's
  • Wish there was an upgrade option for an exhibition caseback