Vincero Argo Review: Is It Worth the Voyage?

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Vincero is making automatic watches now? It seems like the brand is maturing, but is the Argo a winner?

In this Vincero Argo review, I’m taking the plunge with this automatic diver to find out whether it’s really worth the money.

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Bottom line: I’ve worn maybe a dozen different Vincero watches, and while I liked certain aspects of each, the Argo is my favorite. I like the simple stainless bracelet and the uncomplicated dial. Plus it’s an automatic diver with an exhibition back that can go down to 200 meters, which is pretty impressive.

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Pros:

  • I always worry about maintenance with automatic watches, but Vincero offers a 5-year warranty on the Argo
  • The Citizen Miyota 9015 automatic movement is sturdy and shock-resistant---it’s not perfectly smooth and there’s a bit of time creep, but I’ll trade minor imperfections for durability and better value for money
  • Water resistance down to 700 feet (200m), screw down crown, and Swiss Super LumiNova pigment on the batons and hands make this a truly seaworthy diver

Cons:

  • I love the green bezel, but I’d love to have a bit more options with the face (either green or white would’ve been perfect)
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I’ve been following Vincero for a long time. 

In fact, I’ve reviewed almost every watch they’ve made

I liked their approach of making every type of tool watch: the Vessel dive watch, the Altitude pilot’s watch, the Apex racing watch

But I’ve found that as much as I like the individual tool watches, I tend to gravitate to one watch over and over again, even though I have over a dozen in my collection. 

So when I saw that Vincero was growing their line of automatics, I was immediately intrigued. And the Argo immediately caught my eye. 

After wearing it for a few weeks, here are my thoughts. 

Vincero Argo Automatic Overview

Vincero Argo case

The Vincero Argo is an automatic dive watch that might seem expensive by Vincero’s standards (their watches usually hover around the $200 mark), but is still relatively budget-friendly in the world of automatic watches. 

Here’s a quick break-down of the specs:

  • 41mm case diameter
  • 11mm case thickness
  • 48mm lug to lug
  • Sapphire crystal and sapphire display case back
  • Citizen Miyota 9015 automatic movement
  • 316L stainless case
  • Uni-directional rotating bezel

If none of that means anything to you, that’s fine—I’ll explain the benefits and drawbacks of these features more in-depth below. 

Things to Consider Before Buying the Vincero Argo

Vincero Argo watch on model

The Argo is a pretty classic looking timepiece compared to a lot of Vincero’s other watches. The brand tends toward more fashion-forward pieces with a ton of attitude. 

That’s one of the things I like most about Vincero

But the Argo is different: it’s much more tame and refined. Over the years I’ve been tracking Vincero, this seems like their most mature offering. 

Vincero Argo on white background

If you’re wondering what all this “automatic watch” talk is about, it refers to the powering method of the movement. This watch winds itself through kinetic energy (i.e. when you walk or really do anything with your arms). Quartz watches, which are generally less expensive, run on batteries. 

While battery-powered watches are reliable and quartz movements tend not to lose much time, eventually the battery runs out (usually around year 2) and it sucks when it does. 

Plus, with automatic movements like the Argo has, you get a nice sweeping motion of the second hand, which is hard to find with a quartz movement. 

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I’ve worn maybe a dozen different Vincero watches, and while I liked certain aspects of each, the Argo is my favorite. I like the simple stainless bracelet and the uncomplicated dial. Plus it’s an automatic diver with an exhibition back that can go down to 200 meters, which is pretty impressive.

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Vincero Argo Watch Review

First Impression and Style

Vincero Argo on model

I knew I liked the style of the Argo from first glance, but picking the color was a bit trickier. I ended up opting for the green bezel with black dial. 

Vincero often goes with a lot of golds, blacks, and reds in their designs, which aren’t really my colors. But I can rock green all day.

I like the black and green, but I would love a green dial/green bezel combo. 

Vincero Argo dial detail

Still, as is, I’m finding the style to be pretty universal. That’s also a bit of a departure from my previous Vincero watches, which tend to be more fashion-forward and distinct. For instance, there are some outfits where my Vincero Outrider is perfectly suited, but there are others where the bodacious gold field watch just doesn’t work. 

The Argo is a jack-of-all-trades—decently dressy, but has the heft and presence of a classic tool watch. 

Case and Case Back

Vincero Argo crystal and dial

The case is 41mm, but the curved lugs and modest 48mm lug to lug width make it look and feel a bit smaller on the wrist than you’d expect with this case size. It fits nicely on my 7¼ inch wrist.

It’s made with 316L stainless steel, so no surprises there. One of the cooler features of this watch is the display case back.

Vincero Argo display case back and movement

You can gaze in at all 24 jewels in the movement through a piece of sapphire glass. I’m surprised Vincero opted for sapphire glass on the back of the Argo, as sapphire is known for its scratch resistance. 

I wouldn’t have been disappointed with mineral glass on the case back (not as scratch resistant but less expensive), but the fact that Vincero is going all-out with nicer materials throughout feels like a bonus. 

Crystal and Dial

Vincero Argo crown and case

The front-facing glass is sapphire, which is the most scratch-resistant crystal you can get (so long as your budget is in the “reasonable” range). 

There are some more hardened crystals you can find, but you’ll need a budget of at least $20,000 or so. You know; pocket change. 

Back to reality: sapphire crystals are the gold standard for watches, and while a domed crystal would really make the Argo pop, I’m happy with the flat glass as well. 

Vincero Argo on model with waxed jacket
Vincero Argo on my 7¼ inch wrist

The dial is quite simple, with circles at each hour and batons at the major quarters. 12 o’clock features a double baton, and I love the contrast of the circles and baton shapes. This is a play off the legendary Rolex Submariner (the Argo is essentially an homage of the Submariner).

All indices and hands have Swiss Super LumiNova pigment on them so you can check the time when you’re 500 feet below the surface—or if it’s 5am and you don’t want to get up. 

The lume is strong on this timepiece, which is crucial for any diver. After all, you should be able to actually go diving with it if you ever want to. 

Movement

Vincero Argo crystal with glare 1

The movement is a Japanese Citizen Miyota 9015 which is widely known amongst micro-brands and watch enthusiasts as a workhorse movement. 

There are tons of dive watch brands that use this movement, and it’s one of the most common engines you’ll find in budget-friendly automatic watches. 

It’s really cool that you’re able to actually see the movement in action because of the display caseback—a feature that is often contested in watch hobbyist circles as to whether it should appear at all on dive watches. While there are plenty of other automatic movements that are more complicated and “showy,” I appreciate seeing the jewels and gears in action. 

Speaking of jewels, the 9015 has 24 jewels and has a 28,800 bph hacking mechanism. That allows the second hand to sweep around the dial, rather than slowly ticking away second by second. 

The sweep isn’t the smoothest, but if you’re coming from a quartz movement, it’s surprisingly satisfying to watch (no pun intended). 

Bracelet

Vincero Argo close up with waxed jacket

Vincero makes it easy to swap out your watch bands and since it’s a 20mm width, I can use any of the bands from my previous Vincero watches and slap them on the Argo

I’m not going to because I love the stainless link bracelet that’s on there (that’s been my favorite style for a few years now), but it’s good to know I could also rock my Argo with a silicone band if I plan on diving or just want to change up the look a little. 

The bracelet will likely arrive large for your wrist, so you’ll probably need to have some links removed if you don’t know how to do it yourself.

Here’s a tip: unless you have specific tools for removing the links, I recommend taking it to the mall or a jeweler and having it done. You can scratch up the steel or you can poke yourself (or just drop the watch). The point is: without the proper tools, you’re running the risk of banging up your new timepiece. 

The pins were difficult to remove, and I bent a bunch of my crappy tools in the process, which was new for me. But I took out three links and it fits me now. It’s a bit tight, but only removing two links left it too loose. (there are micro adjusters to get the perfect fit on the wrist)

What do Other Reviewers Say?

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The Argo is a fairly new watch for Vincero, so there aren’t a ton of reviews, but Vincero is rocking a 4.9-star average with over 50 reviews on their site at the time of writing. 

One thing that stood out to me when reading through the reviews was that many reviewers were on their second, third, fourth, or even fifth Vincero watch. That’s always a good sign when customers keep coming back for more. 

My Thoughts Overall On the Vincero Argo

What I Like

  • I love the 5-year warranty because I know that automatic watches can be finicky sometimes—it’s good to know Vincero stands behind their product. 
  • I’ve already dropped the Argo a few times, but because the Citizen Miyota 9015 is so sturdy and shock-resistant, I’ve had no troubles. While the 9015 isn’t perfectly smooth and loses a bit of time over a few weeks, I’m happy with the workhorse-style movement I can rely on every day. 
  • With water resistance down to 700 feet, a screw down crown, and Swiss Super LumiNova pigment on the indices and hands, this is a true dive watch.

What I Don’t Like

  • I like the “Starbucks” style green bezel and black dial combo, but would’ve gone nutty for a green bezel and green dial combination. 

Who is the Vincero Argo for?

If you’re looking to get into the world of horology and nice watches, but you’re not ready to drop $1,000 on a timepiece yet, I really like the Vincero Argo as a starting place. It’s got a classic, everyday look that basically counts as a dress watch (by today’s standards—it’s not technically a dress watch), but also looks rugged and masculine.

The Verdict

*wipes a tear from my eye* 

Ah, Vincero is all grown up. 

The Argo is my favorite watch from Vincero, and I’ve reviewed almost all of them.

While I really appreciate that Vincero has gone through all the tool watches (like aviation watches, race watches, field watches, etc.) it’s nice to see a simple, classic dive watch with a focus on subtle design and execution.

The Vincero Argo is an “everyday” type of watch. With the classic stainless bracelet and a moderate 41mm size, it’s not too flashy but it also doesn’t fade into the background. It’s noticeable, impressive, but never showy. 

And the reliable Citizen Miyota 9015 movement backs it up as an everyday piece. You’re almost never going to have troubles with the 9015 because it’s such a sturdy engine. Sure, you may lose that perfect sweeping motion, you might hear it winding up now and again, but I’m happy to sacrifice in those areas in the name of reliability. 

Overall, I really like the Argo, and I’ll be wearing it a lot in the coming months.

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I’ve worn maybe a dozen different Vincero watches, and while I liked certain aspects of each, the Argo is my favorite. I like the simple stainless bracelet and the uncomplicated dial. Plus it’s an automatic diver with an exhibition back that can go down to 200 meters, which is pretty impressive.

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FAQs

Is Vincero a luxury brand?

No, Vincero isn’t a luxury brand. Luxury watch brands include Rolex, Patek Phillippe, and Omega. Vincero is more of a fashion-forward and budget-friendly brand that keeps a high level of quality.

Is Vincero a credible brand?

Absolutely, Vincero is legit. They offer a five year warranty, have incredible shipping and return times, and they’re even fully certified carbon-neutral. Regardless of whether you like their watches or not, as an organization, Vincero is very impressive.

What movement does Vincero use?

Vincero uses different movements depending on which model. But they most often rely on Japanese movements from either Seiko or Citizen. For instance, the Vincero Argo uses a Citizen Miyota 9015 movement, which is known as a workhorse.

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