A Week on the Wrist with the Nomadic Turas 914 Landfall – simple, rugged, beautiful

EXCLUSIVE: T3 tests the Nomadic Turas 914 Landfall, which takes the popular Explorer design and gives it a stylish colour

The Nomadic Turas 914 Landfall shot on a grey background against a colourful plant pot
(Image credit: Sam Cross)

One of the things I love about the best watches on the market is that there really are no rules. Whether you can afford the most intricate and lusted-after models on the market, or are just on the hunt for something that offers brilliant bang for the buck, everyone is catered for.

More than ever before, that's true on the more affordable end of the spectrum. In recent years, great swathes of new brands have emerged, offering users great specs without breaking the bank.

That's especially true of the Belfast-based watch brand, Nomadic Watches. They employ a range of neat designs, which are stylish and have a great spec sheet, with a couple of neat personal nods.

Their newest design has just launched, forming part of their Turas 914 collection. Let's dive in with the Landfall, to see what we find.

The Nomadic Turas 914 Landfall shot on a grey background against a colourful plant pot

(Image credit: Sam Cross)

Let's kick off with some specs. The big news here is that new dial, which is a flat green hue. It's a brighter green than other models from the brand, too.

That sits within a 39mm stainless steel case. Sitting just 11mm thick – and with a lug-to-lug width of just 47.5mm, this is a nicely sized piece which should be perfect for a range of different wrist sizes.

A simple three-hand design sits on top of that green dial. The hour and minute hands are slightly chunkier, with a yellow seconds hand. That's a brand trait, offering a nod to two of the shipbuilding cranes which sit in the Belfast skyline.

Inside, a Sellita SW200-1 movement powers the watch. That's a common movement in watches around this price point – we see it in things like the Christopher Ward C60 Atoll 300 – offering top specs and reliability. You'll find a 4Hz beat rate employed, with up to 41 hours of power reserve on offer.

The Nomadic Turas 914 Landfall shot on a grey background against a colourful plant pot

(Image credit: Sam Cross)

What is the Nomadic Turas 914 like to wear?

Specs are all well and good, but they don't count for much if the watch doesn't wear well. Fortunately, that's not the case here.

Strapped on, the Turas 914's diminutive spec sheet proves itself, with a slim presence. It's perfect for slipping under a shirt cuff.

While there is very little going on with this watch, that makes it incredibly easy to use. For the kind of exploration and adventure this watch was designed for, there is no need for crazy complications.

Instead, it's a simple affair with numerals at the 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock positions and bar indexes everywhere else. In practice, it's brilliantly easy to read.

If I had to find one gripe here, it would be the flat nature of the dial. Having spotted the other finishes recently at the British Watchmaker's Day, I fell in love with the texture on those. Without it, this model has a really different personality, and I'd have liked to see the texture remain on this model.

The Nomadic Turas 914 Landfall shot on a grey background against a colourful plant pot

(Image credit: Sam Cross)

Is the Nomadic Turas 914 worth the money?

There's no question that the Nomadic Turas 914 is worth the cash. At £1,050 the spec sheet alone is well worth the cost of admission.

It does enter a particularly crowded market, though. We've already mentioned Christopher Ward, but I'm keen to bring them up again because this watch feels so similar to their pieces.

The build quality and overall fit and finish is just fantastic, with a reassuring weightiness. For me, Nomadic absolutely deserve consideration in the same vein as brands like that. And given my noted admiration of those brands, that's high praise indeed.

Sam Cross
Staff Writer

Online news writer at T3.com, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism, with work featured in publications like Metro and Last Word on Sports. After years writing about music and football, Sam now turns his hand to bringing you news about new phones, smart home products, smart watches, laptops and TVs. Sam is a longtime fan and user of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches.He’s also T3’s resident football expert, bringing you everything you need to know about the big games, including how to watch them. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, watch lover and (very) amateur golfer.