My parents gave me the Swiss Army Active Original with Red Bezel (#24221) as a gift for high school graduation, which had a retail price of 155USD at the time of purchase and is now sold by authorized dealers for 195USD. The Original features a Swiss analog quartz movement and scratch-resistant mineral crystal. Its strap consists of leather and nylon mesh with stainless steel buckle. The dial of the Original is white with bold black numerals and small red military time numerals. The Swiss Army Active Original is battery operated and water resistant, and its hand and hour markers are luminous. The day of month feature is the Swiss Army Active Original’s sole complication.
After 12 years, I upgraded to the Victorinox Swiss Army Classic Infantry Mechanical Self-winding (#24695). I purchased the timepiece, which has a retail price of 525USD, by special order through Classic Design Fine Jewelers at the Glendale Galleria. The Classic Infantry Mechanical Self-winding features a 25 jewel Swiss automatic mechanical movement, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, stainless steel case, and a see-through caseback. Its strap is leather with a stainless steel buckle, and its dial is black with white hands and markers. Aside from the dial, the crown and buckle are embellished with the Victorinox Swiss Army logo. The Infantry Mechanical Self-winding includes two complications: day of week and day of month.
The transition from a quartz movement timepiece to one with an automatic mechanical movement has surely renewed my enthusiasm for owning and wearing a watch. The Victorinox Swiss Army Classic Infantry Mechanical Self-winding allows me to appreciate the awesome engineering feat that is accomplished in a quality timepiece.
A Microsoft Windows Media Video that presents the Victorinox Swiss Army Classic Infantry Mechanical Self-winding timepiece with an ETA 2836-2 movement operating at 8 beats per second is found here.