Vincero Kairos | An Affordable Watch John Wick would Approve Of

In the original John Wick movie, Keanu Reeves plays an ex-hitman who just lost his wife to cancer and receives a beagle puppy as a parting gift. One day, some Russian gang members break into his home and they want Wick’s vintage ’69 Mustang and kill his dog in the process. Wick comes out of retirement with a vendetta to find the people responsible, only to find the leader to be the son of his former employer. He then sets out with an arsenal of weapons to make them regret dearly for what they did to his dog. Never kill a man’s dog.

In the movie, you can see Wick wearing a swiss timepiece, Carl F. Bucherer Manero. It comes in a 38mm stainless steel case that is only 8.75mm thick paired with a black Louisiana alligator leather strap. The version that Wick wore in the movie is with a white dial and silver-tone luminescent hands and markers. The date window is shown at the 3 o’clock position. It comes with a scratch-resistant anti-reflective sapphire crystal together with a transparent sapphire case back. It’s also water-resistant to 30 meters and is powered by a CFB 1965 caliber automatic movement with a power reserve of 42 hours.

After keeping it somewhat hidden by wearing it on the inside of his wrist most of the time, you’ll see a clear shot of the watch face. There’s a reason for that though according to co-director Chad Stahelski, who mentioned he’d seen members of the military wearing watches that way to protect them and reduce the reflection of light. It just seemed appropriate that a seasoned hitman such as Wick would wear his watch the same way.

With a retail price for the watch around $2,600 depending on where you look, not everyone can afford that for a cool timepiece. With that said, there is a great alternative available for a fraction of the cost. The Vincero Kairos. Coming in at around $180 with the leather alligator strap.

The Vincero Kairos has several similar features to the more expensive Carl F. Bucherer Manero timepiece.

  • They both feature a white dial with a silver-toned case
  • The watch face of the Kairos has some very subtle differences, but at first glance are pretty close to the Carl F. Bucherer Manero.
  • The original Carl F. Bucherer comes with a black Louisiana alligator leather strap. For the Vincero Kairos I ordered, I opted for the black Italian alligator leather strap.
  • The caseback of the Vincero Kairos comes with an Italian marble inset and the inscription “Veni. Vidi. Vici.” meaning “I came. I saw. I conquered.” Very fitting for a watch that John Wick would wear.

A Few Great Features of this sub $200 Watch


Vincero has chosen to use the Japanese Miyota quartz movement for the Kairos, a solid choice that matches the philosophy of the watchmaker: high-quality at a reasonable price. A middle of ground movement that punches above its price point. They are both reliable and durable. Miyota quartz movements have proven to be as reliable as the Swiss ETA movements that cost around 3 times more.


The Vincero Kairos uses a mineral glass crystal treated with a sapphire coating. The sapphire coating adds to the ruggedness of this timepiece. It gives you peace of mind to strap on this watch and not worry about the times you may knock it against something.

Water Resistance

The Vincero Kairos has a rated water resistance of 10 ATM which is equivalent to 100 meters. For a watch in this category that is a welcome feature if you’re more of an active person. Although you’re not going to go diving with this watch, you can feel comfortable wearing it in the rain or during recreational swimming.

Originally published at on July 27, 2020.



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