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Hands on with the Davosa Professional TT 500m

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Davosa Watches has a great line of watches. They do have some very unique watches but most of their models are homage watches. Some are clearly Rolex homages and some have hints of Omega. I just got my hands on a great example of a Rolex homage, and its a nice one.

The Dial

Sporting the great looks of a Rolex Sea Dweller, the Davosa Professional TT 500m is one handsome looking watch. Hour markers, hands, and bezel are almost exactly what you would see on the Sea Dweller and are all very well done. The hands are mounted to the Swiss-made Davosa DAV3021 movement, which is basically an ETA 2824-2. You can’t go wrong with that movement. The bezel has a ceramic insert, which is great for scratch resistance and overall durability. Movement of the 120 click bezel is tight but smooth and has very little play. 

The Case

The case on the Davosa Professional TT 500m is made from stainless steel with a mix of polished and brushed finishing. Measuring in at 42.5mm in diameter, its a perfect size for me. Water resistance is very good at 500m or approx. 1640ft. Just like the Sea Dweller, the Davosa Professional has a helium escape valve, useful if you are a commercial diver doing saturation diving. Now, if you are not a commercial diver, the helium escape valve is pretty useless, but cool anyway.  The case is very solid and heavy but feels comfortable on the wrist.

The Bracelet

The bracelet on the Davosa Professional TT 500m is made from stainless steel and is very comfortable to wear. I wore this one for a week and had no pinching or hair pulling issues at all. The locking clasp on this bracelet works great and also has a divers extension. If you are using these watches to actually dive you need that dive extension to fit over the wetsuit, so that’s nice to see.

The Lume

Using Swiss Superluminova the glow on this watch is fantastic. Charge time is quick and the glow lasts a long time.

Overall Impression

I have seen many homage watches. Some are very good and some are just awful. The Davosa Professional TT500m is truly an example of a very good homage watch. This is a tough watch, and is built to last.  At a fraction of the price of a Rolex, this is a good deal with a Swiss movement at $849 USD. If you like what you see, go check them out at https://www.davosa-usa.com/collections/ternos/products/ternos-professional-automatic.

REVIEW SUMMARY

  • Brand and model: Davosa Professional TT 500M
  • Price: $799
  • Who’s it for: Someone who wants a nice Rolex homage watch.
  • Would I wear it: Absolutely
  • What I’d change: Good the way it is.
  • The best thing about it: Build quality.

Tech Specs from Davosa
  • Reference: 161.559.90
  • Worlds: Diving
  • Case: all stainless steel
  • Movement: automatic, DAV3021
  • Crystal: anti-glare, sapphire
  • Water resistance: 50 ATM
  • Functions: date, helium valve
  • Bezel: high-tech ceramic, unidirectional turning
  • Dial: black
  • Numerals: indices
  • Luminosity: SuperLumiNova
  • Case back: screw-in
  • Strap/bracelet: stainless steel
  • Gender: men
  • Thickness: 15.5 mm
  • Width: 42 mm

Weiss, a Land Rover, and a field watch to match

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Cameron Weiss is the kind of guy to forge his own path. Like many men, he has a fondness for the simplicity and ruggedness of a Land Rover. So much so, that he went a road trip in the beloved Landy, and then built a watch to commemorate it. This is that watch.

Staying warm in the Outdoor Vitals LoftTek Adventure Jacket

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All the way back in November, we brought you word of a clever, super packable, super light-weight synthetic down jacket that was on fire on Kickstarter (when I checked just before the campaign closed, it was sitting at 37X it’s initial funding goal.  So, obviously, I was not the only person who found the project intriguing.  Well, fortunately for you (and me), I got to spend some time with a prototype of the Outdoor Vitals LoftTek Adventure Jacket, and am here to give you my take on the jacket.

Rising from the depths with the Bulova Oceanographer

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Quick – when you think of Bulova, what style of watch are you thinking?  Perhaps a hyper-accurate quartz chronograph?  Or something of a dressier nature?  Yes, those are great candidates to think of with Bulova.  But what about a dive watch?  It seems like just about every brand had a dive watch of some sort in the 1970s, and Bulova was no exception.  One of their most popular was known as the “Devil Diver” (for it’s water resistance being listed as 666 ft, instead of 200m, on the dial), and we recently got to spend some time with a new watch inspired by the original, the Bulova Oceanographer.

Heading downtown with the S&B Watches Skyline

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As I mentioned in our article on the Zew Box Luxury Watch Kickstarter, S&B Watches (also known as Smith & Bradley) was the main brand behind the club starting up.  While the campaign has closed (and was fully funded), we got to spend a little bit of time with a S&B Watches Skyline, the Swiss automatic offered at one of the tiers in the club.  So, you backers at the Executive Club level, consider this a preview of the watch you’ll be receiving.

Hanging out with the NTH Näcken Renegade

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We all have brands that we look forward to seeing new releases from, and NTH (part of Janis Trading, as we all know) is one of those very brands.  So, when Chris “Doc” Vail reached out and asked if we wanted to take a look at some of the newer models he’s releasing, we of course said yes.  Victor will have a different one in a review soon, but I took a look at at the NTH Näcken Renegade.

The Outdoor Vitals LoftTek Adventure Jacket campaign closes today!

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Just wanted to give you all a quick heads-up – you remember that jacket we wrote about last month? If not, check it out here…  

Globe Trotting with the Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Worldtimer

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We’ve covered quite a few watches from Christopher Ward over the years, and many of us here at WWR have become fans of the value proposition they represent, along with some readily identifiable styles.  My earliest exposure to the brand came from the C60 Trident line, and I’ve tended to gravitate towards those.  Well, today, we’ve got a review of a watch that is quite a bit different from the Tridents, the Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Worldtimer.

Playing the classics with the Hamilton Boulton

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When it comes to classic, vintage looks, Hamilton seems to have a good handle on locking in that vintage, sometimes Americana, sort of a look.    While the Hamilton Boulton is a little outside the style I’d normally be drawn to, there’s something about that art deco look that just speaks to me.  So, we requested a loaner, and in one came.

WWR got a makeover

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As per usual, my reactive WordPress management techniques has forced me to update WWR with a new theme and some new tricks. Essentially, the old theme was too slow and it was crashing the server, a byproduct of having 10,000+ posts on this monstrosity of a site. So now there’s a new version up and it should a lot smoother on mobile.

Thanks for reading and please bear with us.