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Review – Davosa Mecanique


We’ve thus far been pleased with the small selection of Davosa pieces we received here at the Watch Cave. Unfortunately, and, in a way, fortunately, the Davosa 160.394.56 aka the Mecanique, was the weakest piece of the bunch, which says a lot about Davosa as a whole.

In terms of styling, the 42mm Mecanique is ho-hum at best. Based on the Unitas 6497 movement, this watch has luminous “techno” spear hands with thin tips and an odd ball-and-arrow seconds register at 9 o’clock.

The watch wants to be two things Рa high end aviator’s watch while still maintaining an air of staid elegance. The hands and Arabic numerals suggest Traser while the round face and bezel and clean bracelet suggest a something out of the Waltham 1939 Spring line.

The movement, needless to say, is excellent and is visible through the rear sapphire window. Davosa promises 50 meter water resistance, which I will hold them to. The lume is far sub-par. After a full charge, the Mecanique pumps out about .5 on the “Chris-Moy-Can-Read-This-In-The-Darkened-Bathroom” Scale.

Overall, the Mecanique is just so-so. Anyone can take a Unitas movement, stuff it into a case, and sell it. It takes some creativity, which Davosa has thus far exhibited in the other two pieces we reviewed, and intelligence to make a good watch. This has a modicum of both. It’s no sow’s ear, but a silk purse it also ain’t.

Quality: 4/5
Style: 2/5
Overall: 3/5

— John

Check out the Davosa line here.