When it comes to iconic, readily-recognizable designs in the watch world, Rolex is certainly a brand that would be on the tip of most peoplesâ€™ tongues. Â This is evidenced by our own coverage here, as we have looked at quite a variety of watches that pay homage to the Crown. Â While there are certainly no end to the cheap (and cheaply built) in that arena, there are plenty of options (still affordable) for those looking for quality in their build. Â Today, weâ€™re having a look at another in that end of the spectrum, theÂ Davosa Professional GMT.
When we started talking with Davosa, I quickly homed in on theÂ Davosa Professional GMT, due to it being based on the Rolex GMT Master II (aka, the â€œBatmanâ€) with itâ€™s blue and black ceramic bezel. Â So, in the plus column right off the bat you had my favorite complication (GMT), a color scheme I already dug (blue is my favorite color), and a nickname that gets my attention. Â Add to this that I wanted some more time to tell if the â€œMercedesâ€ handset that is typical to Rolex was something Iâ€™d like longer term, and it was all but a foregone conclusion that Iâ€™d want get this one on in. Â Fortunately, Davosa had one that could loan out.
Now, I will say at the outset, I have not seen – or handled – a Rolex GMT Master II in person. So, I cannot give you a true comparison between that watch and theÂ Davosa Professional GMT. Â On itâ€™s own, however, I feel the Davosa implementation is a rather nice watch. Â For instance, letâ€™s start with that blue-black bezel. Â For a brand that would want to cut their costs, they might opt for an aluminum insert, or even a two-tone plastic (to try and mimic the ceramic look). Â Thatâ€™s not what Davosa did, however. Â They went the ceramic route, which certainly makes for a lovely look and feel.
Or, what about the movement? Â Again, in the world of homages, this could be a place to go with some knockoff. Â No, again, Davosa is keeping it Swiss, with their movement which is labelled as a DAV2893. Â Which could make you think that itâ€™s either an actual ETA2893, or based off of that movement. made by some unknown. Â Well, we asked the brand straight up, and the word is that itâ€™s an actual 2893. Â Rounding out the rest of the â€œhard specsâ€ youâ€™ve got the sapphire crystal (with cyclops magnifier, which I am a fan of) and stainless steel making up the 42mm case and bracelet.
So, yeah – theÂ Davosa Professional GMT has the materials and guts to call itself a quality watch. Â Which is good, because when things are being measured against what is coming from Rolex, thatâ€™s a high bar in terms of quality and reliability to be measured against. Â On the dial side, again, things very much have that familiar look and feel. Â Yes, you have the clear and bold Davosa logo up top (which is a good thing as itâ€™s clearly not a fake), and down on the bottom youâ€™ve got the four lines of text which carries, again, the look of the more famous watch. Â While things are by and large brushed finish on the watch, there are some polished surfaces (side of the case, knurling on the uni-directional bezel), which gives you the glints of light that I also find welcome.
So, theÂ Davosa Professional GMT has the looks (it even caught the eye of one my friends who has a Rolex of his own), which leaves us with the question of how the real-world performance is. Â In a word, simple. Â Itâ€™s simple to size, simple to wear, and with the full metal jacket itâ€™s got, it just about ready for whatever you want to throw at it – the office, weekends, and even with a suit. Â Now, on the suit front, there is no disguising that the 15.5mm height of theÂ Davosa Professional GMT is not what one would consider slender. Â With the right cuffs (say, French) though that can be made less of an issue.
I wore theÂ Davosa Professional GMT in a variety of situations over a few weeks, and it worked well for me. Â As I spent time with the watch, I realized where my own personal tastes began to diverge from what the watch is. Â While there is a lot to like about theÂ Davosa Professional GMT, there are some things that, for me, were less of a good thing. Â In the objective side, the crown is simply too large. Â In practical terms, that means youâ€™ve got a better chance of it digging into your wrist. Â From a design perspective, it just feels off-balance (I suppose that more subjective) in terms of the overall proportions.
That leaves us with the truly subjective, and gets more into the question we summarize things with – would this be a watch that I would wear? Â Well, sure, I would not mind having this to break out now and again. Â In terms of regular, daily wear though? Â The first thing going against it (again, this is solely in my book, and not a knock on the watch) is the thickness. Â I have come to appreciate thinner, lighter watches that are less of a presence on my wrist. Â The other demerit for me was the handset. Â I know itâ€™s a classic, and many folks like it. Â For me, it just feels undersized. Â Which, if you look closely at the handset, theyâ€™re really not. Â However, the eye focuses first on the lumed parts, which when you just see that, makes it feel small, at least for me.
Those are minor things, and theyâ€™re perhaps only pertinent to my tastes. Â Frankly, the For your review – the Davosa Ternos GMT “Batman”Â Davosa Professional GMT is a good watch, itâ€™s just not one particularly for me. Â For those who really do dig the look of the original, I would be hard-pressed to not recommend you look at this version from Davosa, especially as itâ€™s coming in at about a tenth of the cost of the original. Â And, with that ETA movement (and regular service), it should last a good long time. Â Perhaps while you save up to get yourself to whatever your ultimate goal watch is. Â For my part, I enjoyed my time with the Davosa Professional GMT, and am glad we got to go hands on with it. Â As I mentioned, weâ€™ve reviewed quite a few Rolex homages, and this Davosa is firmly in the higher end of those options that weâ€™ve seen. Â davosa-usa.com
- Brand & Model:Â Davosa Professional GMT
- Price:Â $1,299
- Whoâ€™s it for?Â You really like the GMT Master II, but your wallet is not quite to that point yet
- Would I wear it? On occasion, sure.
- What Iâ€™d change: That crown could stand to stick out less (say, half as much).
- The best thing about it: Â Quality components and faithfulness to the original design
Tech Specs from Davosa
- Reference: Â 161.571.45
- Worlds: Â Diving
- Case: Â all stainless steel
- Movement: Â automatic, DAV2893
- Crystal: Â anti-glare, sapphire
- Water resistance: Â 20 ATM
- Functions: Â date
- Bezel: Â high-tech ceramic, unidirectional turning
- Dial: Â black
- Numerals: Â indices
- Luminosity: Â SuperLumiNova
- Case back: Â screw-in
- Strap/bracelet: Â stainless steel
- Gender: Â men
- Thickness: Â 15.5 mm
- Width: Â 42 mm