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Review – Davosa Pares Chronograph

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Like a good torch song sung by an unknown pro, the Davosa Pares Chronograph reminds you that a good thing done well can make you feel warm and tingly even if its not a genuine Billie Holiday opus.

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Review – Davosa Outback Automatic

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Good news for manufacturers of pocket watch movements the big watch craze is still alive and kicking, as evidenced by the Davosa Outback Automatic. Running a 2824-2 ETA movement with Glucydur balance and Incabloc schock absorber, this 48mm beast seems big enough to replace a hubcap on a Hummer.
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The Outback, sold in the US by David McCready of d.freemont watches, has a standard date at 3 oclock, large non-illuminated numerals at 6, 9, and 12 and brightly lumed hands. Initial impressions are good and upon close inspection this sapphire be-crystaled diver stands up to scrutiny.

This watch is rated to 100M, a claim we wouldnt suggest testing with the standard black leather band. Clearly Davosa is trying to keep costs, and price, down on these pieces, so well give them the benefit of the doubt. However, a metal band or nylon band option would be nice, which Im sure Mr. McCready could supply in a pinch. One nice, if odd feature a screw down bezel lock. Upon taking this thing out of the box, I figured the roughly knurled knob at 9 oclock was designed to all for helium escape or some such nonsense. After turning the bezel a bit, I discovered it was a bit tight. Finally, I realized that the knob acted as a bezel parking break and I was essentially burning out the pads thanks to my effusive turning. Mea culpa.

The movement is nothing spectacular, although the second hand, the tip dipped in blaze orange paint, moves smoothly and the watch lost only 5-10 seconds per day. The styling is extremely sparse, with Davosas starburst logo below the twelve and AUTOMATIC at 6 oclock. The watch, which is assembled in Switzerland, is sourced from a number of places, including Germany, but the high gloss inner seconds ring and attractive hour pips points to a careful hand and a unique stylist.

The Outback is no beater. It is large, it is clunky, and it is heavy. The crowns are carefully protected by two sloped case lugs and the unsigned band is attractive in an Indiana Jones sort of way.

One slight issue with the minute hand lume appeared after careful examination. There was a slight unevenness to the lume, leading to a marbled effect in the middle of the second hand. Was this a limited error? No telling. However, that was the only point of contention.

This watch, made for mens men, or ladies ladies, for that matter, who dont want to rock a Panerai. For a starter piece to a big and tall collection, this 14mm thick monster with the almost 50mm width is a great choice.

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

John

Review – Davosa Mecanique

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Weve 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.

Up Close With Chase-Durer

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In a recent publication, it was said of a particular brand of watches known for its aviation and extreme sport timepieces “if you can die doing it, this company makes a watch for it.” That statement, and company, is a topic of conversation for another story. But to riff on that line a bit, if you can kill someone doing it, then Chase-Durer makes a watch for it. The fine folks at Chase-Durer will probably cringe at such a crass statement, but looking at their inventory, one thing cannot be denied: these are serious pieces of equipment for people involved in serious missions. Jet fighter aces, Special Forces demolition experts, and bomber pilots are just some of the serious professionals who wear Chase-Durer timepieces.

Nubeo Black Jellyfish

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A hot little number from Nubeo.

Two fundamental elements of the timepiece create the essence of the black jellyfish. These elements are the bezel and the strap. In them, we have merged two materials of conflicting natures as if they were one.
The body of the bezel is made of stainless steel that in a second process is covered with rubber. In the upper part of the bezel are inlaid the twelve numbers of the hours. These numbers are large and their top part respects the spherical shape of the bezel, being slightly lower in order to protect them from bumps and scratches. For the elaboration of this piece it was necessary to develop a new technology in the process of rubber injection that up to now had not been possible in the manufacturing of bezels of this type.

Massive Failure

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Hello, All.

We’ll we’re back online after a MASSIVE server failure. We’ve lost quite a bit of our content, but we’re aiming to be up and running after the holiday.

Review: Chase-Durer Special Forces Underwater Demolition Team Chronograph

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Special Forces 1000 UDT Chronograph

This is a serious piece of timekeeping machinery. Yeah, it’s quartz, but the Rambo factor of the watch earns the term “serious” in my book.

Review – Blancier Coin Edge

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When a man and a watchmaker love each other very much, they get together and make beautiful watches. That’s exactly what happened in the Netherlands. Willem Kamerman and Till Lottermann wanted to create a system for creating and selling excellent, high-end dress watches on-line. Thus, Blancier was born.

Review – DKNY 5073

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Weve all heard it. The endless refrain from friends and family who want a watch. No, they dont want one of those old fashioned watches. They want a good quartz one. Show them a Citizen or Seiko flight computer and theyre all like, No, thats too big and too many buttons. So you sit down with them, assess their needs, and pick out a nice Diesel or Fossil or DKNY and just let them enjoy themselves.

The DKNY 5073 is the first in a series of pieces weve recently received from Fossil. Fossil is manufacturing most of DKNYs watch selection.

This world-time watch consists of just two hands and a dream. Running the Zexus ZAD44 quartz movement, this watch can automatically set itself to any one of 30 time zones. That, my friends, is about it.

The finish and quality of this piece are average. The case is made of brushed stainless steel and is almost half an inch thick, which seems to be overkill. The face is 40 mm with a black face with small hour and minute numerals. There is a mineral crystal and the DKNY logo is situated prominently above the time zone read-out.

The lugs are unique in that they begin halfway up the case and curve down and are connected to an attractive black leather band and signed buckle. The back of the watch is polished stainless steel and this piece is apparently waterproof to 50 meters, although the leather band wont like a bath, we suspect. The back of this piece was off center, as if it had been hastily put together. We hope this is not the case with the final pieces.

Setting the watch is easy: pull out the crown to set the time, press and hold to set the timezone. Once youre done setting the time zone, simply press the second button at 2 oclock to change the hands. There is no date window and the current time zone appears in a negative LCD readout, which means that the letters and numbers in the read out are actually NOT lit while the blocks surrounding the letters are lit. Imagine a cut-out in a black piece of paper and you get the idea. This allows the readout to blend into the face quite nicely and the 5 second back light glows through the letters.

In terms of style, this is a nice piece for that special someone who travels quite a bit. Perhaps a cousin who just got a job as a consultant, flying from Kansas to Florida to Cali? Perhaps for dear old Brother who visits Las Vegas every month for his blackjack fix?

Overall, the 5073 is an acceptable watch. It is, however, a bit simple for the size and movement and if your idea of a big trip is hitting the Wal-Mart on the other side of town, perhaps its one feature wont do you much good.

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

-John Biggs

Review – Nooka Zoo

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The Nooka Zoo is like the Nooka Zots sensible older brother. Sure, this watch likes to rebel, but it stays within the bounds of reason and propriety and offers a perfect role-model for other small-run, classic watches to strive towards emulating.