Davosa is one of those brands we keep forgetting about until we do a random browse for dive watches on eBay and there you are, at least two or three of them pop up. Swiss made, with 140 years of independent watchmaking heritage behind them, Davosa is an alternative to something like an Oris, Ball or a Fredrique Constant perhaps. Slightly left-field, but has its plus points.
The latest model is the Ternos GMT dive watch, which also has a ceramic bezel. OK, chinese watches have ceramic bezels now, it isn’t the luxury touch it once was, but the overall detailing and quality on this are above the typical indie brand, or the Ali Express dive cohort.
Not gonna lie, it has a trad Rolex Sub layout, with cyclops, 40mm case, steel bracelet and the usual arrow marker at the 12 o’clock position. Few lines of white text on the black dial, Rolex style hands. This looks a bit too much like a homage frankly, but then so do lots of other dive watches and people love them.
For 1458 euro I kinda want somthing that stands out in the world of GMT Subs-a-likey. But when you look at the detail photos on the site, you have to admit this is serious Swiss quality. The Dav 3032 movement is based on the Sellita SW330, so it is something that traces its roots back to an older ETA Cal movement, the 2892, which is an excellent starting point. There’s something to be said for a tweaked movement from a Swiss brand with a big chunk of history behind the name.
Its Swiss rival Ball, has that gas tube lume as a unique feature, but the Davosa makes a viable alternative to a Rolex at a fraction of the price.
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