Tsovet SVT-AT76 Watch Review

Tsovet SVT-AT76 Watch Review

Tsovet SVT AT76 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

This is the Tsovet SVT-AT76, one of those rare pieces that manages to be functional as well as fashionable. Measuring 47.8mm by 14.3mm and weighing 140g, it's sizable yet seems even larger due to the squared-off case and vertical sides. The high-contrast dial can be read across the room, though if you're like me the '0' instead of '10' might cause a double take. I've seen some dials that used zero-prefixed numerals for double digits all the way around; this is the first I've seen to abbreviate the ten.

Tsovet SVT AT76 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Tsovet is less than three years old at this point, it's a California-based brand and already producing some really nice watches. The SVT-AT76 series, available in five versions plus a mechanical special edition, is their best selling line at present. Powered by a Ronda 515 (Swiss) quartz movement, the AT76 is a 'destro' (left hand crown) case with styling cues that remind me of Panerai and Anonimo. The stainless steel case is PVD-plated, with 9mm screw-down crown and screwed caseback. It's water resistant to 100m, though I'd recommend swapping out the very nice 22mm by 4.5mm Italian leather strap first. The screwed lugs should make for easy and secure strap changes.  The strap is unusually well made and detailed, complete with signed PVD buckle, color-matched stitching, leather keepers and tightly spaced holes for a perfect fit.

Tsovet SVT AT76 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Arriving in an instrument-style box, the Tsovet gives the impression of military equipment from the near future. Low-key looks, black-on-black, very solidly made and just somehow... military.

Tsovet SVT AT76 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

See what I mean?

Tsovet SVT AT76 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Sandwich-style case construction, brushed finish. Maybe it's all the numeric markings that make it seem military.

Tsovet SVT AT76 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Nice dial detail - note the stamped logo, model and depth rating. Subtle. Yep, Swiss made. The mineral crystal is anti-reflective coated on the inside.

Tsovet SVT AT76 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

On my 7.25" wrist, it wears big. Not well suited to dress shirts:

Tsovet SVT AT76 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

This is, I think, more of a fun, sporty weekend or going-out watch. A bit flamboyant for a suit.

Tsovet SVT AT76 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

The lume is just on the hour and minute hand, so in the dark time becomes approximate. This might be a feature.

Tsovet SVT AT76 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

This is a fun watch to wear. Well-made, functional, bold but not blingy, this is a good one for grab-and-go-out. The 48mm case wears comfortably, and the destro crown keeps it from digging into the wrist. Impeccable Swiss quartz timekeeping, high-contrast dial and aircraft dial cues give you details to appreciate.

List prices on the SVT-AT76 is $595, which is good for the quality you get. Tsovet recently introduced a mechanical version with an ETA 2892, and hopefully they'll do more mechanical watches in the future.

Thanks to Tsovet for the review unit. Opinions are 100% independent.

12 comments
stevo
stevo

do any of you actually wear watches to tell time and date?
all my watches are automatic so most of the time in the morning the time is wrong .. the date.. always .. but i just bought this bad boy in all black and im psyched

John
John

Nice watch!................. But real shame they use a movement that allows the use of such a minute date window. On the video, Ariel mentions it is great they have a black date....... ERM, where is it, because it looks like a 'full-stop'! Sorry I forget the US term for a 'full-stop'.

I personal am too small for this watch, which is a good thing, as I would never pay over $500 for a quarts movement watch, just never. What happen; I buy this or any other quarts movement watch and it stops working after 13 months!

I love the watch though, but these are the reasons I will not consider a quarts watch.

MichaelG
MichaelG

I love A Blog to Read because it showcases so many varied watches within varied price ranges. Pretty much like my collection. I actually purchased this watch about a year ago (all black version) but had to return it as it was a monster to wear. The styling is quite nice and overall quality is what you'd expect at this price range. Still, the watch wears huge and is considerably heavy. There is a market for oversized heavy watches but this particular model just didn't do it for me. It felt like a lump of metal sitting atop my wrist, so it had to go back.

Witch Watch
Witch Watch

Does nothing for me whatsoever. I put them in the same category as TW Steel/U-Boat/Toy Watch give me a Tissot any day.

Pat I.
Pat I.

Ha! I love this watch! Nice looking piece. If Panerai and Playmobil had a lost weekend together this would be the result. Big though - big enough to have harold Llyod hanging off the minute hand.

Nice prices too. I checked the site. No mechanical movements?

weatherman
weatherman

I really like the Tsovet designs, though I think that this particular one is a bit too large for my tastes - I can wear up to 44mm, but anything larger just looks buffoonish (on me anyway). One problem I have with Tsovet is their use of quartz movements. Maybe I've just become an autosnob, but I just can't see paying that much for a quarts watch. There are plenty of watchmakers who produce really good automatic movement watches in the same price range, and I think that's the direction Tsovet should go; produce this watch (slightly smaller :) with a decent auto movement and sell it for $700ish, and I think the brand would get a lot more attention and respect.

Ivan Y
Ivan Y

I agree with Dan and Kris, but I also want to emphasize just how weird a tiny date looks on a huge watch like that. It really calls for GO-style "panorama date". As it stands right now, Tsovet is better off just hiding the date period (Lum-Tec is guilty of that too on some models).

kris c
kris c

I love the contrast here, perfectly done. The hands are great, good length, and the white-on-black date display is a nice touch (although in a mammoth case like this, a big date display would have been a neat feature).
But, it's too big. For me. I like larger watches, but square cases always wear bigger than they are. I had a great opportunity once to buy a very gently used LTD BR-01 model at a great price. I tried it on and unfortunately walked away; 46mm in a square case is like 65mm corner to corner - thats just downright obnoxious.
There is lots to like here, but it seems overpriced for a quartz affair - does it double as an anti-tank mine? I'd pay that for the mechanical version, but an uncomplicated quartz 3-hander from a brand trying to get sought-after wrist time should make itself more accessable.

Like Dan says, come back to Earth in terms of size, and it would be worth a second look. Add some complications, and/or a movement with some class, and this one could have a win baked into it. For now, It's just a pricey fashion watch.

Dan B
Dan B

Love the dial and hands! Looks like the lovechild of a Panerai and a Bell & Ross. Glad to see they made an automatic with the 2892. Now if only Tsovet would make a version that is automatic and has a case size of about 44mm I'd pick one up.

Also not a fan of lume on just the hands. If I wanted to approximate time, I'd look at the position of the sun or stars in the sky. I think it'd be nice if they lumed the entire dial.

admin
admin

Michael,

Glad you noticed that. I try to mix it up and offer wild things to love, and reasonable things to buy. Thanks for the thoughts.

admin
admin

They did their first automatic recently as a limited edition. I think more will come soon.

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