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Davosa Newton Pilot Moonphase Chronograph Limited-Edition Watch

Davosa Newton Pilot Moonphase Chronograph Limited-Edition Watch Watch Releases

You may not have heard of Davosa, but this small, independent Swiss label is a bit of a hidden gem. The company began life under the name of Hasler, before rebranding itself in 1987 following the positive reception of a line of watches released under the Davosa mark. Nowadays, the company boasts a sizable portfolio of watches, featuring both modern and retro designs, as well as quartz and mechanical models. The Davosa Newton Pilot Moonphase Chronograph Limited-Edition watch is a 300-piece series powered by one of the most complicated movements ever used by the brand — the DAV 3051 (based on the ETA/Valjoux 7751).

Davosa Newton Pilot Moonphase Chronograph Limited-Edition Watch Watch Releases

It is interesting for a brand this size to still be producing quartz. In this somewhat tumultuous era of the watchmaking industry, it is imperative to send a clear brand message. Many major brands (like Omega and Rolex, for example) took pains to phase quartz out of their lineups. As a result, many smaller brands followed suit, with startups rarely offering a battery-powered option if they planned on pitching their wares as “luxury” products. This slight anomaly seems to have come about due to Davosa’s quiet but continued existence on the fringes of the mainstream watch world. Having adopted quartz technology in the 1970s, there seems to have remained a market for their more affordable products that perhaps don’t get the press some of the designs deserve.

Davosa Newton Pilot Moonphase Chronograph Limited-Edition Watch Watch Releases

I say “some” because it is a bit of a mixed bag. The collection is quite large for a small indie brand, and so there are a lot of different styles vying for attention. The most successfully executed, in my opinion, are the mechanical Argonautic Bronze Limited Edition, and this model, the Davosa Newton Pilot Moonphase Chronograph Limited-Edition watch.

Davosa Newton Pilot Moonphase Chronograph Limited-Edition Watch Watch Releases

The model is named after Isaac Newton (1643-1727) as a nod to the role Newton played in the study of precise time measurement (which was more inspirational and foundational than it was practical). To mark its limitation, the model has a plaque fitted to the lefthand side of the case.

Davosa Newton Pilot Moonphase Chronograph Limited-Edition Watch Watch Releases

Inside the Davosa Newton Pilot Moonphase Chronograph Limited-Edition watch is the automatic caliber DAV3051. This modified ETA 7751 displays the hours, minutes, and seconds, the phase of the moon, a peripheral date, the day and month (nestled in the sub-dial at 12 o’clock), as well as a 24-hour indicator (the 9 o’clock subdial), not to mention the chronograph function, which is able to record up to 12 hours of elapsed time on command. This model also sees the movement treated to a luxurious finish with pearlized and côte circulaire bridges, heat-blued screws, rhodium plating, and a skeletonized DAVOSA rotor with Geneva stripes.

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Davosa Newton Pilot Moonphase Chronograph Limited-Edition Watch Watch Releases

Despite all these functions, the Davosa Newton Pilot Moonphase Chronograph Limited-Edition watch remains legible. The dial (available in three colors) is appointed with high-contrast white indicators treated with BGW09 luminescent material to ensure legibility in low light conditions. All of this is wrapped up in a surprisingly wearable 44mm stainless steel case that stands up 14mm on the wrist. And the price? A very reasonable $2,398. Learn more about the history of the brand and explore its impressive range at davosa-usa.com.

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  • Mikita
  • Independent_George

    A little bit too much going on here. Day, month, moonphase, 24 hour and chronograph complications. You got the minutes on the chapter ring competing with the day marked on the rehaut. Makes me appreciate simple and functional chronograph designs like the Portugieser and the Max Bill Chronoscope.

    In the words of Raymond Wilkie: “Just tell me the gawd damn time, let’s not over complicate things.”

  • SuperStrapper

    I assume the 24 hour hand is synchronised?
    The black and blue variants look mostly like mall watches, but I oddly find the champagne dial to be quite handsome.
    The straps need replacement. That style was an easy decision, not the right one. The overly fussy stitching detail is an unnecessary distraction that doesn’t add anything to the style of the watch. I also don’t think I’m on board with the snailed but unoccupied subdial at 3 where the logo lives. I understand finishing it to match the other subs lends a stronger sense of symmetry, but that subdial snailing pattern is too associated with some kind of functionality and somewhere, back there in the dark my subconscious is asking me if a hand fell off in that one.
    MSRP is too high, but this is one of those brands where MSRP is hardly worth discussion.

  • Take out the name and this could be a generic Hamilton.

  • Jared

    I think the reason they don’t get a lot of press is because it looks like a homage brand

    their entire lineup is nothing but homages. The Ternos is a Submariner copy(and GMT Master for the GMT versions)…hell they even sell a GMT Batman. The Titanium is an AP Royal oak copy. Argonautic seems to be a Seamaster copy. And the pilot range looks to be copying IWC.

    Expensive homages but homages none the less. Hell a lot of them they just change the logo https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ac1cb0b325354168823cd97a9a9bfeaf26382d1c389fe33f3bed235916881bf2.jpg

    • Mikita

      Agreed. Steinhart made the whole business around it – making Rolex copies with a different logo. Davosa, Squale, and many other brands couldn’t resist and also jumped in the wagon.

  • Hi Rob! Can I mess around with your brain ?? Are you absolutely positively certain Sir Issac Newton was born in 1643, more precisely 4th January 1643 ? Do correct me if I’m wrong, but England didn’t adopt the modern Gregorian calender until 1753, so when Newton was born, the old Julian Calender was still in force at the time and place of his birth. So when you convert the modern day calender back to the old Julian calender, you subtract 10 days meaning that Newton was actually born on Christmas Day 1642. Newton always insisted and believed he was born on a very auspicious day and many people regard 25th Dec 1642 arguably as one of God’s most important Christmas present to Mankind! You are of course right on the year of birth and death based on the Gregorian calender but I’m not sure if Newton preferred National Spaghetti Day over Christmas…..

    Ahh yaa.. . I’ve heard of the Davosa brand alright but it’s their Ternos Professional GMT Batman that seems to be popular ‘trading chip model’ among collectors, well at least in Malaysia and Singapore.Sure it’s a blatant shameless homage to the you know what brand but quite expertly executed if you ask me

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  • Despite all the criticisms, this Davosa likes me: the only thing I would remove is the moonphase indicator with that ridiculous Moon face…

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I wish they hadn’t put that stupid face on the moon. Saying that, I still wouldn’t buy it. That blank subdial with the makers name in it bothers me.

  • Craig A Clark

    If the day/month windows were colour matched, and the 3 o’clock no dial recess was removed, I’d really quite like this.

    • What fresh hell is this?

      This and a solid moon.

      (And perhaps Fortis instead of Davosa, then I’m sold.)

  • RJ

    the dial is super busy

  • That’s one rough-looking handset. Really…the finishing on the whole dial is subpar.

  • Adi Susanto

    Finally for davosa, something else to do other than just known for copying Rolex submariner which they are known for. I for once sick and tired of all Rolex wannabe producer.

  • Ulysses31

    Would be perfect, except for that stupid moon-face, as everyone else has mentioned (looks super tacky – this isn’t the Eighties anymore) and that blank subdial. I understand that it makes the watch look more symmetrical, but it’s already a busy watch due to the various complications, and doesn’t need that. I prefer polished hands.

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