Davosa Titanium Chronograph Watch Review

Davosa Titanium Chronograph Watch Review

Davosa Titanium Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Davosa is a Swiss/German watch maker whose main modus operandi is to use Swiss movements with good quality "homage" watch designs meant to satisfy the needs of watch lovers looking for particular styles but not wanting to pay the higher prices of most Swiss watch brands. There are other companies like Davosa out there, and honestly, there are a lot of good things to say about them. My first mechanical watch ever was from a company called Marcello C. which operates in a similar way. While you do get watches with "derivative” designs, you often have extremely impressive quality at what is often an exceptionally fair price. Early experiences with brands such as Davosa allowed me to gain a generally high esteem for most German watch companies.

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The downside, of course, is originality. These brands aren't totally devoid of originality, by any means, but the majority of their watches tend to be clearly inspired by something "popular from a big-name company." On top of that, Davosa's watch names lack character. This interesting timepiece is just called the "Titanium Chronograph." Other model names include the Business Pilot Chronograph, Classic Automatic, World Traveller Chronograph, Gentleman Automatic, and the like. Not all of their names are merely descriptive in that manner, but many of them are.

So what you get with a brand like Davosa is value and quality, but what you give up is originality and a degree of personality. That's not a bad thing per se, but it helps put the brand into perspective and assists the right people in getting one. For example, Davosa has their own branded Rolex Submariner homage. Is it just like the Rolex Submariner? No. It is a Rolex Submariner exact copy? No. It is more or less similar to the Rolex Submariner with a Swiss movement, ceramic bezel, and similar style for a fraction of the price? Yes. I would still rather have the Rolex, but the Davosa Ternos Ceramic Automatic (the name of the Submariner homage) is priced at 798 euros (just over $900 at the exchange rate at the time of writing this).

Davosa Titanium Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Davosa Titanium Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Anyhow, that's just a bit about the brand itself. Davosa is excellent for "watch beginners" trying to find their preferred style and those who are simply on a budget by necessity. I've seen other stuff at this price point, and you could do far, far worse than Davosa. Honestly, the quality of their stuff is actually quite impressive. What I like the most about their watches is how they use the materials and manufacturing techniques available to them in some of the best possible ways. You can immediately tell, at least in the case of the modern Davosa watches I've seen, that the company is really trying to do their best when it comes to fit, finish, and details - again, especially at these price points.

Davosa Titanium Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Davosa Titanium Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

So after all I have said about a lack of originality I'd like to review what is among their more original designs, despite the amusingly straightforward "Titanium Chronograph" name of this series. Here, Davosa tries their arm at creating a Davosa version of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore. No, it isn't exactly a copy, and there are other design elements that you might find familiar, but this is the brand's "large-sized sports chronograph."

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Out of the box, I wasn't sure what to make of the Davosa Titanium Chronograph, but once I put it on my wrist, it started to make a serious case for itself. Titanium case, legible multi-layer dial, no "stock supplier parts" (well, maybe the hands, but just a little), and a price tag of under $2,000 (at current exchange rates). In the most basic of senses, Davosa satisfies their promise of offering a decent watch at a really fair price, so you really can't complain much on that level.

Davosa Titanium Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Davosa Titanium Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

One of the things you expect to find with "Swiss chronographs" under $2,000 is a lot of places where corners are cut. That's just a reality of the situation when it comes to these "lower" prices for a mechanical chronograph timepiece. So where is Davosa cutting corners? Surprisingly not in that many places. The watch already has a huge number of custom elements for the case. The strap alone is designed to only fit this watch and is a special size and shape. Davosa uses an AR-coated sapphire crystal over the dial, and the crown is screw-down. Sure, the water resistance is only 50 meters, but that is common when you have “original-looking" chronograph cases.

Davosa Titanium Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Even the design of the case with the chronograph pushers that sit flush with the crown is interesting. I say all this to explain that Davosa needed to invest in a lot of custom pieces for the Davosa Titanium Chronograph collection, and the price is still pretty fair. Putting it into perspective a bit, if you had a watch like this for an even moderately well-known Swiss watch maker, the price would jump by at least $1,000 - $2,000 more.

Davosa Titanium Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Davosa doesn't use the most elaborately finished version of the Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph movement. Visible through the caseback window, the automatic movement does have a custom Davosa metal sticker with their label on the movement, but otherwise it is a pretty stock 7750 without any fancy decoration. I don't really expect more for this price, and the 7750 with time, 12-hour chronograph, and calendar functions remains one of the most popular movements of today for good reason.

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  • Not real crazy about the bezel shape and that many screws. But these issues aside, not bad overall and it has a very reasonable price. Must have a thin crystal (and with only 50 m W/R, why not) as the watch is surprisingly thin for a 7750 based watch. I’m always a bit leery of fitted custom straps only because straps have finite lives and after a year or so or daily wear you will need another one. Nice that they include 3 but, the replacement strap issue is still a concern for me. Thanks for the review Ariel.

    • MEddie90

      Regarding the straps the lugs look like they would fit a standard strap though I share your shakiness regarding any custom strap. If you are going to design a proprietary lug/strap system i’d prefer a bracelet which I know I can get years of use out of. In the case of a leather or rubber i’d be worried about wearing it out then being price gouged for a replacement (assuming the straps are even still available or easy to order).

      • Yeah, I think you could mount a standard strap but it would look like crap. So the fitted strap issue remains.

  • ??????

    The watch has whopping total of 20 screws in its case (12 on the bezel): too much for my taste. However, MSRP of 1698$ seems very reasonable for Swiss watch based on ETA7750 and in slim titanium case. I believe it should find its customers.

  • MEddie90

    A little busy design wise for my tastes with all the screws (effectively doubling up as hour indices) and angular shapes and a touch to wide but none the less I think it represents a good value proposition. While the 7750 is dull its a real workhorse which is what i’d want in this price range plus the case and dial finish seem well put together.

    Definitely caught my attention, I’ll have to have a sift through Davosas catalog sometime.

  • “Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes.”

    Just my two cents here, adjustable for inflation, but shouldn’t this section instead read, “Would the reviewer personally BUY it?” Because you probably wouldn’t, let’s face it, not at the $1800 MSRP, and still not at the $1265 street price. You can rationalize your purchase with talk of Swiss movements and titanium cases as much as you’d like, but at the end of the day, you just bought a $1200 Hublot knockoff from a company that dares to advertise IWC pilot watch knockoffs on their front page, dubbing them “icons of motorsport”.

    On the other hand, ask 100 people if they’d WEAR this watch, had it been given to them, and assuming they possessed the arm and wrist proportions to pull it off, 70 would say “yes”.

    • WINKS

      Not so sure… I think we need a referendum.

      • We should do it in the same way Britain conducted theirs: ask a bunch of people who know nothing about watches what they think of this watch.

        • laup nomis

          Haha……. Oh dear

        • Jack Daniels

          You just described all referendums.

  • Robert V.

    Are we really sure Davosa is a German brand?
    Because I can count 6/7 “swiss” on this watch.

    • Davosa’s manufacturing facility is in Tramelan, Jura, which is indeed in Switzerland. But their brand management, distribution and marketing is handled out of Lippstadt, Germany by by Bohle GmbH, a company that apparently makes door hinges and handrails.

      • ??????

        “a company that apparently also makes door hinges and handrails” – LOL!

      • BNABOD

        The thing is so big, a door hinge would not be out of place on it

  • Geoffrey Kuhn

    Titaniums dark color definitely adds to the look they were trying to go for. It looks like the softer grade 2 titanium due to the darker color as well. Not a fan of the bezel but, the dial, subdials and hands look excellent.

  • SuperStrapper

    The design looks more like a homage to a homage, because my first thought was that is looked like an Edmond pole guardian, but with a chronograph instead ofan elaborate am/pm indicator.

    Titanium is a tricky mistress. It can look soft and warm, near luxurious, or it can look like poor steel with a 2nd rate satin finish on it. We’re leaning closer to the latter here.

    • Jack Daniels

      This is the ugliest Linde Werdelin of all time.

  • john coleman

    I’d rather go for a Seiko Titanium Chrono auto at less than a third of the price.

  • iamcalledryan

    The case is interesting, but undermined by a derivative bezel choice. That’s about it!

  • Biver must somehow be behind this…I don’t know how, and I don’t know why…but he’s behind this.

  • laup nomis

    Having large bevel screws and then big applied indices at the hour marks, for my tastes, looks a little busy.

  • cg

    The 80’s are back! It looks ok on the wrist but still seems quite large. The blasted titanium is a very nice finish I’m partial to. Well… it’s nice but still the size is the no-go issue for me.

  • wallydog2

    Handsome hunk ‘o watch.

    • Berndt Norten

      this ain’t no hunk a hunk a burnin’ watch….

      • wallydog2

        Elvis? That you? I thought you were dead.

        • Berndt Norten

          They left me on Mars!

  • wallydog2

    Brexit voters, take note: is this watch German or Swiss? Are Bremont, Christopher Ward, Arnold&Son, etc., British or Swiss? Here in Canada, are Momentum or Halios Canadian or Asian?
    And while I’m on a roll, were Doc Marten shoes British or German?

    • Dinkee, H. O.

      This watch is Swiss. It is made in Switzerland with a Swiss designed and made movement. It says it is a Swiss watch right on the dial.
      Bremont has yet to buy proper sponsorship at Hodinkee so they can go to hell as far as the Big H is concerned. Who cares where they are made?
      Who is Christopher Ward? Sounds like a shopping mall brand name.
      Arnold & Son is Swiss. Says so on the dial.
      Your Canadian watches are Canadian watches with imported parts. (and not worth considering, by the way)

      A question or two for you: Is a Jaguar an English car or an Indian one? If the Caliph from the Islamic State buys a shared controlling interest with Kim Jong-un in Molson Canadian and they keep all the production and design in Canada, does Molson Canadian become an Islamic State – North Korean company?

      • wallydog2

        “You realize, sir, this means war.”
        Momentum and Halios are quality products, solid, honest, unpretentious.
        Choose your weapon, sword or musket. We meet at dawn.
        (If you are familiar with finer traditions of Canadian hockey, we can drop the gloves in the corner…or if you prefer, out in the parking lot, after the game.) Go Momentum! Go Halios!

        • wallydog2

          First, sir, I need to know if you pronounce “Jaguar” with two syllables or three? I need to know my enemy. Damn Yankee or, gulp, English Lager Lout?

          • Berndt Norten

            Isn’t Christopher Ward a Much Music VJ from the founding days, early 1980s?

          • Jack Daniels

            And music producer after that.

          • Once my very American daughter asked me why the Brits pronounce Jaguar that way (“jag-you-are”). I replied, “because that’s the way it’s spelled.” She thought about that for a second and has not brought it up again. But at least we can spell color without unnecessary vowels.

          • wallydog2

            …especially when it should be “culler”.

          • JimBob

            You’ve never heard a Jaguar advertisement, I take it. If you can’t handle pronouncing it as three syllables, it’s clearly not the brand for you and you should avoid saying it at all, except ironically.

      • JimBob

        I assumed Molson’s was owned by Brazilians like all other beer.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Doc Marens ( DM’S) ….founded in 1946 and has always been British..

      • wallydog2

        But Herr Doktor Marten vas German. I vill eat haggis iffen I’m rongen. So there, you Scotchman!
        You know how Dr. Johnson defined “oats” in his dictionary? “Oats, a grain, in England, fed to horses, in Scotland to people.”
        Just kiddin’. My mother was born in Kinross; I was born in Colchester. We both left for Canada in 1944. (There will always be an England & Scotland, the Brave! Go, Jays!

        • Raymond Wilkie

          Another independence referendum looming after brexit result.It’s all go here. !

      • Ulysses31

        In 2003 DM moved all production to China and Thailand. Years later they again began producing a tiny number of boots at a premium price in England. In 2013 DM’s parent company was sold to a European private equity firm. Solovair, on the other hand is a brand that was originally hired to develop the first DM boots, and have always maintained production in England and generally considered superior. Asian-made DMs feel like they’re made of stiff card nowadays, not fine leather. It’s such a shame.

    • Arnold & Son is as British as Hamilton is American, so there ha ha.

  • Shane Kleinpeter

    I look at this the same way as I do cars. Why buy a new Toyota when I can buy a used BMW instead? Rather than buying this new, I’d buy something much nicer on the used market for the same money. Davosa isn’t enough of a name brand to be messing about with one-off band designs; I see that as a major detractor

  • Chaz

    Wholesale parts bin market was having a BLOWOUT summer sale!!

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Am all over the place with this one. ………but like it.

  • TechUser2011

    Why was the video posted on YouTube on August 11, 2015, but the written review not published until June 27, 2016?

  • funNactive

    Shrink it to a manageable size & it might be worth taking a look at: 40-42mm max.

  • Ulysses31

    I find it an ugly and disjointed design, even if I am the only one who doesn’t like it. It looks like something you have to collect a few hundred vouchers for before exchanging them for this at a gas station.

    • ap patek

      Not all that cohesive to my eyes, either.

  • spiceballs

    I appreciate what these smaller watch companies are doing even if their offerings (such as this) do not always suit my tastes. That said it’s a good engine, case, dial and fair value.

  • Yanko

    The whole Swiss watch industry is beginning to look like a giant bumble bee sitting on the top of my head sucking out all the love I had for it. Even Patek Philippe looks ridiculous today.

  • JimBob

    Screwed on display back seems like a strange choice, especially with a basic 7750. Having the brand stencilled on there is bad form.

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