Gavox Aurora Watch Review

Gavox Aurora Watch Review

Gavox Aurora Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The last time we were taking a look at a Gavox watch, we had a very pilot-specific model on our wrists, the Gavox Squadron. Given the brand's focus on aviation, we have not moved far afield from the world of pilot watches, and their latest creation, the Gavox Aurora, brings a world time function (amongst a few others) to the party. And this is no standard world timer that locks you into one-hour differentials, either. No, with the Gavox Aurora, you can adjust the offset in increments of 15 minutes. As I mentioned, that is not the only bit of functionality built in, so let's fly on in and take a closer look.

Gavox Aurora Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The Gavox Aurora, at 43mm, is one of the biggest watches that I have seen from the brand. Aside from basic legibility as well as current trends, I see a very good reason for why the case is sized as it is. Given the complexity of what the watch can actually display, having as much real estate as possible keeps things legible without the need for magnification. By way of explaining all the watch has on tap, we will use the retrograde indicator for the different modes down at 6 o'clock to step through the functionality.

Gavox Aurora Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Gavox Aurora Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

First up for the Gavox Aurora, we have your basic timekeeping and date which, in this mode, is at the 9 o'clock position indicated as "HOME" on the dial. Aptly enough, this displays your home time. Should you need to adjust this at all, you would pull the crown out as you might expect, but then things get a bit funky. Funky, as in you do not rotate the crown to adjust the time at all, you use the pushers flanking the crown for that instead. The upper pusher moves the minute hand in 15-minute increments, while the lower pusher moves the hour hand one hour at a time. Why 15-minute increments, and not one-minute? Well, that's because you set the base time in the UTC mode down to one-minute increments, and then adjust the home time in 15-minute chunks if you need to. When we're ready for the next mode, we depress the crown (yeah, it's a pusher as well) and go to "SEC."

Gavox Aurora Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

This mode changes the indicator at 9 o'clock on the Gavox Aurora from showing the current date to displaying the running seconds in retrograde. Useful, I suppose, if you want to ensure the watch is still alive, or simply have a sub-one-minute event to time. In this mode, there is no adjusting for us to do, so let's depress the crown and move on to "UTC." Here, as I mentioned, is where we set the base time for the watch. As in the "HOME" mode, pulling the crown out puts it into setting mode, and then you use the upper pusher to set the minutes (down to the minute), and the lower to set the hour. Any adjustments made here will in turn impact your home time, so just keep in mind what time zone you're tracking in each mode.

Gavox Aurora Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Gavox Aurora Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Moving on to the next mode for the Gavox Aurora we have "TMR," and this enables a countdown timer mode. When setting this, the upper pusher will move the hour hand, which, somewhat confusingly, actually indicates the minutes you're timing, though this makes sense when you engage the time. The bottom pusher marks up the hours you want, and that is indicated on the retrograde register over at 9 o'clock. Once you have that set, you start, stop, and reset the timer like you would expect on a chronograph. Once started, the minute hand starts ticking backwards. Depending on how long you're timing something, you can easily go to any other mode, and the timer will keep running. While there is no chirp or chime when the timer completes (it was cost-prohibitive), the watch will switch its function back to the timer mode, so you'll know it's complete. Oh, and if you run a one-minute timer? Well, there's a special surprise awaiting you...

Gavox Aurora Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Gavox Aurora Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

If you would rather count up, the Gavox Aurora does offer a chronograph, which is the next function indicated by "CHR." This behaves just as any other chronograph you have run across, with the exception that this one can time up to 31 hours (similar to the countdown timer), which I think is the most I have seen on an analog chronograph. The next mode over is "DATE," and that seems pretty self explanatory, except for the fact that we see the date in the home time display. Well, in the "DATE" mode, you actually get more details. The hour hand indicates the day of week printed below the minute indices, while the minute hand indicates the month printed on the chapter ring, with the retrograde hand still displaying the date. It is also worth noting that the top pusher cycles through which hand you are adjusting, and you get a small "wiggle" in the hand to indicate what you're on, and therefore what hand the bottom pusher will be adjusting. This shows some great design that kept the user in mind.

Gavox Aurora Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Gavox Aurora Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Last, but not least, the Gavox Aurora offers a moonphase indicator. I will say that this is something of a function that I have had very little utility for in the past, and I do not see that changing here. That said, it is something that goes almost hand-in-hand with a perpetual calendar complication, so in that regard, it makes sense that it would be included here. This again makes use of the retrograde register at 9 o'clock, with the moonphases themselves printed on the outer edge. If you need to adjust this at all, you can do so as in any other mode - pull out the crown, and use the upper pusher to adjust.

What do you think?
  • I want it! (3)
  • Thumbs up (1)
  • Interesting (0)
  • Classy (0)
  • I love it! (0)
  • Chaz

    Enough already with “aviation” watches.

  • Josh Graves

    Interesting watch that boldly goes where few quartz analog watches have gone before. I like that they kept the size manageable. The Tissot Touch may be a better, abight sportier alternative, with all the same functions except maybe the moon-phase.

  • IG

    Semismartwatch…

  • Sevenmack

    Interesting watch. Worth getting if you don’t like radio controlled world timers. For tje rest of us, a Citizen World Perpetual A-T will do just fine.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I’ve got this thing about symmetry…………..

    • Sevenmack

      The asymmetry of the dial is fine. The form follows the various functions of the watch. Of course, if that bothers you, a simple three-hander or chronograph will be for the best.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        I can’t think of a more useless complication than a chronograph

        • SuperStrapper

          I don’t micromanage your comments, but I’m all but certain you say that no matter what complication we’re talking about at the time. I’m beginning to suspect that you actually don’t even like watches. Either that, or you’re just not happy unless you’re unhappy.

          • Dinkee, H. O.

            I, for one, appreciate most every comment he makes. He is often quite complimentary on watches, though he prefers them simple. I thought I read on one of his posts that he only owns one watch, a Casio of some sort, though I may be wrong. Please correct me, Mr. Wilkie, on what watch(es) you own as an enthusiast. Mr. Wilkie contributes considerably more pithy and salient comments than the most universally disliked commentator on here. Eh-hem.

          • SuperStrapper

            Being universally disliked doesn’t seem to dissuade you from continuing to come back here and attempt to disrupt an otherwise mostly cohesive community. Keep trying though, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.

            And he lusts for a Santos.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Something wrong with a Santos ?

          • SuperStrapper

            Not that I’m aware of… did someone say there was?

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Thank you for your kind words

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Not at home so sorry for the delay. I live and breath watches. I have to defend myself here by saying that the only complication I have ever made any negative comments against was the chronograph. Check back. Phone typing here which I hate. Wait till I get back tomorrow !

        • Sevenmack

          All complications outside of the date indicator and world time/GMT/dual time indicators are useless. So what? Watches have always been more than useful tools, and even the most useless complication has great aesthetic value.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            I’ve never doubted tools have been more useful.

  • Roman

    It’s a funny toy.

  • Mark Baran

    Thanks for the detailed review Patrick! Interesting design idea.

  • Tommy

    I like it.

  • SuperStrapper

    I actually find it quite interesting, and I generally find it hard to be overly interested in quartz watches. Approve.

  • Terence Kuch

    Moon phase is useful when preparing for a hike – as I found out too late once when I ran out of daylight and there was a new moon.

    • iamcalledryan

      But you would need more than just a basic moonphase, one that tells you when the moon will actually be in the night’s sky – only problem is that its not recommended to hike with a Patek 6102!

    • Raymond Wilkie

      You needed a watch for that ?

  • WINKS

    Not the typical quartz. I like it.

  • Juan-Antonio Garcia

    Cool watch. I visited their site and liked the Avidiver too. Wish i could see one in person to get a better idea of the size and quality. Hope they do well.

  • fearlessleader5

    The Avidiver looks mighty sweet, but… it just seems a bit too expensive. Maybe I’m just accustomed to US pricing vs EU prices (not the exchange rate, but it seems that EU companies just price their products higher).

  • Yojimbo

    it’s a very nice looking watch, I personally find it a tad large, but I find most watches a little oversized, of course I thought the same thing last year when wornNwound reviewed it, why are we talking about it now?

    • Michael Happe

      Hello Yojimbo, Thanks and we are talking about it as the watch goes from one reviewer to an other and this was the time for ABTW to make this review. Patrick already review quite some Gavox Watches and it made sense he could review this one too.

      • Yojimbo

        it might be beneficial if there was something highlighted that points to the transition between reviewers and let’s you see how the opinions vary because I don’t remember reading reviews of that watch in the past year prior to this one, it’d revive the old writing too

  • Larry Holmack

    Very nice, well written review Patrick!!! Can’t say the watch appeals to me though.

  • Tommy

    Nice review… but I’m bitter because it prompted me to place an order for the Aurora this evening 🙂 . I never knew such a watch existed. I’ve been very content with my watch collection and wasn’t even looking for anything, but the idea of a quartz movement to be capable of so many things… a mechanical that could do all that would cost 6-figures and I’d hate to think of the service costs. I didn’t have an aviation watch nor a PVD watch in my collection and seeing this watch capable of so many unique things, while being good looking drove me to an impulse buy. I’ve always been attracted to the functionality of a G-shock but it massive size, design and materials made it a no-starter. This watch brings out the inner tech-geek in me without broadcasting it to the world.

    • Michael Happe

      Hello Tommy, I take you message as a very good compliment. I am preparing your shipment as i am writing you. Thanks and enjoy. Mike

    • peter_byford

      Well put Tommy ! I agree with your reasoning completely, & your open-mindedness, prejudice-free breath of fresh air attitude to ongoing watch purposes lol ! I own new & vintage watches….cushion, trench, chrono’, automatic, manual wind, led, lcd, quartz, hybrid electro-mechanicals & tuning fork watches……phew ! lol !……& occasionally get struck by a completely off-the-wall watch ( for ME anyway ) & simply buy it ! So I have an Iron Samurai lcd, a huge Diesel ( the one featured in the movie…’Moon’ ) & recently an ibeam with compass, flip-up magnifying crystal, & a flashlight lol ! My watch buddies were quite dismissive & derisory ( as only true friends dare be lol ! ) of the ibeam, but guess what ?…..they all want one now ha ha. Imagine me at night on my laptop that doesn’t have illuminated keys…..no problem, the ibeam literally lights the way !

      Post a comment along the lines of …” living with a Gavox Aurora “…….I for one would appreciate it.

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