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Gavox Avidiver Watch Review

Gavox Avidiver Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Gavox is a Belgian micro-brand started in 2011 by Michael Happé, grandson of one of the legendary Flying Tigers. With DNA like that, Gavox produces, as you might imagine, aviation-oriented watches at reasonable prices. We’ve covered a few of their pieces before – the Aurora and the Squadron – and found them to be capable and interesting watches. Having cemented their place in the micro-brand field, Gavox have stepped up their game by producing their first automatic watch, the Gavox Avidiver, which stands for aviation diver. The hybrid name might irk some people who think Gavox is trying to please everyone, but the watch proved to be a solid daily wearer.

Gavox Avidiver Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Gavox Avidiver Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

In terms of physical size, the Avidiver is 43mm wide and 12.8mm thick. The watch wears well for its size and the large dial and straightforward design language make for instant readability. Looking at the watch, it’s a lot more cockpit than diving bell despite its 200m depth rating. From the oversized numerals at three, six, and nine o’clock, to the very gauge-inspired sword hands, the watch’s DNA is mostly from the world of aviation.

Gavox Avidiver Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Gavox Avidiver Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The dial markers, hands, and even the rotating pointer are all coated with SuperLuminova and the lume performs admirably all night long. The dial deserves some attention. Gavox has made a four layer sandwich dial with thick lume underneath the actual dial’s surface. This gives the dial an interesting sense of depth and brings a certain amount of refinement that’s not entirely common at this price point.

Gavox Avidiver Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Gavox Avidiver Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

One nod to vintage diving is the use of two crowns, giving the watch a dash of vintage Super Compressor style. Unfortunately, the crowns are painfully small for a diver’s watch (or, for that matter, a pilot’s watch). Inside the neatly finished, brushed stainless steel case, which is also available in PVD, and under the perhaps unnecessary exhibition case back, beats the venerable Miyota 9015, a reliable, hacking, and hand-winding caliber produced by Citizen. This movement operates at 28,800vph and provides a decent 42 hour power reserve. Though this is a pretty common and perhaps uninteresting movement, the Avidiver models I’ve reviewed have all kept excellent time. Plus, winding and setting have been a breeze.

Gavox Avidiver Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Gavox Avidiver Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The Avidiver is a perfect example of what Gavox does well. They’ve taken the most essential design elements of many classic pilot’s watches, seamlessly modernized them, and added features and value to create a unique, aviation-inspired watch which is capable of going diving. The most impressive innovation on the Avidiver is Gavox’s answer to the rotating diver’s bezel. Rather than the traditional unidirectional rotating bezel with some type of insert printed with elapsed time numerals, they chose a novel movable pointer design.

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Gavox Avidiver Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Gavox Avidiver Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The lumed orange pointer, normally positioned in a purpose built cutout at the twelve o’clock position, can be spun independently around the dial by means of a screw down crown located at the two o’clock position. The crown even has a small orange triangle painted on it in case you become intoxicated or forget. This moving triangle theoretically allows the watch to be utilized in a variety of ways from measuring elapsed time on a dive, to keeping track of a second time zone, to marking an hourly interval, and more. The action of using the pointer is easy and positive. The crown, although a bit small for my taste, screws out easily and spins the triangle quickly. This is a very cool feature and an innovative one in this $500 price range. As a side note, this pointer feature is most easily used when the watch is off the wrist. I found it difficult to unscrew either crown while wearing the watch.

Gavox Avidiver Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Gavox Avidiver Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

I feel compelled to comment on the dichotomy of the aviation diver concept. Diver’s and pilot’s watches are inherently different but are both purpose built tools with specific operating criteria. All you really need to be a diving watch is capable water resistance, legibility, durability, and a means for measuring elapsed time. The nature of what makes a pilot’s watch is more vague and probably has more to do with style. Basically, with a pilot’s watch, we are typically talking about a large, legible dial housed in a case which is durable enough to go on flights and survive low pressure environments.

Gavox Avidiver Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Gavox Avidiver Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

So, to an extent, any diver’s watch can be a pilot’s watch. However, to be an effective “aviation diver” some consideration must exist for the undersea world and the clouds above. The Avidiver attempts that feat by combining water resistance, a means of measuring elapsed time (and other stuff), and a definite aviation look with undeniable legibility.

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  • The choice of the script font for “Automatic” spoils the dial for me. The strap I can change easily enough, but that font would bother me everyday.

    It’s a shame because other than that, i really like it. I’d have likely purchased one.

    • Ron Crocker

      Exactly on the script font, a la too many on Grand Seiko. I can almost live with it at this price point. I also would opt to under orange the strap going for black with an orange stitch.

  • JF Schnell

    one of the few watches and intereations that I like all… looks great… wondering how good it is.

  • Yan Fin

    I do actually like this watch. Easy to read dial, good lume, looks like one of those watches you end up as a default daily beater. Strap has to go, of course.

    • Michael Happe

      Thanks Yan for your comment

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  • Mischa

    Great looks, and a nice long review. That orange pointer is SO COOL, and the layered dial is very legible and modern. At this price point, it is very tempting.

    I don’t mind the display back – again, at this price, it’s actually a welcome gimmick, for someone looking for their first automatic. I’d leave it there, it probably attracts buyers.

    It is definitely not a diving watch – but then again, neither are “aviator” watches really meant for pilots (unless you go serious like Sinn and TESTAF certifications). So the fact that you can’t really set the orange pointer underwater isn’t shocking. I fail to see how can it be used to indicate a second time zone, though. It seems as impractical as using an actual diving bezel to indicate a second time zone.
    About the strap. It is stated that it comes with just a silicone strap, which I agree doesn’t seem great. But the blue dialed version has a Gavox-branded textile strap. Was that an extra? Or a choice of straps? Maybe the review could be updated to explain this.

    • Michael Happe

      Hello Mischa thanks for the remarks
      regarding the Diving use of the bezel and the fact it would be dangerous to have it move without notice was out of question. idea of a external bezel for diver watch can only turn one way where pilots both ways.

      I then had it locked in place with a screw down crown and use it just before getting in the water. I know the external bezel has some great added value for divers

      On the other side Feel free to check my video on who to work the bezel for UTC
      I made this video

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDIvK9GNPzw

    • Michael Happe

      Hello Mischa thanks for the remarks .

      I am the creator of this watch and owner of Gavox Watches

      Regarding the Diving use of a internal bezel and the fact it would be dangerous to have it move without notice was out of question. I then had it locked in place with a screw down crown and use it just before getting in the water.

      I know the external bezel has some great added value for divers and timing can be reset under water. Don’t know if a lot of brands out there have a Unidirectional and loose crown for they internal rotatable bezel.

      My Idea with this internal bezel was to use it bidirectional for pilots having that crol loose and ready to turn and having it lockable for the diving use

      On the other side Feel free to check my video on how to work the bezel for UTC TIMER, CHRONO

      I made this video

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDIvK9GNPzw

  • Michael Happe

    Thanks Benjamin for this well written and with good analysis review.

  • BNABOD

    Aside from the name which makes me think it would work well for an acid reflux medication it is a decent offer. The finish is what is expected at this price range but overall well put together. The crown do seem to be a bit on the tiny side though. A good offerong for someone looking to get into mechanicals without losing their shirt.

  • 200 Fathoms

    Small point, but I wish designers wouldn’t mix sans serif type with script type. Why is “Automatic” in such flowery, wedding-invitation type? Orient does this too, even with their tool-ish watches. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5da96a03056155421dfd9a455fb87c2554907ac76abacaf5332f1981491053a1.jpg

    • Larry Holmack

      Must be Graphic Artists who still are enamored with the Script font from the original Apple LaserWriter !!! I just want to send them a note that says…”Hey, it’s not 1985 anymore!!”

  • ??????

    Not bad at all. Maybe 1-2 mm too big for my taste, but otherwise a decent toolish watch. The color scheme and semi-layered dial make it stand out from the crowd.

  • TrevorXM

    The writer is right about the viability of it as a dive watch. Certainly not a dive watch in the same way an Oris Aquis is, but rather an aviation-ish watch with a dive watch rotating bezel for timing everyday events — a very useful feature for me. If this had a decent Swiss movement, I would be interested. It seems to me a solid back would suit it better, too.

    • IG

      This watch is for the seaplane pilot who likes to hang his arm out the cockpit window during take-off or landing on water.

  • Michael Happe

    Silicone:

    Environmental Resistance
    Recommended Shelf Life:
    20 years
    Weather Resistance:Excellent
    Sunlight Resistance:Excellent
    Ozone Resistance:Excellent to Outstanding
    Oxidization Resistance:Excellent
    Water Resistance:Excellent
    Steam Resistance:Fair to Good
    Gas Permeability:Poor to Fair
    Radiation Resistance:Good, 7 x 104 Ga Gy Poor, 2 x 105 Ga Gy

    • Michael Happe

      Natural Rubber

      Environmental Resistance
      Recommended Shelf Life:3 years
      Weather Resistance:Poor to Fair
      Sunlight Resistance:Poor
      Ozone Resistance:Poor
      Oxidization Resistance:Good
      Water Resistance:Very Good
      Steam Resistance:Fair to Good
      Gas Permeability:Fair to Good
      Radiation Resistance:Fair to Good

  • Jonathan Smith

    Price is a bit steep at $570. Would expect a SW200-1 or ETA 2824 at this price-point. I mean, I can get a Tissot (an established brand and Swiss-made) for this price

    • Phil leavell

      You’re right you can get tissot for $500 iis ita fashion watch ? Or a fashion brand name not a major brand now ? The next question is do you like Swatch ?

      • Jonathan Smith

        Sorry I don’t get you. I’m saying this watch is a bit expensive in my opinion, considering a Swiss-made Tissot can be had for $500 while this, a Miyota from a micro-brand, is at $570

        • Phil leavell

          I agree the two tissot is cheaper watch to buy and comes with sapphire crystal

  • proudAmerican702

    If this watch is actually 43mm (as stated), then the model photographed has the smallest wrists I’ve ever seen. From looking at the wrist pictures, I was sure I was viewing something in the 50mm range.

  • mtnsicl

    I think it’s a nice looking watch for the price. The wearer must have a small wrist. Because, the watch looks big for 43mm.

  • Yojimbo

    not bad looking, but it’s not a highwatermark of design or movements and echo some of the prior comments that 43mm is looking pretty damned SWOLE on the model’s wrist

  • Phil leavell

    I like The script and luminescence on the face the and I like the bezel . Decent water and weather resistance price-point Beats out Hamilton and many other Swiss Movement how the same quality. Comes in several colors and strap options is a bracelet available then it would have it all

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    I’ve been aware of this brand for a while. I like this and I like some of their other watches, the Legacy collection springs to mind.
    Modestly prices watches, that bring something new to the table, and use rock solid Japanese movements. What’s not to like.

  • Tony NW

    From the teaser, “, Gavox have stepped up their game by producing their first automatic watch, the Gavox Avidiver, which stands for aviation diver.”

    From the article, “beats the venerable Miyota 9015, a reliable, hacking, and hand-winding caliber produced by Citizen.”

    Cue Joan Rivers, “Can we talk?” Because how do you take them repackaging a commodity movement and call it “producing an automatic”? Seriously?

    Someone should take Benjamin’s keyboard away and give him an Etch-a-Sketch!

    (Other than that, decently interesting, although I consider the crowns undersized for the case, and the caseback merely calls attention to the fact that this is a pathetic low-life FASHION watch, as the movement must be heavily bezelled, due to only needing about 40% of the case size.)

  • Dinkee, H. O.

    I have been absent since A Blog To Watch actually EDITED a post of mine without my permission! However, I cannot be silent over this: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/500c4473a1f777f7c58f03f8d9399658c36e3b09aab08e5250632b4faf4b2565.jpg
    Yes, this is dirt cheap watch. But what is the standard for a dirt cheap watch?

    BTW, have you all seen my video of the Copperstate 1000 classic car rally? Can you imagine how much money I spent all those helicopter and drone shots that have absolutely ZERO TO DO WITH WATCHES and yet, modestly, only had a very brief shot mid-way through of myself in my 356 without calling attention to myself? You would think that I were reading the post of my alter-ego on this site and realizing that I have been a complete A-Hole. But I digress…

    https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/2017-copperstate-1000-vintage-car-rally-video

    • Saul Sloota

      Love your hourglass, by the way.

      • Dinkee, H. O.

        Thank you. Very proud of it. The most profitable item I have ever conceived. Yes, not as easy a sell as my other limited timepiece watches, but…

        • Saul Sloota

          I was talking about your figure. Have you cut back on the ‘roids?

          • Dinkee, H. O.

            My figure is perfect behind the wheel of my 356 in that video. I bet you don’t own one You are on thin ice, Saul. Thin ice.

          • Saul Sloota

            How do you fare with the chicks in NYC?

          • Dinkee, H. O.

            You are hereby banned from Hodinkee.

    • Michael Happe

      You have a good eye for detail . Yes there is on this one a dent on the lume disc where the date sees. Thru ( could be better here like the impeccable perforated dial I have on my watch . This detail is seen on macro level I I accept your jugement.

      Still want you to review my Aurora. 🙂

  • Mark1884

    Sorry, can’t get excited about another re-cased late night TV watch. The “grandson of a Flying Tiger” What “DNA” connection to aviation is that??? Is the owner a military pilot….. if not – there is NO connection to aviation. So tired of made up connections, in an attempt to sell a watch. Reminds me of another company with a made up connection.
    The knock off Panerai sandwich dial does nothing for me, as well as the movement.
    This should be a $200 watch.

    • Dinkee, H. O.

      “Reminds me of another company with a made up connection.”

      AH-HEM! That company’s watch was on the wrist of the hedge fund genius super rich son of a gun who just married the sister of the wife of the next King of England! They are just a few grand in ad revenue from being featured on Hodinkee! You get your ducks in a row and bow to the almost premier brand on This Earth!

      https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/james-matthews-bremont-jaguar-mkii-pippa-middleton

      • Mark1884

        I just saw that article. He could do better. I guess he wants to support a Brit company.

      • Michael Happe

        Mr Hodinkee.
        thanks for commenting my watches.
        I know have the opportunity to ask you ( as we just made connection) to test out my swissmade watch, the GAVOX Aurora ( as I know you review manly watches Swiss ).

        And then you will have a hands view of my product and will be apple to make a true critic of my watch 🙂

        Thanks for this opportunity

        Looking forward to send you a watch for review.

        • Dinkee, H. O.

          Mention the connection we made on A Blog To Watch and perhaps this individual will review your product or have one of his gophers review it if you send him one:

          Ben Clymer
          HODINKEE Headquarters
          175 Varick St (At Charlton)
          New York, NY 10014
          United States

          • Michael Happe

            Thanks Dinkee H.O.

            I will send one to him on Monday and I appreciate your answer :-).

          • Michael Happe

            HEllo Dinkee, H.O. the watch is heading your way

          • Michael Happe

            Hello Ben
            Have you recieved my Gavox Aurora ? Didn’t hear from you yet !

    • Michael Happe

      Dear Mark
      This is your right to feel that way. Just let me tell you that when you say no connection to aviation this is not right.

      I have a licence to fly gliders and Cessna.
      My Uncle in US with whom I lived for a year Won Us and International glider championship with his Nimbus 4, in the 80ies. My cousin was so into planes that he created the WAAAM museum in Oregon. I worked as a student job making parts for NASA. I had as passion to stand in front of the Beal Airforce base to see the U2 and SR71 take off and land .
      However what hurts is that you think my watch is a rip off. I don’t do hommage and created something new. panaris was not an inspiration but there aren’t many ways to make cut out on a sandwich dials and the amount of lume was important to me. I also wanted you to know the cost of this watch is higher than 200$

      • Mark1884

        Mr. Happe,
        The article gives readers the impression, that your only connection to aviation is through a grandfather pilot. That alone would not be enough to make a connection to aviation claim or have aviation “DNA” as the article states.
        I now understand that you are a pilot, and your family has a history with aviation.
        As far as my other comments: Your dial reminds me of a Panerai dial, and I do not like Panerai’s. I am not a fan of Miyota movements.
        Thanks for taking the time to write back.
        I wish you good luck with your business.

        • Michael Happe

          Thanks Mark, I appreciate your reply and good weekend to you sir.

  • Eric

    I recently debated a lot between the Avidiver and the Aurora, but went with the Aurora for the unique complications. I’m feeling a bit of buyer’s remorse at not getting the Avidiver but would have felt the same with either. I love the dials on these two watches and Michael is a great, passionate guy to work with.

    • Michael Happe

      Thanks for sharing this Eric.

  • The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

    A very good, common sense review of a quite nice watch.
    Thank You Sir.

  • Ulysses31

    Quite a nice looking watch, inoffensive apart from the aforementioned quality issues. Gavox sounds like something you’d take for indigestion.

    • Michael Happe

      Hello Ulysse31

      If you have à gavox you’ll soon think your indigestion pills with sound like a watch brand ;-).

      cheers

  • Denis Danijel Puhar

    If a had the money, that I could really OVERLOOK, if the price is maybe 100 or 150€ more than I intended to pay (not that I’m often, if not lately always restricted by the fact, that almost every Euro counts) and not always looking only for one or two watches, which I wear 24/7 (each one for a different occasion – the GShock is obvious why and my new Orient – is a pretty sporty, casual watch for all occasions) and then had to wait a couple of years or even more to pass (again: because my tight budget) to buy myself another one, because I’d become simply bored with with my previous one, the one, with the blue dial, which has a particular tone, for which I must say, that I’m not even sure, if I saw it ever before, looks pretty appealing to me and has almost all the characteristics, that I expect from a somewhat decent functional and quality made watch (obviously nothing special, let alone far from state of the art, but enough for my requirements).

  • Larry Holmack

    I rather like the orange version, but at only 43 mm’s, it’s just a bit small for my XXL wrist…as the 51 mm Diesel I am wearing today looks smaller on my wrist than than your 43 mm looks on Mr. Lowry’s wrist!! I wish you all the best though Mr. Happe….it is a nice looking watch!

    • Michael Happe

      Thanks Larry ??

  • Bob Kimpton

    I have the orange version and I love having it in my collection. I really like the look of the watch and the band is very comfortable; nearly unnoticeable. I think it is well worth the money on many levels. Thank you. Looking forward to seeing your next effort.

    • Michael Happe

      Hello Bob. Nice words! Thanks

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