With so many ambitious young start-ups vying for attention on Kickstarter these days, it’s sometimes easy to overlook the fact that there are established, experienced and well-regarded brands out there that quietly go about their business of producing a wide range of quality watches. Just such a brand is DAVOSA.
The brand itself was founded in 1993, at a time when the Swiss watch industry was still recovering from the so-called Quartz crisis, whereby cheap imports of quartz watches from the Far East almost completely obliterated the long-held traditions of Swiss mechanical watchmaking.
While the DAVOSA brand name might have been new in 1993, the Hasler family behind it can trace their horological routes back to 1881, the earliest days of Swiss watchmaking. But it was in 1993 that Hasler & Co SA joined forces with German distributors Bohle GmbH to introduce DAVOSA, a brand which would help revive the long-held traditions of Swiss mechanical watchmaking. Their first collection of mechanical timepieces under the DAVOSA brand name met with instant success, and the company has not looked back since.
For shrewd and pragmatic Watchuseek readers, not easily swayed by swathes of watch brand hyperbole, DAVOSA ticks many of the boxes:
DAVOSA watches bear the ‘Swiss made’ seal. They use high-quality components with strict quality controls to ensure that the inner and outer values of a DAVOSA watch will make it a quality investment for many years to come.
DAVOSA watchmakers delight in the smallest details, and it’s the minute details that make all the difference to the appeal and functionality of a wristwatch.
DAVOSA fans like the fact the brand is only content when there is nothing left to improve. Technology and methods are continually developing, so every collection is under constant scrutiny so as to keep improving and perfecting.
DAVOSA pricing is realistic rather than wildly optimistic, which is so often the case with many Swiss brands. Watches retail from between $659 to $1699, with most models available for comfortably under $1000.
In addition to all these important qualities, DAVOSA offers an almost bewildering level of choice, whether sporty or dress, with no less than ten collections, mainly mechanical, but also with three quartz collections.
Often the acid test for any watch brand is whether or not they can make a quality diver. The Argonautic features a dial that is illuminated by means of gas tubes that can remain bright for up to 25 years. Neither a depleting power source nor a lack of light can impair the function and readability of these watches. Thanks to their mechanical, self-winding mechanism and their self-illuminating tritium tubes, they make the wearer completely self-sufficient. Tubes come in shades of light blue, orange and red and are the latest additions to the range. A further innovation is the steel mesh strap. This offers high levels of wearing comfort and optimum tensile strength. The watch runs on the trusty 2824-2 movement and retails for $849.00
This Ternos Diver, water resistant to 200 meters, comes with a GMT dual time function, so if you’re scuba diving in Patong Thailand, you’ll know what time it is in Peoria, Arizona. The watch is of course inspired by a diver we all know and love, the Rolex Submariner, but in the case of the Ternos Professional GMT, you can have it on your wrist for just $1,249.00
For US orders, DAVOSA Watches can be shipped to you directly via the US Distributors for the brand based in Lake Worth, Florida.