We featured Trouvaille Watches two weeks ago, and today we review the brand’s signature watch, The Captain Black Sports Chronograph.

Trouvaille Watches takes its name from the French verb ‘trouver’, to find. Trouvaille means a lucky find or a previously undiscovered gem, and the quality of watches offered by this fledgling self-funded New York brand may well bring some to believe that their watches are indeed undiscovered gems.


The 42mm Captain Black Sports Chronograph, which has water resistance to 100 meters, runs on an ETA Valjoux 7750 movement with a 48-hour power reserve. The movement is widely regarded as being one of the best chronograph calibers out there. It uses the coulisse-lever system for controlling the chronograph operations, which is simpler and less costly to manufacture than the more expensive column wheel systems.


The Captain Black chronograph features sub dials for 12 hours, 30 minutes and 60 seconds. The date window is located at 3 o’clock, with hacking and a fast advance calendar. The movement is visible through the sapphire case-back. The watch is a self-winding mechanical with an oscillating weight to generate maximum energy quickly. It would have been a nice extra touch to have had the rotor branded.


It’s a watch that can effortlessly double as a watch for the weekends as well as a watch for the office.  There's a quality look and feel throughout. The watch is made from 316L stainless steel and comes on a comfortable leather strap, which makes the watch light and comfortable to wear. You can also upgrade to genuine alligator, but both straps have the Trouvaille Watches logo engraved on the buckle.


As we mentioned in our first post on Trouvaille Watches, all the watches in the collection are handcrafted using high quality Swiss movements, with the watches being manufactured and assembled in Switzerland meeting the strict criteria necessary to carry the Swiss Made mark. Trouvaille Watches are not about chasing fads and passing fashions, their watches reflect contemporary classics that have withstood, quite literally, the test of time.

Whether or not you will ever make use of the chronograph features, or the rotating bezel should not detract from the handsome look of the black watch face with its contrasting white markers and white ringed sub dials. The same model is also available with a white dial.


The Captain Black Sports Chronograph retails at$1,595, which is significantly less than many of the major Swiss brands, but about on par with German made Sinn or Junghans chronographs using the same Valjoux 7750.

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