With a broad range of value-oriented Swiss-made mechanical and quartz watches, Davosa has been quietly making a name for itself in the broad collector community for years with affordable, classically designed timepieces. And while many of its designs are overtly sporty, a recent dressier, tonneau-cased model caught our eye.
The new Davosa Evo 1908 Automatic displays conspicuous curves with its 39.5mm-by-36mm tonneau case, and offers a nice range of dark and light dials to satisfy most any taste. The watch telegraphs a somewhat retro style because its hours and minutes hands are displayed separately from the seconds subdial, a typical display in 1908 on the pocket watches of the day.
Davosa offers the Evo 1908 Automatic in two styles. The two classic versions are available with a light or dark guilloché dial, a minutes display on a ring just inside the bezel and polished hands coated with SuperLuminova. The sportier versions without the inner ring (but instead with a bolder, circular minutes track) feature cream, blue or black dials and more Super-LumiNova, notably on the hour markers, the distinctive Arabic numerals, and the hands.
The dial and the sapphire crystal on all models are both curved to match the tonneau case form, and in another sophisticated detail you’ll find a somewhat extended caseback better position the strap on your wrist.
Inside Davosa fits the Evo 1908 Automatic with an automatic Sellita SW260 movement with date. The back of the 12 mm high case is screwed down and water resistant to fifty meters.
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Specifications: Davosa Evo 1908
Case: Polished 39.5 mm x 36 mm stainless steel, curved sapphire crystal, water resistant to 50 meters, screwed-on caseback
Movement: Sellita SW260 automatic
Dial: SuperLuminova on dial and hands, vintage SuperLuminova in ‘Old Radium’ on white dial model (161.575.16)
Strap: Vintage leather with harmonizing or contrasting stitching and pin buckle
References: 161.575.14 (white, guilloché), 161.575.16 (white), 161.575.44 (blue, guilloché), 161.575.46 (blue) and 161.575.56 (black)