While not particularly original, the new Grovana Day Retrograde family of watches may be of some interest to those looking for an affordable quartz timekeeper imitating a mechanical complication watch.
Grovana, the Swiss watchmaking brand that also manufactures and distributes worldwide a lot more expensive Revue Thommen watches, has presented yet another addition to its model range: the Grovana Day Retrograde family.
Available in stainless steel (pictured) or in flashier rose gold-plated steel case 40 mm in diameter, the timekeeper is positioned as a unisex watch. And justly so, since the timekeeper, like a Japanese car, lacks any character whatsoever, but still does its job.
It is powered by a cheap, yet reliable Ronda 7003.L quartz movement that sports a large date display at 12 o’clock and a standard retrograde day indicator at 6 o’clock.
Judging by the look of the final product, the movement comes as is, without any visible modifications to the reference design. If that is indeed the fact, then the movement will offer you at least 48 months of continuous operation without replacing the standard 1.5 V battery.
It is also worth mentioning that the quartz movement is made of metal and can be repaired if broken. Well, I guess it is still more financially feasible to simply throw it away and replace it with a new caliber.
As I have already noted, the watch looks featureless, but that’s okay, especially if you are tired of Japanese quartz-powered timekeepers that are also very good, but tend to offer somewhat fussy exterior designs (at least, in this price range.)
The design of this particular (Ref. 1721.1532) timekeeper looks quite balanced, although I would have preferred the dial to be presented in a more noble (and less unisex) anthracite color. Also, the typefaces for the big date calendar and the hours look defiantly different, which is also not very good.
Grovana Day Retrograde (Ref. 1721.1532) quartz watch specification
Price: N/A, below €500
Movement: Quartz, Ronda 7003.L, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, retrograde day, big date
Power reserve: 48 months
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 40.00 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: N/A
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Genuine leather with crocodile pattern, stainless steel folding clasp
Case back: Solid