The recently introduced Swiss Military Hanowa Flagship diving watch offers a Rolex-like appearance and a genuine Swiss Made label at just 1/10th of the price.
The watch, which is positioned as a diver, but offers only 100 meters of water resistance rating, is offered in a 42 mm stainless steel case that houses a rather average ISA 2330/103 Swiss made quartz movement.
Being only 23.30 mm in diameter and 2.95 mm high, the caliber is powered by a standard 1.55 V battery that stores enough juice for the timekeeper to run for more than 5 years.
Clearly inspired by Rolex watches, the case sports a black or blue rotating bezel with standard 15-minute scale and minute markings printed on it. There is also an inevitable pair of crown guards. They are not as flowing as those on the source of inspiration, but probably do their job well: i.e. they look good and they do protect the crown from occasional harassment.
The dial is available in two versions: a silvered and a black one, both featuring a vertical stripes motif.
While I was not particularly impressed with the silvered version, the one in black looks very attractive in its understatement. It also seems to be more adequate for the watch, which is proposed as a mild diver, providing it with better contrast and thus making the dial more legible in murky waters.
The partly skeletonized hour and minute hands, as well as the applied hour markers, are provided with white luminescent substance, although I can’t say anything about the quality of the lume. I guess, it is not Superluminova.
There is still no info about the timepiece’s price, but it will probably have an MSRP below €500.
Photos: Swiss Military Hanova
Swiss Military Hanowa Flagship quartz watch specification
Movement: Quartz, ISA 2330/103, 23.30 x 2.95 mm, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: 66 months
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 42.00 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: N/A
Dial: Silvered or Black
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp
Case back: Solid, screw-down