Watch Reviews

Davosa ‘Argonautic’ Lumis 42mm 300m Diver

CHELSEY CHEN JULY 18, 2017

Sporty, brawny, and tough, yet its filled with intricate details, always ready to be your everyday companion. 

Perhaps remote to many, the word “Argo” from the watch’s name ‘Argonautic’ came from Greek mythology and more specifically from the ancient Greek mythological hero Jason who set sail on the legendary ship “Argo” on his quest for the Golden Fleece. His fellow adventurers and companions on board with him were known as “Argonauts”, a name befitting for the Davosa timepiece, on the principle of being a tough and reliable companion for anyone who loves the outdoors.  

What makes the Davosa ‘Argonautic’ a worthy diver’s watch? Is it the water-resistant printing at the back of the case or perhaps the screw down crown? Or could it be the beautiful lume, illuminated by tritium tubes on this piece that makes it visible under the depths of the ocean?

Besides having a minimum of 100m depth rating, a mechanical diver’s watch should also have a unidirectional bezel with at least 5 minute-elapsed markings and a main, distinct marker. This can be evidently seen on the ‘Argonautic’ ceramic bezel, in orange and black.

A good dive watch is also required to have clear minute markings on the dial and legibility at a minimum distance of 25cm (9.8 inches) in total darkness. Needless to say, the self-illuminating tritium tubes on the dial of the ‘Argonautic’ lights up the watch under any condition or environment.

The watch is also shock resistant, as well as saline/sea water and rust resistant. The secure and robust metal bracelet is held together by solid spring bars.

This mechanical diver watch runs on the workhorse DAV2824 movement, with a power reserve of 38 hours with a date indicator at the 3 o’clock position.

The Davosa ‘Argonautic’ Lumis 42mm Black/Orange 300m Diver satisfies all that you will need in a diver watch. What really stands out on this piece from other diver watches are its self-illuminating tritium tubes on the dial, for additional reliability and independence. Even without a light source, the watch’s function and readability in not being impaired.

Technical Specifications
Reference: 161.509.60
Category: Diving
Case: All Stainless Steel
Movement: Automatic, DAV2824
Crystal: Anti-glare sapphire
Water Resistance: 30 ATM
Functions Summary: Date, Helium Valve
Bezel: High-Tech Ceramic, unidirectional turning
Dial: Black, Orange
Luminosity: Gaseous tritium light sources
Case Back: Screw-in
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Thickness: 14 mm
Case Diameter: 42 mm
Recommended Retail Price: $849

About Chelsey Chen

Born and based in Singapore for almost all of her life, Chelsey started to take an interest in watches at the age of 14, all thanks to the Swatch Musicall her mother had bought for her for doing well in her exams. Her first Swiss timepiece was the basic TAG Heuer Carrera. Chelsey has a 5.5″ wrist but she prefers to wear men’s watches and is passionate about microbrands, mid-tier luxury brands and vintage pieces. In her free time, she spends time reading about watch trends and trying out new restaurants with her family.

Chelsey Chen is a member and moderator of Diver’s Watches Facebook Group, responsible for the group’s Instagram feed.

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