Watch Review: Havaan Tuvali Code Zero-6 Snapper II Model

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These days in the watch world in which we immerse ourselves into, there are a multitude of watch companies. New companies pop up faster now than I can ever remember, whether it’s at the nano, micro or fundraising level. I feel bad for the companies that get it and are on the right, but unfortunately don’t make it. By get it, I mean understand what it takes to deliver a positive watch experience. That experience isn’t just about the watch either, it’s about customer service and also having an open ear to hear what your customers are suggesting. Taking those suggestions and infusing them into the watch itself. This is the path that Eric Yeh owner of Havaan Tuvali appears to be on. Today we will be exploring together his sophomore release, the Code Zero-6 diver.

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Of course you see pictures of the watch before ordering it, but there are no replacements for when you handle a watch in person for the first time. The watch arrived on the stainless steel bracelet, so initial handling of this piece, it has a nice real solid weight and feel to it. There is nothing like the feel of a substantial stainless steel case and bracelet combo. Like the bracelet, the case is also a combination of brushed and polished finish. The 43mm x 15mm square shaped case has rounded edges and shorter lugs which allows Snapper II to wear smaller than the dimensions suggest. Now there is something interesting about the lugs finish that I am not 100% sure about. The majority of this case is brushed finished, but the entire lug are mirror polished. The lugs are short enough and are tucked into the case enough where they are well protected from getting beat up which is definitely a good thing, but I am not sure from a finish style perspective how I feel about the choice of mirror finish.

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The ion-plated bezel looks great with it’s matte finish which I find very attractive. I prefer a more tool looking watch, than a dressier looking watch from a design perspective. The is a little difficult to grip initially and there is a touch of extra play in the bezel than I prefer. The bezel does give way to the awesome double-domed sapphire crystal, which is treated with AR. A double-domed sapphire crystal is a must in my book on a diver watch, there’s nothing can come close in comparison. There is a helium escape valve located on the non-crown side of the case and located on the opposite side of the case at the 10 o’clock position is a signed, screw down style crown. Because of the nice finished edges on the crown, it is easy to grip and operate. The crown extends pretty far when it is unscrewed and pulled to the furthest open position. It doesn’t inhibit the function of the crown by any means.

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Havaan Tuvali totally got the case back right on the Code-6 watch. I am an absolute sucker for old dive helmets and I am a sucker for a solid case back. When a watch has an interesting case back, like this one does, I find myself taking off the watch periodically throughout the day just to admire the “artwork”.

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Flipping over the watch to the dial side is where this watch really gets interesting. When I first saw pictures of this watch I thought that the semi circle in the center of the dial was just a design. When I actually got to explore this watch in person is when I realized what this semi circle was really for. Its a temperature gauge, a real functional temperature gauge. I think this is a very unique feature and a very useful one. I am not a rely on a smart phone person for the time and temperature, and actually I don’t even own a cell phone. Having a temperature gauge on your watch is very useful especially in cold temperatures. I do spend a lot of my free time hiking, climbing, in the woods, typically alone. Paying attention to the temperature is critical especially in the real cold temperature where small time exposure to the cold can be very harmful to exposed skin and just to the body function in general, frostbite, hypothermia. The temperature gauge can also prove useful when diving, the colder the water temperature, the more energy your body will use at a quicker rate.

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I went with the orange dial and I must say it is absolutely beautiful in person. I do love matte black dials, but this orange ranks right up there. It gives the Code-6 fantastic wrist presence and great legibility. I love when a watch is a combination of form and function, it really creates a horoligical art piece that is an absolute joy to wear on the wrist. The Code-6 is a two hand watch, a two hand watch in terms of “standard” size hands. The hands are sized well in terms of length and width, and larger and they would inhibit the temperature gauge. There is a seconds hand but it is on the small seconds dial located at the 8 o’clock position. This dial and hands has a generous serving of Superluminova C3 that allows continued legibility in low light and dark situations.

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The Code-6 watch is definitely a dive watch that offers something different than the norm. I really respect that design choice that Eric decided to do. At $550 you get a nice value package. The watch is well executed, especially considering that this is just Havaan Tuvali’s second release. There is room for improvement, nothing though that I would consider a deal breaker. Like I mentioned earlier in this review I truly believe that Eric is heading in the right direction, and I have witnessed this with his two releases and witnessed the improvements just between the two already. If you are looking for a dive watch that has something different to offer, the Code-6 might be that watch that you are looking for.

I want to personally thank you all for reading this review. As always your questions and comments are welcome below.

Thank you to Eric Yeh and Havaan Tuvali.

SPECIFICATION
Movement – Swiss sellita SW290-1 automatic movement
Case – Surgical grade 316L stainless steel case w/ helium escape valve
Size – 43mm diameter, 15mm thickness, 52mm lug to lug
Bezel – Unidirectional ion-plated 316L stainless steel bezel
Crystal – Double-domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Dial – Superluminova C3 hands and hour markers, 8 o’clock sub seconds, center temperature indicators
Strap – 22mm stainless steel bracelet / rubber strap / mm parachute strap
Water resistance – 800m / 2625ft

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Watch Review: 22 Design Studios 4th Dimension Signature Model

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I have always considered myself a fan of the classics, classic art, classic cars, classic architecture, etc…. I wouldn’t necessarily say that I am not a fan of modern things, I just don’t devote the same amount of time and energy into modernist style as I do with the classical style. With that being said, as I was perusing around online is when the watch that we will be exploring together today caught me eye. It wasn’t a “oh that looks kind of cool” moment either, it was a “DAMN, WHAT IS THIS COOL LOOKING WATCH” kind of moment. Which for me, says a lot because it is extremely modern, with a very modern architectural style. I immediately needed to know more about this watch right away.

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Fast forward to when this watch from 22 Design Studio arrived and when I opened up the cool modern, architectural themed packaging, I couldn’t wait to see the watch. One of those come on fingers move faster moments! The dial on this piece is striking on this watch and a true first for me. High-density concrete. I can’t even begin to describe how amazing that this dial is. Raw. Earth. Texture. It is so minimalistic yet full of a million things to look at and admire. The concrete dial is divided into 12 precise pie shaped sections, each section contains 5 minutes. Each section is graduated around the dial, reaching the highest point at the 12 o’clock position. The dial is laid out with absolute horological precision, making it quite arguably the one of most unique and precise designed dials I have experienced.

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The hands are another first for me. At first glance they appear to be a normal set of polished watch hands, but under further inspection I noticed another detail that shows off more precise design. To allow proper clearance of the graduated concrete dial, the hands had to have a different approach from the standard set up. Each hand has a 90 bend in them and drop about a 1/4” to connect into the center of the dial. It is incredible to me how precise each bend has to be to not only clear the dial, but also to clear each other. I was completely hypnotized by watching the magic of the movement of these hands. I completely geeked out on these hands and dial, so refreshing to see something new, unique and executed with this kind of precision.

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As many awesome details that there are on this dial, it is quite minimalist as well. There is no print on this dial, all the markers and text are raised up in the concrete. Every time I say concrete, it blows my mind. A dial made of concrete! The cylinder shaped date window is also well designed and actually made me appreciate a date window. This is how magnified date windows should be, under the crystal free of collecting lint and dirt. The hour and minute hands have just a small amount of lume on them which works for this watch.

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The case of this watch is the perfect complement to the amazing dial. You get a nice flat sapphire crystal that allows you the perfect vantage point into the dial and into the Swiss-made sellita SW200-1 caliber movement. The majority of this case has a brushed finish, the only polished portion is the edges that encircles the dial. I really like the shape of this case as you can see by the picture below it has a cylindrical shape that angles in as it graduates to the dial and the case back.  22 DS must have known that I am a sucker for crowns on my watches and they definitely didn’t disappoint me by any means, even makes me overlook that its a push/pull crown. I absolutely love that the crown looks like a industrial nut, its a perfect detail to the industrial architectural feel of this piece. As for function, the crown works extremely smooth when manually winding the watch and for setting time/date.

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Typically I don’t appreciate exhibition case backs but it actually works on this watch. The four flat head screws gives the 4 Dimension more industrial detail and gives you something more to admire.  This watch has some great weight to it and wears completely comfortable on the wrist. Since it’s a lugless case, it naturally wears smaller that the 45mm dimensions, but has incredible wrist presence. I guess I would call this a more architectural industrial stylistic “puck” case. The “seam line” that separates the case into a top and bottom half gives the case a nice touch of detail to the profile. The OEM veggi-tanned black leather strap connects in under the lugless case. The leather strap is pretty standard, it’s well made, pliable and features a standard brushed stainless steel signed buckle.

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The 4 Dimension watch for 22 Design Studios is an extremely unique piece that was executed with absolute precision. I was really impressed with this piece, especially the high-density concrete dial. 22 DS showed me there are more than just dive and tool watches that deserve a look see. Of course we all know that there are other styles of watches out there, but this watch definitely deserves a look. The dial and the case work together in complete horological harmony. I highly recommend this piece. Usually I will make a comment on who I would recommend a piece to, but I think that watch enthusiasts alike will appreciate the uniqueness of this watch. My oldest suggestion for improvement is making the crown into a screw-down style.

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Of course the dial and the case are highlights of this watch. The edges and angles on the dial are so crisp, sharp that when you think what the dial is made of, it truly is impressive. The way that the hand are bent at a 90 degree angle is also impressive, not only because of the bend, but to bend a hand keeping from looking wonky, but also keeping it on target to where it needs to point to on the dial itself if quite an accomplishment. The second moves with such fluidity as well which is amazing in itself.  I honestly respect what 22 DS was going for in their design process and respect the actual production piece. In a market flooded with rehashed designs, it is a huge risk to offer something different, and I have respect for companies that take that known risk.

I want to personally thank you all for reading my review and as always your comments and questions are welcome below.

Thank you 22 Design Studios.

4D Concrete Watch 42mm Urban Edition

Specifications:

45mm x 14.9 316L stainless steel case and date atrium
Concrete dial with minute scale
Swiss-made sellita SW200-1 caliber
Sapphire crystal glass with AR coating
Black vegi-tanned leather strap

$860 USD

 

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