Watch Review: Achtung Turbo3

Achtung [ahck-tohng] or [ahck-toong] is a Deutsche (German) word used to command attention, also implying “warning” or “alert”. Angular silhouettes on every Achtung timepiece. Love at first sight is certainly possible, and be game for a second look.

I have reviewed a few different models of Achtung watches and there is one consistent detail about all of them. They all share that “street style” culture/attitude and the Turbo3 is no exception to this detail. Achtung is not a company that takes themselves too seriously in that stuffy attitude kind of way. They make fun watches that are an extension of the wearers unique style and personality. Achtung watches are released in very small limited edition numbers and are marketed for those who like that “outside of the box” individualized style.

The dial of the Turbo3 definitely has that individualized style which I refer to as industrial street style. Staying true to their form Achtung has created something different while not losing their DNA. The metal detailing on the dial reminds me of when you see buildings where it looks like architectural magic. What I mean by “this is the building”, I mean it is the perfect merging of art and industry.

The Turbo3 is definitely not for the faint of wrist, it wears large and looks large. The case is made of 316L stainless steel case is 48mm in diameter (excluding crown), lugs size are 24mm and the thickness is 13mm. Now 48mm isn’t unwearable by any means, but some people are very scared to wear anything over 40mm. I understand finding the right watch that works best for the wearer but I also think that way too much emphasis is placed on the size of a watch.

The Turbo3 case is full of detail, both functional details and decorative details. I prefer the functional details over the decorative ones. The fixed bezel is “held” in place by faux screws. This “cheapens” the experience of the watch for me because the screws are fake, there only for aesthetics not for actual function. These same detail aesthetics are also found on the crown guards and on the faux drilled lugs. These are the areas where the Turbo3 loses points for me. The last place of point loss on the Turbo3 is the plastic movement holder. Overtime plastic loses density and gradually becomes brittle which is why I can’t stand seeing plastic used inside of a watch, especially so close to the moving parts of the automatic mechanical movement.

Thankfully the Turbo3 has plenty of functional details that outweigh any of the aesthetic details. The dial is equipped with a day/night indicator, a tachymeter, a small seconds indicator and a skeletonized minute & hour hand. This is Achtung’s 3 year anniversary so the dial features one numeral. The oversized 3 is the only numeral that is featured on this dial in terms of the 12 hour count. The Turbo3 is a auto themed piece as you probably guessed from the name and the tachymeter, but like I mentioned earlier I get that industrial feel from this piece. So I can say this, I can see the auto theme if I view this piece as a Mad Max post apocalyptic vehicles. Which isn’t a bad thing by any means. The new Tom Hardy version was bloody fantastic.

The Turbo3 is limited to just 28 pieces and that makes perfect sense to me because this is definitely a nitch watch. It’s certainly not designed for the mass market but for those who like that unique street style look. There’s a lot going on with this dial and it works well for this watch. Normally I don’t like an open heart on a dial but this detail definitely is consistent to the overall theme of this watch. The crown protection/locking mechanism is simple yet functional. To wind or to pull the crown into the open position the hinged clasp can be lifted easily out of the way as it’s held in place by a ball bearing. This little functional detail reminds me of a gas cap cover and the crown is the cap itself. When details are functional but also retain design aesthetics, this is when they work best. When the details are fake, they lose that magic for me.

The Turbo3 comes is at just under $600. What do you get for your $590? You get a unique, limited edition watch, a large 316L stainless steel case with 330ft WR, Miyota movement, and art style post apocalyptic design/Akira meets Mad Max. The smooth black case is finished with nice detail teamed with a matte black dial protected by a sapphire crystal. The dial is my favorite part of this watch. Chaotic beauty is what I refer to it as. It’s full of detail, depth and definitely has it’s own unique personality. If you are a fan of cars, post apocalyptic movies and unique designs, then this is a great option for you to consider.

Thank you all for reading and thank you to Achtung for allowing me to review this watch.

EVOX OV2 professional bronze diver

In the vast sea of watches, what is there possibly that a company can do in terms of design that will set it apart from all the others? Well for starters EVOX designed the bronze professional diver with a uniquely shaped case. Thankfully EVOX decided against going with the ever growing, yet extremely mundane sub mariner clone route. The case is large in terms of dimensions 47mm but the under mounted lugs allow the diver to wear on most wrist sizes without that cumbersome overhang. What is also nice for people that like to have their watch under the cuff of a long sleeved shirt is that the DV2 is only 10mm thick. You should be aware of the hefty weight of the DV2. Now it’s not so heavy that it is uncomfortable, but I want to disclose that it’s not titanium light.

In my opinion one of the most important features on a dive watch is the bezel. It’s a make or break the deal kind of feature. Too much play in the bezel is definitely a deal breaker for me. The bezel on the EVOX is middle of the road for me in terms of quality on a microbrand in this price point. It’s easy to grip and to operate, the ratcheting sound is what makes this middle of the road for me. It doesn’t have that solid sound that I prefer, this has the thin piece of metal sound to it. There isn’t much extra play with the EVOX bezel or does it wobble. Another must have that is essential on a dive watch bezel is the addition of some sort of a lume pip or triangle that can be seen in murky water and can be used to mark time with. The aluminum bezel insert on the DV2 is equipped with lume treated faux pearl pip that is within an elongated triangle. Sometimes a dive watch bezel is quite sterile/simple in design with only the triangle/pip, or they feature a scale or numerals. If properly designed, each style can really enhance the overall look of the watch while also retaining the important functionality detail. The DV2 bezel features incriminates of 5 numerals that coincide/line up with the painted markers on the dial.

I’m definitely particular about how a bezel should feel, sound and operate. This is exactly how I feel about the crown on a dive watch. A crown should be easy to grip, operate smoothly and shouldn’t make a sound……..except for the winding sound of the movement when using the crown to manually wind. I prefer oversized crowns on a dive watch because the conditions I use my dive watches in are usually wet, with gloves on and in colder temperatures. Obviously when a crown is oversized it creates more surface area for gripping a hold of in between the index finger and thumb. When the edges of the crown are shaped like a cog/gear (like the shape of the bezel) it catches into the fingers nicely for added ease of operation. The DV2 crown is tucked between two crown guards at the 9 o’clock position to the 11 o’clock position, the crown itself is aligned with the 10 o’clock position. The DV2 crown could have been designed larger in circumference but where it lacks in size, is redeemed by the intricate detail of the engraved EVOX soldier. A dive watch in my opinion should have a screw down crown. Yes I know that a crown can be water resistance without being designed as a screw down but I just appreciate the added protection that a screw down function provides.

It is safe to say how important that the bezel on a dive watch needs to be legible, but it’s even more important that the dial is legible. You want a watch dial to be easily read at the most quick of glances, no matter the angle or no matter what the lighting situation is. Most people don’t use their dive watch for the intended use of actually diving, but for those who actually do, legibility in water is very important. We do live in an age of technology where diving computers are more frequently used, their are some people, myself included that use watches for diving. Some use the watch in conjunction with the diving computer devices and others just use the watch itself. The DV2 is marketed by EVOX as a professional dive watch therefore I would expect it to have those important details that are a must on a professional dive watch. The large, printed lume coated markers are a good start to a legible dial. The addition of the large semi skeletonized hands certainly continues the “good start” of a legible dial. Poorly proportioned hands can be such a disappointing detail that can kill a watch even if all the other design details are on point. Luckily the DV2’s three hands are proportional to the size of the large matte black dial. The hour hand and the lollipop style second hand are both polished gold and have a generous amount of lume. As for the minute hand, it is painted matte orange but also is generously coated with lume. The text on the DV2 maintains a clean look with a 4 line white print. One of my personal favorite features on this dive watch is the sapphire domed crystal. A detail that definitely adds to the legibility of this dial. I would love to have domed sapphire crystals to be synonymous with dive watches just like screw down crowns should be. This is just my personal thoughts on functional details on a dive watch which improves upon the “toughness in the field”. “Toughness in the field” offers the wearer peace of mind that it’s not only going to hold up to what you dish out at it and the details that assist in legibility/function/etc…

I think the DV2 is a nice follow up to the DV1. I personally think there aren’t any deal breaking details on this watch. That being said there are definitely areas that could be improved upon. As I mentioned above about the crown size, the bezel and one unmentioned detail which is the large date window. Either completely eliminate the date window all together or tuck it away in between the 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock position, use a round window instead of a square shape and use a black date wheel with white numerals. Using these suggestions keeps a universal pleasing aesthetic that doesn’t disrupt or distract the eye. The $576 USD price could become more attractive if the movement was improved from the Automatic NH35 to an upgraded movement. If you are looking for your first bronze microbrand diver, this is definitely a good option. If you don’t like bronze, the DV1 is another good option for a solid, affordable dive watch. Best way to narrow down your choices is create a must have list starting with a must have detail(specs) list, followed by price point that you want to stay in, and finally get input from others who have had experience with the watch and or brand.

Thank you all for reading and thank you EVOX for allowing me to review this watch.

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Movement: Automatic NH35

Power ReserveUp to 40 hours

Water Resistant 30 ATM, 300 meters

Limited Edition 20 pieces

Sapphire Crystal

Case Bronze with Unidirectional Rotating Bezel

Dial Superluminova Index and Hands

Diameter 47mmCase

Thickness 10mm

Strap Leather Strap with Complimentary Rubber Strap