First Look at the Gavox Avidiver

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Last October at Wind-Up: NYC, I got a sneak peek at a prototype watch by Gavox that was very exciting. As you might recall, last time we discussed Gavox, who are a small brand with fairly bold ambitions, they had redefined the quartz pilot with their Aurora watch. One of the first watches to use a Soprod Mecatronic movement, it took an analog aviator design and gave it the functionality of a digital watch with an impressive array of complications. Their newest watch continues their pursuit of original variations on the pilot with a mechanical concept that is meant to excel above and below land; the Avidiver.

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At a glance, the Avidiver appears to be a dual crown aviator watch, presumably with an internal bezel. However, the second crown doesn’t control the bezel, but rather the bright orange triangle seen at 12. By positioning the triangle at various points across the dial, one can set a second time zone (such as with a Zulu bezel), or track their elapsed time (as with a typical dive bezel). Though a simple concept it’s one with a lot of utility, and a novel approach in the current market.

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Continuing the aviation-diver theme, the dial is sandwich-style speaking to dive watches, but with a distinct aviator layout. At 3, 6 and 9 are massive cutout numerals with a retro, open typeface. The other hours are wide tapering rectangles, also cut through, adding to the overall visibility and legibility of the design. At 12 is a v-cutout, which cleverly sits around the floating orange triangle above, creating one bold marker. Between the hour marks are then thin lines for the individual minutes/seconds. The layer below the main surface then features Super Luminova for good nighttime/low light visibility.

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Around the dial is a chapter ring with an index of bold numerals for minutes/seconds. The rotating triangle sits below the ring, in a gap. From an angle, you can actually see that the triangle is part of a ring, all in bright orange, adding a sliver of orange is visible all around. The dials are finished with Roman sword hour and minute hands with lume filling. The seconds hand is a thin stick in black with an orange tip and an interesting winged-V counterweight. The watch is available with white, black or blue dials. The white is surprisingly cool looking, with orange outlined hands instead of white, for a fun twist.

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The case is a beefy 43mm with 22mm lugs and a depth rating of 20 ATM. The design speaks a bit more to pilots than divers, but the addition of dual crowns gives it a touch of that super-compressor feel. Each dial color is available with either brushed steel or PVD cases, for classic or tactical look. The black and white dials are both quite striking with the PVD option, which sets off the subtle orange highlight of the bezel-triangle.

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The last cool detail is the strap. Rather than typical leather, nylon or steel, Gavox went with a custom molded silicon. This allows for the strap to perfectly fit the lugs, for a sleek integrated look. The silicon is also very corrosion resistant, making it a preferred choice for dive straps, allowing the watch to seamlessly transition from air to land to sea. The strap is available in black, blue or orange, to best pair with the dial/case of your choosing. The blue seems to look best on blue with either case, while the black and white dials take to the orange and black straps well. The former providing a very sporty, high visibility aesthetic, and the other a more classic and subdued one.

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All in all, the Gavox Avidiver is a cool new offering from the brand that should have both pilot and dive watch enthusiasts interested. By creating a hybrid of the two, while using a novel bezel design, Gavox has further demonstrated that they aren’t another cookie-cutter brand, but rather one with interesting ideas. What they achieved with the Avidiver is seemingly a very functional sport watch that should be great for a variety of adventures. The Avidiver is currently available for preorder at 20% off of retail, coming in at about $500 in steel at $550 in PVD. Powered by the Miyota 9015, this is a very fair price.

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Zach is the co-founder and Executive Editor of worn&wound. Before diving head first into the world of watches, he spent his days as a product and graphic designer. Zach views watches as the perfect synergy of 2D and 3D design: the place where form, function, fashion and mechanical wonderment come together.
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  • Ilya Ryvin

    Wow! Gavox did a fantastic job with this one.

  • 200 Fathoms

    Like the sandwich dial.

    Very nice overall EXCEPT the word “Automatic” in script. I wish that manufacturers wouldn’t mix sans serif and serif type (not to mention script), particularly on these kinds of tool-ish watches. Orient does this on all their watches, too.

  • Graham’s Ghost

    This thing is just straight up cool. The white dial/orange strap is killer. My only wish would be to have some lume on the seconds hand

  • nick mankey

    Sweeeeet. Is the orange marker crown screw-in/threaded? Or free to rotate?

    • Michael Happe

      I had to make It screw-in , with The 20atm and even with my double O-ring technology 20atm was too risky for a free crown on a tool watch 🙂

      • nick mankey

        Understood, thanks! Now, maybe you could help clarify, but doesn’t the solitary, rotating orange marker make for more “thinking” when it comes to referencing whatever it’s being used for? ie, say it was being used as a zulu time bezel; there aren’t 12 numbers to rotate with the orange marker for quick reference- so there’s still a few extra seconds of thought required to make that useful. And in the instance of keeping track of elapsed time, there aren’t 60 minutes that rotate with the orange marker that allow for quick reference of the allotted time- same goes for a countdown feature. All of which could produce critical user errors in judgement, compared to having bezel numbers to refer to in a moments notice. Just a thought! Really love the idea here, but am almost immediately taken back when considering its actual utility. Would probably immediately purchase one if the entire 00-60 bezel were to rotate with it 🙂

        • Michael Happe

          Nick, I like your analysis here, It did have these thought in the conception, but i really wanted to get out of a ring with minutes in clockwise and anti-clockwise configuration forcing me to thing one way, counting minutes or counting down minutes? Same goes for Hours and Zulu time. Yes you need to think about what you planned this marker to be. For zulu tile the marker will help you getting the GMT time right and the minute chapter ring will give the proper minute. Cheers

        • chenpofu

          I agree with Nick that just the rotating orange marker isn’t as straight forward to use as a Zulu bezel, especially with the large 3, 6, 9 on the dial and no numbers corresponding to the rotating element.

  • TrevorXM

    This is a design home run for Gavox — in the black dial version. The price is great. That rotating inner triangle is BRILLIANT! Here is the only problem for me: I think it’s ridiculous in the modern era for any mechanical watch to be out more than 5 seconds in a day. I would GLADLY pay an extra $100 for the option of a “premium” version of this watch with something like a Soprod A10 or even a Top version of the Sellita in this watch. In the next month or so when I’ve got some extra cash, I am looking for a stand out mechanical watch in the sub-1000 range. And if this had a really good accurate movement (which are now readily available, and nobody has to be a slave to ETA any more) this watch would be unbeatable in my eyes. If you look at Steinhart, which has really become a growing concern, they often offer “premium” versions of their watches — which, frankly, are not as innovative in style as what we’re seeing from Gavox.

    I know that the man behind Gavox reads Worn and Wound. He commented on the responses to the remarkable Aurora, so maybe he might respond to this comment?

    • Michael Happe

      Dear Trevor

      Thanks for your positive comment. The movement precision is indeed a hard topic as it is very difficult to achieve such precision 5sec/day . All I can say, I made a Gavox Avidiver prototype for precision and did it with a Quartz with a 24h gmt. But Quartz will never replace the wonderfull presence of a mecanical movement marking the presence of time. So I left this Quartz proto in the cupboard ! Wishing you well 🙂

      • TrevorXM

        I don’t understand the strategy here, I guess. You do this very interesting and innovative Aurora with a unique Soprod quartz. Then you do this fresh and interesting mechanical aviator/diver hybrid with the Avidiver — but you don’t continue going with Soprod mechanical A10, but instead to go down market with an unadjusted basic Miyota 9015 like any Kickstarter wannabe. It just seems like a real shame, when a Soprod A10 would make a $500 watch cost $600. Or maybe a little more — I don’t know. Even if it somehow meant a $650 or $700 watch, you are not losing out on any customers. You will be gaining customers who see you capitalizing on using an excellent movement. It just seals the deal on this watch. But that’s just my opinion.

        Great quality mechanicals run in the 5 second a day range all the time. Any owner of a Damasko (like me) will tell you their watch is always in the 5 second range. Ask Zach — he owns a DA36, too. Even my old Zenith 133.8 from the 1950’s runs in that range every day after being serviced a few years ago. A Soprod A10 or a Top version of the Sellita are rated to run in that range, too, right out of the box.

        • Nick B

          I would be very surprised if a A10 or Top Sellita consistently ran 5 sec a day in real life use. The 9015 is a excellent movement, and if you desire accuracy, you can have a watchmaker regulate it for you. But, IMO asking for chronometer specs at this price point is unrealistic, and also not a feature most users prioritize. I understand the desire for accuracy, but this is a tool watch that will be banged around a ton. Even if it was a top grade or adjusted movement, tough use would compromise accuracy.

          • TrevorXM

            That’s the kind of nonsense that people who have never owned a decent watch with a good Swiss movement tell themselves. 5 seconds or less is no big deal in every day “real life” use for both watches I mentioned above. Wear them all day, do whatever I want, at the end of the month the watch is maybe a minute or a minute and a half off and I adjust it and give it a little wind — I have to adjust the date anyhow. It’s fantastic wearing a watch with a quality movement. I didn’t say anything about a chronometer certified movement — the only difference between a Soprod A10 and chronometer certified Soprod A10 is a series of tests and a certificate. They are the same movement. What do you think a non-certified version of that movement costs, anyhow? Or a Sellita Top? Nothing like what you seem to think it does. A titanium Steinhart Ocean One 500 premium on bracelet with an A10 costs about the same as this Gavox will retail for! I would much rather have this Gavox as it’s a lot more interesting. But only if it had a decent movement in it so I don’t have to annoyingly adjust the time every few days — which is why I don’t bother with cheap Japanese mechanical watches any more (I’m sure a Grand Seiko would be a different story, of course).

          • Nick B

            We can leave the insults aside, I’ve owned plenty of Swiss watches, with both top and regular grade ETA. I’ve not been overly impressed with the accuracy of either. A 9015 is a great caliber and can be regulated, just like the A10, to keep great time. The point if that it’s not worth it for a tool watch that will take a beating, and you’re the only person I’ve ever seen concerned with a 5 sec accuracy at this price point. The general consumer and even WIS doesn’t place that type of accuracy at the top of the list in a timepiece such as this. What’s more important is durability, and speed/cost of repair if necessary-something that would be much more costly with an A10. And speaking of which the movement you venerate so-it’s actually based on a Seiko design. So there’s no point in putting down any movement that isn’t “Swiss”, you’re just falling into a marketing trap.

          • TrevorXM

            Next you’ll be bragging about your Seiko SKX007 which beats any Swiss marketing trap and is more accurate and reliable than a Rolex because it was regulated. That’s what usually happens next on these threads… so go ahead…

            And by the way, regulating a watch involves simply opening the back and turning one clearly marked screw or pointer. Anybody can do it whether by trial and error or by a specialized machine or even an iPhone app. It does not turn a movement built down to the cheapest price possible into a chronometer grade movement.

            I have only encouraged Michael Happe to continue on with the standards he set with his marvellous Aurora. He used a quality Soprod quartz in that. So it seems to make complete sense to me that he would use a quality Soprod mechanical movement in the Avidiver. A Miyota 9015 seems like a cheap-out in a watch like this, and I’d never buy it.

          • Quiescent

            Do you view Swiss Quartz as being better than their Japanese alternatives?

          • TrevorXM

            No. Do you? You can’t really do much building down to a price with them like you can with a mechanical. And like I said above, Japanese manufacturers like Seiko are very capable of building mechanicals up to a standard — but with rare exceptions, they just choose not to and instead build down to a price.

            In the case of the manufacturers in question, as Zach pointed out in his article on the Aurora: “(the) Soprod Mecatronic movement that was developed with Gavox to their specs and desires…” To me, that seems like the great starting point of a Gavox – Soprod alliance to build quality watches with some originality and innovation to them at an affordable price. The start of a beautiful friendship for the lovers of affordable watches. But instead of that, we only get two out of three and get a clever and stylish new mechanical from Gavox with a drug store watch grade movement slipped in.

          • Quiescent

            No of course not, the Japanese invented quartz after all, but it’s the sort of thing someone who deems the 9015 a ‘drugstore movement’ may well think.

            Zach/W+W – please, please, please do some direct comparisons between the likes of Miyota, Soprod, ETA and Sellita. It would be the best article ever and you’re the only guys who could pull this off (can you imagine Hodinkee putting the A10 and 9015 on a level playing field?). Stop these arguments forever!!

          • We’d love to do that, actually… I’m going to work on that for this year (need the movements, and a watchmaker first…)

          • Nick B

            Trevor, since you seem to keep getting confused and espousing common watch knowledge, backhanded insults, and generally missing my points, I’ll try keep it very simple for you.
            -The 9015, as others have mentioned, is an excellent movement, on par, or even better than an ETA movement.
            -The “swiss” A10 you worship is actually a japanese design, same as the 9015.
            -Accuracy isn’t the biggest concern at this price point, and more specifically in this type of watch.
            I hate stoop to your level, but frankly I think you’ve presented your misinformed opinions in a disrespectful manner not only to me, but to the founder of Gavox- and that reflects badly on the W&W community. I too enjoy seeing uncommon movements in watches, but I understand that a watch is not just about the movement. It is about the overall package, and how that package fits the use of the watch. In this case, I think Gavox has presented a compelling package. I also understand that opinions can be strong, and passions can run high in the watch community, but those are not excuses for being disrespectful. I hope that as continue your interest in timepieces you gain some perspective on what makes a timepiece compelling, and you can improve how you interact with fellow WIS.
            Have a good one.

          • Dinkee, H. O.

            I just started following this thread and the fellow above noted that Soprod A10 is based on movement out of Seiko’s $4500 Credor line! That makes it a vastly superior movement to the Miyota 9015. TrevorXM completely won this argument. He’s almost the President Trump of horologists.

            The HO
            Official Horologist of President Trump

          • Nick B

            Well, you seem to to have missed the point, just as Trevor has. First, I will note that I’m the one who first mentioned the A10 is a Seiko design, so I was well aware of that fact before discussing this. I’m not arguing that one movement is better than the other, I’m saying the the 9015 is a better choice for THIS watch. Durability and ease of repair are the most important factors, and in those categories the 9015 is the winner.

        • Michael Happe

          Trevor and, Nick B, Pancho Sanza,

          I love to read your comments and advises. There was a bit of debate for a better good 😉 and I undestand Trevor is wishing for the avidiver to continue working with soprod.

          However i treated this watch as what i would wear next (being a bit selfish)

          I decided to created my Avidiver with a objective to get a 4Hz Automatic Movement in a Creative watch with some watch making twist with the Rotating triangle and the 4 layers dials. I also aimed to get into a price that fit Gavox and fill the gap between my Gavox Aurora and the Gavox Squadron. (Curtiss Quartz, Legacy Automatic, Squadron Quartz, Avidiver Automatic, Aurora Mecaquartz) I have many more idea in plan ….

          • Nick B

            I think you choice of movement is perfect, and some in this comment section fail to have the perspective of the overall package you are providing, at an excellent cost. This is a tool watch, focused on durability and function, not a dress piece. The watch is a great design, with a fresh take on the rotating internal bezel.

  • 1droidfan

    I like this watch a lot even though the numerals are Panerai ripoffs. I wish it came with a more adjustable strap, like Oris does.

    • Michael Happe

      Dear 1Droidfan, happy you like it. Just let me give some info about the (non) similarities with Panerai . Panerai is the most well known sandwich dial maker ( not the first) , I understand your remark. Just check technically how to make a 6 or a 9 in a perforated dial, there are not much posibilites to do this in an elegant way without looping The o from The 6 And 9. Also compare Gavox 3 with Panerai 3 , it’s different. Check the “non” sandwich dial of Panerai and they changed the 6 and the 9 font.

      • Dinkee, H. O.

        You don’t have to explain this. Everybody with eyes and a sense of design and aesthetics can see that this is A MILLION MILES AWAY form a Panerai “ripoff”. Panerai ripped their font off from other sources. Your font is fresh.

  • David Park

    I rather like this design. I haven’t been to able to find the lug to lug length. I would appreciate it someone could post the length (not width). Thanks!

    • Michael Happe

      Good Question David
      The Lug to Lug lengh is 50.8mm
      I does feel super comfortable on wrist from 140mm to 200mm thanks to the crown at 2 O clock and 4O clock and thanks to the molded and Precurved Silicone Strap

  • David Gordon

    A purpose built metal bracelet would kick this one over the top!

  • Gary

    Very nice looking watch that shows great design qualities. I always read from some that the Miyota 9015 is not as worthy as the Swiss movements but I disagree unless you are just looking at the price per movement. The Miyota’s I’ve owned were always very smooth to operate and always very accurate. Congratulations to Gavox!

  • Peter D

    It’s nice. Wish them well. I Like most of their models. Wouldn’t buy one though.

    ”Gee George there’s about a million squillion dive watches @ 42mm and over, do ya thunk we should make something below 39mm and actually own a big slice of that market, after all aren’t we just going to be another drop in the ocean at this size?’

    George: ‘Don’t be an idiot lenny’.

  • Dinkee, H. O.

    I looked up the Seiko 4L25 and it’s in the $4500 Credor line from Seiko. If that’s what Soprod used as the basis for their A10, it must be head and shoulders better than a Miyota 9015! In fact, the Soprod A10 must be the best buy out there for an independent watch maker. Wow, I didn’t know that. Thanks for the info!

  • Curmudgeon

    Wow! This is the watch world’s version of the GOP debates! All in all, I think the watch is a creative attempt that will definitely attract buyers. The next version needs the addition of either a moon phase indicator or a doctor’s pulsometer. So, if you crash into the ocean, you can check to see if your co-pilot is still alive. Movement accuracy will have negligible effect on this procedure.

    • Michael Happe

      Curmudgeon , Loved you remark and made me laugh 😉 at least you saw that i did it for pilot and diver.

  • Michael Happe

    Hello Jason, The watches pre-ordered should be shipped by early april. I still have a Pre-order deal now.

    I do have a return policy, IF the watch is still in mint condition I will let accept a refund and usually you have 7 days to make up your mind. transport cost is on you and shipping back should be done with Fedex

  • chesirecat77

    Very nice watch, makes my fingers itch to hand out money. The only thing making me think twice is the dispaly back. I’d rather have a solid case back on a tool watch like this. And maybe some magnetic protection with it. Oh, and I would prefer it to be smaller (especially vertical lug to lug dimension). Just my 2cents.

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