I have been wearing the Tsovet SVT-FW44 for about three months, and there’s a lot I like about this watch. Its simple, clean design, bright blue hands, and distinct case help it stand out while maintaining classic styling. Lets first dig into the features of the watch and a bit about the company that makes it.
Case: 316l Matte Stainless Steel
Movement: Ronda 513 Swiss Quartz Movement
Sub/Dial/S: Silver Bdl/W Black Markers
Lens: Hardened Mineral Crystal
Case Back: 316l Matte Stainless Steel
Strap: Italian Calf Leather
Buckle: 316l Matte Stainless Steel
Water Res. : 10atm (100m/300f)
Dimensions: 44mm x 12.65mm
Warranty: 2 Years
The SVT-FW44’s design is inspired by the WW1 infantryman’s field watch. It features a simple face, with no hour markers, but instead displays minute markers where the hour markers typically appear. The hands are a metallic royal blue with luminescent filling, and are offset against the clean white of the face. The matte aerospace-grade 316L stainless steel case measures 44mm in diameter and 12.65mm high, and houses a Ronda 513 swiss quartz movement. The watch also comes with a caramel brown Italian calf-leather strap that is noticeably thick and features white accent stitching and a large branded buckle.
According to their site, Tsovet offers “a distinctly different range of analog time instruments, integrating the styling of engineered industrial tools, motor gauges and avionics instruments, with exaggerated components to achieve unique but functional styling.” I certainly agree with this description in the case of the SVT-FW44. The pronounced, geometric lugs and oversized crown are both industrial and elegant. Going a step further, I would say that a classic simplicity is present throughout the design of the watch.
My experience with this watch has be great thus far. Its large face and clean design make it easy to read and give it a distinguished look. Standing nearly a half inch off of my wrist however, I’m definitely aware that I’m wearing it throughout the day, which can be both a good and bad thing. The strap has a bold appearance (by my measurement, it’s 4mm thick). Again, this offers a great look, but the rigidity of such a thick leather has been noticeable. Especially durring the first few weeks of wearing the watch, the strap creaked as I flexed my wrist, and when my hand came within a foot of my nose I could smell the leather like a new pair of 1000 mile Wolverine boots. Ultimately, the size, heft and build quality of the SVT-FW44 are what make it such an incredible watch. When you first pick it up it feels heavy and solid – like it is built to last. The screw down crown feels more like a bolt, and the lugs have a sharp, machine cut finish. Tsovet is definitely living up their industrial aspirations.
One of my favorite features of the SVT-FW44 is its versatility in styling. It has quickly become the watch I most frequently wear, regardless of the setting. Its design lends itself to be worn with a suit or casual work attire. The SVT-FW44 actually comes in a number of color combinations, including a no longer available all black with blue hands combination, which for a while I was trying to hunt down. I ultimately purchased this version of the watch for its classic styling and versatility.
In summary, I really have mostly positive things to say about the Tsovet SVT-FW44. The design and build quality were exactly what I was looking for in a daily use watch, and the price of $350 for something of such high standard is great. Its large size and pronounced crown don’t quite “get in the way”, but they certainly remind you that you’re wearing a watch throughout the day. Over all though, I have to say that I am very, very happy with the purchase.
For more info on the SVT-FW44 and Tsovet’s other watched, head over to tsovet.com.