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Pope Watches P70 Watch Review With Video Review

Hands on Watch Reviews Independent Pope

The push/pull crown is nicely inset into crown guards at the 4 o’clock position, and is etched with the Pope Watch logo and has a diamond textured grip, making it easy to grasp and manipulate.


The crystal is sapphire with a clear AR coating, which does a good job of reducing glare.

Overall, the dial design is similar to the Nav B-uhr style of watches. The dial is a very stark white color with contrasting black hands and markers. The center dial has your regular hour markers while the outer dial and chapter ring is displaying the numbers and hash marks for the seconds.

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I like the use of the logo. Offset from the norm, the dial is placed inside the center dial between the 8 and 9 o’clock position. The date is placed at the 4 position to match up with the crown. The hands, as mentioned earlier, are designed to be similar to wing ribs of a plane. Now if I am being honest, I am not sure what wing ribs are. While I like the style of the hands, I wish the center portions were filled with lume as well, since there is only lume on the tips and no lume markers anywhere on the dial. The P70 uses a red second hand, which gives it just a little pop of color. Overall, I do like the dial, but it does feel a little plain to me, but that might just be the design, as it is inspired by classic aviation watches of the 20’s and 30s. I would like to see maybe a nice sunray blue or black dial in future productions though.

The P-70 uses the Ronda Caliber 715 quartz movement. It is a reliable movement and used by many watch companies. I have no issues with quartz movements, but since the P70 is inspired by Aviation watches of the past, a mechanical or automatic movement might have been a better choice.

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The case back is what, to me at least, is the showstopper of the watch. Now I know that it sounds odd to say the case back is what makes someone attracted to a watch, but the case back is so well done that it almost outshines the rest of the watch. As you can see in the photos, the case back is a highly textured and engraved case back featuring a pin-up girl, which is taken from art that used to be done on the noses of WWII planes.  While the pin-up girl certainly has a cool factor coming from a man’s point of view, it is not what makes it stand out to me. It could be anything in the same 3D design surrounded by the checkered diamond background and I would still find it attractive. It is a fantastic and well machined case back.

I've been an avid watch lover since the age of 7. Watches are not only my hobby but a passion. My favorite style used to be dive watches, but field or non bezel watches have been growing on me. When I'm not reviewing watches I am either cooking or with family and friends.

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