The strap is perforated calfskin with a signed dual deployant stainless clasp. The strap is well constructed and supple, but for some reason I don’t feel it works with this watch. This style strap is more associated with racing inspired watches, and I feel a more traditional pilot strap would have worked better here.

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Not much to talk about when it comes to lume. As I said earlier, the hands are skeletonized with only lume paint applied to the tips of the hour and minute hands, and the tip of the second hand.  If the center portion of the hands had been filled in with lume, the design element would still be there, but would allow for greater night time visibility, considering there is no lume anywhere else on the dial.

 Pope-Watches-P70

On the wrist, it wears very comfortable and the use of the deployment butterfly clasp allows for perfect fit.

Overall, I think this is a nice first model from Pope Watches. It has a well machined case that can be worn as a casual watch or with a different strap dressed up to wear to the office, and will fit easily under a cuffed shirt. The case back is fantastic and very well designed and the watch sits well on the wrist. If I were to make a few changes, the dial can use a little more “pop”, the strap is a little too short for the lugs, and I think it could use more lume application around the dial or on the hands. Also, the strap just doesn’t fit the design of the watch. But if you are looking for a more classic style aviation watch with some modern flair, or a nice casual grab and go quartz, this could be a solid option.

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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