TSOVET (pronounced “So-Vay”) is a brand that has piqued my curiosity for some time now. The company is based in California, USA, and has a full line of styles including some Swiss Made timepieces. According to TSOVET, the SVT-FW44 Timing Gauge, the model being reviewed, draws its inspiration from a WWI infantryman’s field watch. TSOVET also indicates their designs to have an industrial appearance, meshing both aerospace and boarding industries of the area in which the company originated. If you are looking for an affordable quality grab and go, Swiss Made, quartz watch, then this model may be a solid option for your collection. TSOVET SVT-FW44 Timing Gauge Specifications: Movement: Ronda 513.1 Case: Stainless Steel (Gunmetal Finish) Crystal: Hardened Mineral Crown: Screw down Strap Width: 22mm Strap Length 130 / 75mm Warranty: 5 year ltd / with lifetime battery Price: $395USD
The packaging is quite nice and not what I would consider excessive. The watch arrived in a flat sleeve, black cardboard box, branded with the TSOVET name. Inside, the watch is wrapped in a bubble wrap. TSOVET also supplied a black canvas case, which is constructed of a sturdy material, and also branded nicely with the TSOVET name. The packaging overall was a pleasant surprise. Much better than the standard clam shell case and outer box that always seems to find a way to pile up in the closet. The canvas case is definitely something that could be utilized for traveling, but due to the case using magnets on the outer edges, I’m fairly certain it wouldn’t be a good choice for automatic watches. Overall the packaging is very well done, as it is rather minimal, but also provides quite a bit of functionality.
The SVT-FW44 Timing Gauge is part of the Field line from TSOVET and carries the Swiss Made designation. The entire case is finished in what most may consider a bead blasted finish, but TSOVET refers to the finish as Gunmetal, which appears evenly applied throughout all areas of the case. The lugs are one of the more unique aspects of the model, as they are quite angular rather than rounded like many pilot/field watches. Another great feature is the screw in lug bars, which are rarely found on a watch in this price category. I am highly pleased that TSOVET opted for screw in lug bars over spring bars, as in many instances, the screw in lug bars allow for much easier strap changes. Of course, when changing out your straps, one needs to use caution to prevent scratching on the outer visible areas of the lugs.