The case of the SVT-FW44 Timing Gauge measures 44MM in width, and when including the crown, it measures a substantial 48mm. The case measures approximately 53mm from lug to lug, and almost 13mm in height. Combining the lug-to-lug, case thickness, and the 48mm crown inclusive measurement, this model will have some significance in regards to wrist presence. The large, almost 9mm, screw down crown is quite easy to grasp and rotate. There is absolutely no crown play on this particular example. I really appreciate that instead of a logo or plain crown face, TSOVET tastefully placed the brand name, as well as Timing Gauge, around the outer portion of the crown face. The non-crown side of the case is unremarkable, having the model engraved on it, which many may consider over branding. However, due the case finish and font size, the branding is rather subtle.
The only possible drawback that I have found on this model might be the crystal. Many watches in this price category offer sapphire crystals. The SVT-FW44 Timing Gauge is fitted with a mineral crystal. Yes, while mineral crystals offer more impact resistance, they are more susceptible to scratching, making this a drawback. The crystal opening measures approximately 39mm in diameter, and with the lack of any significant bezel area, the opening may lend to the illusion of a slightly larger watch than 44mm.
The dial is a nice shade of charcoal gray, which really compliments the case finishing well. The dial has a military style layout rather than the traditional numbered dial, with the minutes designated from 05 to 55 around the dial. The dial appears very clean and uncluttered, as there is minimal in your face branding. Of course, the TSOVET brand name is painted on the dial near the top. Initially, I thought the model information was painted in a charcoal color just below center dial, allowing it to fade into the dial, but upon closer inspection, the model information is stamped into the dial. Due to the stamping, the model information is rather subtle, so if you are just glancing at the watch you might miss it at first.
All of the markers are painted on the dial, meeting the expectations for a watch in this price category. Due to the bright white color, I was initially expecting the markers and sword style hands to be lumed with green C1 Superluminova, but after a closer look, it appears that the markers surrounding the dial are more blue than green in color when charged, so it seems both green and blue lume compounds are being used. Multi-color lume on a watch in this price category is somewhat unique. Regardless, the lume intensity is about what I would expect from C1 Superluminova, or some variant thereof, as it fades out fairly quickly and doesn’t have much afterglow for a significant amount of time. Obviously, this isn’t a dive watch, and at only 100 meters water resistant, I’m fairly confident lume is not all that important. I’ve always felt lume is more of a marketing tool for companies, rather than something that is truly necessary.