One day I browsed the internet, and was looking at these microbrand watch companies, and I found this company called “DELTAt“. They make pilot watches and are based in Hong Kong, bet let me tell you, it doesn’t mean that the watches are low quality as everyone would think. It’s just a stereotype! I immediately contacted them, and they kindly gave me one of they’re watches to review. By the way, the customer service is top notch! I was contacted by Hiro, and he was very kind and helpful! Thanks Hiro! 😉
About after a week I got call from FedEx and went down to pick up the watch. I got to the car and started unpacking it, and wow! The presentation was really good, at least for me it did the job! It came in this Pelican style case with “DELTAt” logo. I opened the case and there it was, the SoRa 1918 WS Pilot watch! It also came with nato strap and another leather strap, dog tags and compass. It was packed really nice!
The watch has a classic round 44mm diameter and 10,8mm thick 316 stainless steel case with brushed finish. The case is very well machined and there are no rough, sharp edges to it. I would like it to be a bit thinner, but it’s just my personal preference. I really like the shape of crown, it’s quite big 10mm and has this pumpkin shape to it. It doesn’t rub on my hand when I am wearing the watch, so the watch wears very comfortable and doesn’t feel so big as it is. The crystal is sapphire with anti-reflection coating. The anti-reflection actually works very well and isn’t just there for more words in the description. The case back seem to be screw down, and has the logo, model and production number engraved in it. Water resistance is 200m.
The dial is classic looking. Matte black, with white numbers and minute markers. Markers on hours are red. It also has a 24h subdial at 10/11 markers with dark blue hand. Hour and minute hands are classic sword shape and seconds hand has the thin arrow style at one end, and round shape on other. All numbers and hands are lumed. I charged the watch for 2h under UV light and the lume stayed on for about 9h-10h overnight.
Movement is SEIKO Automatic Cal. NH37 (4R37) with hacking seconds. Well, I have nothing to add here. It’s reliable, 21,600 vibration per hour, 41h power reserve, 24 jewels, manual/automatic winding.
It came with three straps. (The strap it’s on now, is Colareb mustard color one!) Two leather straps and a nato strap. Leather strap that was on it looked like this old army/military genuine leather strap from WW2 with that big base/guard thingy (don’t know how it’s called 😀 ). The other strap was classic genuine leather strap in this light brown color. Both had tank buckles which were machined quite good. And the leather strap felt really good, I have handmade straps that cost 120$ each and they had the same feel, smell, quality to them! The third strap was classic black nylon nato strap, nothing to add there.
Overall the watch feels like tank. The quality you get for the price is amazing! It’s such a versatile piece, I wore it to theater with my suit and couple of days later I went to the woods with it, just swapped the straps. It’s just like a Range Rover, it looks luxury, you can go to fancy parties or opera and you can also use it in the woods, mud and climb mountains with it. It’s truly a great piece! I have no bad things to say about this one!
You can buy this watch here www.deltatwatch.com
Price – 450$ (When buying, type discount code “Kaminsky” in the “Note to sender” area and get 100$ off any purchase from they’re website)
- Japan Time Module (Seiko) Automatic Movement Cal. NH37
- Manual/Automatic winding
- 24 jewels
- 21,600 vibrations per hour
- more than 41 hours power reserve
- Hour, Minute, Second, and 24 hours hand
- Lumed Hour, Minute, Second hand
- Hacking seconds
- 44mm diameter
- 10.8mm thick
- 316L Stainless Steel
- Brushed finishing
- Screw-down 316L Stainless Steel Bottom Cover
- Lumed index
- 10mm diameter pumpkin shaped crown
- Sapphire Crystal with anti-reflection coating
- Water Resistant
- 200m/660ft (20ATM) Water Resistant
- Tooless-strap-changing system
- 22mm width
- One set of 90/130mm crazy horse genuine leather straps with remove base
- One set of WWII Style genuine leather straps
- Military Style Nylon Strap