When it comes to cheap dress watches. There are a lot of to choose from. And mostly they are boring. But when I saw the Bonvier with those super bright sunburst dials. I fell in love. Bonvier’s Navona – which comes in several different colour and strap combinations – fits the “classic dress watch” label perfectly. This version, which is steel case, with a blue dial on black leather, just looks amazing.
Bonvier sent me this watch to review. The box was pretty simple, nothing special, as they focus more on the watch than on the packaging. And wow, the first impression are good. I was really impressed by how deep the dial looks and how vibrantly it changes the colours in different light. It can go from completely black to light blue.
The case is made of 316L stainless steel. The diameter is 41mm, the thickness is 9mm and lug width is 20mm. The watch has very short lugs and due to that, and also 41mm size it wears almost like a 39mm watch, and it is very comfortable on the wrist. The highly-polished case grabs your attention almost immediately. It reflects and refracts light brilliantly. It has an almost mirror finish. This polish exists on the sides, bezel, lugs, and most of the case back. The case is done well, but I have to admit that I’m concerned about the finish. Watches with a mat finish tend to hide scratches and wear marks better; polished surfaces really know how to make a scratch pop. That said, the Bonvier still looks good after a few weeks of intermittent wear (probably around 40 hours of wrist time). At 3 o’clock we have a small push/pull crown which fits good with overall proportions of the watch. And it is easy to grip and change time. The case back is screw down with some specifications and name of the watch. The watch is rated at 5ATM (50m) so it could easily withstand some splashed while washing hands, or outside in the rain, but not swimming, not that someone would go swimming with dressy style watch. For swimming, we have diving watches. On top of the watch sits a hardened mineral crystal with anti-reflective coating. And the crystal is probably the only con of the Bonvier Navona. I would really love to see sapphire, as there are watches that are cheaper and they have the sapphire glass.
The dial, which is a brushed steel finish in blue, refracts light similarly to how the Seiko Alpinist does. I like these sunburst-style dials- they really light up beautifully in the right light. It certainly does a good job making the Bonvier Navona look great. Raised hour markers and smalls seconds dial make the watch look elegant. The raised hour markers add a layer of depth that most inexpensive watches are missing. A leaf-style hour and minute hands contrast against the rectangular hour markers, they’re subtle, but the choice to use them adds a layer of sophistication to the dial that couldn’t exist without them. I’m really blown away by the dial at prices this small. Under zoom, the dial looks great. The finish on the face looks good, and the hour markers and hands are free of defects that I can see.
The movement inside is Japan made Seiko VD78 quartz. Which is a very good quartz movement. Battery life usually is around 2-3 years or if it is good battery you can squeeze out more. Anycase it is more precise than any mechanical watch will be. And I see that many young people like quartz more due to low maintenance costs and cheap price.
The strap is made of standard-grain Italian leather, and from my experience, it’s actually one of the better straps I’ve worn in terms of wear resistance. It’s not the most comfortable I’ve worn, but it’s also far from uncomfortable. It still looks good after 40 hours of wear. It’s one of the thicker straps, compared to the usual run of crocodile-grain leather varieties, this one is thicker by about a third. The stitching looks good, with no frays visible to my eye. The clasp – a standard steel buckle – looks great due to its polish and the Bonvier lettering. It’s a fairly standard unit, but considering the price, it fits right in.
Overall the watch is really good for the price you pay. It’s made using good materials and a quality Seiko quartz movement, meaning that it should keep ticking for years to come. I wish they’d have used sapphire instead of mineral glass, but it’s not unreasonable for the price point. I like the Classic 41mm case size. Value is personal, and in my opinion, Bonvier has baked decent value into the Classic style watch. From a materials perspective, it’s standard fare, build is good and I like the amazing sunburst dial. The watch is perfect for people who are justs tarting into watches and want something different from mainstream brands or for a guy who just wants a good looking classic watch on the budget.
Movement: Seiko VD78 Quartz
Functions: Small Seconds
Case diameter: 41 mm
Case height: 9.0 mm
Case colour: Polished Silver
Dial colour: Brushed Navy Blue
Strap width: 20 mm
Strap colour: Black
Strap type: Genuine Italian leather
Glass: Hardened mineral crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Case material: 316L Stainless Steel
Water resistant: 5 ATM
Warranty: 2-year manufacturer’s warranty