Ever since I got into watches, I always like these crazy, quirky designs that aren’t just a regular round cased watch. And I remember that I was searching for something cool in affordable price, I found only a couple of brand like Xeric, Atto Verticale and one watch from a brand called Void which we have here in for review. In that time, they only had the same case watch, but with different model name V01 MKII and it featured digital screen and module which actually was their first ever watch design. But we are taking a look at V02 MKII which is a newer model, but with an analogue dial.
VOID Watches is a Swedish design company based in Hong Kong and founded in 2008 by mechanical engineer and designer David Ericsson who launched the brand with a set of iconic square digital watches known as the V01. The brand also has other interesting design like a digital watch PXR5 and a very cool watch called V03M with almost like a dress watch case and a maxi dial like the Rolex has which I think is a really cool design. Davis was very kind to send me the Void V02 MKII in silver case colour and black strap, there are also other black PVD coated and rose gold, gold coloured cases with different colour straps.
The V02 MKII came in a very nice rectangular cardboard box. They were also very kind to send me another black strap, strap changing tool, pencils, cleaning cloth and a little notebook. So it came with a lot of things. The first impressions of the watch were wow! I knew I already liked the design, but I didn’t think that it is so well built, as VOID looks like a fashion watch brand. But when I took the watch in my hands it feels like a proper watch! I also noticed how good are the leather straps, they feel very soft and definitely are one of the best in the market.
So the case of the V02 MKII is made of 316L stainless steel. The case is rectangular with hidden lugs under the case and it has that 70s look. The case is very well machined. Every angle and line is sharp, everything just lines up perfectly! The case width is 36mm, case height is 42mm and the thickness is 8,4mm. The dimensions, in my opinion, are great, the watch looks big on the wrist, but wears nicely! On the right side of the watch, we have a push-pull crown which has a nice knurled grip and VOID logo engraved on the top. The crown is a bit off-centred, but it looks good design wise. The solid case back is held in with four little screws. On the case back we have some specifications engraved and other stuff. The finishing on the whole case is this matte silver almost bead blasted look. It looks nice, but it tends to catch every fingerprint and leave these darker spots on the case just like matte finished titanium watches. The water resistance is 5ATM (50M) which is more than you will ever need for a watch like this, but I will remind you that swimming is not an option with this watch.
Now we come to the most interesting and complicated part of the watch, the dial. The dial window is also rectangular and placed on the bottom part, but the dial markers and everything is placed like on a round dial. The dial itself is black with white and red printing on it. The second’s hand is black with a white tip and the hour, minute hands are white and red coloured. So how do you read time? It is quite hard to explain it in text form, so I will better show the video that VOID has already made on how to read time.
Yes, it is pretty hard to read time and I wouldn’t say that it is pretty functional and practical, but I just like the design of this watch! It just reminds me gauge cluster of a vintage racing car, it just has that 70s racing era design in my opinion. Although the design isn’t meant to resemble racing or anything like that. But that is the beauty of watches, each watch reminds us something different. On top of the dial sits a flat sapphire crystal with a black edge around it and it has the VOID logo on the right bottom corner.
The movement inside the watch is one of Japan made Miyota quartz ones, but I don’t know which. But it isn’t important as these quartz movements are pretty good and will be more accurate than any Rolex watch will ever be. The battery life on these usually is around 2-3 years.
The straps that VOID watches come with are amazing! The quality of the leather an everything is really nice. I chose the brown and black strap, but I’ve been wearing it mostly on the black strap. The leather has that buttery soft touch to it and is very supple so will wrap your wrist nicely! I can definitely say without any doubt that these are one of the best straps that come in stock with the watch. And if you need a new strap for any of your watches, I suggest you buy straps from them! On the V02 MKII the lug width is 22mm so finding straps will be pretty easy. The strap also has a nice taper from 22m at the lugs to 18mm at the buckle. The buckle is a tang style buckle, but with their own design and it looks pretty good. In my opinion, the watch would look pretty cool with a brown rally strap or on a bright orange nato strap.
Overall I was really impressed by the watch and the design! As I said I noticed this watch a long time ago and was really tempted to take a look at it for some time now! Yes, it is a bit too hard to read the time, but for the price, it is very well built! For 265$ you get a very cool and unique design, well built and machined case, sapphire crystal, Japan made quartz, good quality leather strap and tons of joy wearing this watch! If you like crazy and cool designs, you definitely must try this watch out!
|MOVEMENT||Analogue Display with Japan Quartz Miyota Movement|
Premium Black Italian Calf Leather
|CASE||W36 x H42 x D8.4mm
316 stainless Steel