REVIEW: Gavox Curtiss P-40 Small Seconds

Posted on 25 March 2013 by Patrick Kansa

 

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Today, we’ll take a look at the first of two samples that Gavox sent over for review (and yes, that watch name is quite  a mouthful).  Before we get into the watch, though, we’ve got some house keeping to clear up.  First, being, of course, the history of the Gavox brand, as many of you may not have heard of them before today.

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Gavox was founded in 2011, by Michael Happé, a pilot and grandson of one of the original “Flying Tigers” (you can read up on them here) – which explains why we see a heavy aviation influence on the lineup – most evident in the Curtiss P-40 name being used.

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Given all of that, I’m fairly confident calling this a pilots-style watch (even though it doesn’t have the triangle many of us associate with the style).  This is a fairly compact piece, with the 40mm stainless steel case measuring in at only 8mm thick.

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This is in large part made possible by the Seiko VD78 quartz movement housed inside, which in turn nets the standard time readout and sub-seconds dial at the 6 o’clock position.  Capping off the case, you’ve got a mineral crystal up front and steel in back, all coming together for a 50m water resistance rating.

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As you would expect, this is a very light and comfortable watch – you can easily forget you have it on your wrist it’s so light.  Our sample came on one of the nicest canvas straps I’ve seen in awhile – it has a great, earthy texture to it that contrasts the smoothness of the PVD-coated case.

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Of course, if you’re not a fan of the canvas strap, you can opt for a nylon NATO or padded leather; you can also opt for a plain stainless case.  Outside of the EU, pricing should start around $160 or so (with PVD tacking on another $16 or so dollars).

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For my take on it, I really liked the piece.  It has a great sense of style and design that we’ve seen in the Techné lineup, and it’s a good way to get a subtle flavor of the aviator style on your wrist.  If you’d like to pick one up, head on over to Time 2 Give and place your order.

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