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REVIEW: Bomberg Maven

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Today, we’re taking a look at the first of three different watches that were sent over from review by the folks at Bomberg.  While they’re a fairly new brand, they’re definitely hitting hard on their first outing.

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You’ve no doubt seen their blitz showing up with information on other blogs and review sites, and even some news out of Basel.  Many new brands will start out cautiously, opening up one design with some variants in color or straps.  Here, Bomberg actually has three distinct models on offer, with a variety of options in all three lines.

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The model we’ll be taking a look at today is the Maven (our review sample was ref. MV44CHSS.GY0.3.NGY), which features the following:

  • 44mm sandblasted stainless steel care
  • Mineral crystal with AR and sapphire coatings
  • 100m water resistance rating (screw-down caseback)
  • Miyota OS25 Chronograph movement (retrograde 1/20 sec)

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The whole lineup features a uniquely embossed dial, which adds a nice bit of texture to things.  This then extends into the woven nylon strap (which has a leather backing), which is a nice use of the theme.  They dial and strap also follow a similar color pallete, here shown as primarily grey with orange accents.

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Of course, you can tell from the dial (and the movement used) that this is a chronograph watch, and the Miyota movement is a nice, known quantity that handles timekeeping, date, and timing duties without any issues.  The raised indices definitely make telling time quite easy, as do the lumed nickle hands.

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In daily wear, the watch felt just fine – not too heavy, but a tad bulky.  I think in many ways this was due to the stiffness of the strap, and it’s multiple layers (nylon and leather).  I also had it fit a bit looser than it could have been, but to get it snugged in there, it was just too tight for my personal comfort (this is on my 7.25″ wrist; you may have a different experience of course).

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This is all moot, however, unless you live in Switzerland or Central America (or will be travelling there).  The watches aren’t available online, and they’ve got a very targeted market at the moment (store listing).  If you’re near one of those stores, though, $645  (PVD adds another $50; will net you the Maven shown here.  Past that, one can only imagine that, should things pick up, availability will become more widespread.

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