1/28/2010 - Please feel free to leave a comment. Getting ready to do a one year review. Let me know if you want something included or covered.
I'm having problem getting the pics to show so here's a link to them.
Okay, so here's my story. I've been cruising the forums for hours and I ended up at the homages section. I really liked the look of Panerai's but could never really see myself paying that much for a watch. Anyways after hours and hours of reading I ended up going with Davidsen mainly because he has gotten a lot of happy customers and his price range was on the lower end.
Here's a list of who my possibles were because of the forum. All of these got praises from the forum. But ultimately I ended up with Davidsen because of Anton C who wrote a review and had really nice pics of the watch.
Marine Diver - International Watchman
Here's a link to the Anton C's article and pictures. Linky
Some of Anton C's Pics
The somewhat difficult process was the communication with Davidsen. You can only contact him though email. He was quick to reply and I believe there was a small amount of language barrier. He would answer some of my questions but ultimately not all. I emailed him a lot just to make sure I get exactly what I ordered.
My order was easy because I used pictures. And I used exact description, which was provided by Anton C. He said that he had some stock so there really was no lead time for me. Before he sent the watch he sent me some pics of what I was to receive. Here it is.
This watch was not the exact as the one Anton C. has you can tell by the lettering and the swiss made on the bottom. But I still like it.
The only thing that bothered me with the watch was the exhibition case back. I've heard of people selling and saying that they have this homage with a Sapphire Caseback, but Davidsen said that he has none, so I asked for a sterile one with it just in case. And he agreed to give me the sterile case back separate.
Cool lume shot. Many of the forum talks speaks highly of the lume for David. Ultimately this is why I went with a bit more quality homage because of the lume quality. Not that I have experience with other replicas or homages, but I went with the forums advices.
This is the somewhat scary part. Davidsen only takes 4 types of payments and basically they are all wire transfer.
1.By western Union
4.Bank to bank telegraphic transfer
Davidsen said "SORRY NO PAYPAL AS MY A/C BEEN SUPENSED DUE TO REPLICA TRADING."
I was a bit hesitant, but too many people have ordered and there have been absolutely no complain about dealing with him. So really just go for it.
He also accepts returns and really works with what the problem is.
The shipping was very fast. He uses EMS shipping. I think he sent it on 12/31/08 and I received the watch on 1/3/09.
I really have no experience with how they should pack watches, but here's pics of how Davidsen does it.
To be honest I really did not know what to expect, but my expectations were pretty high. I basically trusted everyone in the forums opinion. Considering I am fairly new to collecting watches/timepieces, I figured everyone in here is pretty knowledgeable and ultimately they did not fail. So here's what I love about the watch. First the watch is substantial. Then there are no sharp edges as some of the cheaper homages have, or so I've heard. The dial is sandwich type and it looks supurb/high quality. I had doubts about the gold hands, but since I got it, that has been my favorite about the watch. It shines in different angles and looks stunning. You can see the picture I took and a Link to other pics.
Love the sandwich dial... looks pretty deep here. Love the gold hands as well.
Here's the Description I sent to Davidsen using many of Anton C. description.
47mm stainless steel case based on the 1950 design
26mm lug width, 57mm lug to lug
Brushed finishing, polished bezel
Sterile lever guard
Mineral case back on watch & Sterile Case back packed separately
30meters water resistance tested
Sandwich with Super Luminova
Sub second dial at 9 o' clock
...... Militare text on dial, big font, RXW style
Gold with Super Luminova
High domed sapphire
Anti Reflective Coating on the underside
Swiss Unitas 6497 17 jewels hand winding
Please send a brown colored strap. My wrist is small so hopefully it will fit a 6 and 3/4" inch wrist.
Not really too familiar with straps, but I have a pretty small wrist. 6"3/4 so he gave me a standard one. I asked for brown, but he only had black. I also hear on the forums that he gives both colors, but I guess he only has black for the smaller wrists. I will probably look for a new one. Here's my choises so far, going with the forum's top guys again.
Zack/Old Skool - Red 12
Ted Su - Kevlar Strap and Dive Buckle
and maybe a forum member Crew
I think that this was what I was worried about. First if it was substantial, second if it was loose and wiggles and third if it was only for aesthetics purposes only. I really have not felt a real Panerai so I really don't know how it feels. My friend has a fake one and I thought that the lever was flimsy, so this worried me. Overall it fits tight when closed and really does serve a purpose when it is locked. However, the lever does wiggle, but I don't know if a real Panerai does, I'm guessing not. Anyways I am still satisfied with it.
I'll let the picture speak for itself. Homage next to a Seiko 5 Mile Marker Diver Automatic.
Tested itand it's about +3 sec/ day. Which I think meets COSC standards. I think this is where Davidsen regulates the watch to about.
Okay just tested the power reserve and I get a whopping 48.5 hours of reserve, which is pretty good.
In case you feel like a noob and don't really want to ask anyone here's a few hints on how the how to...
As some member have helped me. They say to wind the watch clockwise or towards the top. In other words away from you. It takes about 30-40 full revolutions to get it fully wound. Don't worry about over winding it as you will feel the tension. Just slow down a bit and you will feel it stop. Please do not force it after that. Also it is normal to have it come back a little as you are turning.
DSN / DAVISEN INFO
If you have questions for him you can email him at email@example.com
Blog Link and Info: Linky
Photos of Watches: Linky
OTHER WATCH MAKERS INFO
JOA -Jorell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Marine Diver - International Watchman - Ron (email@example.com)
STRAP MAKERS CONTACT
Red12 -Zack (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ted Su (email@example.com)
Hope this helps someone.
Brief History - Linky at Paneristi