Damasko DK105 review.
After 2 years research for a watch marking important points in my life I finally got a Damasko DK105 blue dial with black aligator strap. To make a long story short this watch had to compete Rolex OP39, Longines Master, Omega Aqua Terra, JLC Master Control, Grand Seiko and a few others.
So why the DK105? Well to begin with I was looking for a 3 hands classic, yet sporty all rounder, a daily beater with possibly in-house movement. Not that an ETA movement would be bad, but for this my grail watch I wanted something more exclusive.
Rolex OP39 was long time a favorite for me (yes I know..."exclusivity", but I really like the design of it), possibly the “Red Grape” but the price and purchase politics as well as the big hype around the Crown discouraged me, and after considering an Omega Aqua Terra I moved to JLC for a Master Control. I wear it on and it looked quite nice, but a little to filigree for me, and, honestly too expensive for what it really is. But I wanted something like that, exclusive and very well made. Now Damasko came into play, as I wear as daily rocker a DA36 since 5 years without any problems, still looks brand new… That’s the benefit of “Ice Hardened” steel from Damasko.
Of course I did know about the DK105 and even DK101 before, but I was not too much a fan of small seconds and hand winding. On an exhibition at my local AD I could wear the DK105 in Anthracite and it looked sooo amazing. From now on I investigated a lot further into the model and especially this awesome movement: Could not believe it as I found out of the specifications, the free sprung balance wheel is similar to what Patek is making, the famous “Gyromax”. Damasko has his very own “Gyromax”, silicon technology and all is done in house by a small family run manufacture (in true sense of the word) in Germany, Regensburg. This is sooo awesome that I decided to pull the trigger as soon as I got the fund. Now I m here with a watch of great technology, awesome finish, awesome movement, awesome case and of an exclusivity that has nothing to envy to the big players like JLC or Patek. It’s the Underdog of watch industry.
I m quite sure in the future watch enthusiasts will honor this, at least I did and don’t care about how much this brand is accepted or recognized. Real enthusiasts will notice and that’s the point. To me, and according to my watchmaker (who does service of several brands, also vintage) this DK105 can easily compete with the big players, on a much more down to earth price point. Talking about steel cases of course.
In short I love it for the high end movement (hand winding is not an issue at all, in fact it’s even easier than automatic to me), the case, the exclusivity of a small, likeable brand and the look, it’s just an awesome hell of a watch!! The sunburst blue dial "explose" in natural light, it makes me a smile in the face each time I look at it and I look alot on it :)
I include a few pics which I took from Damasko Facebook page, I'm a terrible photographer. I assume Damasko is reading here and if there is any problem with that, let me know and I take the pics off.
What can be done better? Not much on that specific model, maybe a steel bracelet would be cool, that said, it looks already awesome on black alligator or brown leather strap and is confortable after 1-2 days when the stiffness of aligator strap relaxed. Readability is excellent, even in the dead of the night I had no problems to read the time on my sideboard. Some will say it’s a little big for a dress watch, but that’s very subjective. To me it’s also a very sporty watch besides his classic design.
An icon? It's Damaskos one and only “dress watch” and the only one with hand winding caliber H35, so why not call it an icon when it can compete the big players? German perfection so to speak and if I can resume it in two words: Timeless perfection
Last, but not least, Damasko is a very silent and under the radar brand, they make not a lot of noise, nor publicity, the products stands for themselves. Just is that people has to know about, hence this review. Few more AD, well choosen and with trained service watchmakers would be an improvement. I m lucky to have such an AD very close.
Thank you for your attention.
PS: accuracy will be posted later, it’s a little too early after few days. So far its gaining a few secs a day. +10 Secs in 5 days. Pretty good to me so far...