Ternos Sixties black 40mm automatic 100m diver 16152550
DAVOSA is reviving the spirit of the 1960s with the Sixties edition of its popular Ternos diver’s watch. In this edition, the Swiss manufacturer of high-quality mechanical watches focuses not only on materials and design but also on how the watch feels on the wrist, in a bid to revive the carefree decade during which freedom in lifestyle and fashion became so important.
The case of the Ternos Sixties is made entirely from corrosion-resistant 316L stainless steel. It is shaped like a lens, and fits snugly onto the wrist: The screw-down back domes several millimeters,
concealing a robust Swiss DAV 3021 automatic movement. The dial is protected by a domed glass, a typical characteristic of the 1960s watch design. A uni-rotational, aluminum bezel underscores the vintage look and comes in either blue, black, or burgundy.
Today’s high-quality metal watch straps generally comprise of individually screwed links, with screws that are sunk into each link, rendering them almost invisible. In the last century, however, functional watches frequently featured visible rivets, which were easily recognizable by their raised profiles along the outside edge of the links. DAVOSA has given the Ternos Sixties a metal strap that revives this classic look. In keeping with the times, however, the rivets of the lower links are nevertheless screwed to enable easy watch strap adjustment.
With a case diameter of only 40mm, the Ternos Sixties adheres to the more moderate case sizes of earlier decades. It displays a slender height of 12mm, despite the domed glass and diver’s bezel. This is achieved through an elaborate case construction, with a case head that weighs only 58g including movement and dial. The metal strap adds a mere 68g, as the 3mm thick links taper from 20mm to 16mm, another nod to the prevailing fashion of 70 years ago.
Sizing & Fit
I purchased this watch based on YT reviews and, more specifically, it's weight and the dimensions and the fact that it's on a bracelet with screws. The size and weight are as advertised, but there are two significant flaws with this model. First, although they look cool, the rivet-style screw heads (because they are not flush and stick out) prevent the use of the rear two micro adjustments. How this was missed by the designers, I have no idea. As a result, I am not able to get the fit that I want. Major fail. Second, the screw sets used on the bracelet links consist of one teeny-tiny screw (male end) and one long tube (female end). Because of the nearly unmanageable design of the teeny-tiny screw ends, this watch bracelet was the most difficult to size I have ever encountered -- I had to use micro-tweezers and a magnifying glass.. I have owned many dozens of luxury and lesser brands over my 30 years of collecting, and I have never encountered such difficulty and frustration when sizing a bracelet with screws. Even cheap pins and collars would've been easier. These screws should've been of equal lengths -- problem solved. Again, another huge fail by the design team. I'm really disappointed because I was looking forward to getting a few more color variations of this model. Instead, I ended up gifting this watch to a friend with larger wrists who doesn't need the micro adjustments. So, it worked out well for my buddy, so long as he never has to size it again. SMH...
This watch reminds me of the 1978 Rolex Submariner that I owned and regrettably sold a year later. But it stands on its own as a well crafted beautiful watch on its own. It’s the first automatic watch that I’ve purchased in 17 years and I’ve forgotten the pleasures of a self winding automatic watch.