What defines a good homage watch? The horological essentials have to be there, not just the aesthetic cues. A good homage watch doesn’t equate to an exact copy, by any means. Rather, it’s defined by quality, echoes of the original and a less than original price. The new Zuriner Depth Charge ZV-01 ($1,370) salutes the Panerai Radiomir Egiziano, which in its original size boasted a wall-clock sized 60mm diameter. So robust was the original that the Egyptian Navy donned it in the 50s. Now, Zuriner, founded by Canadian David Simmons, emerges with its modern interpretation, albeit at a less daunting and more manageable 48mm. We had the chance to review this new brand’s horological introduction first-hand. Full review and imagery after the jump.
The very unique and very imposing presentation box is the first thing you notice. Most watch boxes are around 4×5 inches in size, but Zuriner made sure the box matched the presence of the watch. A button-latched black box measuring 10×15 waxed ominous and birthed a healthy amount of anticipation. Inside lay the stealthy DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) coated Depth Charge on the thick, tan leather band. Also included were a darker brown band of the same unquestionable quality and a black watch screwdriver for changing out the straps. It’s not the biggest watch we’ve seen, but make no mistake, this is not a watch for the thin-wristed. It’s a healthy 15mm thick with a proportionally sized 24mm wide treated leather strap. The coated 316L Stainless Steel case surrounds the Swiss Unitas ETA-6497 manual wind movement which can be adjusted via the flip style crown guard. The 46 hour power reserve ensures that you’ll run almost two full days without winding. We liked the double coated sandwich-style black dial with Superluminova illuminated hands, markers and numerals. Last but not least, the small seconds is a design unique to Zuriner and perhaps less classic than on the original Egiziano but a nice touch, nonetheless.
Our favorite things about the watch are the overall build quality and the comfort. The nicely ratcheting bezel and the attention to detail on the case prevail. Also, the wear is surprisingly comfortable for such a hefty timepiece. The non-DLC coated caseback is smooth and easy on the wrist and the fit is so good, you don’t really notice the weight as much as you could at this size. The watch garnered numerous compliments from watch nerds and the general public, alike. We found that the watch goes extremely well for nights out in casual garb and especially on nautical outings, given the watches homage leanings and the 200 meter depth rating, should your mates toss you overboard. Good luck getting this beast under a dress shirt cuff, though, unless you buy large and run small. Just know that Zuriner is selling out of their six iterations of the Depth Charge quickly, so move fast. Mr. Simmons has certainly hit on something in his first release.
Buy Now: $1,370