Walter Shillington is an avid collector of mechanical watches. His reviews focus on inexpensive but often intriguing Chinese timepieces.
Due to an unpleasant incident involving my motor scooter and a slippery street covered with wet leaves, I spent several weeks with my left arm trapped within a cast. Work piled up and when I was finally able to return to my watch reviews, there were eight timepieces ready to photograph.
I looked forward to this day because, once the camera work was complete, I could finally slip one of these new timepieces onto my wrist. I had my eyes on the William L; a chunky little chronometer with a style adopted from the 1950s. Then I came across the Havet with its simple black dial rimmed by gold-colored stainless-steel. Suddenly, the William L appeared clunky and pretentious.
Without hesitation, I pulled out the Havet and strapped it around my wrist.
The Havet Byron HV-0314 comes well packed in a drawer-like cardboard box. Weighing in at only 44 grams (1.57 ounces), this watch is definitely a lightweight. It spans 40 millimeters and is 9 millimeters thick.
A simple black dial is disturbed only by a single subdial and barely perceptible hour markings. Gold-colored hands mark the minutes and hours, and a tiny pointer counts out each second.
This watch’s Hattori VD78A movement is protected by a rose gold colored, stainless-steel case and a mineral glass crystal.
It is equipped with a 20-millimeter-wide, black leather strap.
• Brand: Havet
• Model: Byron HV-0314
• Condition: New
• Place of Origin: Spain
• Gender: Male
• Display: Analog
• Movement: Hattori VD78A Quartz
• Functions: 12-hour time with second hand on subdial
• Band: Black leather with rose gold-colored buckle
• Band width: 20 millimeters
• Dial color: Black
• Dial window material: Scratch-resistant mineral crystal
• Case material: Stainless-steel with a rose gold-colored coating
• Case diameter: 40 millimeters (excluding crown)
• Case thickness: 9 millimeters
• Weight: 44 grams (1.57 ounces)
• Water resistance: 3 ATM (unsuitable for swimming.)
Havet is a brand name of Time Digital Factory SL. This company manufactures watches in Spain and offers its products through the website havet.com. Time Digital Factory was founded in 2017 and is based in Barcelona, Spain.
Their products are quite reasonably priced. The Havet Byron HV-0314, for example, retails officially at about $100.00 but is often on sale for half that amount.
Havet is a strong advocate of minimalism. A large black dial surrounded by a thin ring of gold conveys an impression of understated elegance. Matching hands, coated with luminous paint, circle within and a small pointer, positioned below, rotates once every minute.
The rose gold-colored stainless-steel case looks great when contrasted against its black dial and strap.
This watch is equipped with a soft and flexible, black leather belt. It is embossed with a distinctive pattern and includes a well-matched buckle.
A stainless-steel case protects the Havet’s movement. While I like the rose gold-colored treatment, these coatings are generally thin, and care should be taken not to clean this watch with an abrasive polish.
The flat, scratch resistant mineral glass crystal provides a clear view of this watch’s dial. A stainless-steel caseback is fitted to the back.
The movement; a Hattori (Seiko) VD78A Quartz, is an excellent choice and should last for years.
Havet matched this watch with a durable and comfortable black leather strap.
Water resistance is 3ATM, indicating this timepiece should not be worn while swimming.
This watch exhibits an aura of understated elegance suggesting it is worth considerably more than the actual purchase price. When quality and comfort are factored in, I have no problem recommending the Havet Byron HV-0314.
Time Digital Factory went to great lengths to style this watch. That is its strongest selling point. In the poll below I am attempting to determine the feature most likely to persuade my readers to part with their hard-earned dollars.
© 2018 Walter Shillington