It seems that the past few years within the microbrand industry, whenever a new brand launches, chances are it’s from Singapore. Hence, it’s no surprise today’s review you are reading now is a new brand from Singapore called Dailos, founded by Mr. Denzel and the first model released, Waveform is a full titanium 40mm diver watch. I had the prototype loaned to me and had the opportunity to hands-on the watch for today’s review purpose. So let’s go into technical specifications first before what I go into detail…
- Case Diameter: 40mm
- Case Thickness: 13.7mm including crystal
- Lug to Lug: 47mm Lug to Lug
- Lug Width: 20mm
- Case Material: Reinforced Titanium Bracelet with screw links and milled clasp
- Crystal: Double domed sapphire crystal with 5 layers of underside AR coating
- Bezel: 60-click unidirectional bezel with ceramic insert
- Crown: Signed screw-down crown
- Lume: BGW-9 Swiss Super-Luminova
- Movement: Seiko NH35 Movement
- Water Resistance: 300m / 30ATM / 990ft
After wearing it for 2 weeks, I can say that the prototype definitely had some minor issues with it, but it was highlighted by Dailos before I even received it. Below are the changes expected on the mass production as compared to the prototype (information provided by Dailos).
Changes Expected on Mass Production:
- This specific prototype has a minor issue with the crown being unable to fully screw-down as mentioned before and will be checked and rectified for the production models.
- The 90-click bezel will be changed to a 60-click bezel with a better and tighter bezel action as there is an issue with the current prototype having too smooth a bezel action with a fair amount of back-play.
- The colour tone of the ceramic bezel insert will be slightly lighter than the prototype to match the colour of the case and bracelet to give it a cleaner and more versatile look as the current bezel is a little too dull.
- The current prototype uses a double-screw link system for the bracelet which although is more secure, causes the sizing of bracelets to be very difficult. It will be changed to the regular one-sided screw links for the production model.
- There will be an added chamfered polish to the clasp to match the edges of the case to give the watch a better overall look.
Here’s what I think about the Waveform:
The Case: I am usually a 42 – 44mm kinda guy, but my recent few watch reviews including Vario and Reise just proves to me that 39 – 40mm is actually a decent size watch size depending on the case design. This statement is no difference with Dailos at 40mm. I felt it fits my 6.5″ wrist size nicely and I like how the crown is positioned at 4 o’clock, which doesn’t add the width-ness to the case diameter from 3 to 9 o’clock position. The crown is slightly smaller that the usual diver’s crown and it’s protected by crown guard (which I hope the production version will have the crown flushes well with it). Next is the material chosen – Titanium Grade 2. It’s not a commonly used material because of its’ price tag and the weight offered because most traditional dive watches requires some sort of weight onto the wrist… but not with Dailos and kudos for being bold.
The Bezel: Firstly, the prototype I received has a very loose bezel and it will be expected to be much tighter with smoother bezel action on final production. I like how clean the bezel looks with 2 lines of bridge between 0 – 10 and 10 – 20 and the rest of the markers in glossy finishing. Under some lighting condition, it reflects the bezel nicely and there is a slight lume pip on the main 12 o’clock triangle marker. Overall, it’s slightly different from the common diver’s watch bezel design.
The Dial: Mine came with the sunray blue dial and I felt that it matches very nicely with the titanium case colour. I kinda prefer the “Ghost” version of how the hour markers, second, minute and hour hand are designed as compared to the traditional concept. It’s like a skeleton theme but in a very unique way. I always like dates that are positioned either 3 or 6 o’clock with matching colour scheme with the dial. So that’s attention to little details by Dailos.
The Lume: It’s filled with BGW9 swiss super-luminova on the hour marker, hands and bezel pip. No complains here because it’s one of the brightest in the market today and most commonly used on divers watch because it needs to be legible especially when in low light conditions (eg. diving).
I feel that this watch has a lot of potential because it’s not only a divers watch, but because of its’ size and almost weightless due to the titanium material used, it’s also a cool funky dress watch that can be tucked underneath ones’ cuff shirt. It’s also a nice casual weekend watch too as the greyish colour from the titanium base does give it a special vibe when worn. I like the execution of the watch and would have preferred the ghost dial concept on all the variation, but that’s just me. Overall, for the starting price of US$299 that is expected to launch on kickstarter, I feel that this watch offers value for money in return of an exciting new brand with its’ first model – Waveform. Kudos to Denzel and Dalios and I am sure the campaign will be a success for sure !