What is a tool watch ? There are too many definitions of it in various forums. Some defined it as a watch designed for a purpose (eg. diving, rock climbing, automotive, flight, etc); some defined it besides being built for a purpose, it gives a ruggedness substance that offers a beautiful aesthetic from engineering standpoint; some defined watches created more than just telling time of the day and aesthetically of the design is secondary. There is no definite term for a tool watch in today’s watch industry, and it varies from brand to brand on its’ definition. However, D.M. 1936 offers a variation of series (Army, Air Force, Navy & Tourbillon) in its’ current collection today, and in my opinion, the Navy series does fit the tool watch category. Why ? That is what this review is all about as I have the opportunity to field test the model U-3001-BLK from the Navy series and to share my experience with it.
Technical Specification of U-3001-BLK
- 48mm Case Diameter excluding E-Tool & Crown
- 316L Sand-Blasted Stainless Steel Case
- 24mm lug width
- 90 click Uni-directional rotating bezel
- Domed mineral crystal
- Mineral glass exhibition caseback
- Luminous hour markers and hands
- Chinese made self winding automatic movement with power reserve feature
- 40 hours power reserve
- 4mm thickness tapered genuine leather strap
- Water resistance of 10atm
- Limited edition 50 pieces worldwide for each colour variation
Here is what I think about the U-3001 :
Case : It’s not for the weak hearted ! Yup, that’s right… if you have a small wrist or just not into large sized watches, then this is definitely not the watch for you. Measured at 48mm excluding the crown and the E-Tool, this is definitely a chunky sized watch on an average wrist size. The design of the case is definitely one of the eye-catcher for this model because on the left side of it may look like a decorative design (eg. torpedo or a submarine) to match the Navy theme, but it’s actually an Emergency Tool (E-Tool). The screw-down crown is on the right side of the case with a unique touch of a black rubber stamped “DM” onto it. This matches the whole case with the black bezel and black dial. On the caseback, it showcased the automatic movement via the exhibition mineral glass. Around the caseback glass are the engraved model, brand, water resistance and the serial number individually assigned.
Conclusion to my thoughts on the U-3001 :
Again, I really have to re-iterate, it’s really not for the weak hearted ! It’s large but not too huge, chunky but not to clunky, and finally it’s a tool watch for me from design & feature perspectively ! I had the chance to mix & match the U-3001 with some of my existing 24mm straps, and it looked amazingly good on leather, metal bracelet, mesh and even pilot theme strap. Best of all, each colour variation is limited to 50 pieces only. I really like the overall concept where the details of each features are carefully designed in detail by DM1936. If you are looking for a tool watch, here is one you should not miss out ! Do check out the review on the other series of Air Force BV-138-BLV by Bert Kanne.