Following on from the cool-looking Ningaloo Reef Diver, the Duzu F35 is the latest watch from the Australian brand – this time it is an aviation-themed watch.
Duzu F35 Review
The Duzu F35 arrived in a cool leather watch roll. At the time of writing, I don’t know whether this is part of the Kickstarter package, but I certainly hope so – it is well-made and versatile. The watch itself looks at first glance to be a standard aviation watch, but on closer inspection, it is actually very different. Let’s take a tour of the watch.
The Duzu F35 has a 42mm case, although its thick bezel makes the dial appear smaller. It’s brushed finish makes it look sleek and modern, and the case is suitably chunky – perhaps a little too chunky for my tastes, as the slab sides makes it appear quite tall on the wrist despite only being 12.5mm thick. Around the back is an etched diagram which looks great but could do to be engraved more deeply as it is quite hard to make out. A slightly-domed sapphire crystal tops it off.
Dial and Hands
The orange lumed numbers on the Duzu F35 are its distinguishing feature and I really enjoyed the bold look of orange on black. Unusually, the hands are semi-skeletonised with just the tips finished in orange. This means it is always possible to read the day and month subdials (although as those dials bear no markings it is not so clear which month or day you are actually on).
Strap and Buckle
The canvas strap is backed with leather, in a matching orange to the dial. This looks good and also makes the strap comfortable to wear – canvas can dig into the wrist a bit without a proper backing. It is a decent length and at 22mm it looks and feels substantial.
Duzu F35 Video Review
What I Liked
- The bold orange colour is very striking
- The design is very original, even down to the buckle
- A day/month function is not often seen in microbrands
What I Didn’t Like
- The watch looks a bit thick due to its slab sides
- The semi-skeleton hands are a bit small to easily read at a glance
- The beautiful case back design could do with deeper engraving
Duzu F35 – The WRUK Verdict
Overall, I think the Duzu F35 will prove popular even at the relatively high RRP of $545. It is not really to my taste – it looks a bit tall for me and I would find the day and month function more irritating than beneficial. However, despite its conservative looks, the case is well-made and the watch feels solid enough. If the design speaks to you it is worth a look, but personally I preferred Duzu’s Ningaloo Reef Diver to this model.
Buy a Duzu F35
The Duzu F35 is coming to Kickstarter today, with early bird pricing starting from $329. To find out more head over to the Duzu website: https://www.duzuwatches.com/