Sapphire : crystal
Water-resistance : 5 bar (50 m / 199 ft, static)
Accuracy : from -1h15 to +2h30 per year
Autonomy : 38 hours
Calibre : Miyota 8219
Smallest unit displayed : 3 Hz
Jewel count : 21
Measurements : Ø 41.4 x 48.7 x 12.5 mm
Wrist size : 16 to 20 cm
Warranty : 24 mois
Anti-magnetisme : 4.800 A/m
Price: $382.07 USD
In today’s world we get so caught up in our technology which there isn’t necessarily anything wrong with that. Technology makes our lives “easier”. I rely on technology to complete my reviews and without technology I wouldn’t be able to bring these reviews to you. But there is something simple and beautiful about the classics. I still use a notebook and a pen to organize my reviews, keep track of watches, watch companies, etc. Today I will be showing you something very classic, the Gavox Legacy.
The Legacy attention to the classics can be immediately noticed from first glance. The polished case gives the Legacy lends to the classic dress style of this watch. The slightly curved, solid lugs are brushed on the top and polished on the sides. What I noticed pretty quickly is the crowns location. The signed crown is located at the 2 o’clock position. It’s an interesting choice and I actually like it. It’s a refreshing change and actually works well.
The crown operates as a classic push/pull style crown. The crown could be a bit bigger so operating it would be a little easier. The Legacy features a exhibition crystal case back allowing you to view the Miyota 8219 movement ticking away inside. The movement has a -20/+40 seconds per day accuracy rate. The Legacy in this reviewed was timed at +8 seconds per day. The case back also features information about the Legacy, such as the model name, number, GAVOX name and logo, 21 jewels, and Japan automatic movement. Another nice detail on the Legacy is that the rotor on the movement is engraved with the GAVOX name and logo.
The white dial is where the Legacy really shines. The dial is a real work of art. There is a lot going on with the Legacy dial, but it is so well designed and thought out that it’s a work of symmetrical execution. The hands on the Legacy just scream classic design, from the blued color, to the actual shape/design. To achieve the blues hands the metal is heated to approximately 320 degrees Celsius. The hour and minute hands even feature small lumed circles, which is a nice detail. I notice a lot that dress watches don’t usually contain any lume which is always disappointing.
The texture on the dial adds so much depth. The subdial at the 8/9 o’clock hour markers represents a 24 hour secondary hour indicator. I like what Gavox did here though. Instead of just a flat, uninteresting secondary dial, Gavox added a sun and moon to indicate day/night. The sun & moon are raised from the dial which adds that beautiful depth I mentioned earlier.
The other subdial at the 3/4 o’clock hour marker is a small seconds counter. The two subdial sneer together in the middle but Gavox kept the symmetry by adapting the small seconds with a curving in at the 40/50 seconds mark. I love that these weren’t eliminated but a simple curving allowed the beautiful flow.
The hour markers are represented by large Roman numerals and it doesn’t get anymore classic than that. All the numerals are represented here, some were adapted to allow for the subdial and the date window at the 6 o’clock position. Again Gavox stayed consistent with the flow and symmetry. These details clearly show Gavox’s dedication to design and how much thought/planning went into this dials design.
The outter track on the Legacy dial adds nicely to the detail of this dial. The inner chapter ring features the minute indices from 5 through 60. Another classic detail is the guiloche that is found throughout this dial. For those of you unfamiliar with guiloche, it’s the process of intricate and precise engraving that dates back to the 1770’s France and supposedly was first used by a mysterious French engineer named Guillot. Gavox kept the text on the Legacy to a minimal, limiting it to “Gavox Watch Co., 21 jewels, Japan Movement.
Wrist is 7 1/2” for reference
The Legacy is quite comfortable to wear and has wonderful presence on the wrist. The alligator textured leather strap is beautiful. It is classic and the color is stunning, which is a deep blue which matches the hands on the Legacy. The Legacy is full of these little, but impactful details. The strap attaches via a stainless steel traditional tang style buckle. The Legacy comes in at a great price point, I understand why there isn’t a deployment style buckle, but that detail would have completed this classic look/design.
The Legacy is a beautiful work of horological art. The well thought out design process is quite evident when you hold the Legacy in your hand. Michael prides himself on the attention to detail and it delivers a beautiful watch here with the Legacy. The dial alone is worth picking up this watch as it is full of amazing, small details that come together in symmetrical harmony. This watch has the look and detail of a watch that costs 4 times the Legacy price.
I would have absolutely no reservations about recommending the Legacy to anyone looking for a dress style watch for the office or for that special “dressing up” occasion. This is my third experience with a Gavox watch, so the quality, well thought design process and execution is no fluke. I want to personally thank Michael for the honor and opportunity to review the Legacy. Thanks for reading.