Is the age of big, oversized watches over? Yes and no. For the masses I believe that era is over, but for the small number of diehards it will never be over. Like I have said in the past I personally think that way too much emphasis is placed on the size of a watch. I cannot relate to people who won’t even consider a watch due to it’s size. What draws me to a watch is it’s overall design. It the design speaks to me, size definitely does not matter. The size of a crown would be a deal breaker for me, before case size would ever. I don’t like pimple sized crowns because they are aesthetically and functionally unappealing to me. Thank the watch gods that today’s review watch has a badass crown attached to it which was the first design feature on this watch that caught my attention(in a good way) The Fonderia Navale Veneto arrived in a vintage looking cloth bag which is sealed by draw strings and is labeled ‘Fonderia Navale.’ I was impressed with the dark stained wooden box that was contained inside the bag. The size of the wooden box is absolutely ideal in my opinion. I say that the packaging a watch comes in is an extension of a watch’s personality. This box does just that in it’s beautifully simplistic design nature. I believe Fonderia Navale recognizes the change of era by putting out a 42mm piece.
When I opened the long hinged lid of the box, I was delightfully greeted by the beautifully simplistic Veneto. As I mentioned above, the oversized crown immediately grabbed my eyes attention. The Veneto’s crown is so easy to grip and operate from out of the box, to the wet conditions of the sea, it sailed past expectations with smooth seas. The crown is signed with engraved initials FN which adds a nice touch of detail just as the raised gripping edges do. Mr. Veneto’s single piece machined case does an excellent job of protecting this crown because how the crown guards were machined. The fixed bezel gives rise to the domed sapphire crystal that creates a beautiful complementary angle of detail to both the bezel itself and the crystal. The profile angles of the Veneto are beautiful yet badass. Another badass and beautifully done detail on the Veneto is the drilled lugs. The leather strap is securely held in place by thick screw bars that run between the lugs and are connected by flathead screws.
The textured dark blue dial is simplistically beautiful just like the case is. I love the large printed even numbers that are so legible both is daylight thanks to their size and at night thanks to the generous lume treatment that they received. Fonderia Navale did an awesome job of finding the Veneto the perfect sized and perfect shaped hands. I love the length and the width of these hands which add to the ease of legibility, which add to the aesthetics and which add the badassery of the Veneto. The hands reach exactly where I prefer them to reach, especially the second hand that extends out to the seconds track that is made up by a series of small circles. The white printed text is also an ideal size in my opinion because it still provides you with some information but doesn’t disrupt the simplistic and symmetrical flow of this dial. The dial was so easy to read in all conditions, light, dark, and even underwater. Everything that I expect from a dial.
This bronze beauty has very respectable wrist presence. The thick dark brown leather strap is soft and easily conforms to your wrist. I don’t think that Fonderia Navale could have done a better combo than this. In my opinion, a black ballistic strap with matching bronze hardware would look absolutely incredible as well. The trident inspired buckle on this strap though is another killer detail that adds to the wrist delight on this watch. I truly admire how all of the Veneto’s details complement each other brilliantly, while each detail works in horological harmony not trying to outdo one another. This is hard to achieve in my opinion yet, Fonderia Navale did it well on the Veneto. This piece is something special for sure. Bronze/copper pieces hold a special place in my heart because of that old nautical magic it possesses. I respect Fonderia Navale for their vision and their passion. I also admire that they aren’t out to destroy your wallet by over pricing their watches like some other Italian inspired companies do with their nautical bronze pieces.
The Veneto is a work of simplistic art. It’s a rugged piece that standouts nicely while on your wrist despite it’s simplistic nature. I highly recommend this piece for anyone who is looking to enter the nautical bronze watch world, who wants a reliable watch, that doesn’t break the bank, that has a quality design and is from a passionate company. I honestly cannot suggest any changes to the Veneto. I think that it all works well together and is an extremely fair deal for the watch to dollars ratio. The Veneto didn’t fail me one bit, especially when I was using it in the water. I loved how the lume immediately kicked into action once I entered the murky water. The hands and the hour markers were extremely legible the entire time. The leather strap and nice curved lugs allow for long comfortable wear in all conditions and environments. I had no issues in terms of comfort while wearing this piece at work, hiking, swimming, yard work, and playing with the kids.
I thank you all for taking the time to read my review and sharing in my passion for watches.
Thank you to Fonderia Navale for respecting the watch loving community. ❤️
FONDERIA NAVALE: VENETO
Vittorio Veneto was the second member of the Littorio-class battleship that served in the Italian Regia Marina (Royal Navy)during World War II. The ship’s keel was laid down in October 1934, launched in July 1937, and readied for service with the Italian fleet by August 1940.
Limited to 150 Pieces
Case diameter: 42 mm excluding the crown – lug to lug 50 mm
Movement: Seiko NH35 automatic
Case material: Tin Phosphor Bronze for heavy-duty applications
Crown: Tin Phosphor Bronze screw down crown 9 mm
Crystal: AR Sapphire single Domed 3.5mm thick
Dial: 32mm diameter grained Enamel with printed Swiss Super Luminova C3 lume .
Water-resistance: 200 meters / 660 feet / 20 ATM
Case back: Stainless Steel
Strap: 22mm brown leather 3.5 mm thick. Screw lug bars.
Buckle: Tin Bronze Buckle
Shock resistance: Shock-absorber device for balance staff
All orders get an extra zulu strap with brass buckle.