For some reason, firearms and watches are seemingly intertwined in the psyche of collectors. It can be a divisive topic for internet groups – with politics never far behind in any discussion. (That’s why firearms pictures and discussions are not permitted at the WATCHA Facebook Group).
But those who enjoy the aesthetics of a classic revolver type handgun will probably get a good kick out of the RVLVR AD line. These mechanical watches are geared toward firearm enthusiasts, with clever nods to the mechanical design of a revolver. And the AD6 currently finishing up a successful Kickstarter campaign has simplified the design cues compared to their previous models.
The AD5 is a beefy dive watch at 44mm in diameter and a lug-to-lug length of 52mm. Its cushion shaped case serves as the foundation to build some of the firearm cues. Our first hint at the inspiration is found on the chunky bezel, which is grooved like the outer portion of a revolver’s cylinder. The case uses a mix of brushed and polished finishes that is eye-catching. But beyond the aesthetics of the gun theme, the groves in both the bezel and crown make this a very useful tool watch for diving – it makes for an easy grip to adjust in different conditions. While it’s an unnecessary feature for most divers, the helium release valve is a nice finishing touch.
The AD5 finishes the pistol packing theme with a dial that carries on with the revolver cylinder theme. RVLVR took a layered approach to dial design, with a sandwich cut out, lume filled outer ring, lumed logo and an applied metal gun chamber to complete the vision. It’s simple and legible with nice contrast and depth.
Case Finish: Brushed/Polished
Case Material: 316L Stainless Steel
Movement: Automatic- Japan Mov’t (Seiko NH35A)
Crystal: Sapphire Crystal w/ AR Undercoat
Back: Mineral Exhibition
Lume:C3 Swiss SuperLuminova
Strap: HNBR Rubber w/ Quick Release
Water Resistance: 30 ATM (300M) with Helimum Escape Valve
It’s an election year, and people will find controversy in some pretty innocuous things. The RVLVR shouldn’t be one of them. This is a tribute piece that uses its firearm design influence without an in-your-face attitude or a hint of machismo. It’s meant to be fun, and in that spirit, I really enjoy the final product. It’s a well-built watch and could be an interesting conversation piece, provided you can keep politics out of the mix.
RVLVR’s kickstarter for the AD5 is in its final days. You can learn more here.