One of the charming things about a microbrand watch company is the ability to impart a sense of the founder’s personality, tastes and even a sense of place. With the Divisio from Roebuck Watch Company, owner Guy Roebuck has created a timepiece with nods to his Texas roots.
Adding details to a watch can be tricky business. Making choices can be the difference between a watch that sings and one that is a busy, chaotic mess. The Divisio finds a nice balance by mixing finishes, materials and functions.
The Divisio utilizes an interesting mix of polished and brushed contrasting surfaces on its 316L stainless steel case. The mid-case is grooved and brushed and the lugs are brushed while beveled edges are polished. The visual spectacle of the case is finished with a thin outer bezel with carbon fiber inlay. The closed back features a nod to Roebuck’s locale of Round Rock — with an engraved likeness of the town’s water tower. Two toothy, large crowns complete the case.
Roebuck wanted to incorporate a visual homage to the corrugated roofs found around Texas, so he added a similar texture to the dial, leaving a smooth stripe down the middle for added depth. The polished markers are filled with Super Luminova. This particular iteration pays homage tot he Gulf racing colors of powder blue and orange. It’s a nice touch to add some racing features to a sporty tool watch. The clean white inner bezel with minute track is controlled by the crown at the two o’clock position.
316L stainless steel case finished with mixed brushed and polished detailing, this is the food/surgical grade stainless steel, also known as marine grade. This ensures the case and buckle will stay corrosion free for decades to come.
Dimensions: 42mm diameter, 49.77mm lug to lug, 11.97mm thick
Water resistance: 10ATM / 100m / 330ft
Rotating inner chapter ring to use as a timer to track time elapsed or time countdown
Applied numerals and indices, a higher quality solution as opposed to painted on markers.
Super-Luminova BG-W9 lume to hands and markers
Miyota 9039 automatic no-date movement, featuring a 42-hour power reserve, a high 28,800 vph beat rate
Carbon fiber look bezel insert
22mm tapered Italian leather band with calfskin lining, quick release spring bars, monogrammed 316L stainless steel buckle
The Divisio presents a great mix of materials and local inspiration that belies the simplicity of design. It manages to be creative without being pretentious or unfocused. This is a great looking piece that makes great use of the Miyota 9039’s thin proportions, keeping the thickness to just under 12mm. It’s a versatile timepiece that would look great in any collection.
You can learn more about the Diviso at the Roebuck Watch Co. website.