yo wrote:Recently bought a Tsovet SVT AR77.... it is kind of a baby B&R, but it has some nice specs.
SWISS MADE, RONDA 515 SWISS QUARTZ MOVEMENT W/CALENDAR
CASE: AEROSPACE-GRADE 316L STAINLESS STEEL MATTE PVD BLACK
BAND: BLACK ITALIAN RUBBER (whatever that is...)
Funny story, I actually just purchased an AR77 myself in the gunmetal + olive color option.http://www.tsovet.com/SVT-AR77_ep_56.html
Love how the crown was on the left side, so if you're a left-arm-watch-wearing-individual, when you bend your wrist upward, you won't get jabbed with a hunk of metal right there in your tendons. Really handsome with a serious, yet subdued industrial aesthetic.
Not being a watch guy at all (I own a Braun, thanks to a contest here at Core77, and a titanium Swiss Military watch, plus a few others), after one day of owning the AR77, I sadly had to contact Tsovet about a more "suitable" replacement option. Even though I loved the look, I couldn't swing it/pull it off/what have you. It just wasn't me.
Since I had only put it on once, didn't wear it out, they were happy to oblige. A week later, the LX73 arrived from Tsovet, in the silver and black option.http://www.tsovet.com/LX73--LX111010_p_7.html
Since I can't really take a look at these in person, I went off the online image for the replacement. Much simpler, but keeping that industrial raw look that I was really attracted too. What I didn't take into account, was that the circular case LX73 was actually 2mm larger than the square case of the AR77 (48mm up to 50mm).
So yeah... I returned it one last time. I'm set receive the smaller RS40 (40mm diameter) this Friday by the end of the day. http://www.tsovet.com/SVT-RS40_p_125.html
Great customer service. I specifically promised the kind folks over at Tsovet that this was the final exchange. They took it all with good humor. Though I admit, I felt a bit embarrassed that second time. My defense was, "hey, I'm not a watch guy".
So, Michael... does the AR77 in black look a bit smaller than it actually is? I imagine that black on black scheme looks great in person. I was really, really close to picking it up when I was ordering the AR77... in the end, to choose the color, I think I ended up flipping a coin.