I bought the blue bezel + blue dial date version. Visually, it’s perfect. I love the overall emphasis on brushed rather than polished surfaces; and the over-engineered design and production quality. As Rolex is to Raven, so is Rolls Royce to Bristol Motor Cars.
The ‘Jubilee’ style bracelet is wonderful; lighter than an ‘Oyster’ style and with flatter links than a Rolex. And completely brushed. What’s not to love?
The 39mm case size, similar size to a Black Bay 58, is perfect. I had a 40mm Trekker in the past. This new design is superior in every way: case architecture, weight, wrist-fit and visual perfection. The BB 58 obviously has a superior movement, but otherwise it’s a photo finish. Considering the price difference, I’ll leave it to you decide which is better value.
I’ve owned five 41mm Black Bays and about ten Rolex Subs and Sub-Dates. For a micro-brand, this is close as you can get to similar design + engineering (C Ward, Halios, MKII and Monta excepted).
This watch is a home run for Steve. He should keep it on as a standard product offering. If you loved the experience and thrill of owning and wearing Rolex sports watches in the 1980s and 90s, but think they are overpriced today (and no longer appropriate for daily wear), then buy a Tudor Black Bay 58 or a Raven Trekker. In fact, you should buy both!
Now all Steve needs is for someone famous to start wearing one!