Solitude - DLC

Raven Solitude, black dial, DLC case, on bracelet.

  • Black dial
  • Black bezel
  • 40mm case
  • Lug to lug is 47mm, height is 13mm.
  • Water resistant to 300m.
  • Rubber gaskets in the screw down crown and case back.
  • 20mm solid stainless steel bracelet with adjustable clasp.
  • Crystal - domed sapphire - chamfered edge.
  • Crystal - inside AR coating.
  • Rotating bezel has lume filled markers.
  • Raised and polished hour indices and polished hands.
  • Super-LumiNova BGW9 on the dial, hands and bezel.
  • Timed and regulated Seiko NH35A.

Customer Reviews

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Great watch

This watch was a father’s day gift from my wife. She asked what to get me and I shopped around briefly and chose this watch not thinking it would be anything particularly special.

I was wrong.

To be clear, I’m not an expert - just an amateur enthusiast, so I had my doubts about buying from a smaller company without decades of history; I wanted a tough watch that ran well but also looked good in a variety of settings. I wasn’t sure a smaller “micro-brand” could deliver that.

However, I was not disappointed.

The watch feels sturdy on the wrist without feeling like you’re dragging an anchor around, but not dainty where I’m worried about dinging it.

I can wear it to the beach, on a hike, and then put a dress shirt on and not worry about my watch being appropriate at the office or a restaurant because it works in basically any setting.

The bezel, though I prefer sapphire, is tightly set (which I love) and falls precisely on the face. The same can be said of the crown - it’s built well so that there’s no jiggle or play, which drives me nuts with my pricier watches.

The movement is smooth and reliable enough that I only really check it against a precision clock about once a week (if I remember to) and the watch is only a few seconds off by then.

The lum - I don’t know the technical specs on it - works for the entire night after the lights are out. I’m not a diver so I’ve never tried it underwater, but when I wake up in the night or have had to deal with the kids and instinctively check my wrist, I’ve never had to guess what time it is
because it’s the brightest thing in the room.

I figured the “dlc” coating was a gimmick and that it would scratch up after enough dings. But even after months of regular wear (yard work, small car repairs, some outdoor adventures, etc.) I have yet to see a scratch.

Overall, I would highly recommend this watch. It quickly became my everyday favorite to wear and I sincerely doubt I’ll be replacing it anytime soon.

It’s a great watch.

M
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Review

I have had this watch for several months. Agreed that it looks and feels great. However, the primary function of a watch is to let you know the time. My watch gains at least a minute weekly. In the 21st century a watch should be able to keep the correct time with more accuracy. The glow nighttime does not last very long either making it useless to read at night. Overall pretty disappointed.

Hi Mark, thanks for the review. You are welcome to send in your watch to be examined and regulated, but a mechanical watch will vary in time and it sounds like yours is gaining about 10 seconds per day, which is normal, but can be regulated down to 5 seconds a day, which will put you at around a 30 second gain per week, which is good for a mechanical watch. If you are looking for 21st century technology for dead on accuracy, you should look into some of the super quartz watches from Grand Seiko's 9F line, or if you are looking for an economical watch, check out the atomic quartz watches from Casio. As for the lume, we use Superluminova BGW9 from Switzerland, it is one of the brightest products on the market and as bright as any watch I own. I suggest making sure it has been charged by the sun or by a UV flashlight before using it in the dark, all lume must be charged by UV first. Let me know if you have more questions, and if you want to send in your watch to be examined and regulated. Kind Regards,
Steve Laughlin