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The Damasko DS30 OBO is the latest offering after the much-awaited DC80 collection, along with the more "monochromatic" DS30 Ocean variant, differentiated by a hint of orange for its second hand. The DS30 follows much of Damasko's styling trademark, large and legible markers, bold sword hands and the now-familiar crosshair in the center of the dial. But this is where the similarity ends.
|Damasko DS30 OBO|
The Damasko DS30 OBO's watch case is made in-house by Damasko and is the second model after the Dsub1 to be using what Damasko calls "Deutscher U-Boat-Stahl," which translates to be Germany Submarine Steel. The U-Boat steel is a high strength alloy steel and used extensively in the construction of German submarines and navy ships. The bead-blasted submarine steel makes it durable and highly scratch and corrosion-resistant.
Another unique characteristic of the submarine steel has to be the color of the steel. The dark titanium grey color gives the watch a utilitarian, no-nonsense attitude while balancing with its classic case size and sterile-like dial.
The all-new case design is water-resistant to 200m. It measures in at 39mm case without the crown, a lug to lug length of 46.5mm, and a height of just under 10mm, with a lug width of 20mm. The curved lugs help in the ergonomics of the case, making it extremely comfortable on all wrist sizes, ladies & men.
A flat sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides ensures maximum readability regardless of lighting conditions. And for those who love strap swapping, the DS30 has drilled through lugs for easy spring bar removal.
Crown also equipped with Damasko's patented lubrication cell which ensures smooth action and lubricates the shaft and the gasket.
The watch is powered by the tried and tested ETA2824-2, which is fine-tuned and tested by Damasko to high accuracy.
|Thin profile with curved lugs for added comfort|
Next to the dial, is the same design language employed on the Dsub1 and DC80. This time, this DS30 features an oceanic blue dial with a crosshair that is now synonymous with Damasko, with a different plot design. A small date aperture at 3 with a black background for continuity. While the case might be svelte than the DA36, the DS30 has a marginally more significant dial opening adding to the legibility while still as wearable as the DA series. One of the quirks is the additional splash of orange for its second hands that blends with the blue dial while freshening up things a little and leaning towards the more casual-Friday-or-at-the-beach type of sportiness.
The DS30 comes with a matching "Robby" black-blue rubber strap with a pin buckle, keeping the oceanic theme well in place.
|SuperLuminova index for night legibility|
We can see the Damasko DS30 be part of everyone's wardrobe, ladies or men. It is highly versatile, be it business or leisure. The 39mm case, combined with its thin profile and its high strength and specifications makes this the perfect everyday watch. Although simple, the DS30 Obo is exceptionally sexy and refreshing in the flesh. It is one of those watches that you have to admire in person to appreciate the cohesiveness between the delicately finished case and simplicity of the dial.
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