The Cover Drive collection by India-based Bangalore Watch Company is a fresh-looking watch, with an ode to India’s most popular sport; cricket. The watch features some unusual elements, combined into a sporty, attainable timepiece. Even though it’s a bit specialized as we’ve explained before, but even for non-cricket fans there’s something of interest. New for 2021 are two new, bright and summer-ready coloured dials. Let’s take a look at the Bangalore Watch Company Cover Drive “Yellow Jersey” and “Men in Blue” models.
Bangalore Watch Company is a young watch manufacturer based in Bangalore, India and run by a husband-and-wife team. The first collection was presented in 2018 and called the Renaissance Automatic. This classically styled watch was followed by the Mach.1, a sportier watch dedicated to aviation. Releasing a third collection in just three years of operation can be described as an impressive achievement for such a young company. The Cover Drive is a BWC’s take on a sports-inspired everyday watch. Inspired by the world of Cricket, a sport extremely popular in India, it is riddled with subtle (and sometimes a little less subtle) cricket references for lovers of the sport to discover.
The biggest element in the design is the bezel, uni-directional in construction but with an overs-tracking scale instead of a more traditional 60-minute or tachymeter scale we normally see on a bezel. It allows you to track the overs in a cricket match, something we’ve explained in detail before. It can also be used as a 50-minute countdown timer.
What’s new to the Cover Drive is the introduction of two colours, yet again inspired by Cricket. The mustard “Yellow Jersey” and the aquamarine “Men in Blue” dials are inspired by popular colours of jerseys in Cricket in India. What remains is the sandwich construction of the dial, with Super-LumiNova underneath. Also present are all the details that remind you of Cricket; the knurled grip on the bezel, the bat-shaped counterweight on the seconds hand, the cricket ball on the peripheral minute track, the wicket-style hour marker at 12 o’clock and more.
The Bangalore Watch Company Cover Drive measures 40mm in diameter and will fit most wrists. The stainless steel case has alternating polished and brushed surfaces, a sapphire crystal on the dial side and offers plenty of water resistance (100m). It has an SW200 automatic movement inside. This ETA 2824 alternative indicates central hours, minutes and seconds and runs at a frequency of 28,800vph (4Hz). Power reserve tops out at 38 hours, something that we’d like to see increased following evolutions in construction and duration of the power reserve in alternative movements.
If you’re disregarding all the Cricket elements of the Cover Drive, you’re still left with an attractive, fresh and fun watch at an affordable price. Bringing in some vibrant colours, which BWC also did on the Mach.1 Officer’s Blue, gives the Cover Drive a new appeal. The 2 new models are available now at a price of USD 770.
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