May 9, 2021 0 Comments Replica

Dodane Type 23 Introduced and Reviewed – a True Pilot’s Watch

When it comes to direct watches, the element that I most worth is perceivability, then usefulness, and after my experience with the Dodane Type 23, I need to add recorded authenticity ( see past article on Type 20/21 chronographs ). Dodane has made a watch with all three.

Dodane is the workhorse of the French Air Force.  Not just is Dodane a watch company with a vaunted military heritage, giving the Type 20/21 since 1956 with four updates en route, yet in my communication with Laurent Dodane, he shared that the practice proceeds with another model, the Type 23.

France’s SIRPA AIR mentioned Dodane to make the Type 23, similar as the French government commissioned the 195o’s Type 20/21 predecessor.  In the two examples, execution was paramount.  Meeting the French commission of zero capacity to bear defect, Dodane keeps on surpassing military assumptions in quality and execution, and I had the option to review the Type 23 preceding its public availability.  Laurent composes, “This watch was made to be the image of acknowledgment of the French Air Force members.”  The regular citizen model is a pilot’s Pilot Watch.

Overall Appearance

The Type 23 is a perfect, all-business, instrument watch used to help a pilot’s navigation.  This unpretentious watch sits discreetly on the wrist, prepared for its selected tasks.  The model I got had a meaty, dark calfskin tie with white sewing that matched well with the high contrast dial.  The brushed hardened steel 42.5 mm case makes a downplayed, yet remarkable first impression.  The watch spruces up pleasantly with a suit, and however its 13.9 mm circumference sits over the wrist, it actually slipped inside my shirt sleeve – barely.  Dress or game, orchestra or landing area, this watch looks great, and the Type 23 makes its wearer look good.


Dodane initially planned the Type 20/21 for navigational excess, empowering VFR route , which in desperate conditions becomes “dead reckoning.”  Dodane planned each component of the Type 23 to make it a navigational instrument for all conditions. The Type 23 chronograph, which comes with or without fly-back ability, has two sub-dials: a 30-minute counter and little seconds.  Given the significance of the fly-back capacity to the first watches, fly-back being the key Type 20/21 particular of the French government, I can’t envision having a Type 23 without the fly-back feature.

Lining the section ring is a calculated tachymeter with the unmistakable outlines of seconds at its base along the dial perimeter.  A pilot would utilize the tachymeter to figure ground speed by estimating the ideal opportunity for a fixed distance and afterward looking on the part ring for the normal speed.  If your cockpit is the vehicle, then you can ascertain your normal speed between mile makers.

The bi-directional, pivoting bezel is a commencement bezel utilized for waypoint route, and it moves with insignificant exertion to the coin edge, yet safely fits properly at each click.  There is no play in the bezel, and it is accessible in cleaned, brushed or black.  Quality goes to each feature of this watch: the bezel feel, the thickness of the leather tie and the snap of the fly-back.  All the plan signs of the Type 23 are intentional, and however the watch is stunning, no doubt about it, Dodane made this watch for altitude.


The dial is more modest than curiously large Pilot watches, yet the huge Arabic numerals and differentiation of the highly contrasting guide visibility.  Given the dark hued dial, it took a point to the light to uncover the round dial design inside the two subdials.  With SuperLuminova on the hands, hour markers, and bezel point, readability is predictable, day or night; and despite the fact that the lume is brilliant, its quality under a stream shade would be without interruption. The huge bolt seconds hand extends past the seconds ring of the dial onto the incline of the tachymeter, making speed counts simple to see.


The hauls broaden directly from the case base and slant from the top, giving a profile that looks like the following edge of a wing.  The drags uncover two screws, adding a mechanical pizazz, and an excellent hawk peak decorates the crown and ranges the screw-down case back.  This bird is the sixteenth century image of the French city of Besançon, where Dodane makes and supplies watch components.  The crown breaks marginally into the case, and I never felt the crown dive into my wrist.  Though you can get a straightforward case-back with an unrivaled completion of the development, my watch had the strong case back.  This watch is generous all around, however it felt light on my arm.  Please comprehend that the watch has some weight, yet it was not as much as what I expected, and numerous days I failed to remember that the watch was on my wrist, which is something that I can’t say about a comparably estimated plunge watch.

The veal tie is thick and soft. The company name, Dodane 1857, decorates the buckle.  The arrangement fasten snaps secure, yet the length of the tie left me needing more.  Despite my wrist being a bigger size, numerous lashes accommodate my wrist with space to save, yet not the Type 23.


The watch has a Dubois-Dépraz type 42030, highlighting a modular chronograph development with or without fly-back and beating at 4 Hz (28,800 bph).  Every time that I snapped the fly-back on the chronograph, I grinned like a youth, constantly intrigued by the fly-back responsiveness.  The Type 23 is a controlled Chronometer, and on solicitation, Dodane can surpass COSC guidelines with testing from the National Observatory of Measuring Time of Besançon, acquiring the watch an extraordinary endorsement and a snake bird crest.

A chronograph can be assigned a “Observatory Chronometer” in the event that it fulfills severe guidelines of exactness during 15 continuous long stretches of testing under 5 positions and at various temperature settings. The uniqueness of this control lies in the way that it applies just to a completely collected watch not at all like its Swiss partner, COSC that tests exclusively non-cased movements.


The Verdict: Pros and Cons


  • The watch passes the perceivability prerequisite though with a more modest dial than most pilot watches.
  • The stout lash is manly yet soft to the touch.
  • The watch is outwardly engaging, being downplayed at this point particular. This watch leaves the bling for the bombastic brands and rather gives attractive capacity that has a place at the F.B.O. (Fixed Base Operation).
  • The discretionary, demanding chronometer norms that surpass COSC are impressive.
  • I’ve never utilized a commencement bezel and thought that it was a remarkable distinction.
  • The must-have fly-back capacity of the chronograph makes this a watch for pilots, even the easy chair assortment. It likewise makes you smile.
  • This Dodane costs significantly not exactly a Breguet XX or XXI.
  • The Type 23 proceeds with the custom of the notable Type 20/21.


  • The leather tie that accompanied my watch was short for my wrist.
  • Though the case measurement at 42.5 mm is significant, the watch wears less than numerous curiously large pilot watches, which is a negative for a few. Numerous possible purchasers, nonetheless, will like this medium size feel for its flexibility of wear.

Overall, the Type 23 is an eminent decision for a pilot watch. In offsetting chronicled authenticity with present day chronometric principles, Dodane has given another part in its military help and offered regular folks the opportunity to possess a tip top pilot’s watch. The Type 23’s recondite history and its not exactly common brand name add a je ne sais quoi that I find compelling; to such an extent, that I requested one for myself.


Technical attributes: Dodane Type 23

Automatic Chronograph Flyback Dubois-Dépraz: 42030

  • Caliber measurements: distance across 30mm (or 13 1/4 line), thickness: 6,5mm
  • Swiss Made, Chronometer Regulated
  • 45 rubies
  • 42-hour Power Reserve
  • Frequency 28,800 alt/h (4Hz)
  • 1/fifth second stopwatch


  • Dimensions: measurement 42.5mm, tallness 13.9mm
  • Water proof: 10 ATM/bars (100m/330ft)
  • Hands and dial with files: SuperLuminova®
  • Case: 316L pure steel
  • Bi-directional pivoting bezel with ratchet-wheel
  • Sapphire glass

More data can be found on the Dodane 1857 site , yet if it’s not too much trouble, note the site isn’t doesn’t dominate in user friendliness. Thankful to Alexis Sarkissian from Totally Worth It , the US merchant of Dodane 1857, for loaning a watch for this review!

This article is composed by Max Reddick, contributing essayist for Monochrome Watches . All photographs, aside from the one showing the development, are additionally credited to Max Reddick.