Dodane Type 21 BNL tricompax

Par Florian Matrion, le 25 octobre 2010
Type 21 BNL tricompax
Type 21 BNL tricompax
Diaporama
Endowed watch for the French army pilots in the 1950's, the Dodane Type 21 is nowadays released in a limited edition. Let's see if this modern version is worthy as its famous predecessor.
Exclusive! review of the Type 21 BNL tricompax. Manufacturer data, photos, editor's opinion and watch retail price on thewatchobserver.co.uk
L'avis de la rédaction
53/100
Note des internautes
70/100

Slideshow = 20 photos available to see this watch from every angle.

 

The rebirth of a myth

Mythical watches that have entered the watch making history, the Type 21 has been created as a response to a list of specific technical requirements that come from the French army.
Produced by different brands, they all have a common characteristic: a “flyback” chronograph allowing to reset and to relaunch the chronograph with one pressure of the same push-button.
It was at that time an essential element because it allowed accurately measure the sequences of flights.

Little known brand, Dodane remains nevertheless legitimate in the production of the Type 21: first, because it was a historical supplier of the army. But also because the manufacture remains within the family – a quite enough rare characteristic nowadays that is worth mentioned.

It is now the fifth generation of Dodane that runs the brand.

 

The yellow of the markers, standard color for the aeronautics instruments, allows a maximum legibility when the cockpit is in “Low light level” configuration.

For the 21st century's pilots

The tested Type 21 has a surprising particularity: integral fluorescent yellow markers that a Japanese “fluokid“ would not deny...
Did Dodane give way to the “tecktonick” fashion?
It would be quite unexpected for a serious pilot watch!

In fact, it is a special edition for night flights: the yellow of the markers (standard color for the aeronautics instruments) allows a maximum legibility when the cockpit is in “Low light level” configuration, namely when it is only enlightened by “black light” type lamps.

For lack of planes at disposal, we were not able to check it out...
But the good thing is that it should also work at a nightclub party!

 

Only one regret: only the hands are recovered with the SuperLuminova....
The “normal” night readability is thus quite bad.

The whole finishing is correct but could have been a little more groomed, particularly regarding the bezel (which is not really tight) and considering the strap that is not made of an optimal quality.

 

This transparent back is an infringement to the initial specific technical requirements of a Type 21: it does not protect anymore the watch against the magnetic fields that are very present within a cockpit...

 

Another reproach that could be made for this Type 21: the transparent back.

A mineral glass (furthermore!) lets see the basic ETA movement.

Its decoration is correct but the interest, from a watch making point of view as well as the aesthetical point of view, remains limited.

And it is also an infringement to the initial specific technical requirements of the watch: this transparent back does not protect anymore the watch against the magnetic fields that are very present within a cockpit...

This choice is quite surprising for a piece that is supposed to be 100% “aviation”...

 

 

Conclusion

Produced in a small edition, this Dodane remains an interesting choice for the lovers of the Type 21 that are looking for an original piece to expand their collection.
Dodane offers the opportunity to configure your watch on a customized way:  type of dial, choice of bezel... somehow a way to find out what you are looking for if you are not happy with the tested configuration!

 

The +:

  • the nighttime legibility
  • several configurations available
  • a dial made according to the aeronautics instruments' specifications.

 

The –:

  • the finishing
  • the absence of protection against magnetic fields

 

Further information:

  • journalist's wrist = 17 cm
  • brand website: Dodane

 

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Données constructeur

Marque
Modèle
Référence constructeur
Boîtier (matière)
Diamètre boîtier (hors couronne)
Diamètre boîtier (avec couronne)
Mouvement
Calibre
Base calibre
Fonctions
Verre
Capacité de la réserve de marche
Fond transparent
Entre-cornes
Longueur corne à corne
Hauteur boîtier
Etanchéité
Bracelet (matière)
Boucle (type)
Boucle (matière)
Poids total

L'avis de la rédaction 53/100

Confort / Agrément (/15)
détail Mouvement (/20)
Optimisation / Décoration du mouvement (/5) 0
Agrément de manipulation et de réglage (/5) 0
Contrôle du mouvement par la Manufacture / distinctions diverses (/3) 0
Capacité de la réserve de marche (/2) 0
Complications (/5) 0
détail Finitions (/20)
Finitions cadran (/6) 0
Finitions boîtier (/6) 0
Qualité du travail de déco° / gravure du fond de boîte (/2) 0
Qualité du verre (/4) 0
Finitions de la boucle (interne et externe) (/2) 0
détail Fonctionnalité (/20)
Lisibilité diurne (/5) 0
Lisibilité nocturne (/4) 0
Etanchéité (/3) 0
Facilité de réglage et de changement du bracelet (/4) 0
Sécurité / solidité de la boucle (/4) 0
détail Bonus (/10)
Série limitée (/3) 0
Montre fournie avec plusieurs bracelets (/2) 0
Qualité de la boîte et de la sur-boîte (/1) 0
Portabilité avec manches de chemise fermées (/2) 0
Présence de "goodies" (/1) 0
Intelligibilité du booklet (/1) 0
Rapport qualité / prix (/15)
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Note des internautes 70/100

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