January 28, 2009

Graham Chronofighter GMT Oversize Review

Graham Chronofighter GMT Watch
The Graham Chronofighter GMT watch is not for the individual who is looking for a discrete watch, this will get ones attention. At a 47mm (not including the crown) this is a beast. The crown pusher on the watch is very cool and is one of Graham’s signature designs. If you spot one in the wild it is instantly recognizable by the two pushers accented with a PVD coating. This watch features a chronograph function as well as GMT. Nice large legible hands and a big date window at 12 o’clock for easy reading. This Chronofighter is using Graham’s own in-house movement caliber G 1733 with a 42 hour power reserve. 

Pros - Very well finished with unique design, GMT, chronograph 

Considerations - Only offered on a strap

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 47mm
Crown: Push 
Bezel - 24 Hour
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black w/ Green Subdials
Strap: Rubber
Movement: Automatic
Power Reserver: 42 hours
Water Resistant: 100m
Lug Width: 25mm

January 25, 2009

Rolex GMT Master IIc Review

Rolex GMT Master
Rolex GMT Master IIc Watch

The Rolex GMT Master IIc mens watch is stunning. The most noticeable and talked about change is the ceramic bezel. This type of ceramic is extremely durable, very resistant to abrasions and discoloration. If you are familiar with the old version you will also notice the the Maxi Dial (previously only available on the 50th Anniversary Sub), larger lumed indices. This watch will glow all night long! It also now features the Trip-Lock system giving a greater water resistance rating, another improvement borrowed from the Submariner. The Green text and GMT hand add a nice subtle touch of class. The movement is Rolex’s 3186 featuring a Parachrom-Blu Hairspring, 31 jewels, and a 50 hour power reserve. The bracelet now has solid links, giving the watch an overall nice weight.

Pros -  Ceramic bezel, Maxi-Dial, solid links, Parachrom-Blu Hairspring

Considerations - Not a fan of polished center links, would like to see 22mm bracelet to better match the larger case at the lugs.

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 40mm
Bezel: Ceramic
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black 
Bracelet: Steel
Lug Width: 20mm
Movement: Automatic 
Water Resistant: 100m