Swiss independent watch brand Graham will join 27 other brands at this year’s WatchTime New York event, held at Manhattan’s Gotham Hall on October 13-14 (click here for event details and to purchase tickets). Among the timepieces it will showcase there will be the new Chronofighter Vintage GMT, introduced at Baselworld 2017.
The Graham Chronofighter Vintage GMT watch is a modern automatic chronograph and GMT watch with a few vintage influences — all in all, a large timepiece with a prominent wrist presence. The thick, 44-mm steel case noticeably has a left-sided chronograph configuration with an enlarged pusher toward the top of the watch, and a complex trigger mechanism towards the middle, combining a co-axial onion crown and a push-button. The detail-rich case also adds thick lugs matching the chronograph system, and a toothed unidirectional outer bezel to assist with the GMT function of the piece.
The dial is available in a deep, sunburst green, brown, black, or blue — and, like the case, is thoroughly intricate in all the different details it brings together. Notable are the large black subdials in the center of the watch displaying a red-hand-accented 30-minute counter, and a white-hand-accented running seconds display. Around the dial, we find Super-LumiNova-coated and red-accented hands, numerals, and indices, with a large 6 being the only Arabic numeral for the hour markers. Toward the top of the dial is a big double-disk date window that slightly curves around the edges, with a red-tipped GMT hand and vintage-inspired syringe-shaped hour and minute hands.
Inside the watch, and powering all its various functions, is the caliber G1733 automatic chronograph movement, which is a Graham-modified Valjoux 7750. The movement is visible through a sapphire caseback, and is capable of a 48-hour power reserve once fully charged.
As the brand states, the Chronofighter Vintage GMT watch is the “tough guys’ ticket to time travel.” The watch, while not drawing any absolute direct reflections of specific vintage chronographs or GMTs, works to fill in a market segment desiring a larger, more masculine piece that still holds some historical inspirations. Of these inspirations, you’ll note the onion crown, the thin ceramic GMT outer bezel, and the syringe hour and minute hands. But you’ll also notice many non-vintage influences that make it a largely modern watch: the enlarged subdials, the curved, large date windows, the moveable GMT bezel, and the thick case with its unique trigger-style chronograph pusher mechanism.
The brand currently has the watch priced at 6,950 CHF, or about $7,270, and is available at various online retailers and boutiques around the world. If you’re curious how this watch and Graham’s other 2017 models look and feel on your own wrist, reserve your spot now for WatchTime New York 2017!