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Torgoen T5 GMT Watch Review

Posted on 09 May 2014 by Patrick Kansa


If you’re even passingly familiar with my writing on watches, you’ll know that I’ve really been drawn to GMT watches over the past year or so. Add in the fact that I like showcasing good, affordable watches here on WWR, and our latest review on a Torgoen watch really clicks on a few different levels.


This particular model (ref. T05201) hails from their T5 series, which are of course denoted by the inclusion of a GMT complication, courtesy of the quartz Ronda 515 movement contained within. Across the line, you get some stylistic variances, but they are fairly similar (at least to my casual glance through the catalog). On our sample, the brushed finish of the metal combined with the black dial make for a good everyday sort of watch, at least from the perspective of style.


On the wrist, the 42mm case sat pretty well on my wrist, though the shortened lugs didn’t have much room to curve down, so they did sit a touch above my wrist. Surprisingly enough for a quartz watch, this one measures in at an overall thickness of 14.6mm, a height I’m more used to seeing on dive watches (the T5 does carry a 100m WR rating). I didn’t have any issues with slipping this one under a shirt sleeve, though, due to the rounded (and narrow) bezel that surrounds the curved mineral crystal.


On the wrist, the 175g watch (surprisingly) doesn’t weigh you down, and the solid link bracelet conforms to the wrist well enough (though not quite as well as if it were actually a 5-link bracelet as it first appears to be). With the bracelet, I did want to call out the deployant clasp. Often times on a more affordable model, the clasp will get short shrift, and be a simple fold-over variety, perhaps with an additional flip lock bit. On this one, the deployant is a single-sided push button, which really gives the piece a more polished look. It is a tad bulkier than a regular flip-lock clasp, though, so you may want to consider that if the bulk is an issue for you (it wasn’t for me, and I spend most of my day at a keyboard).


The crown being over at the 4 o’clock position also helps with the comfort, ensuring you don’t have a crown and it’s guard digging into your wrist throughout the day. This also gives a good line then for the date window to follow (which, unfortunately, is a white window, where a black one would have blended better). It’s with that crown that you can of course adjust the date and time, as well as independently set the bright red GMT hand, should you wish to track a second time zone.


In daily wear, I found the T5 to be a perfectly competent watch. It worked well both while I was at the office or back around home, and the steel case definitely gives it a rugged feel, so you’re not afraid that it’s going to take a hit if your weekend gets a bit adventurous. While there are a few design tweaks that I would have like to have seen (to correspond with my own tastes), there are of course tradeoffs to be had when you’re working within a pricepoint. In that vein, though, I think Torgoen did a good job here. Coming in at a price of $238, this isn’t a watch that feels cheap, and it’s a solid option for someone looking for an affordable GMT watch. If you’d like to explore some of the other styles (that are at even lower prices, check out Amazon).  torgoen.com

Review Summary

  • Brand & Model: Torgoen T5 GMT (T05201)
  • Price: $238
  • Who’s it for?: The guy looking for a GMT-enabled watch that works well for both the office and the weekend
  • Would I wear it?: Yes, though perhaps not this exact style from the lineup
  • What I’d change: Simplest thing, swap out that date wheel for a black one. More complex, perhaps, work on thinning out the case
  • The best thing about it: For a watch at this pricepoint, the locking deployant clasp really is quite nice


Yes, that grey denim is from the folks over at Gustin

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Hager Has Some Watches Up For Pre-Order

Posted on 03 April 2014 by Patrick Kansa


We recently got word from our friends over at Hager about their newest watches in the pipeline, along with some pre-order discounts that are available.  If you recall, we took a look at their crowd-funded project about a year ago.  That project didn’t end up hitting the funding levels, but Hager is back at it with production of affordable watches with clean style and solid movements here in the US of A. Continue Reading

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Watching The Web for February 15, 2014

Posted on 15 February 2014 by Patrick Kansa


Welcome back to our weekly installment, where we have a quick look at some interesting watches and articles that have popped up over the last week, as well as taking a second look at what some of our more popular articles this week were.  In this edition, we’ll take a look at how you should read the bezel of your watch, how the GMT (or travel) watch came to be, a look at a review from 2012 that proved popular this week, and, finally, a few Rolex articles that were of interest.
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REVIEW: Morpheus M1A2

Posted on 07 March 2013 by Patrick Kansa



Today, we’re taking a look at the second watch that Morpheus Watches sent over.  Oftentimes, we are tempted to refer to a larger (either in terms of diameter and/or thickness) watch as a tank.  Well,  Continue Reading

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Posted on 04 January 2013 by Patrick Kansa


It’s been awhile since we took a trip into the Ocean7 catalog (you can see our other reviews here), and today, we’re revisiting one of my favorite models that’s had a very nice update done to it. Continue Reading

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As Long As We’re On The Subject of High End Watches

Posted on 30 December 2012 by Patrick Kansa



Well, we are, at least, after yesterday’s Grieb & Benzinger post.  Regardless, I wanted to write about a watch that’s been bubbling around in my head for some months now for no good reason – the Rolex Explorer II. Continue Reading

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REVIEW: David Mason DM1A

Posted on 23 October 2012 by Patrick Kansa


I must admit, I seem to be a bit of an Anglophile, at least when it comes to horology.  Suffice to say, I rather looked forward to getting the sample in for today’s review from the folks over at David Mason Watches. Continue Reading

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REVIEW: Momentum Vortech GMT Alarm (Part 2)

Posted on 17 July 2012 by Patrick Kansa


Yesterday, we started to take a look at the Vortech GMT by Momentum, covering the company history and the GMT complication.  Today, we’ll pick up right where we left off, and cover that other “extra” hand on the dial. Continue Reading

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