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Presto – A New Praesto!


Let’s start the new year off right, by looking at a new model that’s coming forth from the folks at Praesto – the GMT Greenwich.  To be fair, this model was announced all the way back in 2011 (December, to be precise), but that’s fresh enough for our purposes.  Let’s have a closer look!

Obviously, this watch sports dual-time zone tracking with a very readable (but no overpowering) orange GMT hand.  For you regular timekeeping purposes, you’ve got the very well-lumed hour and minute hands, and a blue-colored second hand moving around the dial.

Many design cues on this watch remind me of other aviator-style watches out there. You of course have the “dotted” arrow head at the 12 o’clock position, and the chunky hour and minute hands.  That said – it’s a style that works, and I think that’s why we see it across so many different watch lines.  It’s a clean and functional look, and people respond well to it.

Now, it seems that the hands aren’t the only things lovingly covered in C3 Superluminova – the indicators on the dial all seem well-daubed.  And with those numbers?  I like the fact that they’ve got some visual variation, by making the 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock positions in a slightly larger font. Necessary?  No, but something that sets it apart some.

The watch itself is not going to be a lightweight – made from stainless steel, it measures in at 48mm wide, and had 24mm lugs to hold the leather strap in place.  The movement in the watch (Shanghai Cal. RK4D) is not one I’m familiar with.  From what I’ve been able to find, it seems like it should be a reliable heart for the watch.  Only issue you may have with it is that the GMT adjustment is continuous, not incremental.

Last but not least, we also have a 42 hour power reserver, date display, 100m water resistance rating, and a domed mineral crystal with AR coating.  When you add in the price to the equation ($250 or $280, depending on the specific model), this becomes a very attractive watch.  It’s good looking, offers the GMT complication, and it won’t break the bank.

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