Now, yes, the Corum Admiral is not particularly a new watch, as the model has been around for some time (I reviewed one about 4 years ago). So, what sets these new versions apart? For one, the colors, but more critically, the dials of these new Corum Admiral Automatic models have a unique design.

On the dial of these new Corum Admiral models is a three-dimensional pattern known as Grenadier fendu. This is a pattern that Corum designed in-house in 2019, and has only been used on the 38mm and 45mm versions of the Corum Admiral. Of course, with this release, the 42mm version joins the family. We think it adds a bit more visual interest to the dial, especially as the pattern catches the light.

The dial of the Corum Admiral is still set in the dodecagonal case as it has been since 1980. Each of those points line up tidily with the hour indices, which you’ll see have sailing flags marked out on the chapter ring. If that didn’t reinforce the sailing association for the watch, then the ‘Admiral’ printed on the subseconds dial certainly drives it home.

While I’m not a sailor by any stretch of the imagination, I do appreciate and enjoy the looks of the Corum Admiral lineup. That case shape really makes the piece, and the new dial pattern elevates thing. In many ways, this is a sailing watch that handles things subtly, so you don’t feel like you’re broadcasting your hobby to the world.

It’s also hard to argue against a watch thats just barely over 10mm thick, and still maintains a 100m WR rating. For the release, you’ve got your choice of all steel, or some golden accents, as well as a bracelet or a strap. For the steel versions (either on alligator leather or steel bracelets), pricing is $4,600. If you want to upgrade to the glint of gold, then you’re looking at $7,600.

Tech Specs from Corum

  • Movement
    • Movement number: CO 395
    • Winding system: Automatic
    • Functions: Hour & Minute • Date • Small second
    • Power Reserve: 42 hours
    • Frequency: 4 Hz, 28’800 vph
    • Dimension: 11 1/2’’’
    • Rubies: 27 to 31 rubies depending on the execution
  • Dial
    • Colours: Blue, Black
    • Material: Brass
    • Distinctive Features
      • Applied rhodium-coated minute indexes with white superluminova
      • CORUM logo applied on the dial
      • CORUM key applied on the dial
      • Grenadier fendu finishing
  • Case
    • Shape: Dodecagonal
    • Dimension: 42 mm
    • Thickness: 10.30 mm
    • Case material: Stainless steel
    • Bezel material: Stainless steel or 5N 18kt gold
    • Crown material: Stainless steel or 5N 18kt gold
    • Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
    • Back type: Screwed in open back cover in stainless steel, sapphire crystal with anti- reflective treatment
    • Water resistance: 100 meters / 10 ATM
  • Hands
    • Hour and minute: Dauphine • Rhodium-coated • Faceted • Skeleton • White superluminova
  • Bracelet
    • Material: Stainless steel or alligator leather (color-matched to dial)
    • Interhorn/Buckle: 21/18 mm
    • Buckle type: Triple folding clasp
    • Buckle material: Stainless steel

ByPatrick Kansa

A big data developer and leader with a penchant for gadgets, books, watches and beverages. You can find my work on WristWatchReview, Knapsack.News, and Slushpile. If you're on Twitter and/or Instagram, you'll find me there as @PatrickWatches.

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