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Strap A Stopwatch On


At least, you can now that Graham has just released their Chronofighter Oversize GMT Black Steel (does oversize refer just to the case, or the model name as well?)  This watch has a lot going on with it.

For starters, you’ve got an large, 47mm case housing the G1733 automatic bi-compax chronograph beating away at 28,800 BPH complete with a 48 hour power reserve.  You also have a domed sapphire crystal with AR coating on top (smoked sapphire on the caseback) and a GMT complication, as well as large date display at 12 o’clock (dual discs for that) and 100m water resistance.

The case has an even larger presence when you include what’s going on with the left-hand side.  When I first saw this, my mind was immediately thinking it looked like a grenade.  More reasoned thought realized that this is actually a very clever implementation.

If you picture the watch being held in your right hand, you can easily envision using your index and middle fingers to make this watch a very functional and usable stopwatch.  Of course, if you’re like me, a mental picture is all you’ll have with this watch, as it’s retailing at 10,200 Swiss Franc (approx $11,000).  Price aside, this is one of the most interesting and intuitive control schemes I’ve seen implemented on a chronograph.


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