Today, we’ll have a look at an interesting watch from a brand that I only recently became aware of. The brand being Timefactors, and you might normally just think of them as a retailer, but it seems (from what I can tell) that they’ve got two lines that are now their own. In this post, we’ll take a look at their Speedbird GMT.
The PRS-22GMT is a limited edition watch (only 100 pieces), due to the difficulty in sourcing the ETA2893-2 movements used in the watch. This particular movement features everthing you’d expect from an automatic (hours/minutes/seconds/date), as also features the addition of an independently adjustable GMT hand.
In terms of styling, I’d call it very subtle. You have the 39mm stainless steel case (11mm thick) and matching bracelet wrapped around soft iron dial with a black and blueish-white color scheme. Why a soft iron dial? Apparently it really ups the magnetic resistance of the watch. In this case, it brings it up to 80,000 A/h. Now, I’m not super-familiar with that spec, but it does seem more than adequate.
For the other resistance (water) it’s good to a rated 100 meters. Or, if you want to climb mountains, it’s been negative pressure tested to withstand going down only 0.4 atm. So, regardless of the direction you head, the sapphire crystal will stick in place, and the watch will keep ticking. And if the lights go down (or the waters get dark), you’ll still be able to read the time, as there’s some multi-color lume applied.
So, how much will this watch set you back? £415.00 (approximately$655), which seems reasonable for the movement inside, and all the various features that the watch offers. If you like the style, but wish it was more affordable, you may want to check out the non-GMT version, which comes in at £340 ($537). Either way, it’s a striking watch.
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