This new Swiss Legend GMT Worldtimer is a big watch, measuring 45.2mm without the crowns, 14.3mm thick, with 24mm lugs. All stainless steel construction with a screw down case back. The case is polished and brushed and the main time setting crown screws down and is signed, being protected by two chunky crown guards. The knurled crown @ 10 rotates the inner cities bezel in either direction. Quickset date @ 3. Overall fit and finish is quite good, although the press fit black bezel could be aligned a tad better.
What attracted me back to this watch for the second time was this particular model’s nifty color combination. The dial is a vivid yellow, with an appealing iridescence in some artificial light. The black outlined hands make this watch supremely legible. The red second hand and black GMT hand with red tip complete the dial’s overall easy-to-read nature.
The crystal is slightly domed and is heavy mineral. The watch is factory rated at 100 meters water resistance.
The quartz movement is keeping fine time and I believe it to be the trusty Ronda 515 GMT movement with independently adjustable GMT hand. No complaints here.
The bracelet is solid link with screw pins, brushed and polished with solid end links and a push-button butterfly clasp. Swiss Legend includes two half links which makes the possibility of at least an acceptable fit with the bracelet much more of a reality than if they didn’t include half links, owing to the non-microadjustment that is inherent with a butterfly clasp.
What really appeals to me about this watch in addition to its superior legibility is the overall clean and spacious layout of the dial. The center of the dial is textured, but it doesn’t detract from the functionality of this watch. There’s plenty of ‘white space’ and a nice long second hand and GMT hand. Of course, the printing of the city names on the inner rotating bezel is quite small, but all worldtime watches exhibit this trait. I just think the overall design with this model is superb and it helps make it a joy to wear.
Another thing Swiss Legend does with many of their models is to make the same design in many different color combinations. This is a good move. How many times have we all said “if only they made it in black, or red, or yellow, or gold, etc.?” This GMT Worldtimer comes in blue, black, yellow, tan, silver, orange and red dials and in stainless, black ion plate and gold two-tone combos, if not more. A flavor for everyone!
Presentation is standard Swiss Legend, a red vinyl box inside a white cardboard outer box. Totally appropriate for this price point.
Pros: very legible dial and hands, great wrist presence, useful GMT/Worldtime functionality, good fit and finish
Cons: poor lume, continuous link bracelet with butterfly clasp could be a negative for some, wish the bezel would rotate, a bit large for some
Verdict: a very nice watch for a good price, value all the way
The second Swiss Legend in this review is from their Reserve Series and is considered a dress watch, or at least I consider it as such. What attracted me to this watch was the automatic movement, sapphire crystals and price, which was on sale.
This Reserve model has a fully polished all stainless steel case with a screw down display back. Flat sapphire crystals are installed front and rear. The bezel is stepped on this watch, but is formed as one piece with the case. It would have imparted a much nicer look and more expensive feel to have an actual separate bezel that would be pressed into the case, instead of the somewhat cheap looking stepped design. I guess they had to cut costs somewhere.
The dial is jet black with a gentle circular ‘record groove’ pattern on the outer edge where the markers and arabics are located. The dial layout is superbly clean, with just the Swiss Legend name and logo and the word ‘automatic’ being present. A quickset date is located @ 3.
The movement is the much-discussed Claro CL888 ‘Swiss’ 18-jewel automatic. The movement hacks and can be manually wound. Power reserve is a fine 45 hours and time keeping has been -5 seconds per day, crown up, right out of the box. I cannot complain.
The bracelet is a similar design to the GMT Worldtimer, a brushed and polished solid link affair with solid end links, screw pins and a pushbutton butterfly clasp. It was harder for me to get a good fit with this watch compared to the GMT Worldtimer, even though it also has half links. I found that if I put both half links on one side of the bracelet instead of having one on each side, I was able to achieve a more comfortable fit for my thin wrist. Why not just put a one full link on that side and dispense with the half links? I tried that and the fit wasn’t right.
Presentation is the same as the GMT Worldtimer. This watch also comes in a variety of dial colors including blue, red, yellow and silver. This watch is also sometimes sold with a watch winder in lieu of the presentation box.
Pros: Swiss automatic that hacks and manual winds, supremely clean dial layout, good lume, sporty and dressy at the same time, sapphire crystals
Cons: perfect sizing hard to achieve with bracelet/butterfly clasp design, stepped one-piece bezel/case design could be executed better
Verdict: strong value, nice dial design and overall good looks, a deal when bought on sale
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