Off-road Time: Graham Chronofighter Oversize Superlight Baja 1000


It’s time for some racing, the desert kind. We’re talking about the 2013 edition of the Tecate Score Baja 1000 race, which takes place on Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, and a watch from Graham dedicated for this occasion – the Chronofighter Oversize Superlight Baja 1000. The company is actually the official timekeeper for the off-road race, for the second year in a row. There they will be present in race that takes place in often harsh conditions, with the air temperature being as high as 40 degrees Celsius (that’s 104 Fahrenheit for non-metric folks).

For this year’s edition of the Baja race, there’s a new watch, with a seemingly familiar design, but incorporating some high-tech materials, perfect for a racing-inspired watch. This is a limited collection, with only 200 pieces available. So, what does the new watch bring? Well, for starters, we have a large 47 mm case, made of carbon nanotubes. This high-tech material features superb shock absorbing properties and weighs less than 100 grams. One of the first things you’ll notice here is certainly the start/stop lever, something that’s typical of Graham. For the Baja watch, this part was made of plain carbon, sporting a distinct texture very appropriate for a sporty watch.

Baja 1000, a test of human endurance

Other features include the black ceramic bezel, with a polished finish that’s different from the case itself. Looking at the back, we can see the smoked sapphire crystal case-back, complemented with Baja 1000 and Superlight inscriptions, as well as the serial number of the particular watch. Finally, the water resistance of the watch is 100 meters.

The watch is complemented with a stylish beige rubber strap

Now, let’s move on to the dial. Contrasting the black carbon case, we have beige lacquered dial, which reminds us of desert. One of the cool things we find here is the 30-minute chronograph counter, which is actually reversed – the countdown starts at the bottom. This indicator contrast the beige dial with its black color while on the other hand, we have the small seconds sub-dial, which blends in with the beige background. This is all completed with some red details, such as the central second hands, counters’ hands, as well as the “Baja 1000” marking. Two more features can be noticed: first, along the edge of the dial, we find the tachymeter scale and second, there’s the date window located at 8 o’clock position. Finally, the whole dial is covered with a sturdy domed sapphire crystal, which has antireflective coating on both sides.

Spare strap is included

Inside the watch, there is an automatic chronograph movement, the Calibre G1747. It beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour and has a power reserve of 48 hours. Additionally, it’s equipped with the Incabloc shock absorber, making sure this watch can handle (almost) anything.

As for the strap, we have a nice matching with the dial – it’s a beige strap. Specifically, it’s a beige rubber strap, visually enhanced with “Clous de Paris” decoration and complemented with a black ceramic pin buckle. Finally, the Chronofighter Oversize Superlight Baja 1000 is priced at 7,800 Swiss Francs.

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