Big Blue: Graham Chronofighter Oversize GMT

Graham has got a new Chronofighter and it comes equipped with a nifty tool for world travelers – second time zone indication. The Chronofighter Oversize GMT, as the name suggests, is quite a large watch, especially when you look at the lever on the left side of the case. This typical Graham feature is the chronograph start/stop trigger, something we’ve already seen on timepieces coming from this company. Design-wise, you’ll immediately notice the striking blue color dominating the watch, which certainly makes this watch slightly more distinctive among the rest of the Chronofighter collection.

First, let’s talk about the case. This is a 47 mm steel case, featuring a transparent crystal case-back revealing the movement. Naturally, one of the first things we see on this watch is the chrono lever, together with the reset pusher. The former is visually enhanced with black PVD coating, which nicely complements the overall style. The blue bezel is one the key components of the second time zone indication, with its 24-hour scale. The bezel itself is made of sapphire, while the scale features rhodium. Finally, the water resistance of the watch is 100 meters, which should be more than enough, at least for those buyers who don’t have any extreme diving in mind.

Second time zone is indicated by a separate skeleton hand

Looking at the dial, again, we’re greeted with blue, and this time with couple of different finishes for different sections of the dial. At 3 and 9 o’clock positions, we can see the chronograph counters, one for seconds and the other one is the 30-minute counter. This is complemented with white Super-LumiNova, on hands and numerals. There’s a dedicated hand for the second time zone; a skeleton hand with red triangle tip, bringing a bit of contrast, and matching the central second hand, as well as the hand of the 30-minute indicator. At the top of the dial, we can see the date window – actually two windows, underneath which two discs are positioned. Finally, we have a domed sapphire crystal, which has an antireflective coating on both of its sides, making sure the visibility is optimal.

Big case made even bigger by the start/stop lever

When it comes to the movement, the watch utilizes the Calibre G1733, an automatic bi-compax chronograph with 28 jewels, also equipped with Incabloc shock absorber, making this watch extra tough. The mechanism beats at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour and has a power reserve of 48 hours, which sounds pretty reasonable. One of the most important features here is certainly the second time zone indication, facilitated by the dedicated GMT hand, as well as bezel with 24-hour scale. All this makes it very easy to read time from another time zone, something that globetrotters will certainly appreciate.

Completing the timepiece, we have a blue strap – not surprising. This is a crocodile leather strap, neatly integrated into the case, surrounded by the massive-looking lugs. It has the typical croc pattern and matching blue stitching, blending in with the overall look. Finally, the Chronofighter Oversize GMT is priced at 10,400 Swiss Francs.

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