By now, you have to be properly conscious of the small however compelling watchmaking firm known as Circula. With a historical past that goes again to the mid-Nineteen Fifties, Circula is now within the palms of Cornelius Huber, grandson of the corporate’s founder. Cornelius is slowly however absolutely bringing Circula again to its former glory and presumably past that, typically with enter and suggestions from the general public to find out designs and specs. By watches just like the SuperSport, a real compressor dive watch, and the enjoyable AquaSport II diver, I’d say Circula is properly on monitor. And now there’s a brand new member within the household as Circula introduces the AquaSport II GMT in two vibrant variations.
From the surface, not a lot has modified because the AquaSport II GMT seems nearly equivalent to its non-GMT sibling. The barrel-shaped case, a definite fashion from the Seventies, nonetheless measures 40mm in diameter and 12.6mm in peak (13.4mm on prime of the crystal). As an alternative of the standard unidirectional diving bezel, it’s now fitted with a bidirectional rotating bezel with a 24-hour scale insert. This may be both stable gray or two-tone turquoise and petrol blue, a mix already out there within the AquaSport II. As soon as once more, the closed caseback has a picture of a diver, and the crown is completed with a luminous Circula emblem and a colored ring across the knurled periphery.
The place the dial within the AquaSport II confirmed a wave-like sample, the brand new AquaSport II GMT is available in a sunray-brushed model. It makes good sense to eradicate the wave sample, as the extra particulars for the GMT perform make it a tad busier for the eyes. It’s out there in petrol blue/inexperienced or gray and incorporates a related set-up as earlier than. The big utilized hour indices with a colored define and Tremendous-LumiNova inserts are paired with the sword-shaped hour and minute palms, a colored central seconds hand and now, a central GMT hand. That is notably shorter than the others and signifies the secondary 24-hour scale within the centre part of the dial. On the backside, there’s a date window with a disc that’s colour-matched to the dial; a small element, but it surely provides to the watch’s character.
On the within, Circula has opted for a top-grade Sellita SW330-1 computerized motion. Working at a charge of 28,800vph and utilizing 25 jewels, it has a operating time of 56 hours as soon as totally wound. The SW330-1 engine is an alternative choice to ETA’s 2893-2, each so-called Workplace GMT actions. This implies the GMT hand may be moved ahead solely, in one-hour increments, when you’ve unscrewed the crown and pulled it out to the second place. Rotating the crown within the different route strikes the date ahead. Setting central hours and minutes is finished via the third place of the crown.
The Circula AquaSport II GMT comes on a tropic-style rubber strap with a metal pin buckle. Alternatively, for a small premium of EUR 100, you possibly can order it on a chrome steel beads-of-rice bracelet with a micro-adjustable folding clasp. It is going to retail for EUR 1,299 and may be ordered straight from Circula.
This may look like an enormous step up from the common AquaSport II that begins at EUR 599, however on this case, you instantly get a top-grade motion as an alternative of getting the choice of upgrading to that degree. And naturally, a GMT motion is extra versatile and provides practicality to a watch. That being stated, I nonetheless really feel like Circula affords superb worth for cash with the AquaSport II assortment and this enjoyable AquaSport II GMT.
For extra data or to position an order, please go to CirculaWatches.com.