- Master of Time
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- Joined: November 30th 2010, 11:00pm
- Location: California
I was so excited to get this, I just knew it was going to be great. I was a little concerned about The 40mm in this case shape, but I figured it would work. I have been looking at this style in GV2 for a while, just waiting on a dial that wouldn’t let me say no. I figured the quality would be good because it GV2 is to Gevril what Seiko 5 is to Seiko.
The box it came in was large, it only needed about 1/4 to 1/3 of the actual box it came in. I opened it and liked the color, it has a textured dial, but it’s hard to see unless it is up to your nose. I saw the description said textured dial, but thought it was a mistake until I took a close up with the camera.
It looks a lot bigger than 40mm, I noticed that right away. When I picked it up, I was very surprised to see how heavy this is. Man, it is one of the heaviest, if not the heaviest, watches I own. Way too heavy for a watch, IMO. The bracelet has a lot of weight, but the watch itself is heavy too. I thought I’d get one of my ladder bracelets to put on it to reduce weight…..not so fast. It is their own design and I don’t think I will be able to swap it out for anything except perhaps a custom leather band.
Nice looking bracelet, but the links don’t flow and blend with the wrist, some are stiff and are difficult to move in line. Also, there are no half links. With a clasp like this I think half links are a must, especially with a bracelet that can’t be changed out to another one. Poor planning, and this version of the Potente came out after several others from years ago. They should have caught this and made half links or allow for a bracelet swap, but they didn’t care enough to do it. It is solid and I don’t think it will ever break on you, but it is tough to get the links to move around the wrist and impossible for me to get a good fit. I had to remove six links, so it is a generous bracelet. They are friction pin links. See the pins near the lug? I don’t know if they are friction or not. It would be my luck to remove them and not have them be what I thought them to be and not be able to get the bracelet back on. The, what looks like a lug, is solid and part of the watch case, no way it’s getting removed. Damn, I already got a piece of fuz on it for the picture. See that big outie lug coming down? It seems to be part of the case, I can’t find a way to remove it, there is no pin and it’s solid. The pin is on the link coming off that huge outie link. From the pin down the links move and fold around the wrist, that huge outie link doesn’t budge though. No idea what movement it is, no one seems to say on Google and I’m not seeing any reviews on this.
It’s a Swiss Automatic, that’s what every Google post agrees on.
Oh yeah, it’s a limited edition.
It’s 316L steel, so it’s rust resistant.
Looks like a spring bar, but I’m not sure. I can only see it at one angle and it’s not a good angle to be putting a tool in to try to remove it. Just holding the watch like it is held when the spring bar is removed, it doesn’t seem to show itself. I need to go to a jeweler and see what he has to say. A signed crown, I’m sorry, but I kind of expect that these days.
The slight texture on the dial. I wore it for a few hours and although heavy in hand, it doesn’t seem uncomfortable on the wrist. I don’t like the bulky bracelet though, I need to find a solution. I’m going to keep trying to work out the bracelet issue because I really want to like this watch. The color is nice. I hope there is a bracelet solution and I’m just missing something. My eyes aren’t great in my old age, so I would be happy to find out I’m wrong on the bracelet.