A couple of months ago, I was exceptionally eager to acquaint you with G. Gerlach , one of not very many Polish made watch brands (indeed, there are mutiple). I’ll concede to that article for subtleties, however to sum up, Gerlach is setting out to renew manufacturing in Poland just as honor Polish history through watches. The proprietors are a lot of authorities with mixed tastes who set out to make watches they need to wear however much their clients would. Thusly, the watches range uncontrollably from pilots, to marine chronometers to jumpers of different kinds. While that might appear to be an odd strategy, they are doing a ton of things nobody else is, and there is something in their line for everybody. And…they are doing everything with entirely reasonable prices.
Following up their first arrangement of the watches, which were altogether novel, Gerlach delivered the Otago, which we have the delight of reviewing today. This thick orange-dialed jumper plainly draws motivation from exemplary 70’s jumpers, to be specific those of Doxa (they were the first with orange dials). Likewise with all Gerlach watches, there is a connection to Polish history as this watch is devoted to Joseph Conrad, conceived Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, the creator of Heart of Darkness just as numerous different titles and the boat he captained, the Otago. Though the actual watch alludes to 10 years a lot after his demise, the case back highlights an etching in his honor.
The Otago, which is a restricted release of 250, is a cool-retro jumper with 200m water opposition, sapphire gem and a Seagull ST2551 programmed development. With a sticker price of around $360-70 (exchange rate depending), it’s positively reasonable for a programmed jumper with sapphire. It’s simple to forget that however much as could reasonably be expected of the watch was made in Poland, including the case and tie. Considering they are plainly designing their own cases, and developing their own tooling, the cost is even more uncommon, though the Seagull development might be less alluring than a Japanese or Swiss auto.
Case: St Steel Movement: Seagull ST2551 Dial: Orange Lume: Yes Lens: Sapphire Strap: Leather Water Res.: 200M Dimensions: 42 x 50mm Thickness: 15 mm Lug Width: 22 mm Crown: 9 x 5 mm Warranty: 2 years Price: ~$360
The case of the Otago is a super 70’s barrel shape with a gigantic stout bezel and crown to coordinate. On a table, the watch looks huge, yet the genuine measurements are substantially more mediocre at 42 x 50 x 15mm. The barrel-shape itself is kind of a blunted oval, where the level parts go about as lugs. The absence of the common gap for lugs expands the enormity of the case, yet in addition makes it look stubbier. The top surface of the principle segment of the case has a slight doming to it, softening the general structure, just as outspread brushing. The sides, be that as it may, are absolutely level and polished.
The most articulated component of the case is plainly the amazingly tall and fairly dangerous looking bezel. The teeth along the edge of the bezel have a saw tooth shape, or, in other words they are straight on one side and angled on the other. This makes the bezel grab your fingers very well when turning it in a check clockwise heading, as bezels ordinarily turn. It additionally gives it an extremely jagged and furious look.
The instrument, tragically, leaves a piece to be wanted. Though firm and strong, turning it seems like grinding metal together instead of sharp, machined clicks. It’s a 120-click system, however it gives off an impression of being bi-directional too…either that, or it’s simple to turn the wrong way. Toward the day’s end, it gets the task finished and is secure enough not to incidentally turn, which is generally significant, however it does not have that all around machined snap.
Equally as monstrous, the screw down crown at 3 is an assertion creator. Measuring a whopping 9 x 5mm, the crown plainly was designed to hold up to the outrageous bezel. Instead of having the common coining that crowns highlight, this one has five profound grooves that truly dig into your fingers when you need to engage it. At the point when tightened, the crown is firm and secure, giving the watch a strong feel.
Flipping the watch over uncovers maybe the most pleasant detail of the watch. Though a basic etching, the back shows a large boat, cruises brimming with wind, on water, with Joseph Conrad’s signature and an Otago logo. Around the scene are different subtleties, including “Made in Poland” and the version number. I truly like that they went the additional mile to add craftsmanship to the rear of the watch. It ties in the Polish history and just causes the watch to feel more uncommon. Little subtleties have a particularly huge effect, and knowing that they might have left it off, most likely got a good deal on advancement of the workmanship and the etching cycle, yet at the same time charged a similar nobody being the savvier, let’s you realize that this is a brand that thinks often about their goods and customers.
If the case of the Otago addresses the 70’s, the dial shouts it. Intensely impacted by Doxa designs, the dial includes an orange focal surface circled by a basic, yet appealing, record. The orange tone is somewhat unique that normal, I should say. It’s not that fluorescent, rich orange that is ordinary, yet rather something more metallic verging on copper tone.
Around/on top of the orange is a ring of dark, on which is the essential record of applied markers. The markers are large and made of cleaned steel with a stripe of lume down the middle. Every marker projects a piece into the orange, giving it such a gear shape that is really like the state of the crown. The markers are longer at 12, 6 and 9, with a suggested longer marker at 3, though it is cut by a date window. This was in reality done as the dial manages to feel keep up evenness regardless of there being a 3 ‘clock date. The orange place additionally makes them print on it. There are line of sight running 12-6 and 3-9, reinforcing the dial’s balance, also text under 12 or more 6. The content is insignificant and doesn’t meddle with the design or look.
The file of the bezel is strangely designed, likewise having an exceptionally retro/70’s feel. There are large squares cut in, which coordinate the width of the markers on the dial, alternating with thin rectangles like clockwork. For the initial 20 minutes there is such a train-track like moment list that goes through different markers. Every one of the large squares, aside from 0/60 likewise has a numeral in it. The inquisitive thing about the design is the manner by which the markers are in a real sense filled in with white lume. You can really perceive how the lume sinks in the focal point of the marker a smidgen as the fluid settled while hardening. Though I haven’t seen this on vintage watches, it in any case causes the watch to appear to be even more an alternate era… in light of the fact that it appears to be a good old method of doing things.
The hands of the watch are quite straightforward, yet sufficiently strong to confront the dial and case design. The hour and moment hands are wide fence posts in dark with lume filling and the seconds hand is a long, tapering stick that is more extensive at the middle than most seconds hands ordinarily are. It’s a pleasant design, really, giving the seconds more presence than a dainty stick. It likewise has lume on its tip. The lume on the watch in general isn’t especially strong. It charges rapidly, yet doesn’t get bright or keep going long. There is additionally a touch of “spotty” quality to it in larger areas.
Movement: Seagull ST2551
One of the interesting aspects of the Otago, just as other G. Gerlach watches, is that it utilizes a Chinese made Seagull ST2551 development. The ST2551 is a 25-gem programmed with hand winding, hacking seconds, date, 48-hour power save and a recurrence of 21,600bph. This is the primary watch we’ve inspected on w&w that has utilized this development, and in our experience with the watch, we’ve seen no issues. The 21,6k recurrence brings about a less smooth seconds hand that the 28,8k ETA 2824-2s, Miyota 9015s and Selitta SW200s, we commonly see, though that doesn’t impact the general quality. Simultaneously, it really has a longer force save at 48hrs, as the others waver around 40.
Use of the development is true to form. Haul the crown out one stop to change the date by turning it clockwise, haul it out two stops to change the time.
Straps and Wearability
There a couple of lash alternatives at buy, yet our own went ahead a 22mm dark calfskin tie with orange stitching. The calfskin is hardened and nice quality with a pleasant pebbled surface that likewise has a retro vibe. The dark and orange plainly connect to the dial design, giving the watch a complete look.
The watch wears pleasantly, having good extents and a simple to endure size, notwithstanding its thick look. On my 7″ wrist, I found the 42 x 50mm case didn’t overpower or feel too big. The 15mm height is very tall, yet suits a game/jumper. The vibe of the watch is extremely fun and somewhat wild. Orange is unmistakably a bright and shocking shading that garners consideration, so this watch unquestionably sticks out. The 70’s tasteful at that point adds some extra craziness to the entire picture. A ton of vintage styled watches will in general get from the elegant-current designs of the 50’s and 60’s, which mix in well with today’s looks. The Otago is from when shag cover, ringer bottoms and wide-pointed collars were in style, so it looks somewhat odd with present day clothing. All things considered, as an adapted game watch, it is totally different from what else is out there, particularly in this cost range.
My most loved thing about the Otago isn’t really the actual watch, however the watch as proof of an extremely exciting brand. As a Polish watch brand using Asian developments and manufacturing locally, G. Gerlach can establish their own pace for what they need to do. A watch like the Otago would probably never be made by a Swiss or German brand, even a reasonably disapproved of one like Steinhart. It’s an unusual watch that is a return to a time when watches were somewhat strange looking. The orange dial is an affection it or leave it detail with respect to a few, orange just isn’t appealing. Yet, the package in general, as a reasonable watch, is really marvelous. Furthermore, to be reasonable, the watch is accessible with a gray dial that is considerably more low key.
The cost of $360-70 is great for a 200m programmed with a sapphire gem. To be perfectly honest, I would anticipate a higher value, say 500-600, taking everything into account. Had the watch had a Miyota or Seiko development inside, I don’t figure anybody would laugh at that number. All things considered, one can almost certainly locate an Asian made jumper with a Miyota 8xxx arrangement for around $360, yet it would presumably utilize a generic case and not recount a story like the Otago. Subtleties like the case back and exceptionally restricted numbers, make this watch pretty extraordinary in its own particular manner. Thus, should the 70’s style be your thing, you are keen on supporting this brand and Polish manufacturing, or you simply like orange, the Otago is a fun and moderate watch to get. If not, G. Gerlach has numerous different watches out and numerous on their way that we are exceptionally energized for and will ideally get to feature.
by Zach Weiss
review unit provided by G. Gerlach