GRUPPO GAMMA INTRODUCES THE MARK IV VANGUARD
Gruppo Gamma's Vanguard collection, since its inception in 2014, has been a retro-inspired design infused with contemporary touches - a projection of what the Rolex Ref. 6152 could have been if it had continued to evolve. The watch case is made of surgical grade stainless steel, fitted with double-domed sapphire crystal and engineered to achieve a depth rating of 200 m/ 660 ft.
The Mk IV, the newest version of the Vanguard and our take on the ultimate all-purpose field watch, features the SuperSandwich™ dial, filled to the brim with Swiss Superluminova to achieve the best darkness visibility ever on a Gruppo Gamma timepiece. Also for the first time ever, the rotor - visible through the sapphire display caseback - is signed, and the crown guard is now constructed as a separate piece and bolted onto the case. Aficionados may also appreciate the newly-designed mechanism used for the unidirectional 120-click bezel.
The first batch of Mk IV models, available via preorder only, will be released in Feb 2017. The A-04 and its PVD grey sibling the A-04D are without date, whereas the A-05 comes with date function. All models in this release are powered by Seiko SII's NH35, a self-winding mechanical calibre from Japan that's well-known for its dependability. The full kit includes a vintage Italian leather strap in Gruppo Gamma's signature leather color, and a military green canvas strap unique to the Vanguard.
Gruppo Gamma is currently accepting a second round of preorders at its website, gruppogammawatches.com. Preorder prices start from USD399 (free international shipping via DHL) and deposit is not required.
"This watch has some of the strongest lume that I have seen on a watch, ever." - Time To Blog Watches
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS & VARIANTS
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date (A-05 only) and elapsed time
Diameter: 42 mm excluding crown and lugs
Lug-to-lug Distance: 50 mm
Thickness: 14 mm excluding domed sapphire, 15.5 mm including
Lug Width: 22 mm
Weight: 140 g with strap
Water Resistance: 20 ATM
Case: Stainless steel
Movement: Seiko SII NH35A (4R35), automatic, 21600 bph
Crystal: Sapphire, double domed with underside anti-reflective coating
Dial: Black, SuperSandwich™ with luminescent markers
Hands: With luminescent markers
Crown: Stainless steel, screw-in
Caseback: Stainless steel with sapphire, screw-in
- Canvas strap, length 125x75mm with Type V buckle
- Leather strap, length 125x75mm
- Screwdriver for strap changes
- Travel pouch