Angus Davis reviews the Graham Chronofighter Oversize in his online watch magazine Escapement, a chronograph with a rather unusual carbon "flip-flop". Read why Angus loves Graham products below.
This morning, I woke up with mixed emotions. I looked out the office window, it was wet and uncomfortable, it was a typical summer day in Lancashire (UK). I've had the pleasure of wearing the Graham Chronofighter Oversize for a few weeks now, and honestly, I'd be sad to see it go away.
I loved the Graham Chronofighter Oversize when we first met, but I can't pretend it was love at first sight. I thought my romance with the big watch was over a few years ago. I was wrong. Over the past two weeks, I've become very attached to the Chronofighter Oversize and don't want to give back the press "borrowed" model I've been kindly lent to me.
At first, I wasn't sure about the chrono trigger on the left side of the case. However, it then sneaked up and seduced me. The carbon fiber triggers need to be touched, and I found launching the chronograph a cathartic delight.
I'm no stranger to Graham's preference for trigger-driven chronographs. I remember reviewing the Pink Gold Chronofighter 1695 and chatting with Eric Loth, the founder of Graham London. I still remember Loth being an engineer by trade explaining the rationale for installing triggers. The thumb is said to be the fastest finger and has proven to be the most qualified finger to control a chronograph. I've tried operating the stopwatch function without looking down at the luxury replica watches, and it's intuitively designed and positioned. Its proportions and shape guide the thumb into place and are anatomically suited to measure elapsed time, while the eye focuses on the task at hand.
This watch is masculine; it's a men's watch that's perfect for the mature alpha male. However, despite its rugged exterior, its chiseled beauty draws amorous glances. Plus, there are tons of pleasing design details that make a compelling case for ownership. I often find myself using the word "happy" to describe the oversized Chronofighter because its bold aesthetic and rich proportions make me smile.
Graham offers wearers a variety of dial colors to choose from. The watch I borrowed has grey dial canvas and two black snailed subdials.
Small seconds at 3 o'clock and 30-minute counter at 6 o'clock. The latter sub-dial overlaps the former. Interestingly, the dial has only two subdials, and they are arranged asymmetrically. I love to deviate from the norm and applaud Graham for daring to be different.
Hours and minutes are marked by black hands with black Super-LumiNova coating. They show a secretive character that complements the watch’s overall outgoing personality. The hands glow green in limited light, as are the bold Arabic numerals that surround the dial and indicate the hours.
The circular date aperture is located between 8 and 9 o'clock. Graham has always been brave and pursued his own design path that, in my opinion, will reward the wearer with a fresh, thought-provoking and highly functional ownership experience.
The Graham Chronofighter Oversize is huge, as the nomenclature claims. At 47mm in diameter, I suspect it will get too big for some potential buyers. Indeed, I was a little concerned when I learned about the life stats of this all-around watchmaker. But don't worry: the watch is actually quite comfortable to wear.
I used to own a large watch with a similar diameter, and while I liked the look, I found that the crown on the right side of it would gouge out on my arm, leaving an unsightly red mark after a day of intimacy. Thankfully, I didn't experience similar issues with my wrist while wearing the Chronofighter Oversize. The reason is that the crown, trigger and reset button are located on the left side of the case. These elements are always held perpendicular to the arm, so there is never a scratch or bruise. This is a logical, simple and very popular attribute of Chronofighter Oversize.
The bezel is ceramic and has a glossy appearance. It lends a rich, luxurious note to the exterior of the case and contrasts wonderfully with the steel case, lugs and caseback.perfect watches
Decorated on the back of the watch, the display caseback showcases the G1747 self-winding movement. The caseback is held in place by six screws, and its tapered edge enhances wearer comfort.
A notable aspect of the spec is the strap and pin buckle. Brown leather strap with beige stitching, vintage-inspired and stylish. While some potential buyers may opt for a version of the watch with a practical rubber strap, I prefer the leather option as it offers plenty of charm and warmth. The pin buckle is made of polished stainless steel, and the square pin meets the rectangular hole, replacing the small round shape commonly found on other watches.
The G1747 Automatic Chronograph clocks at 28,800 vph (4Hz), has 25 jewels, and offers a 48-hour power reserve. However, I've always been obsessed with finishes, and the Graham Chronofighter Oversize delivers a pleasing finish, especially given the attractive price. The oscillating weight is decorated with a Côtes de Genève pattern, the blued screws are clearly visible, and the main plate is decorated with pearls.
Graham Chronofighter Oversize is an absolute treat. This is a watch I don't usually pick up by the way. However, it is by spending time with it that you will be drawn to its many qualities.
There are many little details that bring joy. For example, the rectangular chronograph reset button has a black textured pattern on the upper surface, which is very beautiful. The smallest details bring joy to this watch. Here I am again, using the word "happy," but that expression easily leaves my lips whenever I discuss Graham Chronofighter Oversize.patek philippe replica
Trigger happiness? It's really me.
Model: Graham Chronofigher Oversize Reference: 2CCAC.S01A Case: Stainless steel; diameter 47 mm; water-resistant to 100 meters; sapphire crystal and case back Functions: hours; minutes; small seconds; date; chronograph Movement: Calibre G1747, self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz); 25 jewels; 48-hour power reserve Strap: Brown leather strap with stainless steel pin buckle