Gruppo Gamma Vanguard Mk IV is the company’s reincarnation of their most famous model – Vanguard. It’s a cushion case diver watch with 200m water resistance. There will be three models available with different case finishes: Vanguard AG-16 – stainless steel case, Vanguard AV-16 – aged steel, and Vanguard AN-17 with a case made of bronze. All three models sport a substantial 44 mm diamater case with 54 mm lug-to-lug. The height of the watch measures 13.5 mm with included double domed sapphire crystal. As you could assume, the lug width is 24 mm, which makes it a perfect size for a Panerai – style watch. But don’t let that fool you. The Vanguard is not your usual PAM copycat. It has a lot of its own character, which is present in a dedicated crown guard, case protector on the side of the watch, two-tone dial, and a custom caseback portraying company’s logo of a skull with a rose.
As I mentioned, Gruppo Gamma has lots of character, which is most visible on the dial. It’s a two-tone dial with a blue outer ring and a black inner dial. The markers are generously printed with Swiss SuperLumiNova® C3 so you can be sure this thing is going to be a lume monster. The handset is a traditional pencil-style handset with prominent red seconds hand.
Gruppo Gamma usually use Japanese-made movements for their watches but this time the company decided to opt for a Swiss-made ETA 2824-2 automatic movement. It’s a classic workhorse movement with 28800 beats per hour and 38 hours power reserve.
I think that it’s worth mentioning that Gruppo Gamma decided to use a premium leather strap for their Vanguard collection. For the first time the company will equip every watch with a handmade in Italy leather strap by Simona Di Stefano Straps.
The Vanguard collection is currently available in pre-order and, according to Gruppo Gamma, watches should be ready for shipment somewhere around September/October 2018. The pre-order option offers a hefty discount:
– Stainless steel AG-16: $679 USD instead of $850 USD
– Aged steel AV-16: $719 USD instead of $900 USD
– Bronze AN-17: $759 USD instead of $950 USD
If you decide to preorder any of the Vanguard models, you are going to be asked to place $100 USD deposit. More details can be found on Gruppo Gamma’s website.
|Model||Gruppo Gamma Vanguard Mk IV|
|Lug to Lug||54 mm|
|Lug width||24 mm|
|Crystal||Double domed sapphire crystal|
|Movement||Automatic ETA 2824-2, 28800 bph, 38 hours power reserve|
|Water resistance||200 m|
|Price||$679 USD to $950 USD|