Gruppo Gamma is a Singapore based microbrand which specializes producing high quality cushion case watches. This relatively young brand (established in 2013) attracted my attention a few times already. Most notably with their Peacemaker model which I’m going to review at some point on Lug2Lug. However, today we are not talking about the Peacemaker but rather their latest model in the making – Vanguard.

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.

Gruppo Gamma Vanguar Mark IV

Gruppo Gamma Vanguar Mark IV

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 Vanguar Mark IV caseback

Gruppo Gamma Vanguar Mark IV caseback

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.

Gruppo Gamma Vanguar Mark IV wristshot

Gruppo Gamma Vanguar Mark IV wristshot

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.

Gruppo Gamma Vanguar Mark IV

Gruppo Gamma Vanguar Mark IV

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.

Gruppo Gamma Vanguard side view

Gruppo Gamma Vanguard side view

Model Gruppo Gamma Vanguard Mk IV
Diameter 44 mm
Thickness 13.5 mm
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
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