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Bernhardt Binnacle GMT Review | Ross Watch Review

Case

At 39mm without crown, the case feels like a normal 40mm diver. On my 6.75″ wrist, it’s perfect. The lug size is 20mm and the lug-to-lug size is 47.6mm. The case is made from 316L SS and is brushed everywhere. This is a GMT watch and has a non-rotatable 24 hour bezel that is brushed with engraved black numerals for all the even hours and lines for the odd hours. The crown is signed with the Bernhardt “B” and is large and easy to grip. The threads of the screw-in crown were a bit stiff when I first received it, and I lubed it with a very small amount. This watch is 200m rated and has a screw down caseback with all the normal info on it. The lugs are curved down a bit making the case sit comfortably on the wrist and makes the watch case look flush with the wrist.

Crystal

The sapphire crystal extends above the bezel slightly.  This exposes the crystal to direct hits on the edge of the crystal, which could chip the side of the crystal, however this has never been a problem for me on this watch.

Dial and Hands

There is a dark gray dial with painted on hour indicese and 12, 6, 9 numbers. The dial has distinct cues from the Omega Railmaster. The painted indices are thickly lumed, so thick that they stick up from the dial quite a bit. There is minimal text on the dial only “Bernhardt” up top and “Binnacle” and “GMT” at bottom, with the GMT in red, rest in white. There is a date window at 3 o’clock with a white box around it, framing the date.  I’m not quite sure the exact style name of the hands, but they are easy to read and all Silver/lume except for the 24 hour hand, which is all red with lume. The second hand is the traditional ball near the end style. The date wheel is white background with black text and the standard wheel for the ETA 2836.

Bracelet

Wow. This is a chunky, solid end link, solid link, screw-link bracelet. This is the best bracelet I’ve worn in a long time (and I’ve worn a ton!). The links are screw links with the link that’s attached to the end-link having a screw and the normal number of links for adjustment. The clasp folds are machined, not stamped, and fit neatly together and secure closed with a flip lock closure. There is no diver extension on this bracelet, as it’s not a dive watch. There are 4 micro-adjust holes on the clasp, which allows for a wonderful range of precise adjustment. I’m a micro-adjust freak and I feel like Bernhardt has it perfect on this watch. The mirco-adjust can adjust a whole link’s length, so you can get the exact right fit and will never be between adding a link back in and having it on the smallest micro-adjust and removing a link and having it on the largest micro-adjust hole (this has happened to me on other bracelets).

The bracelet is 20mm at the lugs and tapers slightly to 18mm at the clasp. The bracelet is solid link and all the links are 4.35mm thick (very thick). As a comparison, the invicta 8926 has 3.6mm thick links, most Alpha bracelet links are between 3.2mm and 3.7mm thick, and Orient Mako bracelet = 3.55mm thick.

The links are drilled so the screw links go all the way through, as in you can see the screws on both the side with the screw head and the other end (see pics). Some people don’t like this (they want the end of the screw to be contained in the solid link), but I love it and it doesn’t detract, it adds to the look of the bracelet.

Movement

ETA 2836 modified for the GMT hand. The ETA 2836 is a very reliable swiss made 28,800 bph movement that normally has 3 hands and day/date. Bernhardt has modified the movement by making the day wheel (which flips over 1 time every 24 hours) into the GMT hand, which makes a complete trip around the dial in 24 hours, allowing you to track a different time zone. The ETA 2836 movement needs no more discussion, as it’s a common and reliable workhorse of the ETA lineup and a top quality Swiss made movement. This movement is easily regulated to within COSC and mine runs slightly faster than COSC right out of the box.

Accuracy

Out of the box it was +12 sec/day.  These ETA movements are typically more accurate this than.  That being said, I’ve successfully regulated this ETA to within +2 sec/day.

Overall Impressions

This watch exudes bang for the buck quality.  If you’re looking for a travel watch (gmt), daily wear, or watch to wear with anything from jeans to a suit, this is the watch for you. This is a limited edition watch, limited to 50, however these pieces pop up for sale every now and then and would be a great addition to your collection.  Bernhardt also makes a variety of other watches that have similar features and price, like the globemaster and corsair and the more affordable seashark — please check them out as I’m sure they possess all the positives of this watch with a slightly larger case size.  Bernhardt is also coming out with another 39-40mm range size watch, the Binnacle Anchor, which is great for the smaller wrist sized individuals among us.   The Binnacle GMT was the first watch I owned from Bernhardt, but not the last.

Quick Specifications

  • 39 mm (excluding crown)
  • water resistant to 200 meters
  • 316-L surgical stainless steel
  • second time zone
  • ETA 2836 movement (modified)
  • 4th hand sets independently
  • solid end links/ solid links
  • screws for adjustment of bracelet
  • screw down crown and case back
  • case and bracelet in all brush finish
  • hands and indices are coated with super luminova
  • wood display box

~Ross

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