Reverso Squadra Hometime on Stainless Steel Bracelet
MSRP: $9350 USD
-True GMT function with AM/PM indication
Applied Arabic numerals
Water resistant 5 atm/50 meters/165 ft
This is my first review here so please be gentle.
I bought this watch used upgrading from a Breitling Colt GMT (ETA 2893-2 based on ETA 2892-A2), which happens to be a GMT watch, but not in the true sense since the hands are not independent. I travel somewhat frequently and since home is 12 time zones away, the hometime function is very useful.
Typical modern JLC box
300 page manual with about 10 relevant pages
Happy but not extremely impressed by the box (not important at all, but the Breitling Bakelite box is considerably nicer)
Equipped with a Cal. 977, which is the exact same thing as the 975 autotractor movement, reviewed by the wonderful PuristSPro team http://www.thepurists.net/Patrons/Members/wsw/jlc_at/jlc975finweb.htm and http://indepth.watchprosite.com/show-nblog.post/ti-352097/
It has been running at a consistent +4 seconds every day, I’d rather have my watches fast than slow so I don’t really mind. I wear it daily doing pretty much anything and it’s held up so far. It’s quite heavy at 190 grams with 3 links removed but still quite comfortable. Both Recto and Verso crystals are curved and uncoated. It may not be something that catches the eye immediately but over the past week it’s really grown on me.
Recto side, the dial is a matted silver with some guilloche, looks very nice under a loupe (can't say the same thing about the applied numerals unfortunately).
Adjusting the time:
There are three crown positions:
Position 1: winding only
Position 2: Change the local time (non-skeletonized) hand in one hour increments, this hand controls the date. Can be adjusted in both directions, so on date change is done by jumping ahead 24 hours.
Position 3: Change the hometime (skeletonized) hand by adjusting the minute hand, hacks the small second hand.
The system is quite convenient and the ability to change everything in both directions at any time is a big advantage.
Bracelet held together by opposing screws all the way around
The bracelet is held together by screws and each link is removable, personally I’d rather have the 4 links closest to the watch head sealed and only be able to remove the few links around the clasp, but this is more flexible. The butterfly clasp can be micro-adjusted by 2mm on each side without tools.
Quick adjusted by 2mm (can be done on other side as well)
The finish of the bracelet is good, but could be better since the clasp still has two unfinished edges, which feel rough to the touch. Overall the bracelet seems to be mediocre value considering they sell it for over 2000 dollars.
Strap costs are as follows: (in USD)
Rubber strap (no clasp) - $305
Matte Alligator strap (no clasp) - $495
Butterfly clasp only – $485
I think they’re overcharging quite a bit for all this, the articulated rubber bracelet costs around 2000 dollars as well.
Beautiful perlage as usual
While the PuristSPro team has thoroughly reviewed the 975 (everything about that movement applies to this except the gold rotor), I’ll just say that it seems to be quite clean but not well finished (lack of chamfers, minimal sinks).
Overall, am I happy with the watch? Definitely.
I just wished that the bracelet and case were a bit more finely finished. Since the watch is automatic maybe a bit more water-resistance would be welcome, the Tag Heuer Monaco is rated to 100 meters after all.
I’m hoping that my photos can allow those considering buying this wonderful piece to know more before they buy. I wanted to know a lot more but had trouble finding much online about this piece.
Feel free to ask any questions you may have about this.