Every now and again I come across a watch on social media that is worth a mention on the site, especially in the early pre release days. The Sputnik via Gruman is one of those watches. In my opinion there is something fresh and retro with the design following a strong design inspiration strategy.
I approached Mehran the owner and asked for his media kit, and here it is.
The concept started observing the history of Russian secret service agencies, more precisely the GRU (military intelligence service).
Missions on the ground, airborne, combat diver, the GRU Spetsnaz (special forces) are evolving in extremely challenging environment in order to fulfill their missions. Being the Military intelligence agency, they also have a very developed network of spies all around the world.
The unique dial of the watch correspond to the texture of a satellite, which is nowadays, the most powerful surveillance system used by intelligence agencies all around the world.
The Sputnik is an hybrid, based on these Specifications : Airborne : Second time with the GMT (bezel for 3hands version)
Diver : Water resistance of 200m and inner rotating timer reflector
Spy : Rugged but beautiful enough for the boardroom, undercover missions, and daily activities.
Movement : ETA 2893 GMT & ETA 2824-2
Case material : Stainless steel, mineral glass exhibition case back Bezel : Ceramic engraved
Dial : engraved and brass embossed unique satellite texture
Diameter : 42 mm, without crown (both screw down)
Height : 13.5mm for both models
Indices : Swiss SuperLuminova C5 (green look, blue glow)
Lug width : 20mm at the lugs and then enlargement 24mm for the strap
Lug to Lug : 48.40mm
Water Resistance : 200 meters/660 feet/20 ATM
The Color schemes :
Victory Day :
Not only being an attractive color scheme, it is full of signification.
Black and Orange are the color of the Ribbon of Saint George.
This is a Russian and Soviet high military decoration, awarded for example
to people who contributed and fought for the Victory over the Nazis.
Classic Diver :
The dark blue/yellow combination is the classic diver style. Blue for ocean
color, and contrasting yellow accents to increase readability. It’s a classic, a lot
of vintage divers have this dark blue dial, reminding the ocean’s color.
Being a hybrid diver watch, we feel it is right to offer a blue dial variant.
Soviet Vintage :
Vintages watches have inspired this color scheme. White simple dials were
very popular back in the Soviet Union, and those often ended a beige/cream
color with the time passing.
Taking inspiration from them, we found it’s a nice and unusual color, fitting
with every occasion.
Ice Blue :
This color scheme is widely used for military aircraft. It is also a dear homage to the color Baikal lake (Siberia) takes for the winter freeze, at around -45o Celsius.
Our Mission :
The idea behind Gruman watches started around a year and a half ago. A long time was spent for the design of the first watch (Sputnik) but one thing was sure since the very beginning : We wanted to offer the highest quality for the price, and for this of course, we had to go Swiss.
Seeing the rise of 100% Shenzhen made watches with Asian movement being sold at 500$ and more, we decided to make something Swiss Made that would be priced aggressively. Doing so, we allow watch enthusiasts around the world to own an exceptional timepiece without having to pay 10 times it’s real cost. With an original design made from scratch, our watch is something unique, something people have never seen before. Without the four digits price tag, and yet offering the same specs as a lot of +1’000$ watches.
It’s not a coincidence the word « Swiss » is constantly associated with
« luxury ». Switzerland is the cradle of watchmaking but also the finest place for it. Our mission to deliver the best watches for the best price is a very delicate process, where only the most refined materials and components are chosen to create our timepieces. The spirit inside our watches comes from the association of both Swiss and Soviet traditions.
Soviet watches are very sought after by collectors all around the world, and this for a reason. Not only their history are captivating to learn but the idea behind it makes them unique. The motto of soviet manufacturing was to build things « Na sto let », which roughly translate « for a hundred years ».
The truth behind this saying explains a lot about the cult around Soviet watches. This is exactly what we have in mind for our watches, to make it last a hundred years, allowing it to be passed to future generations.
(Important : Only the first 50 “3hands” will be 390$, and only the first 50
GMT will be 590$, the next waves will have a little raise on price.
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