Hands on – Zahnd & Kormann Diver and GMT – on Kickstarter

It was April 2017 when Zahnd & Kormann gave us their first release (read about that here) which was a ETA 7751 Chronometer, and they are back this time with a three hand dive watch,  and a four hand GMT dive watch.

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Roger Zahnd sent me a Get model to have a look at before the launch – but first lets looks at the specs – I am not 100% sure how the Kickstarter campaign is going to run, but on their site currently their appears to be 2 movement types to consider from the Sellita range, 6 colour options for each model, and a choice of materials for the case.

  • High-precision, numbered and certified movement (cosc certification is optional)
  • 2nd time zone indication
  • 120 clicks Unidirectional Rotating Stainless Steel Bezel
  • Case Diameter: 44 mm
  • Total watch height: 14.9 mm
  • Lug to Lug: 51 mm
  • High-quality materials such as stainless steel, sapphire or titanium
  • Compact and extremely robust watch case Waterproof up to 600 meters water depth
  • Screw-down crown
  • Very high readability dial BG9 (blue) illuminated digits and indexes
  • Easily replaceable bracelets. Each watch comes with a 22mm stainless steel or titanium bracelet + one additional nato strap
  • Sporty-Elegant Design (6 different colours available)
  • Delivery Time:
    This is a Crowdfunding-Project and you will get your watch for the best price and as fast as anyhow possible. But as there is no “up-front mass production”, delivery time might take a bit longer than usual. We do estimate that all watches will be delivered in August / September 2019 latest.


Movement options:

  • Dive Watch: Sellita’s SW 200-1 COSC certified or Elabore.
  • GMT Model: Sellita SW 330-1 COSC certified or Elabore.

Case Options:

  • Stainless steel or Titanium.

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Hands on

The GMT arrived in a polished wooden presentation box, very nicely finished as I would expect from a watch of the expected calibre / price point.

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Inside was the watch, the first thing I try with dive watches is the bezel operation, I would expect a tight, smooth and precise action from a dive watch bezel of 120 clicks, happy to say:

Not disappointed – 10/10 – precise action that i would expect to stay that way for years to come. (I hate loose bezels with free play, there is no place for them in this world)

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Next inspection was the case, this model was the stainless steel model, and it is very well finished with a combination of brushed and polished surfaces. A very nicely branded crown, and a display back that I really quite liked to say the least, I enjoy watching movements in operation.

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It appears that quick release straps and bracelets are all the rage these days, these watches come with a quick release bracelet, and the bracelet is a really nice quality, a combination of brushed and polished surfaces and a very nifty micro adjustment on the buckle.

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Not disappointed – 10/10 – feels secure, nicely finished all round, good attention to detail.

The Dial & Appearance

The GMT has a lot going on with the dial because of the inclusion of the 24 hour scale for the GMT function. The logo is very prominent, I had a comment on social media “Do you think they could have made the logo bigger?” (sarcasm I presume), so that’s a matter of personal preference.

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The lume is good, the date wheel is tight to the date window, the font is nice, the sword hands are an appropriate size, and the striping works well on the matt finished dial. It contrasts well with the ceramic bezel.

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Not disappointed – 9/10 – had to knock a point down for the logo size comment – its audience feedback.

Overall Impression

It is a very nice watch following in the genre of the Submariners of the 60’s, specifically the Rolex 6538 made famous in Dr No.

The watch feels and wears like a quality Swiss Watch should do, and it comes from Swiss watchmakers based in Liebefeld.

For the price point, the five year guarantee, 600M depth rating, I think you can not really go wrong buying into this watch, similar specs would cost you a damn site more from bigger brands.

Well Worth an investment – 29/30

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