The Batavi Geograaf GMT & Worldtimer collection
The third collection presented by Dutch watchmaking company Batavi is launching soon.
Batavi Watches is a young and upcoming Dutch watchmaking company run by Ugur Mamak. We’ve seen it successfully launch two collections already, the Kosmopoliet GMT and the Architect, with the third one coming very soon. Just like with the previous collections, we see bold, fresh colours combinations and interesting details all-round. Four models will be launched through Kickstart in early May, across two different dial configurations. This is an early first look at the new Batavi Geograaf GMT and Worldtimer.
Batavi has a thing for fresh and interesting colours, as we’ve previously seen with the Kosmopoliet GMT and Architect. The new Geograaf (Dutch for Geographer, if you hadn’t caught that yet) falls in line with this, as each of the four possible configurations come with a bold colour palette. It’s presented in a 39mm wide by 13mm tall steel case, with a mix of brushed and polished finishings. At 3 o’clock there’s a traditional crown for setting and winding the watch, with a secondary crown at 10 o’clock for adjusting the GMT or Worldtimer ring. A sapphire crystal covers both the dial and the movement, and it offers a very respectable 200m water-resistance.
The Geograaf can be split into two pairs, one with a GMT indication and the other with a Worldtimer indication. Both feature the same basic design, with a multi-level dial construction. The GMT comes in salmon pink or crisp white, with the Worldtimer in midnight blue or sleek grey. The GMT has a 1 to 12 o’clock scale rotatable ring, with the Worldtimer having a city ring on the outer perimeter. All feature a two-tone 24h ring with a day/night indication, to correspond with the GMT or city ring. The hands and markers are coated with Super-LumiNova.
Power comes from a Soprod C125 automatic movement, which has 25 jewels and runs at a frequency of 28,800vph. This is based on the ETA 2893-2 architecture and indicates central time (hours, minutes, seconds) and a second time zone through the GMT or Worldtimer ring. It can be seen through the screw-in caseback with a sapphire crystal insert.
The new Batavi Geograaf GMT and Worldtimer will come on a stainless steel H-link bracelet with polished centre links, a folding clasp and quick-release push pins. Batavi supplies it with a two-watch travel case in blue. The price is not yet determined but expected to be between EUR 599 and EUR 649 as Super Earlybird during the Kickstart Launch, in early May 2022.
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The watch is unworkable, as the designers are using the GMT hand to move a 24 hour dial, whereas a GMT watch hand should move against a fixed 24 hour bezel. You can see that if you line up cities for 24 hours then it is backwards, eg LA is later than NY rather than behind in time. That is quite useless as a world time watch. The company have now issued the watch with cities going the other way, so LA is now “east” of NY. This corrects the time problem but the cities are nevertheless going the wrong way. It would be better to forget that the dial has a GMT function and to reverse the hours so that they increase in a clockwise direction just as a GMT watch with an outer rotating bezel has. Until they do that, this watch is non-starter, and anyone buying it will find that it is unusable.