Strond Timepieces, Time To Fly
Hello and welcome, It's time for another review. But before I get into you know what first, It's history time. Today's piece is by an English microbrand, by the name of Strond. Founded only recently by watch designer and CEO of Strond, Mr. Terrence Ray. Having collaborated with some of the world's best watchmakers and went on to create some of the most spectacular timepieces to date, One of which was the Aston Martin tourbillon, where Terrence was the sole creator, designing a timepiece to celebrate the release of the new Aston Martin Valkyrie supercar and presented to the design director of Aston Martin himself at their headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire. So there you have it, Strond is not just a business, but it was founded by someone with a love for horology and all it entails.
Now for the reason, you are actually here, The Watch- SSC-101 24Hour Gmt. Let's start with the 101, Simply put the GMT is a pretty special piece, one of only 1930 that will ever be made. This watch features a genuine piece of aviation history, with a dial tag made from a part of the world's fastest-ever Concorde, that being, Concorde 101, which set the world record for the world's fastest ever commercial flight with a speed of 1450mph, a record it still holds to this very day.
The case of the Gmt is made from 316l brushed stainless steel, with a diameter of 41mm ( excluding the crown) 45mm with. The bezel is very solidly crafted, runs smooth, and has zero back play. Engraved with black numerals which enable you to make the most of the watches GMT functions. The 4mm beveled crown adds a real touch of class to the timepiece and ensures changing the time and date is a breeze. To the rear is where you'll the watch's screw-down engraved case-back with your limited edition number, the Strond logo, and just 50meters of water resistance. Not that you'd be swimming in this anyway, I'm pretty sure that's what dive watches were invented for.
Moving Swiftly on we have the Sapphire Crystal encased Dial, here you have a matte blue dial with a blend of white baton indexes and numerals at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o clock positions all of which feature a polished silver surround and swiss lume,. The watch's date window, unfortunately, appears slightly lost and could definitely benefit from being encased by silver just to make it stand out a bit more. To me, the best part of the dial is, without doubt, the dial tag, nestled in between 3 and 5 o clock, engraved with SSC-101 on a genuine piece of the world's fastest ever commercial Concorde, let's be honest who wouldn't find this kind of cool.
Finishing off the GMT's dial we have white hour and minute hands which really stand out against the watch's matte blue dial and of course the yellow GMT which simply glides around the dial without skipping a beat.
The GMT comes with a choice of straps a reddish-brown vintage calf-skin leather strap with quick-release spring bars and a royal blue NATO strap, with spring bars. Personally, for me, I would have preferred a dark brown strap as I feel this would make the dial stand out a bit more. Also, the strap is on the larger side, for me personally with a 6.5inch wrist I had to add an extra hole for a secure fit. But the NATO strap fit was better and with a lug width of 22mm, this watch is definitely going to be a bit of a strap monster. Completing the GMT is a Swiss-made Ronda Quartz movement, which is simply put a reliable and maintenance-free movement. So simply put throw the GMT on your wrist and change the battery in a couple of years, for less than the price of a coffee.
I like it, It is actually my first GMT watch, and the fact that you get a piece of Concorde and a watch for under £300 is a pretty good deal to me. The case is exceptionally well crafted and feels great on the wrist. While I am not personally a fan of the stock strap, that wouldn't put me off buying this or any of Strond's watches for that matter. If you want to check out the GMT for yourself, click the link below and as always, thanks for reading.