An Indie Watchmaker Returns With an Affordable Mechanical GMT
In August 2017, MING — a watch brand founded by a collective of watch enthusiasts and lead by pro photographer Ming Thein — released its first watch to much acclaim. With a tasteful 38mm case made from titanium and boasting a hand-wound Sellita movement, the MING 17.01 was the kind of watch you’d expect to be designed for enthusiasts by enthusiasts. Now, the brand is back with a follow-up to that watch, the 17.03, and it doesn’t stray too far from that winning formula, but it comes packed with a new mechanical complication.
Powered by an automatic Sellita SW330-1, the new 17.03 now has a GMT function, allowing the wearer to keep track of two time zones at once. Rather than opting for an additional hand to indicate the extra timezone (like on a traditional GMT), the 17.03’s dial features a rotating central disk in its stead, cleaning up the face of the watch and allowing the floating numerals (a hallmark on the 17.01) to remain unobscured. That movement is housed in a case made out of grade 2 titanium that’s a perfectly-proportioned 38mm in diameter and 9.8mm thick.
The watch is available with both black and burgundy dials and comes mounted on a nubuck leather strap, while a titanium bracelet (with a quick release mechanism, to boot) is an optional extra. While mechanical GMTs often cost a hefty sum, this MING 17.03 starts at around $1,328 (1,300 CHF) which, when you consider that it’s also made from titanium, makes it excellent value for money.
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