This German Pilot’s Watch Might Be the Best-Value Mechanical GMT You Can Buy

With prices starting just above $1,000, it undercuts even the most affordable GMT watches by hundreds of dollars.

Could 2017 be the year of the affordable mechanical GMT? It is if you go turn to small brands, anyway. First, Ball launched its Roadmaster GMT with a staggering $1,300 discount; then Farer unveiled its first mechanical GMT for only $1,450. And now Archimede, a German-based microbrand known for its classically styled pilot’s watches, has launched a new mechanical GMT close to the $1,000 mark.

As far as GMT watches go, this one is pretty straightforward. The dial design is based on the iconic “Flieger” dial design scheme, and the case is a moderate 42mm in diameter (but a fairly slim 9.5mm thick). The movement inside is a Swiss-made ETA 2893-2, a workhorse automatic movement with a GMT function and a 42-hour power reserve.

The watch is available on either a leather strap, a steel link bracelet or a steel mesh bracelet, with prices starting at only $1,024. Given that the next most affordable mechanical GMT watches are at least a few hundred dollars more, Archimede is offering an incredible amount of watch for the money.

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