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While Farer’s automatic GMT watches have been around for a few years now — we even did a recent head-to-head comparison between a Farer and a similar watch from Aloha — there was always one thing that bothered me: that damn bronze crown. If you’re a vintage watch guy and you’ve seen examples of watches with plated cases and crowns before (rather than all-steel cases), they tend to become “pitted” over time — the plating wears away, leaving the exposed brass base layer beneath, and this is especially commonplace on crowns, as these tend to receive plenty of contact with the wearer. In short, I love Farer’s designs, but the bronze crown-thing always let me down.
But not anymore. Now, Farer’s automatic GMT is available in a limited edition with — gasp — a matching steel crown! Gods be praised! Rejoice, and track multiple time zones in beauteous aesthetic uniformity!
The Oxley Silver LE is also, let’s face it, the coolest looking of the GMT lineup. Featuring silver sunray dial with blue indices, blue 24-hour chapter ring and blue hands, this is simply a handsome watch, with a bezel (not a rotating one, mind you) that gives it a sharp, defined, utilitarian look. Powered by the Swiss-made Sellita SW330 “Premium” GMT movement, the Oxley Silver LE comes on one of several leather straps for $1,455 and includes a 5-year guarantee. Smaller boutique brands could really use your business right now — so even if you’re not going to spring for a watch amidst all the economic turmoil, consider a strap or a watch roll to tide you over.
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