Here is something I know many of you have been waiting for: the new Halios Seaforth GMT. After the first series of the original Seaforth sold out and then the subsequent offerings proved to be so popular that Halios’s site was unable to survive the ordering process, the three-handers are in production and ordering for the Seaforth GMT starts today. Many of the specifics are identical to the original Seaforth (which I bought, and also reviewed here) and it is essentially the same Seaforth you know and love but rocking an ETA 2893-2 automatic with a “caller GMT” independent 24-hour display.
The case is steel and measures 40mm (41mm for versions with a rotating bezel), 48mm lug to lug, and 12mm thick at the top of the crystal. The crystal is sapphire (domed and anti-reflective), the crown screws down, and water resistance is 200m. I have been wearing my pastel blue Seaforth with a 12-hour GMT bezel for a year now and it’s a watch that I absolutely love. As I covered in my original review, I’ve found the Seaforth to be a perfectly sized, easy to wear, distinctively styled (pastel, baby), and attractively priced watch. With this new GMT version, interested parties can choose from two dial colors and four possible bezel options, allowing you the ability to tune the Seaforth for your needs from a GMT watch.
The pre-production example seen in these photos has the Abyss Blue dial and the fixed bezel option. The alternate dial color is Nimbus Grey, which is a lighter matte coloring that has black surrounds for the markers hand hands (much like on previous pastel-colored Seaforths. Either dial can be optioned with the shown fixed bezel, a black sapphire dive bezel (with a luminous scale), a steel dive bezel, or a steel 24-hour bezel (both steel bezels have lumed triangles at the home position).
Thanks to an internal 24-hour scale, all four models manage to show two time zones regardless of the bezel option. With the 24-hour bezel you add the flexibility of tracking either three time zones (home, a reference on the GMT hand, and then a third on the bezel via the offset from the reference), or the ability to leave the GMT hand on GMT/UTC time and quickly update to any new time zone by simply rotating the bezel. All three of the rotating bezel options are unidirectional and use the same design as the three-hand Seaforth, which is clicky, accurate, and easy to use.
Like any of the dozen or so Seaforths I’ve tried on since they were released last year, the GMT feels great, offers strong legibility, and works on a variety of straps. Speaking of straps, this sample from Halios was delivered without the included rubber strap so I tried it on both a leather and a NATO and I think you’ll agree both options suit the watch well. The Abyss Blue dial is glassy and slightly iridescent, appearing black in low light and then shining blue in highlight. The stubby GMT hand and its bright orange tip looks great and instantly stands out on the dial. Given the ETA caliber within, there is simple but nicely balanced date display at six on the dial that uses a blueish dark grey wheel with white text. Likewise, the Nimbus Grey dial has a matched grey date wheel with black text.
As a definite fan (and owner) of the original Seaforth and an on-the-record nerd for GMT watches, the Seaforth GMT is right up my alley. The size, look, color options, and functionality is all evidence of a thoughtful design process and, given the additional complication and the Swiss movement, the value statement remains very strong. The Seaforth GMT is being sold via the brand’s website in two batches starting today (ending tomorrow) and pricing starts at $900 for a fixed bezel option, or $925 if you opt for one of the rotating bezels. In either three-hand or GMT, I still feel that the Seaforth represents one of the best products at this price point and I wish you luck and Godspeed in making a final decision on dial and bezel options.
Model: Seaforth GMT
Diameter: 40mm (41mm for models with rotating bezel)
Case Material: Steel
Dial Color: Blue or Grey
Indexes: Applied batons
Lume: Yes, SuperLuminova C3 on hands and indexes
Water Resistance: 200 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Rubber strap with signed buckle
Caliber: ETA 2893-2
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, 24-hour independent hand
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Pricing & Availability
Price: $900 – $925 depending on bezel selection
Availability: Goes on sale today (August 10, 2018) at 1:00 PM PT, with a second batch releasing 11 hours later (to help those on the other side of the world). Shipping begins August 2018.
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