Hager Watches was founded in 2009 by Pierre Brown, or as he likes to be called, Pete. Their first model was the Commando series, which was a Mil-Sub homage with a Seagull auto and came in around $260. It was a nice enough watch, and a good entry point for the brand.
But the Commando Professional series is definitely a step up for the brand, and a much higher quality watch, with a HGR 52 movement (Miyota 9015) and the GMT version, which uses a HGR 60 movement (based on the ETA 2836).
Hager has a few variations of the Professional Commando, a 3-hand diver and a gmt complication, all available in either stainless steel or DLC finish, and two different bezel options, black or blue ceramic.
With a price of $600 for the stainless 3 hand, and the highest being the DLC GMT being $800, they are not the cheapest micro brand watches out there, but are not out of line with their prices either, as they are in the same range as many other micro brands using the same movements.
The focus of this review will be the new blue ceramic bezel versions, most notably the 3-hand model, but I take a look at all variations and show many photos of each.
Here is a video of the Commando Professional for an HD look:
Commando Professional Full Specifications:
- Stainless steel or DLC coated
- Case Width: 42mm
- Case Height: 14.5mm
- Case Length: 50mm
- Lug Width: 22mm
- Crystal: Domed Sapphire
- Bezel: 120 click with Ceramic with inset lume paint
- WR: 200 meters
- Price: Current pricing for blue bezel models is $50 off for a limited time, making the 3 hand $550 and the GMT version $650. DLC versions are $650 and $750 respectively. Black bezel versions will be $50 more.
Many who follow my reviews know I do not pull any punches, and because of that, there’s no denying that these models are more or less an homage, kind of a combination of a vintage Rolex or Tudor, but with sword style hands. It also utilizes an Omega PO style clasp. Now, I know some do not like homages, and that is fine, as there’s so many types of watches these days, there’s something for everyone. But homages do have their place, or brands like Raven (which I compare this Hager to a lot in terms of look) and Steinhart, just to name a few, would not be so popular.
With that said, how well does the Hager Commando Professional compete with other micro brands?
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