BRERA OROLOGI ETERNO GMT
- Model: BRGMT4303
- Case Material: Stainless Steel
- Case Width: 43mm
- Lug to Lug: 50mm
- Thickness: 12.5mm
- Strap Width: 22mm
- Dial: Blue-multi-level, Square texture
- Bezel: Stainless steel with blue ceramic inlay
- Strap: Suede and rubber
- Movement: Swiss ISA 8176/1990
- Crystal: Sapphire, Anti-reflective
- Crown: Screw down crown system and press buttons
- Water Resistant: 10ATM
- Retail Price: $795 USD
Brera Orologi has updated their Eterno model, now with a GMT complication and alarm, powered by a Swiss ISA 8176/1990 Quartz movement. They have also upgraded to a ceramic bezel. For my past review of the chronograph Eterno, please click HERE.
When it comes to the GMT version of the Eterno that I am sharing with all of you today, I can say there is a lot that I love, and very little that I don’t. One thing to keep in mind when it comes to Brera Orologi, for the most part they are not using automatic movements. While this ISA quartz movement does have a GMT and alarm complication, it is not what most WIS are usually looking for in an $800 watch. But as I have mentioned in the past, Brera Orologi has some of the best dial work I have seen in their price point, and their case finishing, attention to detail, leather and rubber straps and the overall experience is something that can not be overlooked in my opinion. While of course taste is subjective, I feel this watch is a beautiful sport watch that has a lot to offer.
The case at 43mm is a great size for many, not small and not overly large. As usual, Brera Orologi has done a mix of finishes, sandblasted, brushed and high polished. The case and crowns are sandblasted, with just the tops of the pushers being polished. The large knurled crown does screw down and operates the time, date function and the alarm hand. The GMT hand is controlled by the top pusher when the crown is unscrewed. Both of the pushers do have a screw cap, so they need to be unscrewed before you can use them.
The case back has the combination of all 3 finishes and like usual, is very well done. As I have said many times, besides movement, there is nothing that screams fashion watch when it comes to Brera Orologi, at least the ones I have reviewed. And let’s be honest, quartz movements do not make a fashion watch either. Some might be wondering, what is a fashion watch? Well, by general consensus, usually owned by a clothing or cologne brand, inexpensive or using sub par components and finishing, none of which are present here with the Eterno.
The dial on this example is actually a deep blue, basically a navy blue. It might be hard to see in some photos due to the lighting, but the dial and bezel are blue. The center dial has what I like to call a waffle texture, and surrounding that a standard hour track. The outer dial has applied steel hour markers, and the chapter ring has your minute and hash marks. The date, which does get lost a little in the dial, is located at the 6 o’clock position, and a 60 second counter between the 2 and 3 o’clock positions.. And as you can see in the photos, the Eterno GMT does not lack color either. Orange, light blue and white accents grace the dial and hands. The 24 hour GMT bezel has a ceramic inlay and also has white and light blue accents as well. Protecting the dial is a flat sapphire crystal with a decent internal AR coating.
When it comes to using the watch for the GMT and alarm, setting the hands is easy enough, I just wish the pushers didn’t have the screw caps. Especially for the alarm. When you set the hand and turn the alarm on (by unscrewing the cap on the bottom pusher, and pressing once), you have to do the same to stop the alarm when it goes off, or to turn the alarm off altogether. While having the screw caps does prevent accidental pushing of these buttons, it is not a large watch where I feel this is necessary. When on my wrist and the way the watch wears, I don’t see your wrist depressing the buttons by accident.
Speaking of wearing it, the 43mm case is very comfortable on my 7 ½ inch wrist. Part of the reason it is so comfortable is the combination brown suede and grey rubber strap. The outside of the strap is a soft brown suede accented with white and blue stitching, and the underside is a textured, gray natural rubber. Not only is it comfortable, but has a striking look to it, and should help to keep the strap looking newer for a longer period of time. To top it off, or to end the strap if you will is a solid, signed stainless steel buckle.
How do I sum up the Brera Orologi GMT? Great looking sport watch with high end quality and components, with a grab and go quartz movement. It’s a watch that will look just as good dressed up as it will with a pair of jeans. Damn, that sounds like a magazine ad…
Well, what are the negatives? Honestly, I can not find a negative. Some will say they want an automatic movement, but is that a negative of how this watch is built? No, it isn’t. The watch itself is well built, has a great dial and strap and at $800 might not be the best bang for your buck, but that all depends on what you are looking for in a watch as well.
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