The case is sandblasted titanium, giving it that gray color and keeping it subdued. There are no other versions with different finishes available at this time. At 47mm in width and 57mm lug to lug *(length of case), it is not a small watch by any means. I normally stay below this size for myself personally, but I will still give it a try, unless it is 50mm or over. While it is large, it is very lightweight of course, being Grade 5 titanium all around, including the caseback and screw down crown.
You can be the judge on whether it looks good on my 7-½ inch wrist. I feel it looks ok, but is oversized.
As far as comfort, it is light and I can barely notice its there, so it is comfortable. It could be better though, at least for me, if the straps were longer. With such a big watch, I am not sure why the straps are only 120/80 mm. As you can see in the video and my photos, if you have a wrist larger than mine, you might have a hard time getting this watch to fit with the included leather straps. Both straps are high quality though. I prefer the thicker black-pebbled leather strap, over the thinner, minimal stitch Ghibli strap. Both come with the newer GG Type V titanium buckles, that use screw bars to attach to the strap, very much the same way the strap attaches to the watch case.
The case back is blasted and engraved with the skull and rose logo, and other pertinent info, and is secured down by 6 screws. The stated water resistance is 300m. I have not, nor will I be testing to see if this is good to 1000 feet, or 984.52 if we want to get really technical, but it had no issues when in the pool or shower. (On a rubber strap, not included).
Lume: Fantastic. See below and let the picture tell you rather than me.
If you like a packaging/case that is useful, Gruppo Gamma delivers, as they did with previous GG watches as well. You’ll receive a rubber/nylon case with the skull and rose logo that can house at least 2 watches, a few straps and some tools. All of this comes in at $499 USD. Oh, wait….the movement? Yep the standard micro brand favorite, the Miyota 9015. It is the go to these days, and rightly so. It is smooth, reliable, and affordable enough that companies can produce a watch such as this one, for under $1000, if not well under $1000. And do it with 2 straps and in a titanium case to boot.
I would like to see longer leather straps available, or maybe more of a middle ground at 130/80, but otherwise it is hard to nit pick at the Gruppo Gamma Titanium Vanguard. Bottom line, as I said in the beginning, Gruppo Gamma keeps getting better and better. This one is their best yet, and might be hard to top in the value department. You can see all versions of the Vanguard HERE. Thank you for reading/watching and please leave your comments below.
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