Amongst vintage dive watches, few are as delectably cool as the dual-crown “super-compressors” (though only some are actual super-compressors)… in fact, we like them so much here at worn&wound that we have a whole article dedicated to them. Dual-crown divers have a certain refinement to them, balancing sport and more formal elements in, typically, compact cases. The results are true gentleman’s sport watches, with an elegance that modern divers rarely meet.
Unfortunately, they are few and far between, and though were once meant for the water, these days are better kept dry due to their age. So when a brand comes out with a modern dual-crown watch, it always piques my interest. A few months ago, G. Gerlach announced their Navigator model, and I immediately knew I had to review it. Not only did the pictures suggest that the watch had a great look, one that drew on vintage dive watches, but coming from Gerlach, I knew the pricing would be great too.
Immediately out of the box, I was impressed by the style of the design. It’s subtle, but uses some nice coloring and texture to add intrigue and a vintage feel, though with a modern case size of 42mm. To be honest, while I always thought of it as a dive watch, seeing it in person, it felt more like a pilot, or some hybrid of the two. Inside, the Navigator is powered by a Seiko NH35A automatic movement, which is a trusted workhorse. I imagine a lot of people will be pleased to see the Seiko here rather than the SeaGulls Gerlach used before. Throw in a sapphire crystal with AR and the price of 1399 PLN, or about $375, and you have a compelling package.