And here’s where I wish a few things felt slightly different. A GMT dive watch—especially one with a box sapphire crystal—is not overly thick at 14mm, but the watch sometimes feels bulky, or perhaps slightly heavy, on the wrist. I suspect this is partly due to the weight of the watch head being spread over a comparatively small lug to lug length, rather than having long lugs to help stabilize the weight across the wrist. The weight, and comfort, on the wrist are somewhat mitigated by a truly excellent bracelet, but it’s still one aspect that is worth noting.
As far as movement goes, there aren’t too many GMT calibers to choose from. Inside this watch is the Sellita SW300-2, in Elaboré grade. Each has been adjusted in four positions and should give accuracy within +/-5 seconds per day.
After unscrewing the crown and pulling out to the first position, turning clockwise will advance the GMT hand by one hour at a time. Turning in the opposite direction advances the date. Both of these happen independently of each other, and independently of the main hour and minute hands. The next crown position hacks the time and sets the 12-hour time, to which the GMT hand and date wheel are subsequently slaved. As you’ll note from the photos, the large knurled crown is going to be very easy to operate, and although I have sustained no physical harm, the back of my hand has been on high alert bracing for impact.
If I’ve been a little critical of the overall weight and the crown dimensions, I can happily counter that by saying that the mesh-style stainless steel bracelet is an absolute joy. The heavy and short links give good articulation, and honestly it feels fantastic on my wrist. The clasp is rather bulky—both long and thick—but the on-the-fly adjustment will be welcome for many, either as a diver’s extension or just for fine tuning the fit throughout the day. Although I have tried the Taucher 2 GMT on other straps, and really like how the scalloped lugs are accentuated, the watch feels best on the bracelet.
It’s clear there are lots of fans of GMT watches, and it’s an area that is often under-represented compared to divers or chronographs. For that reason, I can definitely see the appeal of this offering from Heinrich. Although not every aspect of this watch is right up my alley, the Taucher 2 GMT has enough on show to make it worth a look. Preorder prices start at €1,199 with delivery expected in June 2023. The final retail price will be €1,399. Heinrich