Corguet Speedmaster Pro Inspired
Although I do have an authentic Speedmaster, I always admired the history and style of the Speedmaster Pro. They are amazing watches that command a wee bit of cash, so enter my old friends in China with Coregut. This is not a mechanical watch, but a quartz chronograph, which I think is a great movement for chronographs. In this case, it uses one of my favorite movements from Seiko.
Starting like I always do with the dial, this is an obvious homage to a Speedmaster Pro, with a matte black dial. However, there are few key differences. First off, the dial is smaller, with the tachymeter scale quite a bit wider than the real deal, this results in a smaller chapter ring, so there are shorter markings for the hours and minutes. The hour markers are luminous rectangles and the minutes/seconds markers are smaller ticks. At 12 o’clock is an additional two white dots. There are three sub-dials, at 3 O’clock is a 24 hour indicator, at 6 O’clock, running seconds, and at 9 O’clock, is the 60 minute accumulator. Each of the sub-dials has a concentric circle pattern. The hands are very narrow sticks, with the chronograph hand ending in an arrow. The minutes and chronograph hand extend all the way to the seconds markings, which I appreciate. The sub-dial hands are simple sticks as well, with no tail. There are minimal markings on the dial, just Coreguet Chronograph at 12 o’clock and some markings on the sub dials. Keeps the look surprisingly uncluttered for a chronograph. There is no date indicator.
The bezel is a bit wider than the real deal and is black with a silver printed tachymetre. The case is 40mm and wears pretty large for the relatively small size. The crown is screw down, but unsigned. The pushers are simple and well polished, but have no guards, so you can pretty quickly tell this is not an Omega. The top and sides of the case are brushed, and the edge of the bezel is polished. Lugs are 20mm and simply finished between the lugs. The movement is probably a Seiko Instruments 6T62 equivalent. It is a 1/5 of a second mechanoquartz, with fly-back hands. What does this mean? Instead of ticking quickly when the chronograph resets, it snaps back to the reset position, like a mechanical chronograph. The pushers have a great click.
The crystal is domed acrylic, which I appreciate. The Speedy Pro’s still have an acrylic crystal and I like acrylic crystals, since you can buff them out and they are very impact resistant.
The case back is a simple screw down with no markings at all. The 20mm bracelet is a solid with solid end links, so no rattling. The deployant is double butterfly. It is an Oyster style bracelet, with polished center links and sides. It suits the watch well and has no rattles or squeaks. I have never been tempted to take it off this bracelet.
This is a just a really nice watch, with enough changes from the real deal so you could not consider this a fake. Case, bezel, dial, and bracelet are all different, but it takes styling cues from one of the most famous watches ever made. I am happy and this quartz watch gets a fair amount of wrist time and is in no way a watch box queen.
Case: 40mm diameter, stainless steel, 50m water resistance?
Back: Stainless Steel, screw down.
Crystal: Acrylic, domed
Movement: Battery Operated Quartz, 6T62 or similar, 1 hour, 1/5 second chronograph.
Complications: Date, 1/5 second 1 hour chronograph, 24 hour indicator.
Other: 20mm solid link bracelet, stainless steel.