Gruppo Gamma Vanguard MKIV
I’m reviewing today the Gruppo Gamma Vanguard MKIV, the latest iteration of the Vanguard, with the blue fumed dial.
Diameter 44mm, height 13.5mm
Double domed sapphire crystal
Screw lock crown
Water resistance 200m
ETA 2824-2, Swiss made
Automatic winding, bi-directional
25 jewels28,800 beats per hour
Accuracy +/-12 seconds a day
Power reserve 42 hrs
Thick printed markers
Luminous markers & hands
Premium Italian leather strap, 125/75mm
The watch is delivered in a solid travel box that can contain two watches. I already stated in a previous review that watch boxes are generally a pain to store and not useful at all. This one is the complete opposite: it is quite slim and an ideal travel accessory!
I’ve been liking the Vanguard since the beginning, a few years ago. There have been a few changes and upgrades over the years on that model, and this one has now become one of the best pieces you can find in the world of micro-brands!
The case and the bezel are made of CuSn8 bronze and they both started to show some nice patina after only a few days on my wrist. I do not like watches that are too shiny, and I usually tend to avoid brand new bronze cases for that specific reason. This one really is special and shows a real personality on the wrist!The latest versions of the Vanguard, with the fumed dial (both the bronze and the steel versions), have in common the absence of markers on the bezel, except the pearl at 12h. The signed crown is located at 3h and surrounded by 2 large crown protectors. The lugs are slightly curved and not too long, making it one of the most comfortable watches I have 🙂
Like the previous version, the caseback shows the embossed skull logo that is specific to GG. It looks very well made in person and has a nice 3D effect. The double-domed sapphire glass offers the best legibility thanks to an efficient AR coating.
The blue fumed-dial of the Vanguard MKIV is absolutely gorgeous, especially in contrast with the bronze case! The color changes depending on the light, it really is eye-catching. When on top of that you add the strong luminous markers and hands that start to shine as soon as they have received a bit of light, you are getting the best dial a toolwatch can get: awesome aesthetic and fantastic legibility!
Gruppo Gamma have recently upgraded their movements and this Vanguard is equipped with a Swiss ETA 2824-2. It’s both robust and accurate, one of the best options you can expect in its price range.
The watch comes on a Horween Leather strap. In case you don’t know it, Horween Leather Company is an American reputable tannery that was founded more than 100 years ago, so once again GG chose only the best.
In every aspect, Gruppo Gamma did not compromise and selected the best components to deliver the best watches. The brand is now 7 years old and has a solid experience. It is also one of the first brands that come to people’s mind when discussing around micro-brands, and this is for a reason! I have been delighted to wear this Vanguard for the last 6 weeks, and will definitely enjoy wearing it for quite some time!
Should you be interested, Naoki offers a 200$ discount on the AN-17 (green) and AN-18 (this one, the blue) versions with the code AWDO200: https://www.gruppogammawatches.com/vanguard.html