Whole 46 millimeters in diameter, the new Edox Geoscope GMT is clearly designed with heroically proportioned people in mind. On the other hand (no pun intended), the timekeeper doesn’t make an impression of a watch whose single purpose is too look big. In fact, its massiveness stems from its function: there is a dial that needs to be large to ensure adequate legibility and there is a large case to house it. That’s probably the main reason why this watch doesn’t look stupid: its form follows function.
While there is still a great number of people that consider the massive and often bulbous “sporty” watches distasteful if not plain ugly, there is a new trend of either re-introducing those gigantic beasts from the 1970s either as faithful reproductions with only minor and almost unnoticeable cosmetic refinements here and there (and, of course, with new movements since the older one are getting harder and harder to come by) or making “tributes” to the legendary models of the past.
I am not really sure whether it is due to lack of ideas or a certain nostalgia to the long gone era is to blame, but, truth be told, can only welcome the trend: today’s slick, almost perfect specimen designed with cutting-edge CAD software and machined with almost frightening precision by the most advanced tools are starting to really get on my nerves with their unforgiving perfectness.
While very similar in style to the 1970s original, the new Edox Geoscope is clearly not a reissue, but rather a kind of homage. Although the decade was far from being extremely successful for the Swiss brand, they probably feel some sort of longing, too.
The first of all, the case is different. While the signature octadecagonal bezel is still there, the new body seems to be a lot more refined. Very modern and clearly bearing family resemblance with their modern collection (check, for example, this Edox Dakar limited edition model), the case with its integrated bracelet (which may be a problem if you ever decide to find a replacement) still resembles those old watches of the past with the beautiful Omega Constellation ref. 166.055 probably the first one to come to mind.
The dial, too, doesn’t look as complex, but this, to my opinion, is a good thing: with thinner lines, less details, and more watered down colors, the dial looks lighter and more pleasant to look at. As before, it is synchronized with the inner 24-hour GMT scale and can be rotated using the polished, but easy to grip bezel.
Time in the second time zone is indicated with a thin secondary hour hand that features a very unusual, fork-shaped tip. Regretfully, the indicator doesn’t have any lume on it, which may pose a problem in certain circumstances.
Its functionality has also been expanded with a medium-sized sub-dial that features a circular date display. Giving the timekeeper’s designers their due, I must admit that the extra display doesn’t make the dial look any more cluttered and doesn’t draw too much attention to itself.
The watch is issued as a limited edition of 300 numbered pieces.
Photos: Edox, Chrono24.com
WWR preliminary verdict
Build quality: 5/5
Value for money: 4/5
Edox Geoscope GMT Automatic watch specification
Movement: Automatic, Edox caliber 07, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 21
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 42 hours
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, GMT (second time zone), day/night display
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Octadecagonal
Case size: 46.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Dial: Printed Earth map
Numerals: Arabic (24-hour GMT scale)
Hour markers: Luminous, yellow
Water resistance: 200 meters
Strap: Stainless steel multilink bracelet
Case back: Solid