The Swiss-based luxury watchmaker of Scandinavian descent has updated its 2009 Linde Werdelin 3-Timer GMT watch with a new material/color combination.
The Linde Werdelin 3-Timer GMT series was originally introduced in the beginning of the last year. At that time, the watch was offered in stainless steel, DLC coated steel, 18-carat rose gold, and 18-carat yellow gold cases.
The stainless steel version was available only with black, dark brown or silver dial. Of course, the dark brown version was the most appealing of the three.
Since the dark brown-faced model has already been sold out, the UK-based company decided to offer the watch with a beautiful dark-green dial reminding of a skin of the American alligator. Too bad they don’t offer the watch on the same-colored leather strap!
While the 3-Timer’s general styling does not differ too much from the other members of the growing family, the watch’s main point of attraction is its GMT complication, which is capable of displaying not two, but whole three different time zones: two on its dial and the third on its bi-directional rotating bezel.
Just like it is done in the new Bvlgari Diagono Chronograph GMT X-Pro watch, both extra time zones are indicated with a standard arrow-headed second hour hand making a full rotation around its axis in 24 hours.
The 3-Timer uses the same Caliber ETA 2893-2 automatic movement with a GMT module as the 2008 MY Linde Werdelin Two-Timer Biformeter watch, but employs completely different layout of the dial, which is a somewhat of a problem, if you want to know current time in all three time zones.
You see, as brutal as it was, the Biformeter sported an extra 24-hour scale on its busy dial making it pretty easy to tell current time in the second time zone (if the lighting conditions were good and if the watch was equipped with a black dial, since the Arabic numerals printed in black on red surface didn’t provide too much contrast). The Linde Werdelin 3-Timer GMT, however, has the second hour scale completely removed from its fine-textured dial, which is great in terms of elegance, but makes it quite difficult to tell time, if you are not used to this watch.
Anyway, if you like this model for the style sake, don’t really care about time zones and have a wrist big enough to accommodate this chunky 46mm x 49mm x 12mm job, you should hurry up placing your order. Just like the brown version, the number of watches with the green dial is limited to only 22 examples. Linde Werdelin plans to retail them at pretty much affordable €4140.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4.5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4.5/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
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Linde Werdelin 3-Timer GMT watch specification:
Price range: €4140 (MSRP)
Movement: Caliber ETA 2893-2, 21 jewels, 28,800 vph, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, GMT, third time zone
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 46 x 49 mm
Case height: 12 mm
Dial: Dark Green
Numerals: Arabic numerals on the rotating bezel
Hands: Steel, coated with SuperLuminova
Water resistance: 300 meters
Strap: Black perforated calf strap with a deployant buckle
Case back: Solid stainless steel caseback cover, engraved