The new Graham Chronofighter Oversize Score Baja 1000 (ref. 2CCAU.B04A.T17N) automatic chronograph watch brings you an interesting combo of military-styled, black dial with beige-colored luminescent paint on hands and numerals and a sporty, probably quite expensive, too, carbon-fiber chronograph start/stop trigger.
Graham uses the concept of a left-handed chronograph trigger for quite a long time, but it seems that only recently it managed to find a good use (as well as a good finish) for the part. Their Chronofighter Prodive Professional (Ref. 2CDAV-B02A) diving watch was among the first to feature the restyled trigger and now it comes the turn of the sporty Chronofighter Oversize Score Baja 1000.
Attached to a deliberately oversized body whole 47 millimeters in diameter, the part doesn’t look as bulky as on previous versions of the watch.
Thanks to the use of (forged?) carbon-fiber, the trigger successfully blends into the mix of scratch-resistant, black ceramic bezel and a black PVD-coated steel body. The black rubber chronograph “reset” push-piece and the setting crown finish the picture of a solid, convincingly designed timekeeper.
Although the body of the timepiece looks daringly modern, its dial features a vintage-styled finish with oversized, art-deco-styled Arabic numerals and the “historic” hour and minute hands covered with traditional beige-colored Superluminova.
The lack of the extremely boring tachymeter scale (it was replaced with a not so omnipresent telemeter indicator) is also a very nice touch.
There is a slight visual mishmash with the chronograph hands (the central second hand and the 30-minute indicator at 6 o’clock) and the subsidiary second hand at 3 hours painted the same red color, but that was possibly done to better balance the “BAJA 1000” inscription at 9 o’clock.
As usual, the watch is animated by the same Caliber G1747 that the British brand seems to love so dearly. Based on the well-known ETA 7750 automatic chronograph movement, the mechanism was modified by Graham’s long-standing partner, a Swiss manufacture La Joux Perret. The original caliber was not only simply rotated clockwise to allow for a left-handed winding crown, but also turned into a monopusher to make the signature start/stop trigger work seamlessly.
Limited to just 100 individually numbered pieces, the watch will be quite expensive, though. According to the British watchmaking brand, the Graham Chronofighter Oversize Score Baja 1000 Limited Edition will set you back at impressive $8040 if you ever decide to buy one.
Graham Chronofighter Oversize Score Baja 1000 (ref. 2CCAU.B04A.T17N) specification
Price: $8040 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Caliber G1747 (base ETA 7750, modified by La Joux Perret), Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 25
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 48 hours
Movement decoration: Cotes de Geneve
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph, telemeter
Case material: Stainless steel, black PVD
Case size: 47.00 mm
Numerals: Arabic, beige SuperLuminova
Hour markers: Luminous
Hands: Steel, luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Beige techno-fabric strap with contrasting red stitching and a black ceramic pin buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire, with Baja 1000 logo