Monta Basel releases just went hot!

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Monta Basel releases just went hot!

Post by toxicavenger » Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:16 pm

They just pinged me and said they just opened their site. https://montawatch.com/
Pre-order is $1730 for the GMT. It comes in a blue dial, black, gilt. Ceramic bezel and SS bezel.

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Movement Sellita SW330 - Self-winding, 24 Hour GMT Hand, Chronometer tuned Swiss Manufactured movement
Power Reserve 38 Hours
Dial Matte Black (GILT) or Black Lacquer or MONTA Dark Blue all with multi-dimensional Rehaut with applied indices.
Depth Rating Designed and tested to 304 meters (1000 feet) water resistance
Hands Swiss-made, Rhodium plated, unique Sword style hands. Swiss LumiNova BG W9 color for the luminescent material.
Crystal Parallel flat sapphire with a unique 7 layer anti-reflective coating applied on the inside of the crystal
Case 40.7mm wide 316L Stainless Steel - Crown Guards to prevent damage to the crown. Bi-direction 72 click bezel. Swiss-made luminescent Ceramic Bezel.
Strap/Bracelet The Skyquest strap/bracelet options include: 2 Vulcanized FKM Rubber straps, or a metal bracelet that incorporates a custom deployant clasp with 4 micro-sizing holes.
Fabric Strap A NATO/RAF style strap is included with your Skyquest in a dial complimenting color.
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Re: Monta Basel releases just went hot!

Post by toxicavenger » Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:21 pm

The regular Oceanking has a gilt dial also and a blue version.

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Movement Sellita SW300 - Self-winding, 25 Jewel, Chronometer tuned Swiss Manufactured movement
Power Reserve 38 Hours Dial Matte Black (GILT) or Black Lacquer or Sunburst Blue or MONTA Dark Blue all with multi-dimensional Rehaut with applied indices.
Depth Rating Designed and tested to 304 meters (1000 feet) water resistance
Hands Swiss-made, Rhodium plated, unique Sword style hands. Swiss LumiNova BG W9 color for the luminescent material.
Crystal Parallel flat sapphire with a unique 7 layer anti-reflective coating applied on the inside of the crystal Case 40.7mm wide 316L Stainless Steel - Crown Guards to prevent damage to the crown.
Uni-direction 60 click bezel. Swiss-made luminescent Ceramic Bezel.
Strap/Bracelet The Oceanking strap/bracelet options include:
2 Vulcanized FKM Rubber straps, or a steel bracelet with fully adjustable diver clasp. Fabric Strap A NATO/RAF style strap is included with your Oceanking in a dial complimenting color.
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Re: Monta Basel releases just went hot!

Post by Chocodove » Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:28 pm

Not gonna lie. I really like these.
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Re: Monta Basel releases just went hot!

Post by toxicavenger » Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:31 pm

12mm thick for both of them. That is perfect!

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Post by mellonb1 » Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:26 pm

Gilt looks real nice.

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Re: Monta Basel releases just went hot!

Post by toxicavenger » Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:39 pm

60 per variation in the Oceanking and 120 per variation in the Skyquest.

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Post by hoppyjr » Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:51 pm

How much is the diver?

What are the expected delivery times?

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Post by matt.wu » Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:43 pm

They've done an impressive job course-correcting; major kudos for that.

The watches and branding still aren't to my taste, but the quality is apparent in all the photos you guys have been posting. Seems like a solid watch at the price now.
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Post by Seppia » Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:31 pm

matt.wu wrote:They've done an impressive job course-correcting; major kudos for that.
Absolutely true
They now seem a super solid offer for the price, well placed into the 1-5-2.5k void that the ridiculous price increases of all major brands have left open (Omega: “hey but at least our watches are too shiny and too thick now!”).

I really like the explorer styled that Terry has, the diver I’m less a fan, but I’ll be following this brand very closely

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Post by hoppyjr » Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:33 pm

I wasn’t a fan initially, but they are growing on me.

On these two new models I don’t understand the white date window, but maybe those are just renderings.

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Post by mikeylacroix » Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:54 am

Skyquest blue!!!

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Post by Ryeguy » Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:57 am

I like the Skyquest, but as Jacob pointed out earlier, that weird bend in the GMT hand is off putting.

I can see they need it in order to clear the indices, but it looks a bit like third world engineering to me.

If they wanted that dial design, they need to change the pinion length to raise the hands, or slim down the applied indices.

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Post by ericf4 » Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:04 am

Skyquest looks way too busy. The blue dial variant though seems more doable.

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Post by tattoo chef » Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:15 am

hoppyjr wrote:I wasn’t a fan initially, but they are growing on me.

On these two new models I don’t understand the white date window, but maybe those are just renderings.
I agree. Would have been great if they had custom matching date wheels; if not, white on black at least.


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Post by Ryeguy » Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:20 am

FWIW, relative to the GMT bent hand thing, Rolex addresses this issue by designing the GMT movement to place the GMT hand between the hour and minute hands. The Rolex GMT hand stack goes hour, GMT, minute, then seconds hand on top.

The 2893-2 (and clones such as this Sellita) go GMT, then hour, minute, and seconds on top. This causes the GMT hand to run closest to the dial.

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Post by Ryeguy » Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:46 am

Not to pile on, but isn't this:
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Really similar in design to this:
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We (justifiably) bash Ginault for copying the Rolex patented Glidelock clasp. I would expect a similar outcry for this.

IIRC, the Monta pending patent was for the circular friction fit clasp pin. I would expect a patent request for the Glidelock link extension copy to be denied.

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Post by streetracer101 » Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:53 am

I'm digging the OK Gilt and the blue version. I'm not feeling the gmts.

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Post by Chocodove » Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:56 am

streetracer101 wrote:I'm digging the OK Gilt and the blue version. I'm not feeling the gmts.

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Post by streetracer101 » Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:59 am

I am wearing it now and I purchased a blue Triumph yesterday.
I like the new Ocean King models. If I can pick one of the blue or Gilt versions, I'll flip mine. They look great.

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Post by Ryeguy » Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:05 am

I think the crown guards are an improvement in the overall look of the watch cases. It helps make their signature crown style a little less prominent.

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Re: Monta Basel releases just went hot!

Post by JP Chestnut » Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:31 am

$1700 is the right spot for monta.

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Re: Monta Basel releases just went hot!

Post by Ryeguy » Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:41 am

JP Chestnut wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:31 am
$1700 is the right spot for monta.
I find it interesting from a business perspective that these micros have identified a gap in the market and are stepping in to fill the $1,500-ish void.

When I first started getting into the watch forum thing about 10 years ago, for budget divers you had Seiko (SKX007, etc.) and then the micros stepped in to offer additional features (sapphire, ceramic, etc.) for similar prices.

It is interesting to see how the micro brand industry has evolved, with some brands looking to fill these voids with luxury-level finishing at what was previously entry-level Swiss luxury prices.

Ultimately, I'm not certain Monta is necessarily providing a stepping stone watch into a true luxury Swiss brand, so I don't see these micros helping to boost the overall Swiss watch industry.

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Re: Monta Basel releases just went hot!

Post by jimyritz » Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:59 am

Like what Monta is doing especially at that price point. The Skyquest seems a bit busy for me with the outer bezel, inner bezel, and all of the individual markings...I think the Triumph would still be my choice.

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Post by JP Chestnut » Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:05 am

Ryeguy wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:41 am
JP Chestnut wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:31 am
$1700 is the right spot for monta.
I find it interesting from a business perspective that these micros have identified a gap in the market and are stepping in to fill the $1,500-ish void.

When I first started getting into the watch forum thing about 10 years ago, for budget divers you had Seiko (SKX007, etc.) and then the micros stepped in to offer additional features (sapphire, ceramic, etc.) for similar prices.

It is interesting to see how the micro brand industry has evolved, with some brands looking to fill these voids with luxury-level finishing at what was previously entry-level Swiss luxury prices.

Ultimately, I'm not certain Monta is necessarily providing a stepping stone watch into a true luxury Swiss brand, so I don't see these micros helping to boost the overall Swiss watch industry.
I agree. You used to be able to get a mint/complete Omega 2254 or Speedy Pro for $1500. Now, those things are hard to find quickly at any price.

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Re: Monta Basel releases just went hot!

Post by Bradystraps » Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:11 am

The GMT is too busy for my eye. The gilt Ocean King is lovely though.
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