Colour seems to be a serious trend nowadays, and we’re very happy about it. Gone are the days of only having watches in a handful of very classical yet conservative colours like black, silver and blue. It’s the era of a bit of fun, a bit of playfulness and a good splash of colour. We’ve seen everything from red to purple to pink and of course green. And before you start a banter that you’re fed up with green watches, I just want to say green can be much more than the word signifies on its own. Green can be dark and moody, but also fresh and revitalising. It all depends on the tone, and Batavi Watches has used a rather fetching, bright green for its new Geograaf Worldtimer “Pamukkale”.
The new Batavi Geograaf Worldtimer “Pamukkale” takes its inspiration from the Pamukkale thermal springs in the Denizli region in Turkey. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is renowned for its travertine terrace formations of limestone baths shaped by flowing water and the sediment of minerals. The ancient Greek city of Hierapolis was built on top of it, and the name fittingly translates to “Cotton Castle” in Turkish. The colours range from bright white limestone to vibrant blue and green tones of the water and the surroundings.
The Batavi Geograaf Worldtimer, with Geograaf translating to Geographer in Dutch, was a surprisingly fun and colourful watch when we first handled it. The 39mm wide and 13mm stainless steel case looked and felt very decent, and has a mix of brushed and polished finishes. The brushed bezel, for instance, has a nice polished and bevelled edge to it, and the watch has a sapphire crystal on top and around the back. At 200m water resistance it’s also quite a robust watch, perfect for travelling and adventures across multiple timezones.
The colours of the Pamukkale site are translated to the dial with a bright, fresh tone of green with a two-tone beige and peach ring for the GMT function. A few changes have been made between this one and the pre-production prototype we handled a couple of months ago, like some of the details on the city ring. The rest remains the same as before, with applied hour indices and syringe-like hour and minute hands. The hands and markers all have a dose of luminous material, to aid night-time readability.
Inside the case, we find the Soprod C125, a clone of the ETA 2893-2. This uses 25 jewels, runs at a rate of 28,800vph and can hold up to 42 hours of power reserve. It’s wound by a large central rotor, which can be seen whizzing around through the back. The movement allows for the setting of the time and the 24-hour disc through the crown at 3 o’clock. The secondary crown is used to adjust the sloped city ring on the outer perimeter of the dial.
As before, the Batavi Geograaf Worldtimer “Pamukkale” comes on a stainless steel bracelet with a folding buckle, but the package also includes transfer links to install a leather strap if you want. It is a limited run of 75 pieces only, with the first batch of 20 coming up for orders on the 18th of November at 4 pm CET. The price is set at EUR 789, which is again quite a strong value proposition.
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Technical specifications – Batavi Geograaf Worldtimer Pamukkale
Case: 39mm diameter x 13mm height – stainless steel case, brushed and polished – screw-down crown for setting and winding at 3 0’clock – secondary crown for timezone adjustment at 10 o’clock – sapphire crystal on the front – screw-in caseback with sapphire crystal – 200m water-resistance
Dial: Bright green dial – contrasting rotating 24h disc with day/night indication – sloped, rotating second time zone or city ring matching the dial colour – syringe-like hour and minute hands with Super-LumiNova – seconds hand with luminous arrow-shaped tip – applied hour markers with Super-LumiNova – printed minute track in white or blue
Movement: Soprod C125 (ETA clone), Swiss-made – automatic winding – 25 jewels – 25.60mm diameter – 28.800vph – 42h power reserve – hours, minutes, seconds, second time zone (GMT or Worldtimer display)
Strap: Stainless steel H-link bracelet with folding clasp and quick-release push pins – brown leather strap with pin buckle and quick-release push pins
Availability: Limited production run o 75 pieces – first batch of 20 pieces available from the 18th of November at 4 PM CET