The Globe Master
The Bernhardt (Instruments) Watch Globe Master, the first thing I noticed wearing it was that it was heavy enough to not feel the oscillator weight, a big plus in my book and a real feel of quality. It seems to be made in the USA, which is quite important to me and has a modified version of the legendary ETA 2836-2 movement! The GMT hand of the watch comes from a gear train developed and made (according to Bernhardt) in NC!! The ingenious design employs the would be day wheel to act as a settable 24 hour hand. Check out the ďWatch PageĒ on www.brainlubeonline.com for more on the base movement, very neat. The Globe Master has a great band, great finish, and great packaging. The dial markings and alignment are perfect, the hands aligned perfectly also. The crystal is hard and flawless sapphire, the center of the hands has only a small hole of no color (maybe Iíll fix that with nail polish in the future), not a big deal, and far better than any watch in this price range that Iíve seen. After about three or four days of wearing I could see wear marks on the band, the slight brush finish is easy to mar, but easy to refinish as well. The beautifully done back sits high enough that the crown doesnít bug you, and shows off itís extremely high-tolerance milling, EDM, whatever. †My watch is #211 out of 500 made, which I think is quite nice. There was some confusion as to the availability of these watches however. My fiancť purchased this watch for my birthday, and the email dialog between them indicated that she must act now as this was the last watch in stock. I was so amazed that I email Bernhard trying to purchase another one just to hear him say no, he said YES!!! One left, again, that was a real let down, and the # was lower than mine, and I donít believe he takes watches back, but it could be any number of things. The engraved crown is a nice touch, and the Solid End Links are just a thing of beauty. You WILL need to take the screws out of the band and Loc-Tite them, The entire watch is milled from 316l stainless, same as an omega, etc. Itís a great steel and I have no complaints. The Bezel is 120 clicks, I love that, there is, however a little bit of slop maybe about a secondís graduationís worth, donít think Rolex here. I think Iíll just pop off the bezel and tune a wire to take care of that, easily fixed and then will be a no slop, perfect bezel. The illumination is very well done and the face is just a breath taking metallic blue. Iím sort of a science guy, and I wish they would make a tritium vile prettier, but the super luminova is as good as you can hope for now since the government has decided you canít have radium dials because youíre too stupid to exist on your own. The last thing I would like to mention is this watches STEEL movement holder, I love this watch! This has got to be the best deal in the world right now for a fine watch!
This is a new watch mechanism from a company that used to modify ETA movements, I believe this will be just as good for less.. Check out the Bi-directional winding mechanism, look familiar? A New Watch Movement (Clone)!