Guess Gc Sport Class XXL Watch Review

Guess Gc Sport Class XXL Watch Review

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"Gc" stands for "Guess Collection" but they aren't the only timepieces with the Guess brand name on them. There are also lower-range Guess watches leaving Gc pieces to be the brand's higher-end family of watches - that we are further proud to say are still quite affordable. In the past we've freely mentioned Gc watches when recommending a nice watch for a woman when your budget is a few hundred dollars. Now we look at a men's Gc watch with the Sport Class XXL, with this two-tone version being the ref. G53003G2 in the US (internationally it is know as the ref. X53003G2S).

Gc watches are certainly trendy in design, but in a manner that seeks to incorporate a lot of elements from classic looking timepieces. The result is a youthful look and feel, but one that doesn't forget its base is in horology. The Sport Class XXL series has the "extra, extra large" size designation in the name because the case is rather robust at 45mm wide. However, that is the size of this specific model only. There are many members of the Sport Class XXL collection, and not all are 45mm wide. In fact, XXL is the only size the collection seems to come in, though there are smaller models, such as a 42mm wide Sport Class XXL. This is worth mentioning when looking at the product range so that you know some pieces are smaller.

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Placed in a diver's style case, the watch is water resistant to 100 meters and has a sapphire crystal. The case features a rotating bezel, and is refreshingly weighty to the touch. Note that it does also have a screw-down crown which is a welcome feature. What I like about Guess Collection watches is that they have a nice heft to them. The solid polished steel case in this version is mixed with PVD gold coated elements to create the two tone steel and rose gold look. This ref. G53003G2 version with its glossy black dial also comes in a white dialed version with the ref. X53002G1S. Though no versions of the Sport Class XXL at this time are steel-only which is interesting. This steel and PVD gold is the closest to that.

Instead, Gc has outfitted the Sport Class XXL collection with a range of steel and ceramic models, or all ceramic models. We believe that only some of them are officially sold in the United States, so depending on where you are you can check to see what your country carries. For a long time now we've admired Gc's application of ceramic to its timepieces at affordable prices. In the Sport Class XXL collection you can find all-white ceramic, white ceramic and steel, ceramic and steel, all-black ceramic (matte or polished) and black ceramic and steel watches. The variety is impressive, as well as the various dial versions.

Guess Gc Sport Class XXL Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Guess Gc Sport Class XXL Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

This Sport Class XXL is one of the two chronograph versions and there is also a three hand version with a very attractive, yet simple dial. Those three-hand versions happen to be the 42mm wide models as well. All the chronograph models are 45mm wide. The dial is full of elements, many of which are highly polished. This makes for a nice little bling effect, but it, mixed with a lack of double AR coating on the sapphire crystal, results in a lot of light refracting that can deter from legibility in extreme light conditions. Having said that, the hands and hour markers are generously sized, and the hour markers are raised off the dial which help tremendously with legibility.

For darkness viewing Gc places SuperLumiNova luminant on the hands and hour markers, which functions well enough. The subdials on the case are thickly framed in a gold tone, which is a matter of taste. Visually the concept works nicely, though in certain lighting conditions the hands blend in with the dial, even though the small markers are quite easy to see. The angled flange ring around the dial features a tachymeter scale, that adds a bit of instrumental purpose. We suspect that most people will not buy this watch for the chronograph, but rather for the style, but it is nice to know the chronograph is there as well. The dial also features a date window with a handsome frame around it.

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11 comments
realfinks
realfinks

This watch looks like a Baume and Mercier Capeland S Chronograph (hardly original looking but one I own and love) that got raped by Breitling, and was shot up with Steroids.  It is nothing if not Loud.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Jeez.  Just look at that Invicta-inspired bracelet.  That brand should inspire no one.  It's just a blingy, shiny mess, designed to blind you when viewed from the display case.

basnobua
basnobua

Blech! Im not ready for two-tone to make a comeback....

bichondaddy
bichondaddy

I like the looks of the watch....just at 45mm's...I don't classify it as an XXL watch.  But...I know I am the minority when I say I prefer the 47-52mm watches....and that's okay....to each his own.  Also...not being a snob...watch, car or otherwise....I just happen to like the looks of this one...and don't find it tacky at all.  Not everyone wants their watch to look like a 1970's Sub....especially me.  Not a single black bezel, black dialed watch with white numeral in my collection!!  I like my watch to get noticed...as I am not afraid of a little attention. After all...when you are 6'6"...you get use to being noticed.

DangerussArt
DangerussArt

What's in a name? That which we call an Invicta, by any other name would smell as tacky.

Ryan B
Ryan B

Looks like an overpriced Invicta

ZL
ZL

I really like that ABTW is eclectic and open minded in their coverage, it seems to recognize and respect that there are needs, tastes, and budgets for everyone. And this is a good example of that. It would be so easy to get all snobby with all the amazing watches that pass over the authors' wrists.

Personally, though, I would spend that amount on a lower-end entry-level mechanical (like Christopher Ward or Hamilton or something) before a quartz fashion watch. 

ZL
ZL

Don't get me wrong, I do find myself sometimes attracted to fashion watches and have nothing in principle against quartz. I even have a quartz chronograph (Boccia titanium; a gift) and love to rock a g-shock. Everything has its place. I'm just saying for that price, for my tastes, I think I could do better.

Tekky
Tekky

@ZL Agreed and agreed, but...

My primary wearing watch (probably 35% of the time - I have about eight in regular rotation) is a Christopher Ward - C5 Mk II auto.  But up in my top few are several quartz units - due to having tritium and alarms, or due to being incredibly thin and decently dressy.

In other words, "before" - yes.  But after the before came a handful of quartz watches that may appear to be fashion watches.

bichondaddy
bichondaddy

@ZL Excellent comment!  I would consider this watch though...as I like quartz chronograph's...I have a thing for them.  90% of my collection is made up of chronograph's...mechanical and quartz.

AtotheG
AtotheG

@ZLAgreed and agreed.  Perhaps I'm wrong, but I'd bet that most of who read ABTW daily have at least a little bit of watch snob flowing through the veins, and that we embrace it to some degree.  I also bet I'm not the only one who opened his email this morning, saw this watch and thought, "Huh.  Really?" And while I do like the chrono pushers (I guess), I wouldn't be surprised if Ariel's nose grew just a tad he wrote "Sometimes".