Jorg Gray JG3700 Watches

Jorg Gray JG3700 Watches

Jorg Gray JG3700 Watches   watch releases

One of Jorg Gray’s new for 2011 models is the JG3700 collection that comes in both three-hand and chronograph models. For an interesting watch under $1,000 Jorg Gray offers a lot of good choices. Visually interesting though still classic in their proportions the JG3700 watch collection is an interesting range.

One of the nicest elements of the design is how the Italian calf-leather strap is fitted to case. This integrated look is always a bonus. The case is 45mm wide in steel and water resistant to 100 meters. Some models are polished while others are polished and then done in IP black. The crystal is one of those mineral glasses coated in sapphire. Different brands have different names for this, but the idea is to offer the scratch resistance of an all sapphire crystal in a less expensive watch.

Jorg Gray JG3700 Watches   watch releases

Aside from the case the three-hand and chronograph models have totally different dials. Each has Swiss movements – ISA for the three-hand, and Ronda for the chronograph. The three-hand model is available in both a dark all-black model with rose gold toned hand and hour indicators, and a light white model with black hands for legibility. On several occasions I mentioned the importance of high dial contrast to Jorg Gray which they have taken to heart.

One interesting thing on the dial is their interpretation of the “open” date window display on the three-hand model. The window is large enough to show more than just the current date, but small enough to only fully show the current date. This should help to reduce the confusion sometimes accompanying date windows of this style.

Jorg Gray JG3700 Watches   watch releases

Even if you don’t like the dials you can’t call them boring. Jorg Gray wanted to add as much decorative interest as possible. There are various textures and polish styles on each version. I like the circular Geneva stripes on the outer dial of the three-hand model. On the chronograph you have a dial with mostly Clos du Paris pyramids on the face. Jorg Gray really liked skeletonized hands, which you’ll see in these models – though I tend to like the style of the hands on the chronograph models better.

Jorg Gray places “Swiss Movement” on the dial to identify the origin of the movements. Problem is that the placement of the phrase is asymmetric and throws off the balance of the dial a bit. You see the term “Swiss Made” is phrase with two words that are about the same size. So if you split them up on the dial at the bottom they allow for the dial to be symmetrical. “Swiss Movement” on the other hands is made up of words with very different sizes. Placement on the dial is as seen here with the full phrase. As a fix many brands instead used the shortened phrase “Swiss Movt.” Balance restored! Jorg Gray might want to think about using that shortened phrase moving forward to further refine the dial style of this and other watches.

Jorg Gray JG3700 Watches   watch releases

Both the three-hand and chronograph version of the JG3700 have their appeal and I like the color palette choices. These are inherently simple watches with contemporary designs and some welcome character that is often devoid in watches of this type. Price for the three-hand JG3700 model is $595 and $795 for the chronograph model.

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15 comments
Harvey
Harvey

If you love this design like I do, check this out for an almost identical style at a price you can’t beat $166: http://bianciwatches.com/rb-7026mchr.html/. It’s a Swiss chronograph movement with date, an all stainless steel case, a rubber band, and a screw-down crown. Watch is water resistant and includes a three year manufacturer's warranty.

Ulysses
Ulysses

I love chronographs. These models look nicely made, even if i'm not completely taken with the designs. The last one pictured with the gold accents is very nice though. I have a pair of $100 Seiko chronographs that have been running without a hitch for nigh on 17 years now. One of them has been dropped onto solid tiles and has a few dings but has never failed to work properly. These are partially plastic movements too - from what I read somewhere the Ronda movements are all-metal so should theoretically be more durable, not accounting for design flaws (should there be any).

Harrison
Harrison

Hello Ariel, Is the Swiss Movement the same as Swiss Made? Also I think these are really nice looking watches. I really like that black and gold model at the end of the article. Pretty cool strap as well. I like it.

BIG CHRONO
BIG CHRONO

The above letter was proof read, but posted improperly due to website disorder(s). How ironic, considering what was stated.

BIG CHRONO
BIG CHRONO

I cannot verify build quality, but can offer sage advice on chronos in general. It's not too difficult to find decent ones @ reasonable prices, but when the chronos malfunction, or stop working altogether, any savings are now put into expensive chrono repairs. If they
are kept long term, & require fixing multiple times, then like cars, money should be put towards a new watch, preferably not a chrono. Unless you're an astronaut, pilot, scientist,
diver, midwife (timing contractions), etc., then basic peeps don't need chronos. Get the plain version of a model you like, but if you still have timing issues, then try the ones with elapsed time bezels. PAX!

Jim Clement
Jim Clement

Yes. The usage of bent spring bars can be a pain in the butt. I think JG pulled the "integrated strap" look off alright on the chronograph model. Not much of a fan of the open date on the 3-hander. The chronograph in black is fairly attractive to my eye. I have never seen one "in the flesh" before.

Anyone have any experience with their build quality?

Pete
Pete

Most of the time you need bent spring bars for integrated straps which are a pain in the butt plus the look doesn't suit all watches.

These look ok with exception to the date on the 3 hander's - not attractive but alot of the time i find jorg gray watches overpriced.

Eric
Eric

Silly question, Ariel, but why aren't more watchmakers designing straps that have that integrated look? I switched my Omega bracelet to an OEM strap and I see "light" - and really don't like it! TBH, I have never heard of this brand, but one would figure if they can do it anyone could, no?

admin
admin

Swiss Made and Swiss Movement mean two different things. In this case it means that the movement is "Swiss Made" by the watch case and strap are not.

admin
admin

What disorders? I'd like to report and usage issues to my web guy as we are currently refining stuff like that.

Chris
Chris

It's funny you go by BIG CHRONO and want to warn people away from them.

That aside, it is true that chronos can be staggering in maintenance. They're often fussy, prone to issues, and costly to repair and even just keep basically maintained.

They're also a place where the vaunted in-house movement can be a huge liability. A VJ-775X can be repaired without extreme expense. Watch that creep higher with an 1185 and hit the stratosphere as one goes into rarer territory.

Ultimately, though, mechanical chronographs are not about need or practicality. If one really wanted to time events, a cheap digital model is a far more rational choice.

Eric
Eric

Thanks for the explanation, Pete.

admin
admin

Not all integrated straps need bent pins. I hate them actually, bent pins can be a nightmare to use. It is also just difficult sometimes to design an integrated strap that fits well and does not move and wiggle around.

Harrison
Harrison

Thanks for the reply Ariel!

BIG CHRONO
BIG CHRONO

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