Jorg Gray JR9400-21 Watch Review

Jorg Gray JR9400-21 Watch Review

Jorg Gray JR9400 21 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

I have got to hand it to Jorg Gray for keeping up momentum and trying new things. The previous generation of Jorg Gray timepieces were designed to offer more reasonably priced alternatives to popular designs from expensive high-end watch brands. I anticipated that the brand would take a few years before developing their own "character," but it took a lot less than that. Now, less than two years after I made that initial prediction, Jorg Gray is releasing totally unique timepieces with an incredible richness of character.

I like to think of Jorg Gray's experimentation on par with Invicta's wild designs - but Jorg Gray has a more straight forward and polished overtone. Unlike Invicta, their pieces are often better made, and with a lot more focus on being legible. This Jorg Gray JG9400-21 is from their 2010 collection and really includes elements from all the above commentary. It is a very unique looking pieces that successfully offers something different in a package suitable for regular wear.

Upgrades over previous generation Jorg Gray watches include a Swiss movement and sapphire crystal. The build quality and fit and finish are better as well. Jorg Gray has been investing a lot of money and time into consistently improving their collection - and it shows. The JG9400 line has a series of models - about nine of them right now. These includes three-handers like this as well as chronograph models. Each in a few different color schemes. The "21" as seen here most notably features a dial with Geneva stripe like polishing on it, and rich three-dimensionality.

Jorg Gray JR9400 21 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

The case itself is 45.4mm wide with a black IP coated matte bezel. It is also water resistant to 100 meters. The steel case manages to mix brushed and polished surfaces. I love the large screw-down crown in black with the mostly red side with the Jorg Gray logo on it. The red matches the seconds hands on the dial as well as the contrast stitching on the strap. Sitting on your wrist the watch is comfortable. Jorg Gray pairs it with a black calfskin leather strap. Previous straps felt too long for me, this one has been shortened a bit which is nice. The watch dial is visually stimulating. It offers a lot to look at while the black outlined white hands are easy enough to read. Particularly nice elements include the applied polished hour markers and the steel chapter ring with minute and second indicators on it. My only gripe about the dial is the sapphire crystal. Jorg Gray uses a domed sapphire crystal, but one that isn't evenly domed throughout. This creates a fish-eye-like distortion. This combined with a lack of AR coating creates a dial that seems to change and glisten a lot, but detracts from being able to easily read it. So it is really a trade off. Do you want a dial that is easier to read, or a dial that is more showy to people seeing it on your wrist?

Jorg Gray JR9400 21 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Jorg Gray JR9400 21 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Inside the watch is a Swiss Ronda quartz movement with a date window placed at 6 o'clock. The date window integration is interesting. Wearing the watch is a unique experience given the development of the brand. Don't forget that Jorg Gray's claim to fame is that President Obama wears one. You can see the review of that watch here. The JG9400-21 is a bit pricey at $595, but it isn't a cheap watch. Little details have mostly been attended to, and Jorg Gray was particularly concerned about wearing comfortable and quality. I really enjoy where Jorg Gray is going. If the JG9400-21 doesn't suit your tastes, they more than likely will have something that does.

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Thanks to Jorg Gray for the review unit. Opinions are 100% independent.

5 comments
Stephen Delaney
Stephen Delaney

Hi Ariel,
It's funny you mention Invicta in your artical, I ment to ask you for your opinion about the brand. I watch Shopnbc and DVR the watch shows that are on late. I have purchased almost all of my time pieces through them. Most of them from SWI, Badats, JeanRichard, baume et Mercier etc. I did purchase one Invicta, a pro-diver 500m with 2.9 carots of diamonds, Swiss made and hand built, with the sellita SW-200 movement COSC certified chronometer. Great watch, and receive plenty of compliments, as a matter of fact, it's my favorite time piece.
What do you think of Invicta, I'm waiting for them to bring out the four Tourbillons they've been talking about, I would like to purchase one. I understand they will not be swiss tourbillons, however, they say, it will be assembled in their swiss factory.
What do you think about these new China based Tourbillon time pieces, from Stuhrling, Stauer and now Invicta?
Regards,
Stephen Delaney

Ulysses
Ulysses

The dial looks stamped or moulded, not true Geneva stripes. Overall a cheap-looking watch. Jorg Gray have several "homage" designs in their range - something that would personally put me off.

pat i.
pat i.

I checked out their collection - not quite on the same level as Christopher Ward (yet), but nice nonetheless. I like them. I like the geneva stripes on the dial, but the black finish makes it look a bit downmarket.

I have to give them credit - after the Obama hype I thought they were on the same as level as Satuer or Stuhrling. But it seems that they've managed to overcome it.

kris c
kris c

I also really like the dial work here - it is quite rich. I don;t like the bezel though. Maybe it's just the photo, but the matte IP job looks like plastic. For $600, could't we get that bit done in DLC?

admin
admin

OK.. what to say on Chinese tourbillons. Many not "real" tourbillons. Those that are don't look nearly as good as Swiss ones. Aren't very accurate, and I am deeply concerned about quality. Most are Sea-Gulls and nice as novelty pieces, but I wouldn't wear them too often.