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Clerc Hydroscaph GMT Power Reserve Chronometer Watch Review

Clerc Hydroscaph GMT Power Reserve Chronometer Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Speaking of clever, we should also talk about the lugs of the Clerc Hydroscaph GMT Power Reserve Chronometer. These look to be your standard solid lugs, albeit with a fairly steep angle to help accommodate smaller wrists. As it turns out, they are actually articulated, allowing them to pivot inwards a bit, the better to fit your wrist, along with the adjustable deployant clasp setting on the strap (our review loaner had a natural rubber strap with a croc pattern embossed on it). Along with making for a comfortable fit, this also gave the watch some “wiggle” to allow it to move a bit with your wrist through the day.

Clerc Hydroscaph GMT Power Reserve Chronometer Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Clerc Hydroscaph GMT Power Reserve Chronometer Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

While no one would consider the 168g of the 43.8mm Clerc Hydroscaph GMT Power Reserve Chronometer to be light, I found it to be very comfortable, and well within the realm of other divers I have strapped to my wrist. While I did not dive into any bodies of water while I had it on, it was a great partner as I headed into the office, as well as with a suit over the weekend. Alongside my own admiration, the watch definitely drew appreciative stares from those who caught it peeking out from under my cuff.

Clerc Hydroscaph GMT Power Reserve Chronometer Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Clerc Hydroscaph GMT Power Reserve Chronometer Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

For me, the Clerc Hydroscaph GMT Power Reserve Chronometer is a great crossing of a lot of things I really like with watches (in terms of looks and complications), as well as the attention to detail that really makes the case for something like this calling my wrist a home. I should point out that this is really more than the usual mental exercise we reviewers go through of whether or not we could see ourselves buying and wearing the watch. That is something we do with all watches, of course, and I tend to be in the “Mikey likes it” camp with watches.

Clerc Hydroscaph GMT Power Reserve Chronometer Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Clerc Hydroscaph GMT Power Reserve Chronometer Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

This means that I can generally find something redeeming in a watch that I choose to review (those I choose not to, that’s a different story). Which makes that question of buying/wearing just another routine checklist sort of a question that I run through. Given the number of watches we’re fortunate to see in the course of a year, we can become almost inured to what we’re doing, and the question doesn’t register as something we’d actually follow through on – most of the time. This watch, the Clerc Hydroscaph GMT Power Reserve Chronometer, managed to scratch through that crunchy candy shell, and turned the question from a quick mental exercise into something that was meriting some thought that could lead to action.

Clerc Hydroscaph GMT Power Reserve Chronometer Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Interestingly, this coincides with my toying with the idea of becoming a “one watch” guy. I am not quite ready to make that leap, but if I did at least get down to being a “one diver” guy, I think the Clerc Hydroscaph GMT Power Reserve Chronometer would be at the top of that list, marrying the sport watch credentials with a clean, refined, and very unique look. For now, it definitely goes onto my personal attainable grail watch list with a price of $7,


Necessary Data

>Brand: Clerc
>Model: Hydroscaph GMT Power Reserve Chronometer
>Price:  $7,150
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes, yes and, um, yes.
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: You’re on the hunt for a watch with serious adventuring specs that looks rather unlike just about any other diver out there.
>Worst characteristic of watch: If I had to nitpick at anything, it would be the crown. Oh, and I suppose I would not mind it being a few millimeters thinner.
>Best characteristic of watch: In general, the dial; in specific, that mother-of-pearl GMT subdial.



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  • ??????

    Probably the only correct way to use mother-of-pearl for the men’s watch: looks interesting for a little GMT subdial. The watch itself is a typical example of “not everyone’s cup of tea” watch: has strong distinctive design language and lots of tiny specific details, which is cool, but may be too much for some. Personally, I don’t think that paying a full MSRP of 7k is reasonable for this watch, but if it’ll get 20-30% discount – it’ll be interesting dive watch offer in this range.

  • A_watches

    I like this, some cool details, different, and with a nice discount this would be a serious alternative over the planet oceans and submariner.

  • MEddie90

    Some really neat features, I like the locking bezel, power reserve indicator is always handy. The aesthetics aren’t really my cup of tea but they seem well executed using a mix of brushed and polished surfaces to really emphasize the case geometry and the dial has a certain depth that’s appealing.

    At just over $7k I don’t think I’d call it well priced but it doesn’t seem to ridiculous either, seems like a reasonable alternative to Hublot lovers but for the money I can think of any number of divers i’d prefer.

  • Bill W

    I don’t dig it but I admire its funk. Sorry for the very 1977 answer.

  • Marius

    Are you kidding me?! $7,150 for this garbage? The good people from Clerc seem to live on Planet Megatron, alongside the Autobots and the Decepticons. Besides the fact that this is easily one of the ugliest watches I have ever had the misfortune of laying my eyes upon, I don`t quite see where the $7,000 are going. The watch has a mediocre case & dial, and an even more mediocre movement.

    Furthermore, I have the impression that the good people from Clerc have no idea about the state of the watch industry. Allow me to give some examples. Recently, I was visiting a few authorized dealers in Paris and Dusseldorf. I was looking at the new Lange 1 (retail price is Euro 29,800) and the salesperson immediately agreed to lower the price to Euro 24,000. In fact, ALL Lange watches that this AD had on stock had a discount of at least 35%!! Similarly, for the JLC Deepsea Chronograph (retail price Euro 10,000), the salesperson lowered the price to about Euro 7,000. And I can go on and on. It`s basically a bloodbath. So, are you telling me that anyone would pay over $7,000 for a Clerc? That`s the joke of the century.

    • ??????

      I think you missed that in case of Clerc its also MSRP and no AD will ask you to pay full MSRP for it (only if you want). So, discounts of around 20-40% are also not rare for Clerc.

      • Marius

        You are right, you can get a discount on the MSRP. However, the problem is this: if even well-established and prestigious brands as JLC, Lange, or IWC have to sell their watches at 30%-40% discounts (and even at these discounts they can barely sell their watches), you would have to apply a discount of at least 80-90% to Clerc watches. As BNABOD argued, even with a 40% discount, you are still looking at over $4,000, which is a lot for an ETA-powered watch from a no-name brand.

        • ??????

          Well, cannot argue that in the current state of watch market Clerc are too optimistic about their prices. But still, it isn’t such bad as a niche diver, even with ETA inside. The case geometry and finishing are complex and so is the dial. There are very few dive watches that stand outside from the mass, and from my point of view Bucherer Patravi Scubatec and Clercs at least try do be distinctive and not to loose brand’s DNA.

    • Bert Kanne

      In this price catagory, all watches are discretionary purchases. With way too much product available, it is an extremely competitive marketplace. This is a cluttered design. Good luck Clerc!

    • SuperStrapper

      The Transformers come from planet Cybertron, idiot. Megatron IS a Transformer. Moron.

    • Gokart Mozart

      I agree this is one ugly watch. The only positive about the looks is that is distinctive. Unfortunately its distinctive like a Ssanyong. It is just a mish mash of clashing designs and the MOP on it is so out of place. Like putting go faster stripes on a Prius.

      Price is ridiculous I thought it may be between 1 to 2 K depending on the ETA being used. I had never heard of Clerc before. I am thankful for that.

      The only thing the article made me wonder was is it possible yo do a tasteful moonphase watch using a Mother of pearl moon. As I have not seen one, if anyone does it they are stealing my design, a free watch will do for payment.

  • That’s a fun, cool watch. For me, a power reserve on an auto is kind of redundant, and I don’t care for the MOP GMT subdial, but overall I like it.


    It is quirky alright. The case the hands the key the bezel the case the mop. No doubt it wil appeal to some but 7Gs is just a pipe dream. Agree w Marius on this one spending that kind of dough on this is way too much. Take 40% off and one is still talking 4gs still way too much in my book.

  • Thanks for the review. I like what they are doing technically, with the bezel key and the subtle GMT pusher. Overall it’s pretty fun; but the MoP subdial is a little lost and I do wonder what market this is?

  • Omegaboy

    At last, someone DID throw in the kitchen sink.

  • SuperStrapper

    Really like Clerc and consider the Hydroscaph among my favourite diver lines, but this one does little for me. MOP has never been my thing, so that only detracts from the look. Nothin wrong with the PR indicator, but I always find dialside PR indications on automatic watches a waste of space. The standard H1 diver is cooler, less expensive, and has better colourways. It doesn’t have GMT and ‘only’ a 500m depth rating though… not that either matter. While I’m still not a fan of the pushers, I think the Hydroscaph chronographs are the bast in the lineup, and despite being much cooler all around and with better movements, not much higher in MSRP than this.

    I still consider this among the best in dive watch handsets in the market today.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Oh, another dive watch. Glad to know this would still be ticking as i imploded.

  • Shawn Lavigne

    interesting. it is different.

  • James Miller

    Did Invicta buy Clerc?

  • Jeffrey Chang

    I really dislike the hands and suspect I would like it a lot more if they were changed.

  • otaking241

    Clerc’s designs are pretty polarizing but I applaud them for at least developing a consistent design language. Using beveled surfaces to provide contrast and visual interest is an idea that few other brands take advantage of and it’s nice at least for a brand without too much heritage to have created their own “thing.” Overall the design is a bit too busy for my taste but I’ve tried on a few of these and they definitely feel well made, with good attention to detail and fit and finish.

    If you happen to like the look and want something a bit different (and are sick of all the retro mania that seems to have taken hold of the watch industry) I think you wouldn’t be disappointed with one of these.

    • Flip41

      Thanks for your comment, I am almost ashamed for liking this watch because it is something different than the other divers. Pity it is not 3k cheaper.

  • Berndt Norten

    If I read the negative comments below correctly, a positive review of this watch would be a trahison des clercs.

    • blimey you aim high – hat’s off.

    • DanW94

      Wrong board my friend, that ilk resides elsewhere. Dinkee will be glad to show you the way.

      • Berndt Norten

        Aaaaah! Banishment to Hiberia? I will repent! ABTW is my home and I will atone for my sins. But I demand absolution and I defend my right to stay with the same determination Konnan displayed when he stood up for little Rey Mysterio after Lex Luger tossed Rey around the ring like a rag doll.

        • DanW94

          You took my post wrong, I was just joking!! The last thing I want is for your quick wit and your thought provoking (and sometimes obscure) posts to defect. As far as I’m concerned you always have a home here. Keep in mind though, I’m not the purveyor of the Inn. lol

  • Bill W

    Dang, this is growing on me a little.