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Garrick Regulator Watch With Engine-Turned Dial

Garrick Regulator Watch With Engine-Turned Dial Watch Releases

In my book, when a brand is designing a watch with a large case and multiple sub-dials in the layout, it’s a gamble. It may be a calculated risk, but there is a real chance here that the general watch buyer may look at the watch and see it as simultaneously overly busy and all too familiar – a look similar to something they can get from the kiosk in the local mall. That is particularly the case if it’s a brand the buyer not super familiar with. In my case, I’m aware of Garrick, and fortunately it looks like the finishing on the new Garrick Regulator should set it apart from the wild designs of the fashion watch crowd.

Garrick Regulator Watch With Engine-Turned Dial Watch Releases

Undeniably, the main dial surface (done here in silver) of the Garrick Regulator is the star of the show. Rather than being some stamped or silk-screened pattern, what we have here is something truly old-school. The engraving here is done via the always-popular rose-engine lathe. This gets you a pattern that you just simply do not see everyday. The brand refers to this as a barleycorn pattern, but to my eye, it brings to mind the fractal-style (I’m aware this is not a fractal pattern) sort of coloring book patterns. To be clear, this is not a back-handed compliment. I like this semi-organic, repetitive look, as it works well on a watch dial. It adds dimensionality, of course, and a lot of visual interest without it being actually distracting on the watch – i.e., your eye can filter out the repetitive pattern to focus in on the time telling. Unfortunately, the brand’s somewhat low-res images probably do not present the Garrick Regulator in its best possible light, so a little imagination is required.

Garrick Regulator Watch With Engine-Turned Dial Watch Releases

Now, this is a different sort of regulator watch. For watches called regulators, we’re used to a large center hand for the minutes, then a subdial for the hours. Here, we’ve got sub-dials for everything – and a cutout to see the balance wheel of the modified Unitas 6497. Now, I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t wish that the four circular openings were a more perfectly balanced in terms of the layout, but here, they’re off just enough that it appears it was done on purpose. In other words, I’m willing to accept that there were some limits to what they were able to do to the hand-wound movement to get it to fit this layout. And really, it’s the open-heart cutout that throws things off, for me. So, yeah, I’ll take that kinetic display as a tradeoff.

Garrick Regulator Watch With Engine-Turned Dial Watch Releases

All of this is tucked into the 42mm, high-polish stainless steel case of the Garrick Regulator. While I get that the polishing picks up the lines laid down by the rose-engine finishing on the dial, it just seems to me that you’re looking to have a smudged up case most of the time. So, yeah, if it it were me contacting the workshop to pick one of these up (as they are done by hand over in Norfolk, England) I’d be seeing about getting something with more of a brushed finish on the case. Then again, that could just be me.

Garrick Regulator Watch With Engine-Turned Dial Watch Releases

At the end of the day, if you’re handing over £6662.50 (ex VAT) for the Garrick Regulator, you’re going to have a watch that’s unlike anything else in your watch box or likely that of your friends. Sure, you might have to explain the watch sometimes, but fortunately, we tend to enjoy that, and that sublime dial surface should support your points. Learn more at garrick.co.uk

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  • Matthew Rowe

    The dial looks too busy, and the cutout ruins the finishing. This is a watch begging for negative dial space to show it off, yet they’ve chosen to hide it a little.

  • Ulysses31

    The dial is so shiny and busy that I can’t stand looking at it. It looks more like it was embossed than engine-turned. More of a fancy milk-bottle top than a dial. There are some raw-looking edges too.

  • IanE

    Good grief – looks like a dog’s dinner (after regurgitation).

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Thank God there was an onion crown on this nightmare of a watch or I would have had nothing good to say about it at all. It’s difficult to believe that this was designed and passed for the market. Everything about it is awful (except that lovely crown)

  • Sheez Gagoo

    The dial looks like a kitchentool.

  • Swiss_Cheese

    It seems a bit… um… completely unfinished, like a 1st prototype. the dial looks like its come straight off the rose engine and onto the watch. ‘Interesting’ concept, poor execution.

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  • Mikita

    Ugly. Starting with the name, ending with half-finished dial.

  • WINKS

    Looks too cheap.

  • Berndt Norten

    Good one, Billy Shakespeare

  • Richard Baptist

    The dial is the star and yet it is spoiled by being a regulateur. If this was a regular three hander with no date and no opening this would show off the dial to greater effect. Also for 6 thousand british pounds I would expect more from the movement than a modified unitas hand wound movement. Garrick makes other watches that I like more than this model.