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Gevril GV2 Corsaro Chronograph Is Example Of What To Watch Out For

Gevril GV2 Corsaro Chronograph Is Example Of What To Watch Out For Watch Releases

I have a lot of respect for the people at Gevril and the Gevril Group overall – especially here in the US. However, this is a watch that I needed to go off on for a few reasons. You can see a lot of the BS in this industry by examining some of the details surrounding this watch and the way it is marketed. Items like this provide a good example at why being an educated watch buyer makes sense.

This watch is the “limited edition” GV2 Corsaro Chronograph watch. GV2 is a sub-brand under the higher-end Gevril brand. In the last few years, GV2 has moved around a bit in terms of market placement, but has tried to remain an affordable mechanical watch. They apply the term limited edition without discussing the number of the limited edition in the marketing materials. What does that mean? It means they don’t know and it will just be produced as long as they can sell units. That sometimes means not even a full series are made. In other situations it means a brand will produce more than the limited edition total. The fact is that most watches are limited edition pieces. Meaning they are made for a short run and then never made again. If you look really closely on the back of this watch you’ll see that it seems to be a limited edition of 500 pieces – but not disclosing that fact in the marketing materials is usually something to be suspect of.

Whether you like the design is up to you. There is a sort of immature coolness about the watch that I would have been all about as a kid and teenager. My more mature tastes see this as an attempt to build a budget Hublot or Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore. Don’t forget that little bit of Concord C1 in the mix. Personally it is not to my taste, but the design doesn’t offend notions of sound design. The case is steel and the black elements are IP (ion plating) coated. Japanese brands like to use IP a lot – and I wish they would move to PVD or DLC. Seiko and Casio for example have some of the best IP coatings around. Most of the time however, IP is a budget coating which isn’t as good as PVD. Unless a watch is a few hundred bucks, you should really demand a better coating in most instances. At 50mm wide and 17.5mm thick, the watch is going to be not for the weak-wristed. Gevril goes so far as to suggest that the Corsaro is “bold and brawny.” Sounds like the paper towels in my kitchen. Though you know I enjoy a big watch most of the time.

Gevril GV2 Corsaro Chronograph Is Example Of What To Watch Out For Watch Releases
Detailing is not exactly ultra impressive. Gevril uses the term precision several times to discuss the screws in the bezel and caseback. Is that really necessary? I had a really close look at the dial and noticed little things that didn’t look amazing or pieces that didn’t exactly match up. Perhaps I expect a lot, but when it comes to watch dials most of us expect extreme precision and detail perfection. The case is water resistant to 100 meters and it does have a sapphire crystal.

Now comes the issue of Swiss-Made. The requirements for this label are likely to soon become a lot more strict. The rules really depend on where you are. As far as I understand for example, the rule to have something labeled Swiss Made in the United States is actually different than the rule in Switzerland. I don’t actually know if the Corsaro fits the requirements, but I suspect much of it is produced in China. Lots of Swiss brands have parts produced in China – there is nothing new with that. According to Gevril this watch is produced by them in Switzerland. That likely means a bit of assembly. I have reservations about the source of the movement.

Gevril GV2 Corsaro Chronograph Is Example Of What To Watch Out For Watch Releases

A few websites online seem to disagree as to the movement used in this watch. Gevril however makes it clear that the Corsaro uses the Technosablier SEDD3C6912 caliber. The what? I have never even heard of movement maker Technosablier up to this point. Google their name and visit their website. You’ll get a laugh. They claim the movements are Swiss made but I would put money against it. My feelings are that all Technosablier movements are made in China – with perhaps some final assembly in Switzerland (and that is giving them the benefit of the doubt). While the layout does remind you of the popular Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750, the movement itself looks like some other Chinese movements I have seen. I have no idea what the quality of these movements are – but I can say that it won’t be as good at the 7750 or its Sellita clone the SW500.

Then there is the matter of pricing. In the end, this is where the real laugh comes in. Most of the above ranting would be moot if the price of this watch was a few hundred bucks. Gevril however puts the GV2 Corsaro Chronograph at a $5,495 retail price. Whoa! You’ve got to be kidding me. Looks like Gevril doesn’t even take their own prices seriously. The exact same model with some different colors retails for $639.80 on (with an “original” price of $915). Plus all GV2 Corsaro watches on Gevril GV2 Corsaro Chronograph Is Example Of What To Watch Out For Watch Releases retail for about $1,350. And they even have this new black-cased model. No matter how much it happens, consumers are still lured by fake MSRP numbers. Invicta is the king of this – but sales numbers show that they make a bundle selling their watches on TV and online. Honestly, I like Invicta because they are a good gateway watch. Good to get you into watches and then later allowing you to appreciate what a good watch is all about. GV2 might have taken a little lesson from the Invicta playbook. Though, if you are an average consumer trying to understand this watch and its major price discrepancies online – you are just gonna be scratching you head confused, and probably e-mailing me at for my advice. Gevril basically needs to get their act together either make a watch worth five and a half grand or price this piece at $500 like it deserves.

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  • Ulysses31

    Perhaps the price is that high just to trick those unaware into thinking they’re getting a really good deal.  As for the design itself, it’s a Frankenstein’s monster.  Design elements clearly borrowed from a number of other watches.  The day and date markings look like someone drew them on with a gel-pen.

  • JasonDunn

    I’d wear it as a cheap beater, but I’d be embarrassed to admit to paying that kind of price for the quality delivered.  I’d also never quote the MSRP, since even a non-afficionado could spot the bullshit in that one if they looked at it in their hands for more than a few seconds.  One look at the crown alone is enough to satisfy that requirement.

  • Kris C

    This is what’s wrong with a lot fo watches today. All of this. The plastic crown and pushers, the ceramic-look bezel that is probably also plastic, the obviously Chinese movement (btw – nothing wrong with Chinese movements – they are not German or Swiss, but there are decent China-based movements out there. Just own up to it already), the complete lack of 1 single original design element… I could go on. Best part, they couldn;t even get the day/date wheels properly aligned for a marketing image. Like it matters, but they couldn’t even properly size a handset.
    I caught myself trying to find something bnice to say about the yellow-dial variant, but whats the point. This is a bad purchase at $100, let alone the $600 online price.
    These will start popping up in the sales sections of forums soon enough, “TTT’d” ad nauseum for weeks with a ‘final reduction’ of a wink and a cigarette, which still no one will jump on. I understand cigarettes are pretty expensive these days.

    • JasonDunn

       @Kris C I’d be forgiving of the crown if it were actually machined from something like Delrin, which is exceptionally durable.  But, its cheapness is obvious when you can see where it was clipped from the sprue in the advertising photo.  When it’s injected molded, that says “mass-produced.”  Hell, even mass-produced watches don’t leave those kinds of tell-tale marks.

  • luxurybazaar

    I think you hit the nail on the head when you said that this Corsaro timepiece is taking inspiration from the Royal Oak – that much is immediately apparent the moment you look at it. As for the movement itself, I’d be extremely curious to know if it is indeed Chinese-made, as you suggest, or genuinely Swiss… Perhaps a representative from Gevril can clarify that question.

  • nateb123

    As a rule, if it has blued screws and very little finishing like a cheaper Miyota movement, it’s Chinese.  Overall, pretty gruesome but not unlike a lot of Invicta stuff.
    I can’t help but think this article sounds like it was written by John Biggs.  And that’s a good thing.  I think you’re far too nice on many companies who offer an unimpressive product at bloated prices.  The vast majority of watch media is like this.  Most publications go “Yeah this one’s not for me….*remembers to be nice or brand won’t lend you their products to review*…err but it’s still going to appeal to a lot of people out there”.  In the automotive world, that’s why Top Gear is so big.  They call a crap car a crap car.  While some companies don’t want them to review their products because of this, the companies that have pride in their work know they have nothing to fear and thus stand apart.  If you continue down this road of brutal honesty, it’ll be interesting to see who doesn’t want you reviewing their product.  And that’s perhaps an even more worthwhile way to assess brands and their products; by whether they’re willing to have their pieces undergo proper scrutiny or whether they’ll get pissy that you might reveal just how padded their margins are.

    • I can assure you that my friend Mr. Biggs had no part in the drafting of this article. It is true that business realities require a degree of diplomacy if I am to continue as my source of income. Having said that, I do not wish to aspire to be another “gee isn’t this a fantastic watch” publication. I never have been, and will remain controversial as a result. I try to discuss watches that do interest me, or inspire me to say something. There is a ton of crap I come across each year which immediately goes to the side or out the window. When it comes down to it bloated pricing is an industry epidemic. No getting around it for the most part if want a nice watch. It is quite literally a price you need to pay to enjoy this passion. At the same time, items which abuse this status quo so much (as is the fact here), seem to merit some discourse which I think helps consumers and helps the brand in question improve themselves in the future.

  • MarkCarson

    IP (ion plating) is a form of PVD (physical vapor deposition). I won’t disagree that ion plating does not always produce the best results but I also would not say that PVD (a broader category of plating methods) is superior per se as IP is a form of PVD (which has other forms as well).


    • nateb123

       @MarkCarson While it requires similar processes to plate using either method, in practice they do very different things to metal parts.  Ion plating simply forms a thin coating that sits on top of the metal but is not very well bonded with it while PVD penetrates the metal.  IP thus wears off, chips and scratches to the metal below more easily, and quickly looks pretty wrecked because the silver nicks and scratches draw your eye.  PVD can be banged, scratched and seriously abused and will often accumulate scratches a bit less easily but even so, they usually don’t penetrate the plating as it dents and bends with the metal below because of its stronger bond vs IP.

  • Henry Miller

    Looks like something to be sold at a Justin Bieber concert. Fitted to 4.5″ wrists and available for USD$49.95.

  • IvanGopey

    Bad copy of AP ROO grand prix carbon. Totally copied.

  • r_s_g

    This is one of the worst pieces of garbage I’ve ever seen. Can you revive the Bad Idea Award?

  • G_A

    I’f rather buy a Vostok Amphibian for $75 incl shipping, a new bezel holder+inlay for $65 and a mesh or rubber strap for ~$30. That gives you a much nicer mechanical (automatic ) sportswatch. Without a chrono and subpar accuracy, but *priced accordingly.*

  • orangedoxa

    Wow, what a tremendously ugly watch.  It’s like a Hublot with roid rage.  What’s the point of watches like this?  Do people really need to go around wearing something that says, “I’m a douchebag?”  This is more hideous than Tauchmeister-1937’s torpedo-hatch-sized monstrosities.