After being discontinued for a few years Graham took a look at their back catalog and decided to revive their “Swordfish” collection. They first returned to market last year and now widen their selection with the addition of two new color dials in a bronze case, to celebrate its 15th anniversary.
As soon as we’re confronted with this timepiece there is no denying its uniqueness. It was named “swordfish”, but it could have easily been attributed with the nickname of a few amphibious creatures that come to mind. The Graham brand has offered further insight in the past to why going with the moniker “swordfish” with comments relating to the large “swordfish eyes”; like the fact that they have the ability to heat up their eyes, which enhances their vision; hence the addition of magnifying glass on this watches “portholes”.
The 46mm case is made of bronze, or more specifically “CuSn8” which is an alloy typically used within the naval industry because bronze forms a protective patina which helps prevent water corrosion. It is also a known fact that many bronze alloys can contain remnants of nickel which can provoke allergic reactions to certain individuals. With these concerns in mind Graham opted to fit this model with a titanium case back. So, on the flip-side we encounter the aforementioned titanium periphery with an interior sapphire crystal exhibition case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement.
Mounted to the case is a bronze satin-brushed bezel. Furthermore the case comes equipped with two push-pieces that activate the chronograph functions, which have been crafted with “Clous de Paris” to provide a high grip pattern. Between these pushers is a bronze setting-crown that has been attached with two joints to further reinforce this watches water-resistance.
All topped by a flat sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on the underside (the sub-dials were given the same treatment); it also features two portholes with magnifying glasses that zoom in an extra 20%, for an improved legibility. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Time is exhibited on either a: black or green sun-brushed dial with metal applique hour index markers; while on the periphery of the dial is a stepped darker-toned (matching each dials main color) ring with white printed minute index markers and Arabic numerals for every 5-minute increment. There is also a small white ring of index markers located at the very center of the dial.
It includes two sub-dials towards the sides of the case within the aforementioned magnified “portholes” mimicking swordfish eyes: a 30-minute counter at the 3 o’clock position and a 12-hour counter at the 9 o’clock position.
The central hours, minute’s cathedral-style 18k gold hands, thin rhodium seconds counter’s hand and the hour index markers have all been fitted with a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility.
Graham Swordfish Bronze
This “Graham Swordfish Bronze” (references below) is powered by the self-winding mechanical movement, caliber G1710 with 34 jewels and 28,800 vph. It comes equipped with blue screws, a circular-grained decorated plate and Côtes de Genève decorated bridges. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 48 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to this watch is either a: green rubber mesh pattern, or black rubber mesh pattern strap; both secured to the wrist by a bronze pin-buckle. Both these watches can also be had with NATO-straps (as seen in some photos included above). For more up to date information visit the official Graham website here.
Green Dial – (Ref#: 2SXAK.G01A) –
Black Dial – (Ref#: 2SXAK.B02A) –
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