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Dimensions: 40 x The all steel case measures 40 x It is tall, which is likely in part to accommodate the modular movement, but happens to work with the watch.
The instrument style design makes more sense as a bit large, even clunky. Had it been flat, I think it would have lost some character.
It also accentuates the slightly smaller diameter, by which I mean makes it seem smaller, which is a good thing. The design is pretty basic I believe they use this case on other models, so it makes sense form a practical perspective to make it simple and versatile with slab sides and broad lugs with a classic taper.
The lugs curve down slightly for a more comfortable fit. I suppose it would be considered an onion crown, but the design more closely resembles a barrel, bowing in the middle. A very cool detail is that there are two red bands that wrap around the crown, tying it into the color scheme of the watch, and generally making it a more interesting part of the watch.
Otherwise, it has a very fine tooth to it and a G. Gerlach logo on the outside surface. Off of 10 is an unexpected pusher. This is used to set the big-date, though it comes across as a chrono-pusher, perhaps hinting that the watch has hidden functionality.
Aesthetically, I like it, for the latter point. The case back is screw-down and features a line drawing of the Lux-Sport automobile.
Overall, the finishing on the case is good. The bezel is polished while the central case is brushed all around, with radial brushing on the top and horizontal brushing on the side.
The edges of the case are generally very crisp, giving the watch a nicely machined look and feel. Dial The dial of the Lux-Sport is a fun ode to automobiles and gauges without being too obvious about it.
The surface is a clean, matte silver, which is very easy on the eyes. On the silver is a primary minute index of large black numerals in a geometric typeface. I happen to like this detail as it, to me at least, suggests a tachometer. The outer edge of the dial features a steep chapter ring with a rail-road index in black.
The mix of lines and the steep angle also pull the eyes in towards the center of the watch. At 6 is a seconds sub-dial that draws a lot of attention.
The seconds index is fun and busy, with red numerals at 60, 15, 30 and 45, red markers every 5 seconds, and white markers in between.
The center of the dial has a simple texture to it that uses the space well. Running from 9 to 3 is a blank space in the texture, where they put the G.
Gerlach and Lux-Sport logos. Though the two logos are very different from one another, the layout is balanced, maintaining dial symmetry. The look of the double window is perfect on an automobile inspired watch, hinting at mile counters, etc… On the Lux-Sport it also balance wells with the sub-dial at 6.
The date itself is presented in black text on a white surface. Had it been the same font as the numerals, that would have worked, perhaps red on black could have been aggro and cool.
But as is, the font is classical and a bit out of place. The hands chose work perfectly as well. Long, slender, sharp needles for both the hour and minute fit the concept perfectly. The hour is polished steel, while the longer minute hand is bright red.
Though their shapes are similar, they are easy to tell apart at a glance do to the coloration. The second hand has a similar shape, but is scaled down for the sub-dial.
All in all, the dial is very successful. There is a really nice balance to it and coherence between all of the elements, save the date disks.
The mix of silver, black, red and a touch of white, with silver and black being dominant, is clearly sporty, a touch aggressive, but not over the top. For fans of sub-seconds, this dial is also a dream as it puts a huge emphasis on that sub-dial. The movement has 28 jewels, hacks, hand winds, a power reserve of 40 — 45hrs and an odd frequency of 22,bph rather than the standard 21, In my time with the watch, it has kept good time and shown no power reserve issues.
Nothing about it in operation feels cheap either nice resistance when setting the time, good feel during winding.
Using a SeaGull movement is an interesting choice as on one hand, their is distrust for the brand, largely stemming from a lack of good testing, breakdowns of the movement or adoption from larger brands.
On the other, it allows G. Gerlach to maintain a great price point and have added complications. The big-date in particular is a real value adder.
For my part, I would prefer a SeaGull auto to an unknown Swiss auto, that is likely a Chinese auto assembled in Switzerland. For the hell of it, I opened up the lux to take a look and was pleasantly surprised. The movement is decorated with perlage on most surfaces and features blued screws.
It also appears to be made to have an open dial to show off the balance, as the balance is centrally mounted over a bored out area, held in place by a bridge.
Often, big hole rally straps with a lot of padding end up looking distorted and strange. This one is quite rigid, likely padded with leather, so the holes maintain their shape and look good.
It works well with the watch, clearly paying off of the car motif. The big holes resonate with the large sub-seconds and the black and red are a natural pairing with the dial. On the wrist, the Lux-Sport wears well.
The height adds to the overall mass, giving it a solid look and feel. All around, good fit. Aesthetically, this is a great looking watch. Conclusion G.
Gerlach has made big strides with the Lux-Sport in terms of both design and execution. The movement choice, in the end, was also the right one.
It was the only way to get a mechanical movement with those features at a good price. Sure, there might be some Unitas module combo with a big-date, but then the watch would have been manual, much larger, and probably 4 — 5 times as expensive.
Before diving headfirst into the world of watches, he spent his days as a product and graphic designer. Zach views watches as the perfect synergy of 2D and 3D design: the place where form, function, fashion and mechanical wonderment come together.