About two weeks ago we took a look at Wancher’s most expensive watch, now we are gonna take a look at Wancher’s least expensive piece, the 30° Angle Gurkha which is their own take on the Marathon General Purpose military issued watch and other these style watches.
You can read the history behind the brand and the interview with the Wancher creator (Taizo Okagaki) here: kaminskyblog.wordpress.com/wancher-storm-jet-review-interview-with-founder/
So the 30° Angle Gurkha concept was “Go to the basic”, it is actually engraved on the case back of this watch. So as you understand the goal was to make this watch as basic as possible. Because military watches need to be basic. Of course, the watch need’s to be durable, comfortable and easy to read too. So let’s dive into the review and see if they managed to catch the essence of the classic military timepiece.
As we know, the 30° Angle Gurkha is all about the basic, it also came in a very basic cardboard box. This is probably the smallest and simplest box I have ever seen for a watch. In the package, you get a watch, guarantee and r code card to download the instruction manuals. When I opened the box, I wasn’t expecting a watch so small. This is actually smallest watch that I ever reviewed on this blog. In my mind, I just was thinking that this watch is 38mm and the Marathon also, but then I checked and they both are 34mm. But I understand why such small sizes. The military doesn’t need big watches on their wrists as they may interfere with important stuff. Plus in the field with a big watch, it is hard to go long distances. Although I don’t think 38mm would make a difference as I’ve seen some people wearing their Seiko SKX, Casio G-shocks in the field. Anyways the watch felt very light, but not in a bad way as some cheap watches feel. In hands and on the wrist it feels good, like a proper watch.
So the case is made from aluminium. They chose this material because it is light. It is also pretty cheap and easy to machine as it is pretty soft metal. The diameter of the case is 34mm, as we discovered that is standard for these field watches. The thickness is 10,5mm but for some reason on their site, it says 12mm. From lug tip, to lug tip it measures at 40mm. And the lug width is 16mm. Overall the watch wears very small, at least for my wrist. The case is finished in matte black PVD. The PVD coating is actually very good and durable. I have knocked the watch couple of times and no marks have been left on the case. The lugs are very short, and with them being so short the watch even wears a lot smaller. The screw in case back is also aluminium, but polished. They didn’t cover it with PVD coating because it would rub off after some time. On the case back you will see engraved information about the watch. The push/pull crown is positioned at 4 o’clock, but if we take the dial and how it is turned by 30°, then the crown is on 3 o’clock. The crystal is domed mineral glass.
The dial is something cool on this watch. It is actually turned by 30 degrees. In order to assist wearers comfortable and easier with checking the time during driving or working, the 30-degree angle dial can help you to see the time properly without moving your wrist. Comparing with the 90-degree angle like the traditional watches, with slightly changing your eyes, you can be able to see the time exactly without moving your wrist. The dial is in black colour and has a classic field watch look. I like the look of hands. The minute and hour hand have a syringe shape and I really start to like this shape. It kind of makes the watch look a lot better and gives that almost vintage vibe to the dial. The hands and hour markers are lumed. The lume is actually pretty good, I was expecting weaker lume. At full charge, it lasts about 4-6 hours.
The movement inside is some kind of Japanese quartz. Probably Miyota or even Seiko. But I think the movement is good, you can’t go wrong with Japanese quartz movements. The battery life is about 2 years. The strap was a one piece black nato with a nylon loop. The hardware is made from stainless steel and coated with black PVD.
Well, what I think about this watch? I like it. It wouldn’t be something I would wear, because of the small size. But if you have a smaller wrist or your girlfriend/wife likes military style watches, then it is for you. The price is really good if you compare it to Marathon and the build quality is there. The watches are actually assembled in Japan. The 30° Angle Gurkha also comes in the same size with hand wound movement from Sea-Gull. And it costs only 20$ more.
Soon I will make a giveaway of this watch, so stay tuned 🙂
- Case Shape: Round
- Case Material: Matte Black PVD
- Caseback: Stainless Steel
- Case Size: 34 mm
- Case Thickness: 12 mm
- Lug to Lug: 40 mm
STRAP / BRACELET / BAND
- Strap Material: Reinforced Nylon
- Strap Color: Black
- Strap Width: 16 mm
- Strap Interchangeability: Yes
- Clasp / Buckle: Stainless Steel
- Dial Color: Black
- Crystal: Mineral Crystal
- Hands: Luminous 3 Hands
- Movement Type: Japanese Quartz
- Functions: 30°Angle, Hour, Minute & Second Hands, 24-Hour Indicator
- Collection: 30°Angle Gurkha
- Warranty: 1 Year
- Water Resistant: 5 ATM
- Designed & Assembled in Japan