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Marloe GMT Day Watch Review

Marloe GMT Day

Marloe are best known for producing accessible watches that give modern British twists to classic tool watches. Now though, they’ve launched their first ever automatic multi-time zone wristwatch, called simply the Marloe GMT. The edition I have in front of me is specifically the Marloe GMT Day, the lighter coloured version of the two available.

First impressions are that it’s a good-looking piece. Admittedly the case feels a little large for my wrist but it’s by no means egregious at 42mm in stainless steel. The size is necessary too, to accommodate for the twin 24-hour scales – one on the inner flange and one on the bi-directional rotating bezel. Having two of the same scale may appear redundant at first, but it means that the watch can display the time in three separate time zones simultaneously and more clearly than on other GMTs.

Marloe GMT Day

The twin scales add a lot of utility to the piece. For example, I can set the local time to the UK, the first 24-hour scale to European time and then the second one to the US. It’s important to note that you have to coordinate both 24-hour scales with a single, central GMT hand, which is easy enough to do. You simply set the GMT hand to the correct position on the static scale and then rotate the bezel so that it points to the correct place on that scale too. By doing so the GMT hand can show that it’s 6 o’clock in France and 1 o’clock in New York despite only being a single hand. Coincidently, the bezel is nice and tactile to use, great to fiddle with.

Marloe GMT Day

As for the dial itself, it’s in a gorgeous shade of sky blue with a faint grained texture. It’s light and pleasant like a sunny day, hence it being the GMT Day edition as opposed to the black dialled Night. The GMT hand is a matching shade of blue with a red tip adding a flash of intense colour. If you’re looking for a colourful watch for summer, this definitely qualifies.

Marloe GMT Day

Focussing on the traditional timekeeping elements briefly, the applied hour markers of the 12-hour scale are presented in a combination of circles and bathtub shapes with blue lume, making it legible in low light conditions. The central hands are also lumed and presented in a shape known as jet steam hands, which are angular and pointed with elements of cathedral hand style design on the minute hand.

Marloe GMT Day

Turning the watch over to look at the caseback reveals an exhibition window that shows the Miyota 9075 movement with 40-hour power reserve housed inside. It’s a pretty solid movement as it’s a True GMT, which means you can jump the normal hour hand forward while leaving the GMT in place, making it easier to adjust. True GMTs tend to be more expensive than the alternative, known as office GMTs, so it’s impressive that the Marloe remains sub-£1000.

Marloe GMT Day

Specifically, it has a price of £699. While it’s not a limited edition, it is a limited release with the first 500 pieces bearing the inscription “First Edition” on the caseback along with the watch’s details and the Marloe motto “Time Well Spent”. The watch is presented with a wide range of strap options available but the version I have here is the grey Nytech with a nylon fabric exterior and the kind of lining you’d find on a leather strap and wears really nicely.

So, final thoughts. I can confidently say that this is my favourite Marloe watch. The movement and complications put it an echelon above anything they’ve done in the past. I wouldn’t say it’s perfect – it could definitely use a higher water resistance as at the moment it only has 50m. But on the whole, it ticks all the boxes you could want from a daily beater GMT and outperforms many others because of its triple time zone display.

Price & Specs:

  • Model: Marloe GMT Day
  • Case/dial: 42mm diameter x 10.95mm thickness, stainless steel case, sandpaper textured blue dial
  • Water resistance: 50m (5 bar)
  • Movement: Miyota calibre 9075, automatic, 24 jewels
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 40h
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, GMT
  • Strap: Nytech grey
  • Price/availability: £699, limited to 500 pieces

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.