So I purchased a Ginault Ocean Rover (glowing smurfs--no date) second hand for a pretty good deal. I wanted to get my hands on one and figured I would wait til I could grab a used one. I've had it for roughly a week and I am damn impressed. The bezel action, crown action, and detail are impeccable. I read the reviews and hyperbole that Ginault had on their own website and didn't think it would live up to the hype. I still don't love the marketing pitch from Ginault, but that doesn't matter to me..it's an amazing watch.
I have a pretty modest collection, all of the same style (divers) and my premiere piece is an Omega SMPC. This honestly punches about the same weight as that piece. The dual AR on the Omega make the dial and hands shine and that's my biggest complaint with the Ginault. I HATE the crystal used. I love a good flat crystal and one that has at least an inner layer of AR. The current crystal on the watch makes the dial foggy in most lights. The detail and enamel on the dial/hands is a detail that Ginault excelled at and it's clouded (pun intended) by the foggy crystal. After seeing some mods by G4_Chrono and cwfmon I purchased a flat, dual AR, from the same vendor G4_chrono used. I plan on having that modded once I receive it. I think it will make the deep black enamel of the dial pop, similar to the Omega SMPC (due to the dual AR).
The bracelet is insanely comfortable. I have the adjustable clasp on the Omega and the Tisell and love that feature of the watch. This adjustable clasp absolutely blows away the Tisell...however...
One of my biggest gripes with the watch is that I can't line the clasp up to be centered. If I take one more link out it would be centered but could only be worn with the clasp fully expanded. This would leave no wiggle room for me on the days where my wrist is chunkier. I would love to see if anyone has a solution for this but I still love the watch regardless. I initially wish it had the mercedes hand but have grown to like the sword hands.
When I get the crystal done I think I am going to change the seconds hand out to a white one though.
All in all, if you are on the fence I would check it out. It's probably worth the full price tag but I doubt you'll have to pay that. I also wish they made the warranty transferrable. I understand why they didn't but think it's fair to make the 1 year warranty transferrable.
I've never had a watch modded, but after seeing how the AR coatings make the dial JUMP out I'm considering it. I can't believe the difference it makes.
Congratulations on your new, to you, Ocean Rover. For what it’s worth, mine is also pre-owned. From your post it is obvious that you love yours as much as I love mine! Wear it in good health!
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Ginault 180260GSLN (Serial #TE111) and Hamilton Khaki Field mechanical
Have any of you bought an aftermarket bracelet for the OR?
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