Hager Watches of Maryland has announced two new models:, the Commando Professional Series, and the GMT Traveler. Both watches are available at discounted prices for those who place pre-order deposits now through April 28, 2014. Only 40 pre-order slots are available for each watch. Serial numbers may be reserved, with the exception of 001 and 007. In addition, the watches will feture a limited edition case back design to be developed in conjunction with the pre-order customers.
The Commando Professional sports a brushed or black stainless steel 42mm case and 22mm bracelet, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, 200m water resistance, black outlined applied markers and sword hands, and a screw down crown decorated with the Hager logo. Perhaps its most striking element will be its black ceramic bezel with an engraved index filled with Superluminova. It will be powered by the HGR 52 automatic, a modified Miyota 9015. The 24 jewel movement beats at 28.8k vibrations per hour and has a 42 hour power reserve. The watch will be shipped in a scuba tank case. Pre-order pricing is set at $450 for a brushed case ($600 MSRP), and $550 for a DLC black case ($700 MSRP).
The GMT Traveler has similar specs, but is powered by the 26 jewel Hager 60 movement, a modified ETA 2836-2) with a 28.8k beat rate and 40 hour power reserve. Of course, it also adds a red tipped GMT hand. Purchasers may opt for a leather travel case or scuba tank. Pre-order prices are $550 ($700 MSRP) for brushed stainless and $650 ($800 MSRP) for DLC black.
Pre-production illustrations are up now, and they look mighty impressive. The black outlined applied markers should add dimesion to the dial and the logo crown is a nice touch, but the star of the show will no doubt be the ceramic bezels. While you are perusing the pictures, take a look at the text at the very bottom of the dial: "Hagerstown, Maryland." That's right, the new watches will be assembled right here in America, an exeedingly rare thing in the watch making industry.
Illustrations courtesy of Hager Watches.