Exploring the world of watches on a budget

Gallio Tempo Trident

Gallio Tempo is a new Italian microbrand seeking to put its own spin on the dive watch formula. Their debut model, the Trident, recently wrapped up a successful funding run on Kickstarter and has launched once more on Indiegogo. 

The Trident has a 42mm multi-part case housing a stalwart Miyota 821A automatic (21 jewels, 21.6k bph, 42+ hour power reserve, and Parashock protection). As one would expect from a diver, it has a sapphire crystal, a large knurled crown, 120-click bezel, SuperLuminova on the markers and hands, and a 200m water resistance rating. 

Judging from the photos, this is a handsome watch. It sports an attractive combination of brushed surface finishes and polished accents. The pilot style sword hands are a proper length and two-tone lume on the markers and dissimilar coverage on the hands (nearly the whole length of the minute hand vs. just the tip of the hour hand) makes for an appealing and highly legible combination at night. 

The chunky, debossed steel bezel is another distinctive touch, although dive purists might question the decision to reverse the orientation of the markers on the bottom half. They appear upright when the bezel is in its 12 o’clock position, but will look oddly off once it is turned. 

The Trident’s hallmark feature is it’s colored barrel. A set of interchangeable anodized stainless steel rings allows the user to choose a green, red, blue, or steel accent. Swapping is accomplished by removing the six Torx screws securing the caseback, which also serve to secure the decorative ring. Note that doing so unseals the case and exposes the movement, so it must be done with care in a clean environment. 

A diving watch needs a suitably waterproof strap, so Gallio Tempo provides one in padded black sailcloth from iWantAStrap.com. A selection of contrasting color stitching coordinates with the interchangeable rings. 

The Gallio Tempo Trident is available from pre-order on Indiegogo now. €195 ($226 USD) gets you a Trident with your choice of color ring and strap, a 35% discount off retail. €260 ($302 USD) adds all four straps and rings, a 40% discount off retail. For more information or to place an order, visit the Gallio Tempo Indiegogo page

Gallio Tempo will participate in District Time, a free and public watch event sponsored by Janis Trading Co., 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Sunday, September 30, 2018, 421 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC. 
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