Well, early this year Gnomon offered a Limited Edition version of their popular Explorer watch. The LE's case size is 39mm vs. 42mm & instead of a sapphire crystal, Gnomon substituted a plexiglass crystal. And they made just 300 copies of it. Hence, the moniker Explorer Plexi LE.
I've had the watch now for about 4 hours. I immediately changed out the standard bracelet for Steinhart's jubilee. Better looking and more comfortable, to boot. However, it has the same 'sticky' clasp as the standard bracelet. The pics below are what it looks like. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to capture the warmth that the plexi glass crystal provides.
My initial impressions are quite favorable. I really like its' looks and 39mm is a perfect case size for my wrist. The gold gilded hands make for a nice sight from certain angles and I think the plexiglass crystal highlights them as well as the matt black dial face.
The only complaints I have are the same that I have w/ my OVM 39...1)the bezel is overly 'tight', i.e. hard to turn..and 2) Steinhart needs to find a slicker clasp for their bracelets.
Here is a pic of the Explorer Plexi LE next to the OVM 39..
And finally, here is a pic of it next to a couple of Oris Divers 65 BBs that are similar in appearance and function...
If folks should happen to come across one of these on the market and like this type of watch in general, I think they should jump on it(if priced reasonably). Mine is #34 of 300.
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