COLIN WEAVER AUGUST 2018
Today I have been taking a look at the prototype Garfish 1000m automatic dive watch by Adam Tomaszewski of Xicorr Watches.
Xicorr Watches is a Polish watch company founded in Warsaw in 2012 whilst still quite a young company the Xicorr name has quickly become a recognised brand for watch enthusiasts and divers alike.
Xicorr have produced several models based on classic cars from the Polish automotive industry, including their best selling M20 which has sold nearly 2000 pieces.
My first impression when I saw the Garfish was akin to something like love at first sight. This watch is big, bold and finished to a very high standard.
The watch case is brushed stainless steel measuring 52mm & 54mm lug to lug, 17mm thickness taking a 26mm strap held in place by hex bolt lug screws.
The watch face is easy to read with C1 lumed indexes and large watch hands lumed with BGW9 mixed with C1. There is a date window set uniquely at the 47.5 minute mark and a small seconds dial set slightly to the right on the lower part of the face.
There are 4 colour variations; the prototype sent to me is a beautiful turquoise blue. The gnarled logo signed screw down crown sits at the 17.5 minute mark and a helium escape valve is at the 47.5 minute mark. There is a sapphire crystal glass with inner AR coating. The uniquely designed stainless steel DLC coated lumed rotating 120 click bezel, marked with a dive time scale is a divers dream for ease of use whilst wearing dive gloves.
All this powered by a Miyota 8218 – automatic engine with a 40 hour power reserve and a WR of 1000m/100atm. The lugs are integrated to be part of the case back on the watch and secured with four hex bolts.
The Garfish is built like a tank and ready to face whatever you throw at it in any walk of life. Weighing in at an impressive 235 grams this timepiece is for those that like the feel of a real solid watch on their wrist. On the front of the watch case there are 12 symmetrically set hex bolts that remind me of a ships porthole, adding to the appeal.
The Garfish has been field tested by Darek Wilamowski, a polish technical diver working in collaboration with Xicorr. Darek Wilamowski field tests all of Xicorr’s dive models and puts them through their paces.
The Garfish name comes from the fish of the same name that finds its home in the Atlantic Ocean and Baltic Sea and the fish is nicely depicted onto the watch case back.
This watch is designed with divers in mind and truly belongs in the water however it is such a great looking watch it would not be out of place anywhere you would wish to wear it. Is it an eyebrow raiser yes absolutely, this is the kind of watch that would quickly become a point of conversation.
It will most certainly have a lot of admirers. Possibly a few may frown at its dimensions, however if you are a diver you will appreciate this watch and if you like big watches as I do, you will absolutely love the Xicorr Garfish.
Follow the link to order your Xicorr Garfish today and you will be pleasantly surprised at how much watch you will get for the price you pay.
For me personally I have no doubt that if this watch was in my collection it would quickly become a favourite piece and would get a lot of wrist time. There is certainly an undeniable quality about the Garfish. It looks and feels like a piece of professional dive equipment, solidly built and ready to go with me on all my adventures above and below the sea.
I will be doing a full video review on the Xicorr Garfish in the near future with a finished production piece.
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