Well, not really, but we are getting word of a new generation, aka the Raven Defender II. Â This time around, along with the three-hander plus date style we’ve seen, we’ve got a GMT complication in the mix.
Obviously, looking at the two watches up there in the header image, they are very much the same watch. Â Same 42mm case (steel, of course), same double-domed sapphire crystal covering up the wide, clean dial and internal bezel, and the same two-crown layout. Â One to control the internal bezel, and one for winding the movement and setting the date and time.
Unsurprisingly, I find myself drawn more to the ETA 2893 powered variant, which of course puts the GMT hand into the mix. Â Should you not care for GMT, and want the simplicity of a three-hander, the other version is powered by the well-known ETA 2824. Â Depending on the movement chosen, that of course impacts the internal bezel (24 hour or 12 hour).
It also has an impact on the price. Â The Raven Defender II will runÂ $790, while the Raven Defender II GMT will go forÂ $890. Â Of course, if you pre-order (which you can do here) you’ll save yourself $100 off of those prices. Â At those prices, you’ll get your choice of leather strap (brown or black) as well as a second rubber strap and a leather case for the watch. Â We’re big fans of what they’re doing over at Raven, and this looks to be another great addition to the catalog. Â ravenwatches.com