This Graham Chronofighter Superlight Carbon (2CCBK.B15A) was reviewed on 10 different criteria. The review is for this specific watch, other models may perform differently. Evaluation is based on my wrist size, personal opinions, experiences, and preferences.
Overall Design | 12 out of 15
I have always been a fan of Graham’s Chronofighter line… something about that extravagant lever mechanism really sings to me. Sure it is over the top, but it is also unique. This Chronofighter Superlight Carbon features a black carbon nanotube speckled composite case that looks spectacular with all the yellow accents. Black and yellow simply works! Now add some carbon fiber to the mix (bezel and lever) and you end up with one hot looking watch. As much as I love the overall design and color scheme, I must also admit that this is not a watch for everyone.
Case | 9 out of 10
This massive 47mm Chronofighter uses a super light black carbon nanotube composite case. Though I am typically a fan of oversized watches (+43mm), I must admit that this watch feels about 2mm too large… and that is not considering the lever mechanism on the left side of the watch. Might be the effect of the longer lugs. The carbon fiber bezel and lever are beautiful to look at, but I wish that they both had the same finish… the bezel is shiny while the lever is matte. If the bezel was also matte, it would blend in better with the matte black case. The slightly domed front sapphire crystal has anti-reflective coating on both sides, giving the glass that blue tint at certain angles. On the back, a smoked sapphire crystal (which is a nice touch) gives you a clear view of the movement. The case back is affixed to the case via six screws.
Dial | 8 out of 10
The carbon fiber dial has painted Arabic numerals with applied lume. The font on the hour indices is modern and appropriate for the watch, but the uneven spacing between 2-4 and 8-10 drives me crazy. I can only assume that the extra spacing was added to accommodate the date display and running seconds subdial. However, I would have preferred for the spacing to remain consistent and have those hour indices partially covered. The uneven spacing on the dial is distracting and confusing when telling time. The design of the hour and minute hands is unusual but attractive. It actually works well with the overall design of the watch. The chronograph second hand is yellow to match the rubber strap and other markings on the dial of the watch. Unfortunately, even with my naked eyes, I can see that the yellow paint application on the chronograph second hand is not the best… not to mention that the shade of yellow is slightly darker compared to the other yellow parts on the watch. A quality oversight in my opinion.
Strap | 10 out of 10
This particular model comes with a bright yellow rubber strap and a carbon fiber tang buckle. Both appear to be of high quality. The extremely soft rubber strap integrates perfectly with the case and it has a “Clous the Paris” pattern throughout. The “Graham” brand is also proudly displayed on the rubber strap, which I found subtle and appropriate. The length is also spot on, not too short or too long… should fit most people without any issues. My 6.5” wrist uses the third hole from the top. I give Graham high praise for not taking a shortcut and making the tang buckle out of carbon fiber. The buckle is beautifully designed and finished, with the name of the brand engraved at the very top. Both the strap and the carbon fiber buckle are of excellent quality.
Movement | 7 out of 10
Inside the black carbon nanotube composite case you will find an automatic chronograph calibre G1747, which is a reworked Valjoux 7750 with Incabloc shock absorber. It has 25 jewels and a power reserve of 48 hours. The movement can be appreciated via the smoked sapphire crystal on the case back. The movement is nicely decorated with Geneva stripes, perlage, and blued screws. The signed rotor also has Geneva stripes.
Legibility | 4 out of 5
Despite the busy looking dial, legibility on the watch is for the most part good. My biggest issue with the dial design, which is the uneven spacing mentioned previously in the Dial section, is that it actually affects legibility. The uneven spacing on the hour markers plays tricks with my mind, which makes me dizzy when I stare at the watch for too long... something I have never experienced with other watches. The hour and minute hands and all hour markers have applied green Super-LumiNova, making it possible to tell time in low light conditions.
Operation | 5 out of 5
Since the crown is on the left side, operations on the crown are reversed. I found it easiest to simply turn the watch upside down (crown on the right side) when adjusting the date and time, which would make the operations the same as a regular watch with the crown on the right side. The crown is easy to pull and push back in. The chronograph is a pleasure to activate and stop via the lever. All functions and buttons operated as they should. The chronograph second hand reset perfectly at 12 o’clock.
Features | 8 out of 10
This Chronofighter features a 47mm super light black carbon nanotube composite case, carbon fiber bezel and dial, domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides, smoked sapphire crystal on the case back, integrated yellow rubber strap with "Clous de Paris" pattern on a carbon fiber buckle, 100m of water resistance, date function, chronograph function with Tachymeter scale, and a very unique and easily recognizable lever to start/stop the chronograph.
Comfort | 9 out of 10
Comfort on the Chronofighter is excellent due to the very soft rubber strap, flat tang buckle design, and the somewhat light case. However, the oversized lever mechanism on the left side of the watch does affect comfort when the wrist is bent upwards (it will push against your arm). Other than this minor issue, the watch is extremely comfortable under normal wear despite its large size. It also helps that I was able to find the perfect fitment in one of the strap holes for my 6.5” wrist.
Value | 9 out of 15
As much as I love this watch, the retail price of $11,550 on the Graham Chronofighter Superlight Carbon is hard to swallow. It is basically priced the same as the Omega Dark Side of the Moon ($12,000), but it lacks the manufacture movement, ceramic everything, and brand prestige. Based on my personal experience, Graham watches do not retain their value too well… mainly due to the huge discounts offered in the grey market. Most of these grey dealers offer brand new Grahams for 30-70% off retail. I think this particular watch would be a lot more competitive if it was priced around $8K.
TOTAL SCORE: 81 out of 100
When "go big or go home" is applied to a Swiss watch.
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