Islander Republic GMT Just Got a Lot More Tempting

Earlier this year, Marc at Long Island Watch released the Republic GMT. This is the first Islander watch that has grabbed my attention and I鈥檝e been surprised by the lack of attention. The $895 price seemed a bit high to some, but with a Selitta SW330 and competition at that price or more, it seemed fair. I know some struggle with the idea of shelling out $900 for an Islander when we are more accustomed to his watches costing under $500.

Now all three variants are $200 off on the site (now $695). Even acknowledging the existence Seiko GMT, I don鈥檛 think there is much that touches this watch now. I am certainly biased as most other GMTs around or under $1k don鈥榯 appeal to me aesthetically.聽

Does anyone have this watch or any thoughts on it? There is so little out there on this model. 40mm is pushing it on my small wrist depending on how big or small it wears so I鈥檓 definitely curious about the wearing experience.

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You know, I posted about this a few weeks ago and there didn't seem to be much interest for this watch, even with the discount. The fact that this model has been discounted for close to a month also tells me he is having trouble moving them.

Speaking for myself, it is hard to justify spending that much for an Islander, even a GMT with a Swiss movement. When he first announced it, I was really hoping for a GMT using the new Miyota 9075 that would be priced somewhere between $500-$600. I do believe it is a good quality watch, but it is not for me, even discounted to $700.

I probably would've bought one at launch if they had been $695 then. I still like the watch, but I'm not really a fan of polished center links, and I really don't need another GMT at the moment.

As far as the size, at 40mm, 12 thick, and 46.5 lug to lug, I imagine it would wear pretty well on smallish wrists. Probably similar to a Black Bay 58.

I'm hoping Marc will come out with a budget version someday with a Seiko or Miyota GMT and a brushed oyster style bracelet.聽

Marc does accept returns as long as no packaging or plastic is removed, which would allow you to try the size. Let us know if you get one.

I like Marc from his YT's with TGV and think he does a good job with watches he's putting out.聽

I just have different priorities with my watch purchases

DigitalDivider

You know, I posted about this a few weeks ago and there didn't seem to be much interest for this watch, even with the discount. The fact that this model has been discounted for close to a month also tells me he is having trouble moving them.

Speaking for myself, it is hard to justify spending that much for an Islander, even a GMT with a Swiss movement. When he first announced it, I was really hoping for a GMT using the new Miyota 9075 that would be priced somewhere between $500-$600. I do believe it is a good quality watch, but it is not for me, even discounted to $700.

Good point about the Miyota. I am guessing a lot of people wanting a GMT around this price may be waiting to see what models come out with that movement.
I have also been thinking that he probably has a lot of stock he can't move. With the popularity of GMT's, I am wondering if he went big on the amount of stock thinking these would be a hit.

gbelleh

I probably would've bought one at launch if they had been $695 then. I still like the watch, but I'm not really a fan of polished center links, and I really don't need another GMT at the moment.

As far as the size, at 40mm, 12 thick, and 46.5 lug to lug, I imagine it would wear pretty well on smallish wrists. Probably similar to a Black Bay 58.

I'm hoping Marc will come out with a budget version someday with a Seiko or Miyota GMT and a brushed oyster style bracelet.聽

Marc does accept returns as long as no packaging or plastic is removed, which would allow you to try the size. Let us know if you get one.

Thanks for the point about returns. I didn't realize that. I have a BB58 and it wears like a dream, so that could be a good thing. I am wondering if we might even see another price cut next year with how slowly these seem to be moving (especially knowing the Miyota movement will likely see its way into some compelling watches soon).

Yeah, if these had come out last year they might have been a hit. But since Seiko introduced their budget GMTs, these have lost the perceived value they would have had.

Mike_2

Good point about the Miyota. I am guessing a lot of people wanting a GMT around this price may be waiting to see what models come out with that movement.
I have also been thinking that he probably has a lot of stock he can't move. With the popularity of GMT's, I am wondering if he went big on the amount of stock thinking these would be a hit.

Jack Mason just released a GMT with the Miyota 9075, and the Seiko NH34 is also now available. I believe Nth just released a model using that movement for $625, and the Seiko 5 GMT is back in stock. Finally, there is a Squale GMT available for $825 that uses the same movement as the Republic GMT. I think there are too many other options for a GMT out there for the Republic to seem reasonable, even at $695.

Yeah, not long before the Republic came out I bought a Steinhart GMT with a Sellita SW330 movement for less than $550 delivered.

DigitalDivider

You know, I posted about this a few weeks ago and there didn't seem to be much interest for this watch, even with the discount. The fact that this model has been discounted for close to a month also tells me he is having trouble moving them.

Speaking for myself, it is hard to justify spending that much for an Islander, even a GMT with a Swiss movement. When he first announced it, I was really hoping for a GMT using the new Miyota 9075 that would be priced somewhere between $500-$600. I do believe it is a good quality watch, but it is not for me, even discounted to $700.

No doubt , it's a great watch! Definitely worth the price. 聽

DigitalDivider

You know, I posted about this a few weeks ago and there didn't seem to be much interest for this watch, even with the discount. The fact that this model has been discounted for close to a month also tells me he is having trouble moving them.

Speaking for myself, it is hard to justify spending that much for an Islander, even a GMT with a Swiss movement. When he first announced it, I was really hoping for a GMT using the new Miyota 9075 that would be priced somewhere between $500-$600. I do believe it is a good quality watch, but it is not for me, even discounted to $700.

Traska is releasing a GMT with the Miyota next month. I believe the price is $695.