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Hello,

I'm just getting into watches and I've been looking to purchase my first quality time piece. I'm been doing a LOT of research and searching for something I like thats in my price range. I accidentally stumbled across these and I really like how they look:







I understand these are manufactured by Gevril, however I haven't been able to find much information on this company. I notice they don't list any models like these on their website either. Just curious if anyone has any information on these watches, and if they are still available anywhere?

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Gevril GV2 are great watches, they start out with a heavy retail $2495 but can be found at discount prices $1300 and less. They are quality built and some have Swiss ETA 2836-2 Auto Movements. Nice dials, crisp rotating bezel and Sapphire Crystals. If you can find one for $500.00 or less its a great deal. I have my eye on the Black Dial, Black Bezel with leather strap. Noblius1 b-)
 
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In the last two decades Gevril was owned by several owners. Don't know who owns the brand right know. Some time back they have been known for exquisit time pieces. The watches shown here with a common ETA 2836-2 wouldn't fit into that category. To expensive for an ETA 2836-2 powered watch. For abour 2500 I can easily get better watches.
 

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Hi Top-Gun,

I have a version of the GV2 Explorer, similar to your top picture, and do think it's a great watch, a very subjective statement to be sure.

My personal belief is, having now handled a few of these, that they are indeed on a similar quality level to the typical ETA movement family such as Hamilton, Tissot, Swiss Army, etc. That being said, it's unknown how the company will stand behind any kind of warranty/repair work.

I agree with Mike - the stated MSRPs are redonculous and, IMHO, almost serve as a bit of a negative stigma, like the brand is trying too hard to get back in the game after years of unknown existence.

Still, you can find them for more than reasonable prices on the web. It's all a matter of taste but, as aforementioned, I do think for $300-$500 they offer a good buy.
 

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:think: The story goes the GV2 is Gevril's second line and is owned by
Samuel Friedmann's (met him) brother. Sold a few of them and found the quality to be all over the place, with the clasp being the biggest. Most
their effort goes into the dial and that varies. I don't believe they were ever destained for the regular retail marketplace and their pricing is a mar-
keting ploy. I used to sell them as, "pre-owned." There're a Gray Market
special.
 

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the gv2 was my first mechanical about 3 years ago and i've also been intrigued by that piece. for 3-500 bucks you can't go wrong, as long as the asthetics are desireable to you.
that said, it gets practically no wrist time anymore. I'd step up to oris/hamilton/ocean 7/omega instead.
good luck
 

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Thanks very much for the information. As suggested, the other brands I'm considering are Hamilton and Oris, however my budget is restricted to $1000 CDN and with the dollar being so poor its difficult to find anything I like and can afford. With my limited research, I haven't been able to find any GV2's for much less than the cost of an entry level Oris or Hamilton so I may have to keep looking. Thanks again.
 

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Thanks very much for the information. As suggested, the other brands I'm considering are Hamilton and Oris, however my budget is restricted to $1000 CDN and with the dollar being so poor its difficult to find anything I like and can afford. With my limited research, I haven't been able to find any GV2's for much less than the cost of an entry level Oris or Hamilton so I may have to keep looking. Thanks again.
According to xe.com $1K in funny money is still $800 down south, that will get you all kinds of nice watches. Have you looked at the always popular and highly recommended Stowa Antea or Archimede line? Both Stowa and Archimede use similar ETA movements and I think would both be a better value than the GV2.
 

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:think: All money is funny (except lawfull) and the joke is on us.
According to xe.com $1K in funny money is still $800 down south, that will get you all kinds of nice watches. Have you looked at the always popular and highly recommended Stowa Antea or Archimede line? Both Stowa and Archimede use similar ETA movements and I think would both be a better value than the GV2.
 

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I picked this one up not long ago for under $370.00 shipped. Not everyones cup of tea, but with a Unitas 6497 powering it almost bombproof. The strap is a pos, should have saved the tree from using the paper on it. Put it on a Greg Stevens carbon with red stitch and it looks 100% better now.
I have seen the 3 models you listed go for under $500.00 and then some. Be patient and you can find real deals now.

 

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In the last two decades Gevril was owned by several owners. Don't know who owns the brand right know. Some time back they have been known for exquisit time pieces. The watches shown here with a common ETA 2836-2 wouldn't fit into that category. To expensive for an ETA 2836-2 powered watch. For abour 2500 I can easily get better watches.
:rodekaartHoly cow!!!! Either Euro or American $ that is a lot for a watch (2500)....a least for most of us. From what I have seen on U.S.A's ebay, one can purchase a Gevril for much less than that. If you watch the auctions you can pick up one for under $500.00 or less. I haven't had the opportunity to kinesthically evaluate a Gevril. Nonetheless, I have admired the way they look. If you like them, give 'em a try! If you are dealing with a person or AD that is worth their salt, they will give you at least a 7 day trial. At that point, if you don't think it's worth it send it back to them. If I have learned anything from the most sage of the moderators at Watchuseek it would be to buy what you think you would like and return it if you don't.
Wear the watch you love...lol...in good health,
Chris:-!
 

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A good place to find them is at sierratradingpost.com. It's a camping equipment store, but they usually have a few gevrils - which when combined with coupons floating around the net can be had for $3 - 500US. Also, they have a very good return policy.
 

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Great info, thanks very much. The Stowa airman is growing on me too, picking a watch is a seriously tough decision ha.
 

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Do you have T J Maxx or Marshalls outlet stores there? If so, check them for Gevrils. I got one there in the U.S.
 
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