Globalisation and the Internet has seen an explosion of new brands. Over time some thrive and others fall. While we love brands with heritage, we’re not about to acquire defunct brands or write fanciful stories pretending to be what we aren't.
Our designs are retrospective and convey military and maritime undertones. Afterall we’re based in Singapore, a country surrounded by water and where fellow countrymen serve in the military. We're a microcosm of Singapore - small, with neither the tradition of old civilisations nor price-competitiveness of developing nations, but we're hardworking, passionate and have an eye for detail.
We produce between 1,000 and 2,000 pieces a year and don't enjoy scale efficiency like big companies do, but being small and independent we can focus on giving you the best ownership experience possible. We're here for the long haul and a significant portion of our earnings is re-invested into product development.
It's often said that when we buy a timepiece we buy into a story. With Gruppo Gamma, you get to write that story with us.
Retro-inspired design infused with contemporary touches - a projection of what the Rolex Ref. 6152 could have been if it had continued to evolve, the Vanguard is our take on the ultimate daily beater.
In line with the series' maritime and military undertones, the watch cases are made of surgical grade stainless steel, aircraft grade titanium or marine bronze, fitted with sapphire crystals and engineered to achieve a depth rating of 20 ATM (i.e. 200m/ 660 ft) and upwards, and the watches are powered by dependable self-winding mechanical movements from Japan.
Released in 2015, the Bronze Vanguard was our first model using bronze cases and the first to be equipped with a rotatable bezel to mark elapsed time. It was also the first and only to be offered with the Roman dial, a tribute to the Italian origins of the Vanguard's source of inspiration. Bronze acquires a natural patina over time, adding an interesting dimension to watch ownership. Gruppo Gamma's 'Bronzo' became an instant favorite amongst collectors and further cemented our reputation for tool watches.
The Mk IV Vanguard, currently available for preorder, features the SuperSandwich™ dial that's filled to the brim with Swiss Superluminova, to achieve the best darkness visibility ever on a Gruppo Gamma timepiece. Also for the first time ever, the rotor - visible through the sapphire display caseback - is signed, and the crown guard is now constructed as a separate piece and bolted onto the case. Aficionados may also appreciate the newly-designed mechanism used for the unidirectional 120-click bezel.
The 1950s was one of the most exciting periods in dive watch history - in 1953 Blancpain introduced the Fifty Fathoms which was issued to the US and French naval divers, Zodiac introduced the Sea Wolf, and in 1954 Rolex introduced the Submariner. Ironically, it was also in the 1950s that Panerai stopped producing dive watches for the Italian frogmen.
Retrospective but adventurous, the Divemaster draws inspiration from these legendary watches in much the same way that different watch designs in times past have influenced one another.
The Divemaster is equipped with tool watch capabilities for real world challenges. Robust automatic movement, surgical grade stainless steel case with double-domed sapphire crystal and helium release valve, and engineered to a depth rating of 300 m/ 1000 ft. Unidirectional 120-click bezel to mark elapsed time, with sapphire inlay for scratch resistance and luminescent markers for visibility in the dark.