Graham goes left field with latest chronograph


In the brand’s own words, the latest release from Graham is a step left field but remains logical.

The Graham Fortress is a chronograph equipped with a monopusher set within the crown, and by placing the monopusher/crown on the left flank of the case, the watch breaks with convention.

The said, Graham argues that there is much sense in taking this unusual approach to chronograph design.


It explains how a pusher on the left side of the case proves more intuitive to use.

When using a chronograph, the wearer observes the start of an event, actuates the stopwatch function and thereafter, at the end of the event, halts the timer.

The potential problem is the human factor, namely the time gap between seeing an event and pressing the push piece.

The shorter the gap between observation and pressing the pusher, the more validity the recorded elapsed time really has.

The thumb is the fastest acting digit, hence with this design, a right handed person will instinctively place their plumpest digit on the push piece and press it with lightning bolt alacrity.

Another key benefit of positioning the combined crown and monopusher on the left is superior wearer comfort.

Often when a watch is worn and the wearer flexes their wrist, the protrusions on the right flank of the case gouge the wrist, chafe the skin or inhibit free movement.

Graham says the Fortress’s leftfield approach causes no such problems.

It features a blue sunray dial and the black grained dial feature bold, luminescent hour and minutes which collaborate with ample, applied Arabic numerals.

The dial has two circular brushed counters, a small seconds display at 3 o’clock and a 30 minute chronograph register at 6 o’clock.

Housed in a 47mm stainless steel case, the exhibition caseback affords sight of the Fortres s’s Swiss automatic movement.

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