As mentioned in my previous watch review on Neminus Master Diver 1000, I ended the last 2 weeks of 2019 with 2 new watches to wrist-buse it for review purposes, which the other watch I’m reviewing today is a pre-loved Fastback Phantom Black by Gorilla Watches. I guess this review is a few years late since this model has already been in the market since 2016… but better late than never right ? So, let’s start off the watch review…

If you are like me who can’t afford an Audemars Piguet watch, then Gorilla Watches is the next best alternative for you and me because of its’ affordability price tag (compared to AP) and with its’ design element similar to an AP. Why do I say so ? Well, the 2 man and brainchild behind the brand Gorilla Watches are no stranger to the luxury watch industry – Octavio Garcia (former Chief Artistic Officer of AP) and Lukas Gopp (former designer at IWC, Sector, Ralph Lauren and AP). Wow… what an impressive CV and powerful combo to have 2 great designers trying to disrupt and innovate the watch industry. With that in mind, by owning a piece of Gorilla Watches indirectly is like having some design elements and ascent from AP in it, and that’s why I mentioned earlier that this is the next best alternative of an AP in the microbrand industry.

Their first model – Fastback was launched in 2016 and it was one of the very few microbrands (even until today) that incorporates different high end materials (ceramic bezel, anodized case-middle, titanium caseback and forged-carbon body) together into a single watch. The other brand that has similar concept would be Vilhelm – Talos and Elemental that was previously covered by us. Anyway, today is all about Gorilla Fastback and we shall look into more detailed about it now…

Technical Specifications :

  • Case Material : Forged carbon, anodised aluminium, titanium, ceramic, steel
  • Case Diameter : 44mm (48.5mm including the crown guard)
  • Weight : 110 grams with strap and buckle
  • Crystal : Sapphire crystal with AR coating on both sides
  • Crown : Screw-down for improved water resistance
  • Water resistance : 100 meters / 330 feet / 10 ATM
  • Bracelet : Rubber strap, titanium pin buckle

Here’s what I thought of the Fastback…

Case : Super lightweight ! I mean, it has a weight of 110 grams including the strap (OMG !)… and sometimes, I don’t even feel like wearing a watch eventhough it’s on my wrist. This just reminded me of Alessandro Baldieri Magnum M48 Carbon that I used to own (large in size but doesn’t feel heavy at all) and they have a similar gorilla engraved on the caseback too. I really like the design that combines forged carbon mid-case, ceramic bezel on top (secured by 4 rivets) and in between them, is a black anodised aluminium and finishing off with a titanium caseback. The crown is not your ordinary shape as well, which kinda have the similar design element shape as the case and it’s made from titanium. I really dig the caseback design which has the engraving of a Gorilla and the watch material details. 

Dial : Hhhmmm… initially I really had trouble understanding the dial concept, as telling time was a bit difficult in the beginning, but after a while you get used to it. I would say the concept made it interesting and intriguing to look at… The dial design has some resembling to a speedometer of a racing car (hence the model name Fastback) with 0-60 minute markers instead of the conventional hour marker to match the overall concept. The hour disc is really an interesting concept, designed in a 3 pointed star shape (eg. Mercedes-Benz logo) with 1 of the spoke being the hour indicator. The lume is pretty decent and above average. 

Strap & Buckle : I really like the army camouflage design on the strap. It also came with another plain black perforated strap. Finishing off the strap is a titanium buckle. However, if you plan to look for any aftermarket straps, then it’s really difficult to source for any because of its’ 32mm width. But I doubt you need to, because the rubber strap is really comfortable to be worn. 

Conclusion to my review : My only drawback on this watch is the movement choice. It is very loud ! Otherwise I would have given a perfect score for it. Wish they could have gone for Sellita SW-200 with the price point of US$880. But this is definitely a cheaper alternative to other brands that offer such materials in the market today, and I’ll definitely recommend it to anyone who loves AP but can’t afford like myself. I would definitely love to try out the newer and higher specs model in near future to give it another go – Bandit, Spectre, TruffleHunter and Drift Elise