The Roam E07/A is the first ever GMT watch from Enoksen. We have been wanting to make an automatic GMT watch since day one, but the absence of reliable, yet affordable movement options meant that it took 5 years for us to get Roam into production.
Sure enough, there are plenty of Chinese clone movements out there to choose from, had we been that way inclined. There is also a number of really brilliant Swiss automatic options, but none of them were suitable for this project. Why? Because the idea was to make a timepiece that would raise the bar for how much automatic GMT watch you can get for substantially less than £500.
With the introduction of the Seiko NH34A movement we had finally found what we were looking for: a proper automatic GMT movement from a reputable manufacturer with whom we have been working since the very start.
With the movement being the last piece of the puzzle we could begin to move towards manufacturing and assembly.
Bi-directional ceramic bezel
One of the things we saw in the GMT watch market was a lot of corner-cutting. Not many affordable GMT watches have a bi-directional bezel. Most watches out there are effectively based on a diver’s watch with a uni-directional bezel with 60 or 120 clicks. Whilst that kinda works it also reveals a laziness we didn’t want for our entry into GMT land. In our view, a proper GMT watch has a bi-directional bezel with 24 clicks, one per hour. So that is exactly was made. And with a black ceramic insert which doesn’t scratch as easily as a steel or aluminium insert. The idea of a GMT watch is that you can adjust seamlessly between timezones and that is precisely what our bi-directional bezel enables you to do.
One thing is having a watch that can tell time in 3 different locations at once, another is having a watch that can stand up to anything and everything you might subject it to once you reach your destination. We have always made robust utility watches that are ready for the surf or the mountains, and we had no intention of making Roam the exception to that rule.
Based on the popular 41mm Dive E02 case, Roam E07/A has the same superior 300m water resistance, screw-in crown and anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The watch is big enough to have a presence on the wrist, and not so big that it looks out of place on a smaller wrist.
As mentioned, we have been waiting for years for Seiko to make some of their proprietary GMT movements available to OEM customers like Enoksen. With the arrival of the NH34a that has finally happened. Not only are our watchmakers trained in the Seiko automatic movement range, the NH34a also shares components with some of the other Seiko movements we already integrate in our watches. That means we hold all the necessary parts to allow us to repair and service the NH34a when that time comes.
As with all the Seiko NH models, the NH34a has really impressive features like 24 jewels, hacking, 41-hour power reserve, Diashock system, date, 21,600 bpm and of course a fourth hand in the shape of a 24-hour hand.
The use of C3 Super-Luminova on the hands and on the hour markers secures superior legibility. The hands from Dive E02 have been recycled, and you might recognise the 12-hour hand with the integrated Enoksen logo. The 24-hour hand is red and adds a bit of colour contrast to the black dial and the steel hands and markers.
The lug width of the Roam is 20mm, which means that you can fit an unlimited amount of different strap designs on the watch. We have however decided to let the launch of the Roam E07/A coincide with the launch of our new Tropic strap made of vulcanised rubber. The new strap is both soft and durable, and it expels dust particles and remains clean and fresh, even with lots of wear. It come with quick release, allowing you to change it for another straps without having to use a pin tool.
Available is also our signature grey 20mm NATO strap and a stainless steel oyster bracelet.
The price of this watch is £375 including the black Tropic strap. Learn more here!