Credor reissues the Locomotive that was designed by Gerald Genta

The cult-classic reissue celebrates Credor’s 50th anniversary
On the 50th anniversary of Credor, the brand is celebrating with the reissue of one of its renowned timepieces, the Locomotive, which was designed by the legendary Gerald Genta.

This reissue of the Locomotive retains the personality of the original with some updates and upgrades to keep it contemporary. The watch has a production run of just 300 pieces.

While the 1979 original was slightly smaller and outfitted with a quartz movement, the new Locomotive has a titanium case measuring 38.8mm wide and 8.9mm thick with a lug-to-lug height of 41.7mm (and 100m of water resistance). I handled an original Locomotive a few years ago and absolutely loved how relentlessly idiosyncratic the design touches were. The Locomotive is characterized by the hexagonal case/bezel and what I can best describe as a hybrid of an integrated bracelet and Vendôme lugs (Genta was also responsible for the Cartier Pasha). Were it designed today, I think the crown at 4 o’clock would be sacrificed at the altar of being “too much” but fortunately Genta didn’t have to worry about that.

​​As it is 45 years later, it’s not surprising that the reissue actually improves on some things. For example, the six screws on the bezel are now functional as opposed to simply being ornamental. Done with a three-fold clasp with push release, the tapered bracelet doesn’t stray from Genta’s initial design with those hexagonal intermediary links that are obviously very reminiscent of the Royal Oak. The black dial is finished with 1,600 directly engraved radial lines that are achieved by utilizing a special new process developed specifically for this watch. Also of note are rounded hour indices and especially the applied twin indices at 12 o’clock which were part of Genta’s original design sketch but could not feasibly be produced back in 1979.

Unlike the original Locomotive, which had a quartz movement, the reissue has the automatic Caliber CR01, which has a 45-hour power reserve and is exclusive to Credor (though much of the architecture and specs are shared with the Seiko 6L37). The movement isn’t visible due to the enclosed case back which is A-okay with me. Personally, I would go full Tex Avery for a 9F Quartz movement here but I understand the decision to go with a slim automatic.

A fun throwback to an oft-forgotten Genta watch, the Credor Locomotive Limited Edition is limited to 300 pieces at a price of ₹9,97,000 and will be available in August.

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