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Review: Ophion OPH-786

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Review: Ophion OPH-786

The longer the micro-brand phenomenon persists, the more I realize how specialized, inventive, and value-driven these nimble little design houses can be. Spain?s Ophion proves the point with their sophomore effort dubbed OPH-786, a 39-millimeter dress watch with a CNC?d guilloche or granular dial, a highly customized hand-wound movement, and a host of other impressive details normally costing thousands more than the ?1,890 (~$2,200) you?ll pay for the 786.Other than being designed for the wrist, every aspect of the OPH-786 in some way pays tribute to the highly decorated pocket watches of the 1700s. There was no mass-manufacturing of watches in the 1700s, so watchmakers built it all by hand from scratch, serving a clientele who expected immaculately executed decoration inside and out. For Ophion and its customers, such hand-building would have been prohibitive, so Ophion innovated ways to offer exceptionally detailed metal work via computer-driven CNC machines.


Review: Ophion OPH-786

Stainless Steel

120-hour, double barrel mechanical (Soprod/Technotime)

Blue, Silver, Gray


Double-domed sapphire

Leather; alligator (upgrade)

Water Resistance
5 atm

39mm x 48.8mm


Lug Width




CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control, a clunky name from another era, but it spells out just how far from hand-made the Ophion 786 dials are. CNC routers can make incredibly precise cuts, and compared to stamped dials the 786?s CNC?d patterns are far superior in both sharpness and shine. I?ll go a step further and say that the dials of the OPH-786 are closer to those from watch houses like Patek Philippe than stamped counterparts. I?ve seen Patek?s craftspeople cutting dials on their hundred-year-old machines, and other than there being a human there to guide it, the Patek machine really amounts to the same thing as a CNC router: a precise metal cutting device that follows external instructions.
The blue dial has a delightful contrast.

The silver dial less so, but the hands really pop.

The granular gray dial is a different take, but no less attractive.

The 786?s guilloche dial is available in either silver or blue, while the granular pattern is only available in charcoal gray. All three of these dials integrate beautifully into the watch?s elegant, layered design. Perforated brushed steel hour and minute-marker rings hover above the dial, allowing the guilloche or granular pattern to show through as Roman numerals and dots. This is a clever strategy, and the added depth gives the dial an air of vintage craftsmanship.
The rather tall applied Ophion name plate and logo complete the classy look and maintain the sense of depth. There is no date complication, which is both faithful to pocket watches of the 1700s and another sign that Oph...
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