The lens also seems to magnify the dial at certain angles. Just a little quirk of the watch.The chronograph is easy to use and measures in one second increments. The pushers are comfortable to use and so is the crown. I further like that the crown has a relief of the Jorg Gray "JG" logo on it. The watch case is in steel and about 41mm wide. You can see that the side of the case are done in a satin finish while the back and bezel of the case are in a nice high polish. Wearing the watch is comfortable, as the case fits well on your wrist. The black leather strap is a good part of the watch.For most people, the synchronized 24 hour hand is more useful. A tasteful addition to the watch is the red subsidiary seconds hand, as well as the red tip to the chronograph seconds hand.The hour markers on the black colored dial as well as the hands have luminant. It isn't the strongest lume, but it suffices for most near darkness viewing. A curious part of the watch is the style of the mineral crystal. It is slightly domed, which creates a mild lens affect (not sure if this was an intentional part of the design). It also has an anti-reflective coating that you can tell because light sometimes reflects blue against the crystal. The effect of the crystal is that the dial looks a bit distorted when looked at from an extreme angle. Looking at the dial from most angles is clear and crisp.
Here, only one subdial is used for the chronograph. The other (aside from the subsidiary seconds at 6 o' clock) is a synchronized 24 hour hand. This means that all 60 minutes that are possible to be measured are placed in one small dial. The problem is that the dial only has indicators each 5 minutes - so if you want precision you sort of need to eye it - you can have to just make out what the chronograph reads between each 5 minute marker. Not the end of the world, but this is not the watch for people who need a precise reading chronograph timepiece.The aviation style is subdued a bit to make for the subdials and the addition of the text on the dial. The hands could be a bit bigger, but legibility is overall good. The hour and minute indicators are ample, and there is a helpful sloped chapter ring around the dial with additional markers. The chapter ring actually has more markers than necessary given the functionality of the chronograph, but it cosmetically enhances the look of the watch. Inside the watch is a 60 minute Japanese Miyota chronograph quartz movement (with date). Miyota is Citizen watch's movement maker. The layout of the subdials not exactly what you would think. Ordinarily one subdial would used for the main dial's seconds, and the other two for the chronograph, while the large seconds hand on the dial is used for the chronograph.
You can read the text in the image, but the gist of it is that it details the watch as being a Barack H. Obama commemorative edition watch. The important part here is the unique serial number. It is very rare for watches in this price range, 0r this volume of production for that matter, to have unique identifiers. It is a nice touch for a collector's watch, and something Jorg Gray is proud to tell you.The watch itself is styled mainly after traditional aviator watches. This is seen in the hands, hour indicators, and contrast of black and white colors. You'll notice the 12 o'clock marker as being that of the "typical" pilot watch.Only a few select models held the Secret Service logo, and they quickly sold out from the Secret Service's gift shop. You may still be able to get them there, but I wouldn't venture to Washington DC just for the chance. The Secret Service didn't want the logo being on the special watches being made to fulfill the demand for the Barack Obama watch - it was just not the purpose the intended for their branded watches. I understand their perspective, but it would have been cool to have a true copy of what Obama has - a minor point though. Another difference is the message on the rear of the watch that is laser etched into the caseback.
Obama did, in an almost random manner, receive the watch, but he has chosen to wear it proudly almost continually since. As you can imagine this fact has done wonders for watch maker Jorg Gray, who has now launched a brand new full line of watches. I've had the opportunity to meet with them and have myself acquired the famed "President Barack Obama watch." So here is my take on the timepiece that is seen on the most powerful person in the world. You too, can own the President's watch.A key difference between this model and the version that Obama has is the lack of the Secret Service logo on it.This is probably the most popular watch of 2009 - even around the world. It is the main watch that President Barack Obama wears, and has worn since before he was elected President of the US. Obama received the watch for his 46th birthday by the Secret Service in August of 2007. He's been seen countless times wearing the watch, while in public, conducting state business, and during his personal time. It is a curious thing that what was such an obscure brand of special order corporate gift watches, is now almost a major brand. But like many have stated, you cannot buy better publicity than this - for the promotion of Jorg Gray makes sense.