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Review: Monta Atlas GMT (Opalin Silver Dial)

Review: Monta Atlas GMT (Opalin Silver Dial)

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Finding the ideal travel accomplice can be a hell of an assignment. I’m not discussing a companion you can represent seven days in a row. I’m discussing a watch. The ideal partner in crime for your wrist ought to have the option to mix dressy and easygoing, have a strong arrangement of specs (that ideally should face an unconstrained swim) and, in particular, you ought to have the option to wear the watch for seven days in a row without becoming ill of it. Is Monta’s new Atlas GMT equipped for accomplishing such an errand? Today, we’re seeing this new thin GMT offering from Monta that’s not exactly a dress watch, and not exactly a games watch, however fills a terrifically significant hole in the middle. The case draws from exemplary game watch plan, while the phenomenal completing and slimness proposes something dressier. There’s a ton to say about the Monta Atlas, so let’s get into it.


Review: Monta Atlas GMT (Opalin Silver Dial)

Case Stainless steel Movement Sellita SW330 Dial Opalin silver Lume BGW9 Super-LumiNova Lens Sapphire Strap Oyster-style steel wristband with custom deployant clasp Water Resistance 150m Dimensions 38.5mm x 47.5mmmm Thickness 10.2mm Lug Width 20mm Crown Screw down Warranty Yes Price $1615


Finishing, completing, and completing are the initial three words that come to mind while noticing the Atlas’ 38.5mm steel case. There’s a solid blend of cleaning, straight brushing, and fine sunburst brushing all through. While on paper the completing may sound overpowering, practically speaking it’s not. On the sides of the case, you’ll locate a fine-grain brushed get done with running evenly from one carry to another. On the transitionary slant between the side of the case and the highest point of the carries, there’s a cleaned surface that extends somewhat as it bends down to the base of the drag. Climbing the case, you’ll notice the side of the fixed bezel calculating outwards, ending at a point, at that point calculating back in towards the level sapphire precious stone. The two side surfaces of the bezel are cleaned to a mirror-like sparkle — a little detail that I continually end up respecting.

When taking a gander at the watch starting from the top, the main thing that grabs my attention is the sunburst brushing on the bezel encompassing the “Opalin Silver” dial. I’m a sucker for sunburst style completing, regardless of where it is on a watch. This completing strategy has a method of playing with the light that makes them turn my wrist to and fro and losing all sense of direction in it.

On the hauls, you’ll notice straight brushing on top. In the middle of the carries, there’s a cleaned slope where the end-joins meets the case. This is a fascinating point of interest that causes the drags to seem slimmer than they truly are. The impact is more articulated when the watch is on the wristband since the cleaned area is flanked by brushed metal on one or the other side.

The case gauges in at a truly wearable 38.5mm wide with a carry to-drag estimation of 47.5mm. On my 6.75” wrist, the Atlas is comfortable. Projecting from the correct side of the case, there’s a somewhat remarkable crown. It’s suggestive of an onion crown, however more refined. It’s not exactly as enormous or forcing however includes similar profound edges cut into the sides that make it extremely simple to change the time, date, and GMT hand. You won’t discover a crown watch here either, which makes it that a lot simpler to change the time. In the event that you look carefully, you’ll notice that the crown is marginally recessed into the case for some additional assurance and a lower profile look.

Overall, the case feels exceptionally level. I say that positively, as it helps keep everything overall quite thin. On the underside of the case, you’re treated to a pleasant perspective on the Sellita SW330 development by means of a showcase back that sits level on the wrist. With a little assistance from the level sapphire focal point up top, the whole bundle gauges in at just 10.2mm thick — a noteworthy accomplishment for a watch with a programmed GMT development inside.

Dial and Hands

The topic of this survey  seems to wrap up. The same amount of detail goes into the dial of the Atlas as does the case. The shade of the survey test here  is called “opalin silver.” It’s a light shade of silver with a slight metallic gleam. Blue articulations are included all through the dial, most remarkably on the tip of the GMT hand and most quietly on little hashmarks on the spine between the GMT hour markers. Every hour is signified with an accurately cut and cleaned applied file with bigger accents at 3:00 and 9:00. At 12:00, there’s a trapezoidal list that begins wide and tightens in towards the tip — a decent striking accent without being domineering. Between every one of great importance markers are four printed hash marks signifying individual minutes. All of the records include a few surfaces on them, each with a similar mirror clean. The subsequent impact is dazzling, as the light has such countless little surfaces to ponder off of depending the point. In lieu of a marker at 6:00, there’s a white date window with an exceptionally cleaned frame. 

Monta’s logo is gladly printed just underneath 12:00. Their logomark is elegantly done and the typeface picked for “MONTA” matches well with the Atlas, yet additionally the remainder of their watches . Under the hands there’s “ATLAS” imprinted in blue, with “GMT – 150 m” under. In little letters flanking the date window is the content “SWISS MADE.” All of the content is somewhat light in appearance, yet stays decipherable. To the extent printed text on dials, I figure the Atlas does it very well.

I do have one issue with the Atlas’ dial, explicitly on the Opalin dial. The GMT scale is imprinted on the calculated rib encompassing the dial. The point of the rib is steep and it’s delivered in a more obscure dim than the dial, and in light of this it tends to be difficult to make out the dark printed numbers along the GMT rib.  This issue is interesting to the Opalin colorway, as both the Monta Blue and Charcoal Gray dials have differentiating numerals and red hashmarks for the GMT scale. Monta states that this decision of shading  was to keep the watch looking relaxed, however I think it’s so serene that it hinders functionality. 

To tell the time, you’ll have the delight of perusing a bunch of cleaned, rhodium-plated hands. They’re correctly precious stone cut, and afterward cleaned to a high sparkle. There’s not an unpleasant edge anyplace to be seen. The hour and moment hands are faceted, which mirrors light off of one or the other side of the hands relying upon the point.  Then there’s the bolt tipped blue GMT hand. To clear the applied files, there’s a slight wrinkle in the hand that permits it to arrive at all the path to the outside of the dial without crashing into anything. When perusing the time starting from the top, it’s scarcely recognizable, however you’ll see it at a point. The seconds hand is comparative fit as a fiddle to the GMT hand, however on a more limited size. Once more, you’ll notice a bolt formed tip toward the end with a little plot of lume inside.

Speaking of lume, the entirety of the records and hands are treated with Super-LumiNova BG W9, which gives the watch an extraordinary, blue-colored shine. I’ve found that it keeps going a decent while into the evening, and in light of the fact that it peruses white in sunshine, it combines pleasantly with the silver dial with blue accents.


If you flip the watch over, you get a fantastic view to the Sellita SW330 development through the presentation case back. The SW330 is a thin, Swiss-made programmed GMT type. Monta has every development tuned to chronometer-grade specs that gloat a great +/ – 5 sec/day precision. The 4.1mm thickness of the development permits the watch’s in general profile to stay thin, which is a major selling point, in my opinion. 

The SW330 is a GMT development that sends the GMT hand around the dial once like clockwork. On the off chance that you’re bouncing across timezones, it’s truly simple to set the GMT hand to your ideal time. Just unscrew the crown and turn it clockwise. As you turn the crown, the hand will hop hour to hour. In the event that you wish to set the fundamental time, the GMT hand likewise comes curious to see what happens. Some will contend that this isn’t a “true GMT” development since the 24-hour hand is fastened to the hour hand. This can undoubtedly be worked around by setting the time you’d like on the primary hands first, at that point hopping the GMT hand to highlight the ideal hour. In the event that you need to find out about various GMT developments and their capacities, look at this article by my associate Brad Homes .

Straps and Wearability

The Atlas dispatches on either a brushed metal arm band or a cowhide tie. We have the arm band form available, and it’s very decent. It’s a shellfish style arm band that tightens marginally from the hauls to catch. The top and side surfaces of the arm band are brushed, however there’s a cleaned incline between them. This method adds somewhat fly of try to please in any case matte arm band. It truly works related to the completing looking into the issue. Under your wrist, you’ll locate an enormous catch with four miniature change openings. Monta hand crafted the deployant fasten here and it feels truly strong. The primary piece fits properly with a legitimate and fulfilling click. There’s a little security fasten wielding the Monta logo that folds over the top for an additional layer of assurance. I’ve found the wristband to have the perfect equilibrium of comfort and haul. On the wrist, it adjust the case nicely.

Quality and plan of the wristband are first class. Monta has gone the additional mile to guarantee a comfortable fit by utilizing completely expressed connections on the wristband. On other three-connect style wristbands, the two external segments are typically melded with the one in the center. A completely expressed arm band implies that the middle connection can rotate to and fro to adjust to your wrist. At the point when an arm band is made with the intertwined joins, it doesn’t have almost as much scope of movement. There’s no inquiry that the completely expressed connections add to the Atlas being so comfortable on wrist.

Since the watch is steel with a silver dial, you can combine it with almost any lash that suits your inclinations. While I truly making the most of my involvement in the arm band, I tossed it on a silvery dark mil-lash for a piece. It gave the Atlas a more easygoing look in general, and wore well. The blue accents on the dial are inconspicuous to the point that I wouldn’t stress over it conflicting a lot with any strap.

As far as flexibility enemies, you can wear the Atlas in an assortment of circumstances since it adjusts easygoing and dressy so well. The slimness of the case likewise helps since it permits the watch to effortlessly sneak by a sleeve. The Atlas is a simple decision for a go-to regular watch.


Monta depicts their watch as “a present day watch for the advanced honorable man that is both rich and functional.” We’re unquestionably in the same spot. The Atlas is lively, yet refined, and adaptable without being flat. The completing all through the case and quality development truly make the watch a solid choice at their $1,615 asking cost.

In my experience with the watch, it’s been strikingly simple to wear whether I’m at work or appreciating the outside with my family toward the end of the week. Also, that’s the feeling that I’ve gotten from other people who have either given this watch a shot or have claimed a Monta. Monta