http://www.thewatchbox.com Graham is a modern Swiss luxury watch label that builds timepieces named after a 17th-18th century English horologer; most of the company's watches resemble something Duke Nukem would have worn had he flown Spitfires in the Battle of Britain... does that make sense? No? In that case, the Graham Chronofighter 1695 is the Graham for you. With a killer steel/black dial color combo, a gorgeous 42mm case, and distinctive features that set it apart without bombast, the Chronofighter 1695 is Graham's olive branch to luxury watch traditionalists. Consider the size and color palette: perfect. This Graham Chronofighter is suitable for black tie or short sleeves, and the style never tries too hard to to win admiration. Even Graham's signature "quick lever" chronograph actuator is pared down for this, the "gentleman's special" of the Graham watch collection. Graham keeps it simple on the dial. A black base, a date window at three o'clock, and a 30-minute chronograph register maintain a clean visage with close-shaven credibility among polite company. This isn't the Graham to wear if you're trying to out-bling an Hublot King Power. But if you're determined to keep it real - real sharp - the Chronofighter 1695 is ready to be your wingman. Like all Graham Chronofigher models, the Chronofighter 1695 features a prominent chronograph start/stop lever. Absent the overboard showmanship of the larger Chronofighters, the lever's fundamental logic and ergonomic qualities take center stage on this watch. It's easier to start, stop, and grip securely when using the chronograph, and the ability to actuate the lever with a right-hand thumb makes the Graham system feel like a truly meaningful upgrade to the traditional mechanical chronograph interface. On its case back, Graham treats the owner of this Chronofighter 1695 to an engraved image of the legendary Greenwich Observatory. Chartered in 1675 and home to the Prime Meridian since 1884 (GMT, naturally), the Observatory has played a central role in world horology since its inception. Any watch enthusiast who hasn't seen the Graham Chronofighter 1695 simply doesn't know Graham. While the Swiss-British hybrid brand makes no bones about provoking love-hate reactions from the watch community, this Chronofighter 1695 is the kind of timepiece that should redress the love-hate balance among the watch purist cognoscenti. See this remarkably refined, classically handsome Graham Chronofighter 1695 in high-resolution images with all factory accessories at www.thewatchbox.com Video and content by Tim Mosso.