BREAKING: TiGr2 vs TiGr5 Photos, W&W: Wind-Up, NYC

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#COURGcrew —

Just in, the photos we’ve all been waiting for — and quite possibly the first TiGr2 vs TiGr5 direct comparison posted anywhere online based on everyone’s extensive web hunting!


  • Titanium grade 2 and grade 5 prototypes do not differ noticeably in color.
  • Worn & Wound to host “world’s first affordable watch fair” in NYC, 23-25Oct. We’ll be there.

PLEASE NOTE, These are photos of first prototypes from both manufacturers. So, a few caveats:

  • These were obviously not shot in optimal lighting, or with a great camera
  • The TiGr5 manufacturer added a protective sealant on the grade 5. I don’t have the exact details for what that layer is (or how it affects the color), but I’m told the manufacturer embedded that into the surface. Will find out more.
  • There are some details on both cases that require refinement such as the bezel marker size, and some of the machining on the crowns and crown guards, so don’t freak out if something looks off. Still works in progress. Welcome to the hangar, this is what it’s like in the workshop.

The main thing to focus on here is the color difference that many of us wanted eyes on. Based on these shots, I believe our early intel was correct — that the color difference is not markedly different. In fact, I’d be hard pressed to guess which was which. But again, I won’t really know for certain until I have the grade 5’s in hand, likely end of the week or early next and I wanted you all to see these before we lockdown tomorrow evening.

Enough radio chatter, behold Titanium grade 2 prototypes vs grade 5 prototypes:

COURG titanium grade 5 prototype

COURG titanium grade 5 prototype

Titanium grade 5 [left] vs grade 2 [right]

Titanium grade 5 [left] vs grade 2 [right]

Titanium grade 2 [top], grade 5 prototypes [bottom]

Titanium grade 2 [top], grade 5 prototypes [bottom]

Mark Your Calendars for Oct 23-25 — Worn & Wound: Wind-Up, NYC


Our friends over at Worn & Wound have worked hard to organize what they’re billing as the “world’s first affordable watch fair.” W&W will host the event right here in SoHo, NYC.

Eighteen independent brands from across the globe will represent, plus Redux & Co! I plan on hanging out at the fair for a while on Friday and Saturday and hope we can cross paths if any NYC-based #COURGcrew plans to drop-in or out of towners fly-by. LMK!

Tackle your missions this week and Godspeed. elbert, over and out.

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  • Chase

    Awesome! Thank you! Ti5 looks maybe a little darker but too close to call, this is great news and I now feel at peace with my decision

  • Thanks Elbert! I have waited so long for this! 🙂 I am now waiting for the new type A-11 to be shown, with the red added in.

  • Asianberg

    Looks like gr5 to me:) Is that ‘coating’ permanent or will it eventually wear away? Is it supposed to keep the oxidation layer to a minimum? I’m not sure how I feel about that. I own a ton of Ti products and to my knowledge, none of them have any sealants or coatings besides any anodizing I have done to them.

  • Joshua Cromarty

    So, when filling out the survey I saw an option in the “most interested in seeing” section about swappable hands and faces. Is this something which we might be able to see soon? Is it a difficult process or something someone could do in an hour with simple tools?
    I took ages thinking about which face I wanted for my watch and still not sure I’ll be happy. It would be fantastic if one could simply switch the face and hands month to month as the mood takes one.

    • Hi Joshua, it depends. Have you worked with any movements in the past? Removing the movement from the case is fairly straight forward, and as with most things, the idea of switching hands and dials is simple. Also, the tools are quite simple. HOWEVER, these items are all extremely delicate and require a very steady hand and I’ve found ample magnification especially at the second hand to prove crucial. That’s not to say it’s not worth trying, but if it’s something you’re interested in learning about I’d get a beater movement to practice on before moving on to something you don’t want to ruin. From experience, it’s really easy to scratch and bend the hands. That said, once you get the hang of this, it’s quite satisfying. There wasn’t a ton of interest on part for modding, and I think it’s because most people, understandably, don’t want to mess around under the hood.

      • Joshua Cromarty

        I haven’t, no. But I’ve always loved tinkering with small things. I’ve got an old magnification lamp that a doctors’ surgery threw out and I could source some tools to help me. I think I’ll definitely try playing with something expendable before I tried fiddling with this baby.

        • Good plan, it’s good fun!

  • William Powell

    The titanium cases look great! I’m glad I upgraded to the T5

    • Thanks, William — good to hear!

  • Bryan

    OMG I think I just saw Arial numerals on the bezel.

    • GASP. haha yeah, that’s a prototype pre-Helvetica standardization!

  • Jonathan

    It’s hard to honestly say I see a difference from the pics. Wondering if you notice any difference in the feel?

    • I don’t have them in hand yet to compare, but will update as soon as the TiGr5 prototype arrives.

  • Kevin

    It appears that you are using a triangle or arrow instead of the circle or dot shown on the campaign, Why is that?

    • During the course of the campaign we voted on triangle marker vs. round. Many of us were (and still are) attached to the simplicity of the round. However, the triangle provides better accuracy for quick viewing and also serves as a nice visual counterweight. The vote actually wasn’t even close between triangle and circle — over 80% of the backers voted for the triangle.