With the recent successful refresh of the Skyquest, Monta is now paying tribute to the model with the release of a very special limited edition. Much like what we saw just before the discontinuation of the first generation Skyquest, Monta is launching a run of just 175 Skyquest watches in opalin silver with gilt dial touches. Now, one thing we aren’t sure of is if this marks the end of the second generation Skyquest. All I know is that it sure is pretty, and it’s a fitting tribute considering how popular this colorway was the last time Monta launched a Skyquest run with it. Judging by the press photos, I think the approach fits the new Skyquest even better than the first generation.
When I had a chance to review the Skyquest, I was pretty enamored with just about everything the watch had to offer. It’s about as nice as things can get at that price and I think people noticed. But what this new limited edition offers is what Monta calls a design “inspired by the golden age of travel.” My guess is that it’s a call-back to some of the super rare 6542 GMT Masters Rolex produced with white dials. I get the connection and the gilt elements look especially nice on this silvery white dial.
All the specs are the same as the standard production Skyquest variants. As I mentioned in my review, the watch is supremely wearable at 40.7mm in diameter. The cool thing is that while the proportions and sizing are all generally “classic” the watch wears with the heft, reassurance, and refinement of a modern piece. I think that speaks to Monta’s eye for quality in their construction, fit, and finishing.
Monta Skyquest Opalin Silver Limited Edition Specs
- Case diameter: 40.7mm
- Case thickness: 11.8mm
- Lug-to-lug: 47.4mm
- Water resistance: 300m
- Case material: Stainless steel
- Movement: Monta caliber M-23
- Crystal: Sapphire
- Bracelet: Stainless steel
- Price: $2,435 (limited to 175 pieces)
Personally, I think this is by far the most beautiful execution of the Monta Skyquest. I loved the colorway back when they did this with the first generation (only 50 pieces) and it looks even better now. The modern Skyquest platform serves the old “albino GMT Master” look very well and I’m sure these watches won’t last long.
This new Skyquest will be available for pre-order on Monta’s site starting February 15th at 2:00 PM CT.
Michael Peñate is an American writer, photographer, and podcaster based in Seattle, Washington. His work typically focuses on the passage of time and the tools we use to connect with that very journey. From aviation to music and travel, his interests span a multitude of disciplines that often intersect with the world of watches – and the obsessive culture behind collecting them.