Here's the latest drawing from our CAD designer. Please give us your comments so that we can wrap up the design phase next week and order the samples.
The crown guard was removed and I don't really think we need it, with the crown at 4:00. The factory just told us that they cannot make a knurled crown as shown on the drawing without substantial tooling costs, and we're not crazy about the look anyway, so we'll go back to a more conventional crown. Also, we'll probably switch from a knurled bezel edge, to a more conventional edge. Any comments on this?
The watch will use 1.8mm fat spring bars with drilled through lugs. We will try to inlcude an extra set with each watch, but no guarantees. We can use screw pins and tubes like Panerai and it will not increase the cost to a point that it will matter, but unless there is an overwhelming desire to do that, we'll stay with spring bars.
The watch is now shown on a NATO type strap, but the concensus seems to be that we should incude a rubber (manufacturers call it PU for polyurethane) strap. We don't plan on fabricating a mold at a cost of $3000 plus, so we'll have to use an off the shelf strap. I plan on using one of my leather Panerai type straps anyway, and I'm sure most owners will have their own preferences.
The chrome marker inlays on the dial were removed for this drawing. The CAD designer really likes them, and we do too. They do not increase the cost of the dial substantially. Comments?
Luminous material will glow for not less than eight hours, according to the manufacturer, and the thicker the coat, the longer it will last, so we'll try to make it very thick.
That's about it. We will have side and back views next week, and we're right on schedule with the project. Once we order samples, it's difficult to impossible to make changes without delays and added costs, so now is the time to comment.
Notice the orange tipped second hand - thanks, XTrooper!
Thanks for all the help.
Mitch & LaHugh