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    Re: Project GMT: Design thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Yao View Post
    the Project GMT cases will be going into mass production later this month. I signed off on the samples earlier this week. We will move the dial and insert design next.

    For the hands I am going to take Menno's cue and work on the proportions that he mentioned. I believe that its just the minute hand that needs adjustment.

    For the lume I would suggest as noted earlier as well:

    * White dial: Natural or C3 lume
    * Black dial: BGW9
    Sounds good on the lume, Bill. It would be great to see what the natural or C3 looks like on the white dial.

    Not crazy about coffee cream patina so hoping the natural looks okay! That said the coffee cream looks great on that Panerai watch - Richemont did a good job on that. Just not sure about that patina look for an Mk II that's all. Don't know how else to explain it - have edited this post too many times already...

    Best, Ken
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    Re: Project GMT: Design thread

    Bill, wondering if it's possible to post pictures of the draft Key West dial with the various lume choices you outlined. Thanks, Ken

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    Re: Project GMT: Design thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Yao View Post
    Sounds like something in between is what is being called for.?.?
    I prefer the mini-hand of the original 6542. A large arrow hand will throw off the look completely.
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    Re: Project GMT: Design thread

    I thought I'd chime in here on the GMT hand. We all know that the Devil is in the details, and I confess that - while I hadn't noticed it initially, it is stunning to see the small GMT arrowhead riding squarely inside the minutes indicators as if its riding on rails. I also had not noticed the dot on the end of the second hand falling squarely in the center of the mercedes hour indicator.

    these are exactly the kinds of details that separate Bill's watches from the rest. The smaller the detail, the more interesting the watch.
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    Re: Project GMT: Design thread

    Just as a q&d exercise, I took lume pics of the relationship of a sweep second hand pip to a 9 o'clock marker, and the ball of the hour hand. Note that the ball obscures the little "hat" (or "point" ...?) of the hour hand. At least I think it does -- at night.

    I was showing my daughter (10 years old) this at bedtime tonight, lights out, BGW9 glowing bright (yes, it's a Kingston). While she and I watched the sweep second hand travel around the dial, and she uttered a few "Ooohhh's" watching it happen, she whispered, "Sometimes you're a really cool daddy." So there you are ... all the attention and exacting craftsmanship is a means to achieving really cool status with your offspring. Not something to take cavalierly.




    I'd never noticed the eclipse of the arse end of the sweep seconds hand over the hour pip. Made a little macro video of it, quite cool actually. Sweet.

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    Re: Project GMT: Design thread

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDude View Post
    Huh, you're right. It's a little off but you can't tell from this pic I just snapped. Off by the same amount on my SeaDweller too.

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    I think my Kingston does that. I checked several times over the last few days and it looks like that to me.
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    Re: Project GMT: Design thread

    I just checked my Kingston and the ball on the south end of the sweep hand doesn't center exactly over the Y in the Mercedes hand, it's a little shorter, only about half of the ball covers the Y. AFA I'm concerned, this is really "picking nits"!! I'm not going to stare at my watch to see if the hand passes precisely over the middle of the hour hand, and I don't think most others will either. Very close is plenty good for me!!
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    Re: Project GMT: Design thread

    My Nassau's seconds hand counterweight aligns perfectly with the mercedes hand.
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    Re: Project GMT: Design thread

    Little somethin somethin to drool over and stoke the impatience.. Macro shots of the 6542 bezel (yeah yeah, I know the Key West will likely not have a bezel inlay...I just couldn't resist )
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    Re: Project GMT: Design thread

    Quote Originally Posted by JCW1980 View Post
    Little somethin somethin to drool over and stoke the impatience.. Macro shots of the 6542 bezel (yeah yeah, I know the Key West will likely not have a bezel inlay...I just couldn't resist )
    If there were any way to make - using modern materials - a bezel that would last AND meet Bill's pretty rigid specification requirements for Quality Control, I would cheerfully pay an ADDITIONAL $200 on top of my price to obtain a bezel insert like this. Frankly, I'd probably buy 2 or 3, to insure the future of the watch (how many people wished they had bought 4 or 5 replacement inserts in 1956?). But that why I'm an enthusiast, and not a watch builder. Every decision in creating the design of these watches has to balance the respect for the original designs MkII pays homage to, the practicality of modernizing and updating these designs for today's wearer, and complying with Bill's rigorous obsession for quality. Invariably, somethings gotta give: in this case, i fear, it's that lovely syrupy look of the original bezels. C'est la Guerre.
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