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    Video California retro cool: New Britain watches


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    here’s absolutely no shortage of watch brands, but there is a shortage of good quality mechanical watches at the sub $5000 mark. This is something that New Britain watches has sought to redress with a new collection of watches that take design and technical cues from Swiss watches worth a great deal more.




    An American brand, the inspiration behind the watches is 1950s California cool; the freedom of the open road, a Black Lightning motorcycle powering its way full pelt across the salt flats, and generally the aura of retro stuff that the History Channel’s 'American Pickers' would find awesomely desirable.



    New Britain's watchmakers have not merely opted for order by numbers cases and casually slapped in un-retouched movements. The watches are hand assembled in Switzerland. The Unitas 6498/1, the movement, used in similarly priced watches, and in Panerai watches too, are finished to an extremely high level. The bridges have been sand-blasted and there are bevelled edges with a high-polish finish and high polished screws too. The movements are then manually wound and tuned to COSC standards, The see-through caseback also allows a glimpse of the inner workings.


    Quality is present through and through; we are told the chunky 45mm cases are made of a single block of AISI316L high grade steel, there’s a retro coin-edged bevel, and the dials are reminiscent of vintage motorbike speedometers.

    Each of the three watches in the collection are mounted on hand-sewn brown leather straps with hypoallergenic lining.

    And the price? A California cool $3,200.00



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    Re: California retro cool: New Britain watches

    Beautiful watch - but looks like they are out of business. Not surprised with prices like that.

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    Re: California retro cool: New Britain watches

    Sandblasting is not an 'extremely high finish' level, fercryinoutloud...

    Edit: goddamn necropost...
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    Re: California retro cool: New Britain watches

    Quote Originally Posted by Firstimer View Post
    Beautiful watch - but looks like they are out of business. Not surprised with prices like that.
    How did you find this post to bring it back from the dead?

    I haven't seen or heard about them so I'm assuming their watch wasn't a success?
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    Re: California retro cool: New Britain watches

    Quote Originally Posted by Bradjhomes View Post
    How did you find this post to bring it back from the dead?

    I haven't seen or heard about them so I'm assuming their watch wasn't a success?
    I think a google image search got me here. I am looking for a watch that has a similar dial design. Closest I've been able to find is the G Gerlach RWD-6. Was trying to see if there are others to compare before pulling trigger.


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    Confused Re: California retro cool: New Britain watches

    'California retro cool", I don't get it and I remember the 50's all too well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Watchbreath View Post
    'California retro cool", I don't get it and I remember the 50's all too well.
    Think 1950s speedometer

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    Re: California retro cool: New Britain watches

    Quote Originally Posted by Firstimer View Post
    I think a google image search got me here. I am looking for a watch that has a similar dial design. Closest I've been able to find is the G Gerlach RWD-6. Was trying to see if there are others to compare before pulling trigger.

    That Gerlach looks very nice. I've not seen one of these before. It's a shame the RWD font looks like something from a looney toons cartoon. Otherwise I would be very tempted to get one.

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    Re: California retro cool: New Britain watches

    Looks like the new Junghans collection would be right in this aesthetic:
    https://monochrome-watches.com/jungh...selworld-2016/

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    Re: California retro cool: New Britain watches

    There're novelty watches with speedometer dials, kind of have a hankering for a 64 VW Beatle watch. The movie "Rhubarb" was on last night, haven't seen that one
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