I am already expecting many different reactions. I will accept that. But for now, here is a watch. It will be as useful as my helium escape valve on my Sea Dweller, or it's depth rating. It will be a bit more useful than a tachymeter on a Breitling. I was talking to a manager of mine about my GMT, and his thoughts were that watches were little more than jewellery. I was taken aback by this, but understood what he was saying.
I started with the idea that this next watch was going to be a bit more. I started off with a story my ex told me. She would scuba dive and told me a story of a person who was cave diving without a guide rope and kicked up some silt and lost any reference of up and down. The story was that he died when he couldn't find the exit and ran out of air. That was the story, so I came up with this. A watch with a built in level. A concave crystal below the flat top crystal. In between the sealed pair of crystal is a ruby bearing. This assembly sits above watch face. This stack up makes the watch tall, but the tall walls also increase the strength of the case. The only parts not titanium are the solid band bars, and the hardware. I deleted the spring bars, using screws, two double tapped rods and loctite 242. The band is leather and is a easily swapped 24mm. The movement is a 2824 copy, Seagull, and although I wish the winding rotor was a bit more snug, it will do. I am learning how to mount the movement, the hands, and size the stem. The crystal assembly has compression o rings on each end, the bottom has two concentric o rings. and the bezel has one. The crown guard was designed to support stem even when being wound, and is supported by the two brass stand offs. I didn't want to rely solely on the screws for support. The hands were thrown in just to test the whole system out. Sorry, their has been many hours involved with this watch. I like many other watches, I just don't get inspired by them when I design. Any similarities are purely coincidental. It is light, smaller than it looks because of my thin wrists, and the crown guard is not noticeable.