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    Re: Quest for the perfect Pilot Watch. A headache project.

    Paolorange, let me wish you all the luck in this thread too

    I find the endeavour well worth pursuing, and if I can make a suggestion: how about an inner bezel, either with 60min count-up (as is on the dash-chronos) or 60min count-down, and as a third option, 12h scale for a second time-zone.
    Basicly always the same watch: case, dial, hands, colour - only the bezel-scale as the option

    I believe that you would easily sell the minimum required quantity for production
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    Re: Quest for the perfect Pilot Watch. A headache project.

    Yes I made thoughts for a rotating inner bazel, Navitimer style, but it's way too early and they arte just thoughts.
    As I said, I designed this watch just for myself and at this stage I want to focus to make it as close as possible to my own original design that is a wristwatch version of the iconic A-13A clock.
    There are some important details (crown, case back, hands..) that still need to be improved and I want first to address them before everything else. As soon as the layout will be consolidated, I want then to test it as much as I can that is to say spending some good time in the cockpit and honestly see how it performs compared to other pilot watches I have.
    Then will see, but yes, apparently there are quite a lot of people asking for that so providing that everything goes OK, I should eventually make a cost analysis for a small batch....I feel like I'm putting myself in troubles .
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    Re: Quest for the perfect Pilot Watch. A headache project.

    Go, Go, Go!!!

    I totally root for you and the watch - I know that you will enjoy the road ahead
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    Re: Quest for the perfect Pilot Watch. A headache project.

    The new set of hands has just arrived. The black now is semi-matt that apparently blends much better with the dial. Will post a picture later. :o)
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    Re: Quest for the perfect Pilot Watch. A headache project.

    The new semi-matt (or semi gloss? ) hands are now installed and almost everybody likes the new configuration much more. The lesson learnt is that the color of the dial, of the hands and the glass interact together A LOT and it's very very difficult to make a reasonable forecast of the final result based on a guess.


    I'm now waiting for the new crown and the new case back with much deeper engraving.
    Apparently ETA is not selling to individuals the AcuDrive version of it's 251.264, so I have to remove from the back the text "Thermocompensated Quartz" and replace that with ETA 251.264 Quartz. Does it make any sense to you?
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    Re: Quest for the perfect Pilot Watch. A headache project.

    Quote Originally Posted by paolorange View Post
    I'm also thinking to have it engraved with a small symbol. I choose the Greek letter "Alpha" since it represents the angle of attach, the most iconic physic/aviation symbol ... I hope Omega won't take that too badly .
    Omega might not take it badly but the Alpha watch company might. :)

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    Re: Quest for the perfect Pilot Watch. A headache project.

    Quote Originally Posted by paolorange View Post
    The new semi-matt (or semi gloss? ) hands are now installed and almost everybody likes the new configuration much more. The lesson learnt is that the color of the dial, of the hands and the glass interact together A LOT and it's very very difficult to make a reasonable forecast of the final result based on a guess.


    I'm now waiting for the new crown and the new case back with much deeper engraving.
    Apparently ETA is not selling to individuals the AcuDrive version of it's 251.264, so I have to remove from the back the text "Thermocompensated Quartz" and replace that with ETA 251.264 Quartz. Does it make any sense to you?
    Looks great!
    Where or how did you get that dial printed?
    Love the stealth Pilot watch writing
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    Re: Quest for the perfect Pilot Watch. A headache project.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChadHahn View Post
    Omega might not take it badly but the Alpha watch company might. :)

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    Alpha's probably too busy selling poorly made copies with fake COSC certification to have bothered to file a trademark in the EU...

    However, since it's a one-off and not for commercial sale, there's not much a trademark holder can do anyway. Obligatory IANAL.

    Beautiful watch, by the way.

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    Re: Quest for the perfect Pilot Watch. A headache project.

    Question to everybody: what if I replace the "Alpha" on the crown with a NACA airfoil?
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