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    Re: California Dial on Smaller Watches?

    I have a Nazario on the way, my first California dial. Also have an NTH DevilRay on the way. Next few months will be sweet.
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    Re: California Dial on Smaller Watches?

    Funny thing, there seems to be a big gap between 36mm and 42mm for Cali dials. I'm not sure why that is.

    The main medium-size mechanical seems to be the Aristo 3H137, which is 40.5mm, and doesn't show up very often, though the Aristo site shows it in stock. Looks like one sold one ebay just a few days ago for a bargain price - that's what I get for not keeping an eye open!
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    Quote Originally Posted by skuzapo View Post
    Whoa... those are all some great looking watches. Great taste... I'll have to keep my ear to the rails particularly on that NTH (I know I said non-homage would be preferable, but that one is out there enough, I'm a fan of subs, and I love the hour hand). That was a company that I've just found out about, the Devil Ray had me intrigued but this might be a better choice, didn't even know it was coming.

    Do you remember the seller who listed that Parnis mod, or do you mean you got the dial online and modded it yourself? I like that sterile look too. I have never modded a watch, but that would certainly be an interesting adventure to replace a dial.

    Thank you, its great to see that there really are some interesting options out there (and that I'm not alone in loving these dials)
    I bought the Parnis from someone who bought it from the original modder, who lists watches intermittently:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/253132545317?rmvSB=true
    This Parnis Datejust style watch has been modified with a Orion Watches California dial, gold syringe hands, and a Sternkreuz H dome acrylic crystal.The movement is the very accurate and reliable Miyota 8215. This movement has an accuracy rating of +/- 25 seconds per day. The watch will be shipped on the solid jubilee bracelet.
    I've got a Seiko 5 that I put a California dial on as my first mod, and gave up on the seconds hand after 15 minutes or so... I'll try again at some point.

    Quote Originally Posted by James Haury View Post
    That is priceless.Snoopy in a suit dreaming of the days he could just relax on top of his doghouse. A simple analog(like the one shown) CASIO with a CALI dial would be a runaway seller.At least that's what I think.I don't think it would be that hard for Casio to do.I wonder why they have not?
    Yeah, that Snoopy's on my cubicle wall at work, just to keep the work-life balance thoughts going!

    Seiko made a semi-California dial once, in a Japanese limited edition, but I've never seen one except in a posting here. It's a bit of a quirky market, I think.
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    Re: California Dial on Smaller Watches?

    I don't understand these dials.

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    That's odd I've been aware of these dials for a while with the dash at 3,6,9 and could never put my finger on what was strange about the but I've only just seen the half roman half numbers thing while reading this thread.
    I want one now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CantFightJose View Post
    I don't understand these dials.
    No one does. But they sure are fun.
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    The best things in life are analog.

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    Re: California Dial on Smaller Watches?

    Check out the TC-9 1950 Diver in bronze, around 200 pounds from a respectable UK-based microbrand. Currently sold-out but may pop-up in the secondary market.
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    Re: California Dial on Smaller Watches?

    From larger to smaller

    Dievas Vintage Cali: 47/52
    Dievas Watches - Dievas Vintage California

    Timefactors PRS-20C: 44/50.7
    Precista Italian California Dial PRS-20C Timefactors

    Ok I'm done messing with you, this is what you want...

    Ralftech Academie: 41/50 (estimated L2L)
    RALF TECH, Maison Horlogère Indépendante - La Collection - ACADÉMIE Automatique « California »

    I love that Academie with it's bubble dial, but they want too much $$$ for it IMHO
    ($1840USD)

    These guys have some good photos of it...
    https://www.instagram.com/sssson_strap/

    Here's some from the various Ralf Tech IG accounts
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    Bienvenue à l'Académie Ralf Tech avec Passion Horlogère
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    Re: California Dial on Smaller Watches?

    That RalfTech is very nice looking, and I'm not usually a movement snob, but dang, that's pricey for a watch with an NH36 movement!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaxIcon View Post
    That RalfTech is very nice looking, and I'm not usually a movement snob, but dang, that's pricey for a watch with an NH36 movement!
    Well to give them some benefit of the doubt, they say

    "RTA003 self-winding mechanical movement on NH36 base"

    but what does that mean. Custom rotor maybe?

    I was familiar with the NH35 being cheap, but figured maybe the NH36 was an uprated version.

    Seems like NO... they're basically the same. NH36 is like $40 !

    Hattori / SII NH Series Japanese Movement, -- NH36: Star Time Supply


    Based on the page below, this watch should be using an NH38A (3 hands only),
    instead of one with a Day/Date movement ???

    Ralf Tech do make one version with a day-date which would require that NH36.
    ("Academy Driver")

    Seiko Caliber NHxx Variation Differences Watch Movement | CaliberCorner.com


    Anyway, nice watch, just easily $1000 too much.
    cheers

    PS. Great article James!

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