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    What's the reason behind cushion case?

    Hello,

    I saw a lot of vintage Seiko watches with what looks like cushion cases, not limited to their diver models only.
    Then we have the famous DOXA divers.
    Are Panerais considered to have cushion cases?
    I often wonder what their function is.
    A cushion case makes a watch wider.
    Maybe it's more comfortable that way?
    Could anybody please shed any light?
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    Re: What's the reason behind cushion case?

    I've honestly got no idea. Besides looking good I might hypothesize that it has something to do with increasing the stability of the watch, making it more comfortable (like you suggested), or helping to reduce the change of something snagging on the watch / under the watch. But those are only guesses.
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    Re: What's the reason behind cushion case?

    Easier to manafacture,cheaper to build. The seriously complex designed cases we have now would have cost a small fortune to make back then (Time wise too).
    Stamp them out! machine in the goodies quickly, and sell them at what they felt was a fair price.
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    Re: What's the reason behind cushion case?

    Quote Originally Posted by SHANE 1000 View Post
    Easier to manafacture,cheaper to build. The seriously complex designed cases we have now would have cost a small fortune to make back then (Time wise too).
    Stamp them out! machine in the goodies quickly, and sell them at what they felt was a fair price.
    That's what I was thinking.

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    Re: What's the reason behind cushion case?

    Quote Originally Posted by SHANE 1000 View Post
    Easier to manafacture,cheaper to build. The seriously complex designed cases we have now would have cost a small fortune to make back then (Time wise too).
    Stamp them out! machine in the goodies quickly, and sell them at what they felt was a fair price.
    That's interesting it didn't cross my mind.

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    Re: What's the reason behind cushion case?

    this may be the case, however a nice side benefit of the cushion case is that you can make a relatively large watch say 44mm that is comparably short lug to lug so that it's a comfortable fit for people with wrists of less than 7". A nice way to have your cake and eat it to , a large diameter watch that will fit most people. Here's a vintage 6309 it's 44mm diameter but under 47mm lug to lug:


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    Re: What's the reason behind cushion case?

    Quote Originally Posted by caesarmascetti View Post
    this may be the case, however a nice side benefit of the cushion case is that you can make a relatively large watch say 44mm that is comparably short lug to lug so that it's a comfortable fit for people with wrists of less than 7". A nice way to have your cake and eat it to , a large diameter watch that will fit most people. Here's a vintage 6309 it's 44mm diameter but under 47mm lug to lug:

    Indeed! That's a great benefit of the cushion case design.

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    Re: What's the reason behind cushion case?

    I always thought the cushion portion of the case (Doxa, Seiko...) was intended to provide a physical buffer between the movement and any impacts. Hence the word "cushion."
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    Re: What's the reason behind cushion case?

    Or, because it looks like a pillow cushion
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    Re: What's the reason behind cushion case?

    Excellent point Caesar. I wonder if that was an unintended consequence of the more utilitarian explanation of the manufacturing process shared by Shane? Somtimes things just work out well.
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