Hello, as the post title suggests I’m looking for feedback on my dive watch design concept.
This particular design is inspired by the heyday of dive watches both for their craft and the adventure that surrounded them. Each design element was studied for its origins then developed based on my aesthetic preferences and then balanced with the other elements.
Starting with the dial, first and foremost a dive watch should be clear and legible. Distilling the dial to its essence; it should present the information with clarity both in daylight and darkness and there should be a legible contrast between hands and lume plots.
- A 27mm dial provides maximum area within a 40mm case design while allowing room for a bi-directional rotating bezel
- The lume plots are reduced to a singular, circular element – scaled dependent on the hour represented
- A long-lasting, black-black background is used to maximize contrast
- Negative relief gilt and domed indexes provide depth, texture, contrast, and craft
- Sword hands are used for their legibility and contrast to the circular lume plots
The bezel is developed as sapphire with luminous indexes. Again, the design decision is multifold.
- Luminous indexes provides legibility both in daylight and darkness
- Black background provides contrast to the indexes
- Sapphire construction is scratch resistant and less prone to fading/clouding
- The intent is to have a bi-directional, click-bezel.
The case will be a 39mm 316 stainless steel case, measuring 52mm lug to lug. The bezel will be 40mm.
A few of the vintage inspired details include the crystal, crown, bracelet, and lug bevels.
The crystal will harken back to the mid-century design aesthetic of tall, domed crystals. As an acrylic crystal it will provide a beloved, vintage aesthetic to the watch design.
The crown will be a 8mm screw down crown.
The bracelet is being conceived of as an intricate rivet bracelet (think jubilee proportions) with deployant clasp.
The lugs will be provided deep bevels and dripped through for spring bar access.
I am currently considering 200m vs 300m water resistance. I want the watch to be capable of ocean swimming, snorkeling, and recreational diving. This isn’t meant to be a professional dive watch but a recreational one. In particular I’m interested in your thoughts on this one.
Finally the movement. I have been in conversations with both Sellita and Besancon Observatory. I will be sourcing SW300-1 movements from Sellita, built to COSC standards but uncertified. As I am not a Swiss brand I must obtain the Chronometer certification elsewhere. This is where Besancon Observatory comes in to the picture. The completed watches will be sent there for testing and certification.
I want to develop a precise watch with classic aesthetics – built for hard work and recreation.
Presently I am soliciting feedback on the design, negotiating with watch factories, developing a web presence, and edging towards a prototype.
I look forward to your feedback and thoughts.