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    Vintage inspired dive watch! Your opinion?

    Hello dear fellow watch enthusiast,<br><br>I've been working on this design for 6 months now. I would appreciate if i can get some feedback from you guys.&nbsp;<img src="https://forums.watchuseek.com/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" smilieid="15" class="inlineimg"><br>Watches were always my passion.<br>Considering where i live ( Florida Keys, Key West ) and how many diver friends and fishermen friends i have i come up with an idea to design and produce dive watch ( all around watch )<br><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250);"><br>Case diameter: 40.00mm</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250);"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250);">Case lug to lug: 49mm</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250);"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250);">Case width including crown: ~41.00</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250);"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250);">Case thickness including caseback: ~14.00mm</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250);"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250);">Case material: 316L, fine brushed finish</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250);"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250);">Target water resistance: 300m (30 ATM / 1000ft)&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250);"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250);">Bezel: unidirectional 120 click</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250);"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250);">Lume: Super luminova vintage "old radium"</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250);"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250);">Crystal: sapphire with at coating</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250);"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250);">Movement: seiko nh35 or sw200</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250);"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250);">Strap: rubber band and engineer brushed bracelet&nbsp;<br><br><br></span><img src="https://forums.watchuseek.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=13965729&amp;stc=1" attachmentid="13965729" alt="" id="vbattach_13965729" class="previewthumb"><br><br><br><br><img src="https://forums.watchuseek.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=13965731&amp;stc=1" attachmentid="13965731" alt="" id="vbattach_13965731" class="previewthumb"><br><br><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250);"><br><br><br></span><br><br>
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    Re: Vintage inspired dive watch! Your opinion?

    Put a 9015 movement in it, and it might have a chance.
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    Re: Vintage inspired dive watch! Your opinion?

    Case diameter: 40.00mm
    Case lug to lug: 49mm
    Case width including crown: ~41.00mm
    Case thickness including caseback: ~14.00mm
    Case material: 316L, fine brushed finish
    Target water resistance: 300m (30 ATM / 100ft)
    Bezel: unidirectional 120 click
    Lume:Super Luminova vintage "old radium"
    Crystal: sapphire AR coating
    Movement: seikoNH35 or sw200
    Strap: rubber strap and engineer brush metal bracelet

    I do not know what happened with my previous post.

    I was thinking sw200 or 9015.

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    Re: Vintage inspired dive watch! Your opinion?

    Why so thick?

    The NTH vintage subs are 11.5mm with 300m WR and they have a double domed crystal.

    Make it thinner, reduce to 200m WR if you have to, but definitely needs to be thinner.



    Also be sure it has drilled lugs.
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    Re: Vintage inspired dive watch! Your opinion?

    My bad, i made a mistake : 12.00mm tickness

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    Re: Vintage inspired dive watch! Your opinion?

    Quote Originally Posted by nick vuksanovic View Post
    My bad, i made a mistake : 12.00mm tickness
    12.0 mm thickness with a 300 m water resistance rating is certainly doable with a Miyota 9015 or ETA 2892/SW300 but I do not think it's quite possible with a ETA 2824/SW200 due to the movement's thickness + required crystal height. If you're thinking SW200 it'll most likely be 13.0 mm for 300 m WR. I'm sure you could reduce it to 12.0 mm with a 200 m WR but that'll result in a very small bezel height as the case itself can't be reduced (only crystal height can be).

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    Re: Vintage inspired dive watch! Your opinion?

    It looks like a Ploprof style mishmash of catalogue parts, if I'm honest. The dial is clearly Ploprof as are the hands, case is the venerable 62MAS style shape... the fully marked bezel is also Ploprofy... Well, strictly speaking that's not necessarilly a problem - it does look decent. Nobody's going to confuse it for a ploprof for sure anyway, since that thing has... a really out there case.


    I don't like the unmarked bezel version, but I know that's a trendy thing now, it goes matches with the reduced printing dial, compared to the second image. A 14mm thickness would definitely put me off the watch, 12mm is fine, so if you're revising your target spec to that that would be on the thin side, but likely undoable with the NH35 or SW200. You'd have to use a 9015 or a SW300. At the same time, lots of people don't mind 14mm watches, but at 40mm it would seem a bit chunky. I'm assuming the caseback is on the thick side. Well, if 14mm includes the sapphire crystal, that's okay. 14mm for case only (assuming inclusive of bezel) is very thick.

    Something I do like is that you chose a 41mm bezel for overhang over the 40mm case. That'll help make it easier to grip. Rubber strap and super engineer bracelet choices are probably the most sensible. The brushed finish will likely keep the tool-watch look, while the squared-strap opening should help straps look fitted without needing custom end links.

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    Re: Vintage inspired dive watch! Your opinion?

    That's a really cool design and I love the orange hands and the decent size. I'd just suggest altering the logo. In my opinion the vertical lines don't go well with the indices lines and distract attention away from the watch

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    Re: Vintage inspired dive watch! Your opinion?

    One error I believe you've made with the design is that the brand name does not appear on the watch at all. Just the logo which does not tell you what the brand is - if someone saw the watch and wanted to buy is, they'd have no clue what brand it is. Add the brand name to the caseback.

    My own opinion on the He valve - why? It's a 300m watch. The He valve will just be adding cost onto the watch, for a return that little to nobody will really be able to benefit from. The valve is just another potential leak point into the watch too. Ditch the He valve and reinvest that budget elsewhere.

    I kinda like the sterile bezel, but what material is the insert made form?

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