If we want to keep the indication of the degrees why not double them with the hours? For example 2/30 - 4/60 - 8/120 - 10/150 ....
I'm going to leave the comments on the design of indices on dial/bezel to those with far more knowledge than me - suffice to say that I hope that this watch will be designed in the spirit of a tool watch, in which case a busy dial would not offend me at all. Indeed some Russian tool watches have a history of having busy faces...
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Last edited by Geoff Adams; July 23rd, 2018 at 12:10.
Make all this spreadsheet fully lumed, and you’ll have some nice reading to fall asleep. Melatonin by Meranom?
Now seriously, I have two watches with such double scale external bezels. The Orient “GMT” is about ok but it’s a beast of a diver’s case — 45mm; with a 4mm wide bezel insert, it manages. Then there’s a Citizen true GMT, with a solid engraved bezel, which provides still 3.5mm of useful writing, and does the job, too.
Now, with the Elbruz, I’m afraid, because of the internal “super-compressor” ring, I’m afraid we don’t have even half that surface. Some of us have aging eyes, y’know, and I can’t read a date without a cyclops lens...
The descendant of the alpinist ... a display of the cardinal points on 2 concentric levels
Of course, they may be useful, at true solar noon, and during equinoxes — just as a broken watch is true twice a day.
Anyway, if Seiko goes this way, the Elbruz won’t be a homage but an Alpinist killer!
I was digging around on the interwebs for ideas. I hadn't realized how diverse the Alpinist's variations had been - from the extremely minimalist to the super-detailed tool watch end of the spectrum. Some examples attached
We can see very well on the models with blue dial that we could drag hour indices 24 hours on the outside between the indications of degrees ...
and they had a GMT function!
in addition to the 24h index on the mobile bezel would make a first adjustment of the solar time before determining the south .. it is more convenient?
Last edited by Palpatine; July 23rd, 2018 at 14:23.
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