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a fellow asked me when will i carve my own case out of a block of steel?
( thanks to that fellow, mwadner, for inspiring this question to you.)

and it got me to thinking, of course, well, what would i carve?

so, here are the characteristics of an ideal watch if i could make it from
scratch myself:

1. it would have a bead-blasted, titanium cushion case,
and not have much flatness to the back, drilled out lug
holes would be 3 mm lower than the caseback or so.

2. dimensions would be 39mm x 44mm x 10mm, or so.

3. no day, no date,

4. seiko automatic movement 4pm crown ( 6R15?)
( actually, i've learned that the 6r15 is too thick
form my purposes, i would go for a miyota
no date and put the crown at 3pm.)

5. bezel based on 5126-8090, minimalist modern bidirectional
bezel, no clicks, good lume on pip, at least.

6.007 dial graphics on a blue or black or orange dial, possibly m.o.p.
possibly sunburst, should be a range of options...

7. i would aim for a 10mm thickness ( without sapphire dome)
and 200m water-resistance.

8. excellent luminosity on dial, hands and bezel.

9. this watch does not exist, maybe some brilliant micro-brand
owner will read these...so,

ok, it's your turn :)

thanks,

peterr
 

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Omega Speedmaster Professional

This has been my grail watch for the last 20 yrs. I owned one and regretfully sold it about 15 yrs ago so I have first hand experience with it. To me, this is the near perfect looking watch .....

- the right size - 40mm+
- incredibly well made
- not out of reach to get
- classic in the styling - not too flashy - less jewelry and more functional watch
- black dial
- manual wind
- dress or sport
- fabled heritage

Design my own watch? It would probably take on the characteristics and styling/theme of this:

- Would want a chronograph function
- Hand wind or auto.
- Tachy bezel and probably not rotating.
- Sapphire crystal.
- Something very elegant on the case back.
- Dress or casual - no gold.
- Great lume in all the right places.

Sticking with the standards and modifying slightly.

Need to think on this more.
 

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Hour and minute hand different obviously different colors. ( Looking at you citizen) sloped edge bezel instead of straight and squared off. Makes the watch visually smaller. And the crystal very slightly recessed to protect the outside edge. What a simply difficult question.
 

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Here’s my criteria for what is a essentially a Horology lesson/general wear watch. The choice of complications is a combination of what is, in my opinion, necessary functionality and a show of what a watch can be used for apart from just telling time. The look should be able to scale from t-shirt and jeans to at least a dress shirt. That said, here’s the list:

- 40mm stainless case w/ combination of brushed surfaces and polished edges
- Pilot-style bezel for a clean look (and because it’s a little more forgiving when it comes to damage vs a bezel insert)
- Sapphire crystal
- Complications: day, date and chronometer w/ flyback functionality (and a 60 minute chrono subdial)
- Tachymeter chapter ring
- Simple handset for easy legibility
- At least 30m water resistance



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i haven't been on scwf for a while, i closed down a business i've run for 20 years, and put my house on the market, and hit the road, and my computer crapped out on the road and had to wait for parts in savannah ga., and then get mailed back to me....i am at this point the only person i know without a
cell phone...so i had a nice vacation from the internet.

anyway, here's the closest i can get for now to the ideal watch i described above...a 6106 case which i think is perfectly sized, 38mm x 45mm x 12mm thick, 9mm without the dome...bi-directional bezel, dagaz dial based on an 007 (i presume) i had it re-lumed by everest for exceptional glow, it's on an oris strap for now but i'll get something a little better for it...

i've got to say, i love this watch. i could restore it to original anytime, but i doubt i ever will....
 

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This has been my grail watch for the last 20 yrs. I owned one and regretfully sold it about 15 yrs ago so I have first hand experience with it. To me, this is the near perfect looking watch .....

- the right size - 40mm+
- incredibly well made
- not out of reach to get
- classic in the styling - not too flashy - less jewelry and more functional watch
- black dial
- manual wind
- dress or sport
- fabled heritage

Design my own watch? It would probably take on the characteristics and styling/theme of this:

- Would want a chronograph function
- Hand wind or auto.
- Tachy bezel and probably not rotating.
- Sapphire crystal.
- Something very elegant on the case back.
- Dress or casual - no gold.
- Great lume in all the right places.

Sticking with the standards and modifying slightly.

Need to think on this more.


Just saw this thread and read your requirements for the ideal watch Mike. Sounds a lot like a Credor Phoenix to me. I think that this could very well be „it“ for you. Perhaps there is one around you just for trying.



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Just saw this thread and read your requirements for the ideal watch Mike. Sounds a lot like a Credor Phoenix to me. I think that this could very well be „it“ for you. Perhaps there is one around you just for trying.



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thanks Phil for the encouragement - it is a great watch and appears to tick all the boxes. really nice ....
 
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