I've always been inspired by classic design mixed with warm patina. The distinct signs of a well used and well made product, create a sort of "second life" to a design. The subtle color changes mixed with scuffs and blemishes give a vintage watch its unique character and well-earned hefty price tag.
Our goal was to create a unique timepiece with a classic design that goes against the modern trends of oversized watches. Each watch is hand finished with subtle unique details that create the visual appeal of a classic watch.
Our design is inspired heavily by 60's and 70's military fighter pilot chronographs. The accuracy comes from a ST19 movement which is a modern take on the classic Lemaina mechanical chronograph movement. To enhance modern context of this classic design we used a 40mm case. Most of the classic military chrographs were 38mm which we felt would be too small for todays standard.
Each watch will be treated as a unique build and our builders work with each customer to discuss every detail so we can create the exact unique finish you've always dreamed of.
The BNDT1 is inspired by the classic Type 20 military watch.
Steel case with bidirectional rotating 38mm count down bezel excluding crown and handles.
Military Dial Type 20 Vintage Beige Luminova indexes. Vintage hand aged beige Luminova hands.
Each watch is hand made to the customer specifications.
"Originally made by a handful of watch companies for France’s air force between the 1950s and 1980s, the Type 20 a from the likes of Breguet and Dodane are some of the coolest military chronograph watches you can find today — be they vintage or modern reissues."
Each watch is hand aged with unique details that meet the customers exact specifications.
No two watches will be the same.
Following in the footsteps of the classic great chronograph movements like Lemania, Valjoux and Venus, the Seagull ST19 is the best choice for an affordable, fully mechanical chronograph movement.
The ST19 has a long rich history, beginning in 1961 when the Swiss movement manufacturer Venus (now defunct) sold its machinery, tooling, and blueprints for its 175 calibre to the Tianjin Watch Factory. The goal was to make Project 304, a military chronograph. Thus, the ST19 is effectively the direct descendant of the Venus 175, with a few refinements added along the way (17 vs. 19 jewels, higher beat rate of 21,600 bph), and of course, now produced in a modern manufacture.
21,600 beat rate and about 41 hours power reserve.
Each unique piece is hand finished and assembled at our Los Angeles studio.