Retro cubes, "Sovereign" oyster shell

Retro cubes, "Sovereign" oyster shell

In 1926, the world's first truly waterproof and dustproof watch, the Rolex Oyster, was born.

There is no doubt that the Rolex Oyster case is one of the most important inventions in the history of watchmaking, and countless models from almost all manufacturers now use the design pioneered by the Rolex Oyster case, incorporating some of the basic DNA of the Oyster. into your watch design.

In the original Oyster case, the movement was not actually attached directly to the case, but was attached to a threaded metal ring tube, limited by processing techniques. The crown, stem and threaded tube are held in place, and the separate bezel and caseback are screwed from the top and bottom to form a completely sealed unit that makes the case water and dust resistant.

Originally, the bezel of the Oyster case was a screw-in structure, designed with a serrated spiral pattern, which was a functional consideration at the time, in order to have a better grip when tightening the bezel, which is also The source of all the grooved bezel designs we see today, such as "dog tooth ring", "coin ring", "twill ring", etc.

The octagonal or cushion-shaped case with the case was inspired by the Art Deco movement that was popular at the time.

The cushion-shaped case is now a Panerai signature design, and a little further understanding of the watch history, we know that this first Oyster watch is the source of its cushion-shaped case design.

The evolution of this oldest Oyster watch seems to have formed the annual ring of the history of the watch. In the family of retro watches, this is the glory of the "sovereign".

Pay tribute to the source "Sovereign" watch!

Botany recently launched this retro "small square".

Baltany 36mm antique oyster shell 9015 mechanical retro watch

Model: S184015 Retro Diving Watch
Movement: 9015 Automatic Movement
Case: 316L Stainless Steel
Diameter: 36mm (not including crown)
Thickness: 8.99mm (including glass)
Lug to Lug : 43.3mm
Dial: Black/Blue, Retro Super Luminous
Bezel: Aluminum, Cyclops, 120 Gear One-way Rotation
Glass: Sapphire Crystal Glass, AR Coating
Hands: Burning Blue Craft Church Needle
Luminous: Retro Color Swiss Super-LumiNova Lumin, Green Light
Crown: Screw-Down Crown
Caseback: Screw-in, 316L stainless steel
Strap: Leather Strap

Tire Width: 18mm
Buckle: 316L Stainless Steel Buckle
Waterproof: 200 Meters Waterproof
Weight: About 55g
Warranty: 2 Years

While retaining the elegance and beauty of the prototype, we also made some small improvements. When I first saw this shell shape, the words "round sky and place" naturally appeared in my mind. The edges and corners are more square.

The prototype lugs are welded. The wire-shaped lugs are not convenient for the disassembly and assembly of the strap, but also look too delicate. We used the integrated shell process to thicken the lugs, so that the lugs and the square shell form a criss-cross pattern. The "well" shape of the watch is "vertical and horizontal", making the watch more masculine.

In order to better reflect the retro feel, Baltany made some attempts on the dials of the previous models. For this tribute model to the oldest Oyster shell, we used the old way of manual work for the first time. , The case has been processed, so that the outer side of the case presents a natural and simple texture as a whole. The production quantity is not large, so don't miss it if you like it.

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