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The Marine dial project....

Post by eddiea on 2013-03-13, 16:52

All started months ago, when I made a trade with Jim (Watchnoob) and got the famous Drudy custom B-Uhr Flieger as part of the trade....
I like the watch but the dial/hands combo, altought not a disaster, I tought were in need of some help...
I finally reached out to Ron (Barnbuilder) for ideas and the project took off ..
First, Ron tipped me about a German dealer with a nice Marine dial and hands set for sale and which size to buy for my application, then he offered his expertises to do the labor needed for the change, he refused for me to pay him anything, ... in addition, he demagnetized the watch and surprised me with a brand new and really beautiful Steinhart Vintage strap to go along, also free of charge...
So my hat off to Ron a gentleman, in the old fashion kind of way...Thank you
And here are the pics ...
First, the way the watch used to look...

The project...(project pics by Ron)




The "new" Marine Dial and Vintage strap ...





Digging the new look, makes for a totally different watch....

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Post by wottime on 2013-03-13, 21:46

Really like the new look. Great mods.

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Post by mrneddles on 2013-03-13, 22:04

Cool and sterile! Enjoy that watch!

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Post by 3flushes on 2013-03-14, 13:49

I like both dials; I'd switch back and forth- you could change the look and go from Swiss to German Smile What I really like is the way that natural strap looks on the watch, and also looks very comfortable.
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Post by eddiea on 2013-03-14, 15:17

3flushes wrote:I like both dials; I'd switch back and forth- you could change the look and go from Swiss to German Smile What I really like is the way that natural strap looks on the watch, and also looks very comfortable.
Couple things to bare in mind ...
Original B-Uhr Fliegers, regarless if they were B or A type dials had a central second hand , black dials and non polished cases....today days what we have are all homages, made by Stowa, Laco , Steinhart etc. etc. some are close to the original than others within the same brand and in general.
The Drudy sample dial, polished case and hands were all "wrong" in my head anyway for a Flieger homage and the idea to make it a true homage to the Marine Chronometer style was born...vintage off white dial, as well as hands more closely in the style of the "poire corps renflé" hands, used in the classic marine chronometers.
Marine Chronometers were not wrist or pocket watches, so they are all interpretations of the original navigation chronometers fitted to ships in a very broad way , nothing is really off mark in relation to the original , because is no "original" wrist/pocket watch to be faithful to.
It is widely accepted that the design credit in transferring the classic Marine Chronometer's appearance into a modern wristwatcht goes to Ulysse Nardin
And that's the nitty gritty.....

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Post by 3flushes on 2013-03-19, 01:30

Cool eddy- I've always liked the Flieger but I've never known much about them, never really knew what to buy. My interest in Pilot's watches has been peaked since I bought your Hammy. Popped this info into my library so I can find something true to the original- currently on the hunt for an old Heur Bundeswehr.
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Post by kahuna74 on 2013-03-19, 08:05

I really like the new look, The hands are much better looking, I think.
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Post by eddiea on 2013-03-19, 18:20

kahuna74 wrote:I really like the new look, The hands are much better looking, I think.
Agreed, I'm digging this watch.... Cool

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Post by AlbertaTime on 2013-03-24, 15:25

Your marine dial watch is excellent. I love clean dials and sharp contrasts and that watch has both in spades.
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Post by eddiea on 2013-03-24, 15:44

AlbertaTime wrote:Your marine dial watch is excellent. I love clean dials and sharp contrasts and that watch has both in spades.
Thanks Ron...

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Post by jeep99dad on 2013-03-24, 16:27

Im a big fan. Really digging this. Simple and beautiful.

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Post by eddiea on 2013-03-24, 16:52

jeep99dad wrote:Im a big fan. Really digging this. Simple and beautiful.
À votre bon cœur !!!

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Re: The Marine dial project....

Post by Ocean on 2013-03-24, 20:48

Very nice Eddie.

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Post by Hater on 2013-03-27, 07:47

Liking the new look!!!
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Post by fatman on 2013-03-27, 21:07

Nice Eddie, I always liked Noob's Drudy but thought the hands could use a black outline to match the numbers. The sterile marine dial and new hand set along with the strap transformed the case into a totally different animal. Hats off to Ron for the build.
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