10/5/2018 3 Comments
Now Available for Purchase on Oceanica webshop - 100 piece limited run
Inspiration behind the OP-1
The OP-1 is heavily influenced by the traditional B type fliegers worn by pilots during World War II. The main five brands back then included IWC, WEMPE, LACO, and Stowa. However, the pilots watches of that era were noticeably larger at 45MM - 50MM for increased legibility and the ability to fit over a flight jacket. In todays modern times fliegers are still a very popular segment of luxury watches and mid tier timepieces. They are extremely legibile, sensible, and practical for everyday use.
The OP-1 has a modern 40MM diameter case constructed of high grade brushed 316L solid stainless steel in a three piece design. The brushing is rather smooth and reminds me much of my Hamilton Khaki watch, it is that good. In terms of thickness, it is rather thin and comfy on wrist at 10MM or so. The lug width measures 20MM which keeps in tune nicely with the overall diameter and width. A nice atribute is the 47MM lug to lug distance - allowing this watch to truly wear like a real 40MM watch. Lastly, it is definitely faithful in styling to the original flieger watches with its smooth sides and large dial cutout, surrounded by a smooth brushed bezel.
Oceanica has gone ahead and offered two color dial options consisting of a beautiful sunburst blue, and matte black. Both of these dials utilize traditional flieger styling with large legible numerals, and a triangle with two dots at 12:00 for quick reference. A nice touch is the clean non date aesthetic, allowing for increased legibility and a perfectly synmetric dial. The best part is the lume - C3 SuperLuminova glows in green lighting up all of the sword hands, numerals, and fine hour and minute markings. If i were to choose one of them, I would have to go with the Blue Dial variant as no other affordable fliegers out there currently offer such a delightful
sunburst dial at this price.
I honestly do not know how Oceanica is offering a high beat Miyota 90S5 automatic movement for such a great pricepoint. They must not be making much profit, but it is great for us, the end consumer. This movement is equivalent to the Swiss Made ETA 2824 in specification was made by the Japanese to compete with the Swiss movements. It is also seen in lower versions from
brands such as Laco in their Achen model for an even steeper price of $475. The movement contains 24 jewels, beats at 28,800 BPH ( Super Smooth Hand Sweep ), and has a power reserve of 42 hours. What more can I say? The value is certainly there.
Genuine Leather Band
The 20MM black genuine leather bands are offered standard on the OP-1, but I have heard if they raise a certain ammount of money during their Kickstarter campaign a free luxury seatbelt nylon band will be provided at no cost to each backer. The strap is supple, soft, and super comfortable on my 6.75 inch wrist. The signed brushed buckle features an engraved “Oceanica” and is the perfect size.
Furthermore, All around this watch obviously offers an incredible value which is rare for a kickstarter campaign nowadays with all these ginmicky things going on. This watch contains a great movement, sapphire crystal on both sides, great finishing, and band. It is certainly a watch that can be sold at prices of around $400 USD and still sell. Thanks to Oceanica for allowing me to write this piece and share their great work. I wish them the best of luck in their campaign, because they deserve it.
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The first Rolex watches were not manufactured in-house, but instead were made by other watchmakers and then branded with the Rolex name. However, Wilsdorf had a vision of creating a wristwatch that was both reliable and accurate, and he set out to develop his own movements.
In 1910, Rolex became the first wristwatch to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, which was a testament to the accuracy of the watch. Over the years, Rolex continued to innovate and develop new technologies and features, such as the first waterproof wristwatch in 1926, the first self-winding mechanism in 1931, and the first wristwatch with a date display in 1945.
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Today, Rolex is one of the most recognized and respected luxury watch brands in the world, known for its quality, precision, and timeless style.
OMEGA Watches History
In 1894, Omega revolutionized the watch industry with the introduction of the 19-ligne Omega Calibre, which was more accurate and reliable than any other watch movement of the time. This innovation earned Omega numerous awards and accolades, and the brand quickly became known for its precision and quality.
In 1903, Omega was chosen as the official timekeeper for the Gordon Bennett Cup, an international balloon race. This marked the beginning of Omega's long-standing relationship with sports timing and its reputation as a reliable and accurate timekeeper.
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BREITLING Watches History
In 1915, Breitling introduced the first wrist-worn chronograph with a separate pusher to control the start, stop, and reset functions, which made it easier to use than previous models. This innovation helped establish Breitling as a leading maker of chronographs and other precision timepieces.
During the 1930s and 1940s, Breitling continued to innovate with the introduction of the first chronograph with a second independent pusher, which allowed for the recording of multiple elapsed times. The company also developed the Huit Aviation Department, which produced wristwatches for pilots and other aviation professionals.
In the 1950s, Breitling introduced the Navitimer, a wristwatch with a built-in slide rule that allowed pilots to perform complex calculations in-flight. The Navitimer became an instant classic and remains one of Breitling's most popular models to this day.
In the 1960s, Breitling continued to produce innovative timepieces, including the Chrono-Matic, which was the first automatic chronograph movement with a micro-rotor. The company also introduced the Emergency, a wristwatch with a built-in distress beacon that could be activated in case of an emergency.
In the years since, Breitling has continued to produce innovative and high-quality timepieces for a variety of applications, including aviation, diving, and sports. The company has also maintained a strong commitment to precision and accuracy, with many of its watches featuring COSC-certified movements. Today, Breitling is recognized as one of the world's leading luxury watch brands, with a reputation for innovation, quality, and style.
In the early days, Longines primarily produced pocket watches, and quickly gained a reputation for precision and accuracy. By the end of the 19th century, Longines had become one of the leading watchmakers in the world. In 1912, the company introduced the first chronograph wristwatch, which was quickly adopted by the military and aviation communities.
In the 1920s and 1930s, Longines continued to innovate with the introduction of the world's first quartz clock and the first wristwatch with an automatic winding mechanism. During World War II, Longines produced wristwatches for the British Royal Air Force, and continued to produce military watches for several decades afterwards.
In the post-war years, Longines became known for its elegant and sophisticated watches, particularly its "Conquest" line of watches. In the 1950s and 1960s, Longines was a favorite of celebrities and politicians, and its watches were frequently seen on the wrists of Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy, and other famous figures.
In recent years, Longines has continued to produce high-quality watches that combine traditional Swiss craftsmanship with modern technology. The company is particularly known for its sport watches, including its "HydroConquest" line of diving watches and its "Conquest Classic" line of chronographs.
Today, Longines is owned by the Swatch Group, and remains a leading brand in the luxury watch industry. Its watches are prized for their precision, reliability, and timeless style.
In the early days, Tissot primarily produced pocket watches, and quickly gained a reputation for quality and precision. By the end of the 19th century, Tissot was one of the largest watchmakers in Switzerland, and was exporting its watches to countries around the world.
In the early 20th century, Tissot continued to innovate with the introduction of the first non-magnetic wristwatch, the first dual time-zone watch, and the first watch with a plastic case. During World War II, Tissot produced watches for the Allied forces, and continued to produce military watches for several decades afterwards.
In the post-war years, Tissot became known for its elegant and sophisticated watches, particularly its "Tissot Visodate" line of watches, which featured a date function and a distinctive "T" logo on the dial. In the 1970s, Tissot was one of the first Swiss watch brands to introduce quartz watches, which quickly became popular due to their accuracy and affordability.
In recent years, Tissot has continued to produce high-quality watches that combine traditional Swiss craftsmanship with modern technology. The company is particularly known for its sport watches, including its "T-Touch" line of watches, which feature touch-screen technology and a range of functions such as altimeter, compass, and thermometer.
Today, Tissot is part of the Swatch Group, and remains a leading brand in the watch industry. Its watches are prized for their quality, durability, and stylish design, and are worn by watch enthusiasts and collectors around the world.