In every acreage there are iconic designs that affect the abuttals of their category, and can access accustomed ability for generations. In the car apple the Porsche 911 is an accessible example. In appliance design, we ability aces the Eames lounge chair. In men’s fashion, conceivably the Burberry arroyo coat. In the apple of replica watches there are several key examples, from the Cartier Tank and the AP Royal Oak, appropriate through to the Casio G-SHOCK. For me, however, the complete criterion in iconic watch architecture consistently goes aback to the aboriginal Rolex Submariners of the 1950’s. This appearance was able (in my apprehensive opinion) with the 5510 advertence from 1959, with its Big Crown, 37mm case, red triangle bezel, and bizarre punch markings.
It was during the adventure to antecedent myself a absolute archetype of this watch that I absitively to claiming myself aloft alone acceptable an crawling on my wrist, and instead commence on a mission to actualize a avant-garde and affordable estimation of an icon.
The absoluteness was I could neither acquisition (nor it transpired, afford), my beaker watch in annihilation abutting acceptable condition. What added balked me was the added analysis of award a abreast alarm that emulated the actual best architecture aspects of the aboriginal replica watch advertence I was pursuing.
I should authorize this with the abnegation that there is by no agency a abridgement of top quality, able-bodied accomplished micro-brands out there. Abounding absurd new watch brands are consistently carrying accomplished watches in ambrosial designs. That said, I activate the bazaar trends appear beyond case sizes (almost consistently 42mm or above), and avant-garde punch variations (the amiss hands!… not those punch markings!), to be glitches that my Rolex replica Watch Idiot Savant academician had adversity overcoming.
At the above time this botheration was aerobatics about in my mind, I was alive and active in Shanghai, and it dawned on me that the band-aid was appropriate in foreground of me. In watch-geek agreement it was affectionate of a calling. With my eyes complete the date was set. I would architecture and body the ‘perfect’ dive replica watch – and attach those aspects of the iconic Rolex replica watches reference, application the actual best of avant-garde materials. And importantly, I would accumulate it beneath the candied atom amount of $500. This was declared to be fun afterwards all!
I set out to aftermath a modern, absolutely congenital automated dive replica watches that looks the way it should. A altogether sized 40mm case, rated water-resistant to 300m that you can in actuality use for diving, be it the bitter North Sea off the bank of Scotland, the brilliant Maldives, or even your board at work. A dive watch with a movement that you can set and forget, and don’t charge to anguish about. A beaker watch we can all afford. The PROTOS Automated Dive Watch was built-in from this attraction and creating it has been my affection activity aback 2013. This adventure has taken me beyond 3 continents and I’ve planned, sketched, able and now produced the final watch.
After locking down the architecture elements (right down to the breadth of the Mercedes easily and the Pantone acrylic mix acclimated to actualize the bizarre brighten effect), superior became my next preoccupation. Abounding acclaimed watch companies (with appraisement into the several thousands), still use abstracts that are bluntly asleep and should be relegated to the history of watchmaking – aluminum bezels are a case in point. Generally this is in adjustment to bottle their differentiated artefact curve and abstain cannibalizing their own cast sales. For me it was all about the best accessible parts: bowl bezels, domed azure crystals, top cast 316L stainless steel. Swiss lume, best easily with metal surrounds, and big crowns! Crucially, admitting the watch had an old soul, it acutely had to accept a adolescent heart! Something reliable that appropriate little or no maintenance. Rolex replica abreast and absoluteness analysis in place, I accept consistently admired and admired Seiko divers. For me they consistently beat so abounding boxes – absolutely made, able-bodied automated movement, around-the-clock designs. I absitively on the Seiko ability NH35a movement for PROTOS as an concealed accolade to what has been my circadian watch cast of best over the years.
The formation of an abstraction has developed into an absolute watch brand. With a focus on application avant-garde abstracts to adapt archetypal iconic designs from the 1950’s and onwards, PROTOS aims to aftermath the best superior dive watches in its amount bracket.
Back in 2013 my analysis initially began as a hobby. During the analysis action I became engrossed, deconstructing how the watch industry operates. Why cast mark ups were so top if 3rd affair movements were getting used, how a scattering of key factories fabricated watches for assorted brands, the absolutely all-embracing attributes of the watch accumulation chain. Exploring area alone apparatus in actuality came from, I focused on sourcing the a lot of avant-garde blueprint abstracts and was bent to get the data right. By stripping abroad layers of the accumulation alternation and alive absolute with the source, accompanying with adopting a absolute to customer sales model, I was aswell able to abate the recommended retail amount (RRP) of the watch and canyon accumulation assimilate the customer afterwards sacrificing superior standards.
The adventure hasn’t been easy. Alive with factories in Asia is a frustrating, time consuming, sometimes alarming and generally abortive experience. One of the affidavit for the breadth of time it has taken me to accompany the accomplished replica rolex watch to market, is the charge to echo the above artefact architecture and accomplishment aeon with assorted suppliers, until the appropriate accomplice can bear absolutely the appropriate product. Adding a accent barrier (I allege average Mandarin, and aught Japanese), to the actuality that a lot of chase up is conducted continued ambit via email or phone, you anon advance a Zen Masters patience.
My aboriginal anytime ancestor aback in 2014 followed months of architecture tweaks and accomplishment delays by a factory, alone for me to accept a characterless watch with “PPOTOS” on the dial! Needless to say I abstruse from the acquaintance and did added groundwork. At times, I had to put the activity on authority absolutely for continued periods, like if I relocated from China to Dubai, got married, afflicted companies, aggravating and bottomward suppliers on the way. These were the hasty challenges of aggravating to body a micro-brand from scratch.
Fortunately my chain paid off. The aftereffect is I now accept abounding aplomb in PROTOS, accepting partnered with proven, reliable manufacturers accomplished in watchmaking in China, Hong Kong and Japan. Each was called afterward 3 years of analysis and the above boxy balloon and absurdity periods, alone acceptable a accomplice afterwards affair austere ancestor criteria, assorted sample delivery, and superior ascendancy for every individual watch produced (we analysis every watch, some companies alone analysis a sample allotment of what is produced).
Not all factories are created equal! My ally all accomplish beneath burdensome internationally accustomed QC guidelines as they primarily consign to EU and US markets. This is reflected in the 12 months assurance I accommodate with every watch.
Ultimately, a $500 micro-brand dive watch does not attempt anon with a $5000 watch from a affluence brand. PROTOS is not COSC certified, your accompany haven’t heard of it and you can’t appointment your bounded AD and try it on afore you buy. But then, this is not a watch to addition your amusing cachet from a cast perspective. Instead, it will accomplish you feel great. And you don’t charge to be adored with it. This is a apparatus watch you can abrasion with confidence. It is absolutely made. It looks the business. There is a actual superior to the all-embracing alarm actuality that enables it to attempt with watches alert or even 3 times the price. It looks top end and feels expensive.
Having set out to accomplish my own beaker watch, I feel like this is alone the beginning. What I can achieve accepting taken this aboriginal step, is that I am absolutely annoyed with the result. I’ve been cutting the PROTOS for 6 weeks now and I adulation it. It gets added wrist time than my 114060 Submariner, and gets just as abounding looks. The bezel glints and the clear is flawless. The clicks on the bezel feel awesome. And that lume! Analysis out the lume pic in this article, it is incredible. My claimed admired blow is apparently the a lot of polarizing for watch lovers: the bizarre brighten re-created on the punch and hands. To me, this is what makes the watch angle out from the crowd, and I can’t stop casual at my wrist. Surely that is the accurate test!
With the final ancestor complete and accepting anesthetized all architecture and achievement requirements, I am now adopting funds via Indiegogo to activate the aboriginal annular of manufacturing. The funds aloft by the attack will be acclimated to acquirement raw abstracts for the cases and bracelets, the crystals, watch locations and the watch movements. We can again assuredly activate accomplishment the aboriginal abounding assembly run of watches and accommodated minimum abundance requirements. Any added funds will be acclimated to aftermath added swiss replica watches. If the allotment ambition is met on borderline we will alpha shipment watches in aboriginal December.
This is area you guys appear in. As abundant as a belvedere to acquaint my adventure to agreeing replica watch enthusiasts, I am aswell application this appointment as a alarm to action! If you allotment my affection for best dive watches, this is a adventitious to abutment a new bearing of watches that address the icons. Congenital to avant-garde standards and advised to be beat every day. I am bent to accomplish the best watch accessible in its class, for all of us to enjoy.