Here are some of the basics that are proposed for the project:
manufacturer: Mk II Corp. (Bill Yao), USA approx. diameter: 38-40mm (upscaled from the original 32mm, a small watch); approx. height: ~11-13, mm depending on crystal
German-made stainless steel case, designed from the original casing and adapted to the larger size lug width: 20mm (the most versatile lug width), lugs drilled-through dial: matte black with white numbers, no date hands: white, lume to be determined (original had none!), central sweep second hand movement: automatic ETA 2824-2, Rhodium plated, Incabloc shock protection, Elaborée grade, fully decorated including Geneva stripes on the rotor and signed MkII, metal spacer ring water resistance: 100m, no screw-down crown crystal: double-domed sapphire, inside AR-coated strap: period style canvas box: really cool packaging (ok, a cardboard box that looks the original boxes used to store these watches) Watchuseek special edition: Limited edition of 100; specially engraved caseback (similar to the original); dial (and possibly crown) with Watchuseek name or logo (subdued print) price range: US$ 500 to 650 deposit amount (to be made to Bill Yao's separate Paypal account [email protected], and fully refundable until the design is finalized and sampling begins, or if we do not collect the required 100 pre-orders): US$ 275 production time: about one year from official launch, so we have a good chance to have the watch in hand by Christmas 2009.
Now, before we all get hot and bothered, now the logistics: Bill will build the watches, and at the end of the day he will decide what is feasible and what isn't.
We will need to collect 100 deposits before we can start signing up suppliers and begin the project in ernest. To maximize our chances of delivery in the 2009 we need to hit the 100 pre-order mark by December 31st 2008. The balance will be due before the watches enter final manufacturing ca. in May 2009.
That said, let the discussion begin! There is a separate thread on the A-11, on both the historical and on technical aspects of the watch, and we'll start up reservation procedures right now (with deposit, but fully refundable as noted above).
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