The UNDONE Vintage Chrono for The Rake & Revolution

UNDONE has once again partnered with The Rake & Revolution to release a vintage inspired chronograph at an unbeatable price.

I love chronographs and I’m not standing alone in my field of love. Vintage or modern; sporty or dressy; stealthy steel or generously gem-set – the world is your oyster when it comes to the start-stop-reset sector of watch collecting. For many years chronographs have been utilised by the military, medics, racing drivers and Dads timing their kids’ pizzas in the oven (or is that just me?). The chronograph’s icon silhouette of stopwatch pushers flanking the winding crown is as iconic as any horological layout and it is a complication that collectors treasure above all other. A tool watch born out of necessity, as all great watches are, has become a style statement that is hard to match and so we are delighted to present our latest limited-edition watch with UNDONE – the Vintage Chronograph with ‘Sector Dial’. And so excited was I by this watch that it has become known as the Ross Watch here at Revolution. And so, here it is: The Ross Watch…

 

The Inspiration

This watch harks back to the golden age of mid-20th century chronographs and so let’s take a look back at the origins of the story that has inspired this latest Revolution Edition.

You’ll notice immediately that the watch, and its 40mm case profile, pays homage to the vintage waterproof step-case steel chronographs of the 1940s, but packaged in a sleek and modern interpretation. The case is made from 316L stainless steel, which is used by the majority of the luxury watch industry, and waterproof to 30 meters. The crystal is a hardened Dome K1 variety and the movement powering the watch is a Seiko VK64 mechanical-quartz movement with flyback chronograph function, and Undone has configured the movement so you have a 24-hour indicator at three o’clock and a 60-minute chrono counter at nine o’clock. Why? So that there is no quartz ticking seconds hand. When you activate the chronograph, it sweeps just like a mechanical watch.

The star is of course the dial and we took inspiration from those beautiful chronographs from the mid 20th century, which featured truly amazing sector or scientific dials, the most beautifully balanced dials of this era in our opinion. Sector dials first appeared in pocket watches in the 1920s and 30s and then began appearing in wristwatches. Also known as scientific dials, the were highly legible and easy to read accurately. These dials used a central chapter ring divided into sectors, with emphasised chemin de fer minutes and seconds tracks to enhance accurate timings. In addition, they featured enlarged scales such as tachymeters, which calculated the average speed of an object over a fixed distance (e.g. 1km) or pulsometers for calculating pulse rates within 30 beats or even a combination of both.

 

 

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Ross Povey

Published

September 2020

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