New Karlskrona Hemlig Prototype - Studio Photos and Review

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New Karlskrona Hemlig Prototype - Studio Photos and Review

Post by DEMO » Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:01 pm

Karlskrona Hemlig

Todd at Karlskrona Watch Co. was nice enough to send me his prototype of the new upcoming Hemlig military dive watch. The prototype arrived yesterday morning. Since it arrived I've worn it a bit and examined some of the design details and build. After spending a few more days with it I will will give my thoughts and review. But for the meantime to get things started, I shot some quick pics of it this morning on the Sailcloth strap that it arrived on. Later this week I'll be shooting some better quality studio pics on a variety of other straps.

This is a prototype. Some detail changes that are happening for the production version will be drilled lug holes, red tipped seconds hand, the crown will be slightly more recessed, and the crystal will be double AR coated.

Hemlig Specs:
• Movement: Swiss Sellita SW200, regulated
• Water resistant 300m
• 42mm diameter case (excluding crown), 316L SS, beadblasted finish
• Overall thickness: 13.25mm, (12mm without domed crystal)
• Bezel diameter: 41mm
• Lug width: 20mm
• Lug to lug: 49mm
• Crystal diameter: 30.5mm
• Dial: Matte black with "ghost" logo
• Lume: SuperLuminova 1/3rd blend (green lume)
• Crystal: domed sapphire with double anti-reflective coating
• Crown diameter: 6.5mm
• 24 month warranty

Here are several quick photos from this morning to give you guys a better visual of the watch. I'll post better quality studio pics with different straps latter this week.

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Re: New Karlskrona Hemlig Prototype - Studio Photos and Review

Post by namor » Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:53 pm

I happen to like it alot. Nothing new here, not breaking any new ground, but gets all the important stuff correct. I'd buy one.

They may consider a name that can be pronounced for it though....
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Post by gonzomantis » Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:14 pm

Nice "quick photos"! Please try to get a shot from the side as close to straight on as possible, if you could.

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Post by spring-diver » Wed Oct 30, 2019 6:46 pm

I like it. Everything looks great. When will pricing be announced?


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Post by Panerai7 » Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:12 pm

Turned out really nice! Great job Todd

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Post by BBK357 » Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:26 pm

Wow. Nice

Does it come in no date ?


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Post by mellonb1 » Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:41 pm

BBK357 wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:26 pm
Wow. Nice

Does it come in no date ?


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Todd did indicate on the other thread that a no date will be an option.

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Post by Jeep99dad » Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:51 pm

spring-diver wrote:I like it. Everything looks great. When will pricing be announced?

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Post by BBK357 » Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:11 pm

Looks really good except for that 6 o’clock date


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Post by abuemily » Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:17 pm

BBK357 wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:11 pm
Looks really good except for that 6 o’clock date


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I feel you on this. I normally prefer a date watch, but in this particular model/homage I prefer a no-date. If that will be an option I will probably go that route.

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Post by AtomicTom » Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:14 am

Such a fantastic review, along with pictures of course Demo ! :excited:

Love how Todd basically built a watch with no faults, and made a
watch for everybody. ..I mean there is seriously nothing to dislike
about these actually. You have the perfect size, a legendary design,
a beautiful finish, clean cool flawless dial. Not to mention exceptional
movement, and everything in between. Just is awesome ! :headbang:

Thanks so much for the look, and phenomenal review here !!!

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Post by ChesterDogg » Thu Oct 31, 2019 1:16 pm

I am definitely in on a No Date version. Is there any info on when will production will start, price, and when they will be released?
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Post by DEMO » Thu Oct 31, 2019 1:20 pm

gonzomantis wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:14 pm
Nice "quick photos"! Please try to get a shot from the side as close to straight on as possible, if you could.
Will do when I shoot some studio pics.
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Post by DEMO » Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:20 am

gonzomantis wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:14 pm
Nice "quick photos"! Please try to get a shot from the side as close to straight on as possible, if you could.
Todd had a side shot posted on the other thread. I'll repost it here in this thread...

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Post by gonzomantis » Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:35 am

DEMO wrote:
Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:20 am
gonzomantis wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:14 pm
Nice "quick photos"! Please try to get a shot from the side as close to straight on as possible, if you could.
Todd had a side shot posted on the other thread. I'll repost it here in this thread...

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Wonderful. Thanks!

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Post by caesarmascetti » Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:24 am

love this at that price point

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Post by spring-diver » Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:42 am

Jeep99dad wrote:
spring-diver wrote:I like it. Everything looks great. When will pricing be announced?

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Post by JP Chestnut » Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:24 pm

Your photos are always good, but that's probably Todd's best watch IMO.

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Post by Chocodove » Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:32 pm

BBK357 wrote:Looks really good except for that 6 o’clock date


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He said it will be available no date. I’ll probably be in on one.
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Post by Seppia » Sat Nov 02, 2019 6:29 pm

JP Chestnut wrote:Your photos are always good, but that's probably Todd's best watch IMO.
Agreed.
This is a great version of a design that works.

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Post by MikeyLikesIt » Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:04 pm

Love this one. Definitely in

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Post by Bradystraps » Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:18 am

Thanks gents for the support and input. And thank you Dave for your terrific shots.
Just to summarize some of the additions that will be present on the productions pieces:

1. Drilled lug holes
2. Recessed crown
3. Red tipped second hand
4. Double AR coated crystal
5. Date and no date version

I haven't made a decision yet on the bezel insert but leaning towards ceramic lumed as the proto shows.
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Post by JDC222 » Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:21 am

Nice and clean! I look forward to seeing the No Date, with all of the above mentioned additions :thumbsup:
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Post by jtbenson » Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:28 am

Bradystraps wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:18 am
Thanks gents for the support and input. And thank you Dave for your terrific shots.
Just to summarize some of the additions that will be present on the productions pieces:

1. Drilled lug holes
2. Recessed crown
3. Red tipped second hand
4. Double AR coated crystal
5. Date and no date version

I haven't made a decision yet on the bezel insert but leaning towards ceramic lumed as the proto shows.
not sure i'm a fan of the red tip second hand decision. will the entire tip be red (easy boys) or just the outline?
curious: what's the impetus for this decision? seems like a real departure given how understated the rest of the design is overall.
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Post by DEMO » Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:37 am

jtbenson wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:28 am

not sure i'm a fan of the red tip second hand decision. will the entire tip be red (easy boys) or just the outline?
curious: what's the impetus for this decision? seems like a real departure given how understated the rest of the design is overall.
I am really looking forward to the red tipped seconds hand. It is going to give a nice visual small element of color to the overall design.
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