Karlskrona Hemlig Mil Series Dive Watch

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Karlskrona Hemlig Mil Series Dive Watch

Post by Bradystraps » Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:26 am

Hi gents,
Been toying with the idea of a Mil series dive watch for a while and decided to finally take an initial stab at something. This series will be denoted by the circle around my Trident logo to differentiate from my standard series dive watches. I will also be using only Swiss movements with these watches. I'd love to do a Pilot next but, one step at a time.

As always, thoughts, input etc. is always welcomed and appreciated.

Specifications

Case Material: 316L Stainless Steel (Haven't decided on brushed or blasted finish)
Case Size: 41mm, Drilled Lug Holes
Case Thickness: 13mm
Lug Width: 20mm
Dial: Matte black, ghost dial logo
Bezel: 120 Click, Unidirectional
Movement: Swiss ETA 2824-2, Regulated
Water Resistance: 300M
Lume: Swiss Superluminova BGW9
Crown: 7mm Screw Down, Sterile
Case Back: Screw Down, Signed with SN
Crystal: Domed Sapphire, Anti-reflective Coated
Straps: Nylon NATO with flat hardware, Natural rubber
Warranty: 12 Months

Target Price: $495 USD





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Re: Karlskrona Hemlig Mil Series Dive Watch

Post by gonzomantis » Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:30 am

Applied indices on a mil watch?

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Re: Karlskrona Hemlig Mil Series Dive Watch

Post by CGSshorty » Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:45 am

gonzomantis wrote:Applied indices on a mil watch?
Nope. The hands should be framed in white, too.
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Re: Karlskrona Hemlig Mil Series Dive Watch

Post by Rackness » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:14 am

Since we are giving helpful criticism I would like it if the crown side was a little less pronounced and the crown was exposed a little bit more. My symmetry OCD would appreciate it

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Re: Karlskrona Hemlig Mil Series Dive Watch

Post by CGSshorty » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:25 am

gonzomantis wrote:Applied indices on a mil watch?
Nope. The hands should be framed in white, too.
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Re: Karlskrona Hemlig Mil Series Dive Watch

Post by HapaHapa » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:45 am

Looks like a nice offering to me. I can’t pretend I understand what mil spec means so I ask the google. I find minimalist, luminous, and easy to read. This design meets those points, so I’m satisfied.
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Re: Karlskrona Hemlig Mil Series Dive Watch

Post by CGSshorty » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:54 am

Rackness wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:14 am
Since we are giving helpful criticism I would like it if the crown side was a little less pronounced and the crown was exposed a little bit more. My symmetry OCD would appreciate itImage
I like the asymmetry.
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Re: Karlskrona Hemlig Mil Series Dive Watch

Post by Seppia » Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:45 am

Tried and true design, I like it but it may need a bit more character to stand out.

It seems like eta movements have become much more available, their idiotic "we won't sell outside swatch group" must surely have backfired hard

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Re: Karlskrona Hemlig Mil Series Dive Watch

Post by abuemily » Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:24 pm

I actually quite like the rendering--and at that price point seems like a great deal. The sizing/dimensions sound about perfect. It's hard to tell from the rendering, but if the lug holes are as far out as the earlier Karlskrona's, it would be a pass for me; I don't wear NATO's very often. And I definitely agree on nogo for applied indices. I don't know what others would think, but red date wheel might be kind of cool.

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Re: Karlskrona Hemlig Mil Series Dive Watch

Post by Rackness » Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:26 pm

CGSshorty wrote:
Rackness wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:14 am
Since we are giving helpful criticism I would like it if the crown side was a little less pronounced and the crown was exposed a little bit more. My symmetry OCD would appreciate itImage
I like the asymmetry.
Awww man it makes my skin itch! It is like a tile pattern with one tile flipped the opposite direction.Image

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Re: Karlskrona Hemlig Mil Series Dive Watch

Post by gonzomantis » Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:07 pm

Is this going to be an entirely new case? I tried the Nordic Shield, and it didn't sit well on my wrist. I'd prefer that the thickness was reduced.

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Re: Karlskrona Hemlig Mil Series Dive Watch

Post by gonzomantis » Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:08 pm

CGSshorty wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:54 am
Rackness wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:14 am
Since we are giving helpful criticism I would like it if the crown side was a little less pronounced and the crown was exposed a little bit more. My symmetry OCD would appreciate itImage
I like the asymmetry.
Exactly. That is what differentiates it from you everyday watch.

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Re: Karlskrona Hemlig Mil Series Dive Watch

Post by logan2z » Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:23 pm

Yao-za, I feel like I've seen this somewhere before...

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Does the world really need another Benrus Type 1 homage?

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Re: Karlskrona Hemlig Mil Series Dive Watch

Post by CGSshorty » Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:09 pm

logan2z wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:23 pm
Yao-za, I feel like I've seen this somewhere before...

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Does the world really need another Benrus Type 1 homage?
Probably not, but is anyone else currently producing one besides Yao? I certainly won't give that guy my money.
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Re: Karlskrona Hemlig Mil Series Dive Watch

Post by Seppia » Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:20 pm

Plus Yao’s is 43mm IIRC

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Re: Karlskrona Hemlig Mil Series Dive Watch

Post by dnslater » Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:26 pm

CGSshorty wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:09 pm
logan2z wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:23 pm
Yao-za, I feel like I've seen this somewhere before...

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Does the world really need another Benrus Type 1 homage?
Probably not, but is anyone else currently producing one besides Yao? I certainly won't give that guy my money.
Precista and Marathon to name 2. There have been dozens over the years that came and went because Fullswing and others offer the cases in their catalogs.

Could still be a market as long as it is decent quality and relatively thin. The original Benrus was thin and easy wearing. Homages often don’t get this right.
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Re: Karlskrona Hemlig Mil Series Dive Watch

Post by Ruggs » Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:27 pm

What about keeping the applied indicies, but all white? Would give the dial some depth while keeping with the theme, and differentiate it a bit from the “other” homage.

Pelagos is a good example.

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Re: Karlskrona Hemlig Mil Series Dive Watch

Post by dnslater » Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:29 pm

Ruggs wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:27 pm
What about keeping the applied indicies, but all white? Would give the dial some depth while keeping with the theme, and differentiate it a bit from the “other” homage.

Pelagos is a good example.

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That could be very cool. Would set it apart.

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Post by logan2z » Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:33 pm

CGSshorty wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:09 pm
logan2z wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:23 pm
Yao-za, I feel like I've seen this somewhere before...

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Does the world really need another Benrus Type 1 homage?
Probably not, but is anyone else currently producing one besides Yao? I certainly won't give that guy my money.
It's in his 'Ready to wear' series :grin: I thought that Marathon still produced something in the Benrus Type 1 vein.

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Re: Karlskrona Hemlig Mil Series Dive Watch

Post by CGSshorty » Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:49 pm

Yao's version is $895!!!
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Re: Karlskrona Hemlig Mil Series Dive Watch

Post by Ryeguy » Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:01 pm

dnslater wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:29 pm
Ruggs wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:27 pm
What about keeping the applied indicies, but all white? Would give the dial some depth while keeping with the theme, and differentiate it a bit from the “other” homage.

Pelagos is a good example.

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That could be very cool. Would set it apart.
I like this idea. I'm a fan of applied indices as I feel they make a watch look more "rich", and while I agree they don't really belong on a mil-spec type watch, I think applied with a white border is a good compromise.

Depth to the dial is key.

As for another homage to this style, if this is sized right, I'd much rather give Todd my $$$ than some of the others making these.

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Re: Karlskrona Hemlig Mil Series Dive Watch

Post by deepcdvr » Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:09 pm

Looks good - like that it has a date, (currently) slick dial and the option for a second time zone bezel :thumbsup:
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Re: Karlskrona Hemlig Mil Series Dive Watch

Post by Bradystraps » Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:09 pm

Thanks guys for all of the input. First option is to have white applied indices. Might go flat though. I will see how both look on the actual dial.
I am trying to find the balance of keeping with the heritage of this style with being "just different enough" from the others that have recently done a similar piece.
My main goal is to bring a quality watch to market with Swiss movement at a good value price. Ohh, and deliver it within 4-6 months from Preorder. ;)
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Re: Karlskrona Hemlig Mil Series Dive Watch

Post by Ruggs » Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:10 pm

Bradystraps wrote:Thanks guys for all of the input. First option is to have white applied indices. Might go flat though. I will see how both look on the actual dial.
I am trying to find the balance of keeping with the heritage of this style with being "just different enough" from the others that have recently done a similar piece.
My main goal is to bring a quality watch to market with Swiss movement at a good value price. Ohh, and deliver it within 4-6 months from Preorder. ;)
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Re: Karlskrona Hemlig Mil Series Dive Watch

Post by DEMO » Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:23 am

I like this one. Obviously we have seen the design before but I appreciate what Todd is trying to do and bring this design in an affordable watch.

Question: is it the bezel diameter that is 41mm? If it is the overall width being 41mm then this one would wear too small for me. I like the feel of a 43mm watch.

Keep the asymmetrical case design. It adds visual interest.
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