To follow the Speedbird and by popular request, I decided to make a diver's watch which not only had a high specification but also offered exceptional value for money. The project started with a set of rough drawings in January 2002; little did I know then that it would take another 18 months to bring the watch to market! (and it only takes a year to make a Rolex :-) ). The name "Dreadnought" was taken from Britain's first nuclear submarine, which itself was named after several other prominent ships of the same name.
Designed from the ground up as a totally original watch, everything except the movement has been custom made. You will of course see influences from other watches, but nothing is a direct copy.
A heavy bead blasted stainless steel case fitted with an equally heavy stainless steel bracelet give this watch a total weight of 265 grammes
Supplied in hardwood box with 3 screwdrivers (2 for the lugs and 1 for the bracelet), spare screwed bars, chronometer certificate specific to each watch, watch leaflet, copy of the original technical drawings and guarantee card. A Rhino strap is also included.
The project has been managed by Walter Fricker, who also made the case. You can see their track record here: Walter Fricker
Assembly and proofing has been carried out by prominent Master Watchmaker Dirk Dornblüth, and there's an interesting article and interview here: Dirk Dornblüth Article
More than 260 people registered their intention to buy within 48 hours of opening reservations and all 200 have now been sold and shipped. A Dreadnought has recently sold on eBay for almost 3 times my original selling price. The Speedbird PRS-1 and Dreadnought PRS-2 are both currently commanding more than the original retail price.
316L stainless steel, bead-blasted
Lug to lug height 54mm
15.6mm to the top of the crystal
Lug spacing 22mm
Anti-magnetic 30000 A/m
Water resistance 500m
265 grammes including bracelet
Screw back, screw down crown, uni-directional bezel with 120 clicks, Anti-magnetic movement dust cover & movement ring, Twin "O" ring seals in the case back
Black with luminous indices and white printed minute track, orange luminous marker at 12
Date at 6'oclock position
Plongeur style, luminous filled with white frame for the hour hand and orange frame for minute hand
Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the underside.
Movement: ETA2824-2T (Top) with decoration and chronometer rated to DIN standard
Solid link stainless steel bracelet with solid end pieces, diver's extension and screwed removable links