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PRECISTA ROYAL NAVY DIVER RE-EDITION - PRS-82

The Precista Royal Navy diver is arguably the rarest of all British issued dive watches, being issued in 1981 and 1982 only. The stock number is 0552/923-7697 which curiously, was also the number used on Rolex and CWC issued divers around this time. I have seen only two examples offered for sale in the last 12 months and both commanded a price in excess of £2,000. Hardly Milsub prices but nonetheless, higher than anyone would have thought possible a few years ago.

Apart from the asymmetrical case, the most distinctive feature of this model is the hands; the hands have two familiar names, one of them is "snake head" hands and you'll have to use Google for the other name ;-)

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This re-edition uses the same ETA movement as the original, the ETA2783 25 jewel automatic. These are new old stock movements which have been cleaned, lubricated and adjusted in August 2013. The luminous is the same "vintage lume" used on the dials of the Precista PRS-20 California dial.

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MODEL
PRECISTA ROYAL NAVY DIVER PRS-82
CASE
Material
316L stainless steel, brushed finish
Diameter
Bezel 40mm, 45mm across including crown
Lug to lug height
47mm
Thickness 14mm to the top of the bombé crystal
Lug spacing 20mm
Anti-magnetic
4800 A/m
Water resistance
200 metres
Weight
98 grammes with strap and buckle
Features
Screw back, screw down crown, unidirectional 120 click bezel
DIAL
Colour
Semi-matte black
Luminous
Hour markers SuperLuminova "vintage lume"
Day/Date
N/A
HANDS
Style
Snake head style with white frame, luminous filled
Luminous
SuperLuminova "vintage lume"
CRYSTAL
3mm domed sapphire, A/R coating underside
MOVEMENT
ETA 2783 25 jewel automatic running at 21,600 BPH with Incabloc shock protection
BATTERY
N/A
STRAP
Period style silicone rubber strap with signed stainless steel buckle, brushed finish.

The PRS-82 is guaranteed for 2 years.

 

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PRECISTA BRONZE WATCH - PRS-30

This watch was conceived during a forum discussion from June 2008. Several designs were put forward before finally deciding on this one and during the discussion it was suggested that this shouldbe a bronze watch. Had it been possible to source the correct grade of bronze at the time, the PRS-30 woujld have been one of the first bronze watches available. In the event, sourcing a (comparatively) small quantity of bronze proved difficult until a supplier who was prepared to supply it in kilos, rather than tonnes, was located in Switzerland.

One of the main appeals of bronze watches is the way in which the case slowly oxidises and changes colour to a rich chocolate brown, in the same way as bronze works of art patinate. Of course the natural bronze colour can be maintained if preferred by gentle polishing or wiping with a mildly acidic liquid (Coca-Cola is recommended by some). Patination will not initially be uniform across the entire case although this can be accelerated by using any of the methods to be found by conducting a "Google" search.

The thumbnails below show some of the design suggestions posted during the discussions. Thanks to Chris Parker for his design shown on the right, the design which went forward for production.

The watch has a 33mm visible dial, which is of two-layer sandwich construction with a dark brown/charcoal dial and SuperLuminova C3 coating on the under-dial showing through the numbers and indices cut-outs. The domed sapphire crystal is 2.2mm thick and has anti-relective coating to the underside. The 12-pointed star crown (unique to this watch) measures 4.5mm high by 7mm across and is signed with the Precista "P" ambigram. The hands are black frame with SuperLuminova C3 filled tips; the end of the seconds hand is also luminous coated.

MODEL
PRECISTA BRONZE WATCH PRS-30
CASE
Material
Bronze alloy C6300 CuAl10Ni5Fe4, brushed finish with stainless steel back
Diameter
42mm, 46mm across including crown
Lug to lug height
49mm
Thickness 12mm to the top of domed crystal
Lug spacing 24mm
Anti-magnetic
4800 A/m
Water resistance
100 metres
Weight
112 grammes with strap and buckle
Features
Screw back
DIAL
Colour
Semi-matte dark brown/charcoal, sandwich dial construction
Luminous
Hour markers SuperLuminova C3
Day/Date
Date window at 4:30 position
HANDS
Style
Black frame, luminous tipped
Luminous
SuperLuminova C3
CRYSTAL
2.2mm domed sapphire, A/R coating underside
MOVEMENT
ETA 2824-2 "Top" grade 25 jewel automatic running at 28,800 BPH with quickset date and Incabloc
BATTERY
N/A
STRAP
Hand-made thick leather (very soft) one black and one brown and one signed bronze buckle

The PRS-30 bronze watch is packed in a Peli case and comes with two hand-made leather straps, one signed bronze buckle and is guaranteed for 2 years.

Please make a note in the "Comments" box on the order whether you want the black or brown strap fitting to the watch.

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Product ref:  Precista Bronze Watch- PRS-30
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PRECISTA "ITALIAN" CALIFORNIA DIAL - PRS-20C

Due to popular demand the California dial version of the Precista "Italian" is now available . This is not a limited edition.

The watch has a wonderfully large 37.4mm visible dial, which is of two-layer sandwich construction with a semi-matte black dial and vintage lume (Super Luminova base) coating on the under-dial showing through the numbers and indices cut-outs. The domed sapphire crystal is1.5mm thick and has anti-relective coating to the underside. The diamond-shape crown measures 5mm high by 8mm across and is signed with the Precista "P". The hands are gilt frame with vintage lume (Super Luminova base) filling.

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MODEL
PRECISTA ITALIAN CALIFORNIA DIAL PRS-20
CASE
Material
316L stainless steel, polished
Diameter
44mm, 48.5mm across including crown
Lug to lug height
50.7mm
Thickness 11.2mm to the top of domed crystal
Lug spacing 24mm
Anti-magnetic
4800 A/m
Water resistance
100 metres
Weight
100 grammes with strap
Features
Screw back
DIAL
Colour
Semi-matte black, sandwich dial construction
Luminous
Hour markers vintage lume (Super Luminova base)
Day/Date
None
HANDS
Style
Gilt frame, luminous filled
Luminous
Vintage lume (Super Luminova base)
CRYSTAL
1.5mm domed sapphire, A/R coating underside
MOVEMENT
ETA (Unitas) 17 jewel hand winding, calibre 6497/8-1 (18,000 BPH).
BATTERY
N/A
STRAP
Custom Banda ostrich grain calf leather. Signed buckle.

The Italian is guaranteed for two years.

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PRECISTA CZECH AIR FORCE - PRS-9

If you've been following Time Factors watches since the beginning, this one will be familiar to you. It first hit the drawing board in 2003 but techical problems delayed it for so long it was put back on the shelf until 2009, when the design and revised specification were given to another company, who overcame the original difficulties and produced what is a superb watch. At least one manufacturer boasts that it (only) takes a year to make their watches ;-).

It would have been easy enough to make the watch without the rotating bezel with pointer under the crystal but this is such an important part of the watch that I wasn't prepared to omit this important feature. The watches to which the PRS-9 pay homage had little or no water resistance, arguably because if you need water resistance in an aircraft, your watch is the least of your worries. Because the crystal rotates with the bezel, it was difficult to achieve any water resistance at all and the fact that the PRS-9 is water resistant to 30 metres is no small design achievement.

MOVEMENT

The PRS-9 is fitted with a new old stock AS1130 movement, one of the calibres popularly known as a "Wehrmacht" movement. Swiss made with 17 jewels, running at 18,000 BPH and with a power reserve of 41 hours. All movements have been stripped, cleaned, inspected, oiled and regulated in 2012.

STRAP

The strap supplied with the PRS-9 is a custom strap made in a style contemporary with those which would have been fitted in 1938. The original straps would have been cut-edge thick leather but the strap on the PRS-9 has been made from soft glove leather supplied by Pittards tannery in Somerset, England. Pittards was founded in 1826, you can read more of their history here . A roller buckle is fitted, as is a fixed metal keeper plus a floating leather keeper and screwed "rivets". All steel hardware has been bronzed (hardware on the original straps would have been painted).

This watch is made in Germany.

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MODEL
PRECISTA CZECH AIR FORCE - PRS-9
CASE
Material
316L stainless steel, polished
Diameter
41mm, 44mm across including crown
Lug to lug height
51.5mm
Thickness 13.7mm to top of crystal
Lug spacing 24mm
Anti-magnetic
4800 A/m
Water resistance
30 metres
Weight
95 grammes with strap
Features
Friction bidirectional bezel with pointer
DIAL
Colour
Semi-matte black
Luminous
Hour numbers Super Luminova C3
Day/Date
None
HANDS
Style
Squelette hands, luminous filled
Luminous
Super Luminova C3
CRYSTAL
Hi-dome acrylic
MOVEMENT
AS1130 "Wehrmacht" movement, 17 jewels Swiss Made
BATTERY
N/A
STRAP
Custom strap in contemporary style

Supplied on a custom Pittards leather strap, in Aero Leather pouch and wooden box, with 24 months guarantee.

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Product ref:  Precista Czech Air Force - PRS-9
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PRECISTA 93 300 metre diver's watch - PRS-18 QUARTZ & AUTOMATIC

This was one of the more popular of the Precista military re-editions and is now available again due to overwhelming demand. This model was issued from at least 1989 until 1993 with the ordnance numbers 6645-99, 757-3314. The original had a mineral crystal and was fitted with the ISA 1198 single jewel quartz movement. In keeping with my policy of updating the specification, the PRS-18Q is fitted with a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the underside and a Ronda 715Li 5 jewel quartz movement with a 10 year battery life, the automatic is fitted with the Miyota (Citizen) 24 jewel automatic movement with hacking seconds and hand winding capability, calibre 9015.

This watch is made in Germany.

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MODEL
PRECISTA 93 – PRS-18 QUARTZ
CASE
Material
316L stainless steel,completely bead blasted
Diameter
Bezel 39mm, 43.5mm across including crown
Lug to lug height
47.5mm
Thickness 12.5mm
Lug spacing 20mm
Anti-magnetic
4800 A/m
Water resistance
300 metres, double Viton 'O' ring seals on case back
Weight
80 grammes without strap
Features
Screw down crown, 120 click unidirectional bezel
DIAL
Colour
Semi-matte black
Luminous
Hour markers & bezel triangle Super Luminova C3
Day/Date
None
HANDS
Style
Plain skeleton hands, luminous filled
Luminous
Super Luminova C3
CRYSTAL
3mm thick sapphire, anti-reflective coating underside
MOVEMENT
Ronda 715Li quartz, 5 jewels with 10 year battery life
BATTERY
CR2016 Lithium
STRAP
NATO of choice

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MODEL
PRECISTA 93 – PRS-18 AUTOMATIC
CASE
Material
316L stainless steel,completely bead blasted
Diameter
Bezel 39mm, 43.5mm across including crown
Lug to lug height
47.5mm
Thickness 12.5mm
Lug spacing 20mm
Anti-magnetic
4800 A/m
Water resistance
300 metres, double Viton 'O' ring seals on case back
Weight
80 grammes without strap
Features
Screw down crown, 120 click unidirectional bezel
DIAL
Colour
Semi-matte black
Luminous
Hour markers & bezel triangle Super Luminova C3
Day/Date
None
HANDS
Style
Plain skeleton hands, luminous filled
Luminous
Super Luminova C3
CRYSTAL
3mm thick sapphire, anti-reflective coating underside
MOVEMENT
Miyota (Citizen) 24 jewel automatic with hacking seconds, calibre 9015
BATTERY
N/A
STRAP
NATO of choice

16 May 2007: PRS-18-Quartz allocated NATO Stock Number 6645-99-891-0585. This number is engraved on the back of all PRS-18-Q from 12 June 2007.

Supplied on a NATO strap of choice with 24 months guarantee.

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Product ref:  Precista 93 PRS-18Q & 18A
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PRECISTA "ITALIAN" FULL- LUME DIAL - PRS-20

This is the fully luminous dial edition of the Precista "Italian". Although only 50 pieces are currently available, this is not a limited edition and it is planned to make more in the future.

The watch has a wonderfully large 37.4mm visible dial, which is of two-layer sandwich construction with Super Luminova C3 coating and the black under-dial showing through the numbers and indices cut-outs. The domed sapphire crystal varies in thickness from 1.5mm to 2.9mm and has anti-relective coating to the underside. The diamond-shape crown measures 5mm high by 8mm across and is signed with the Precista "P". The hands are blued steel with Super Luminova filling.

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MODEL
PRECISTA ITALIAN FULL LUME DIAL PRS-20
CASE
Material
316L stainless steel, polished
Diameter
44mm, 48.5mm across including crown
Lug to lug height
50.7mm
Thickness 11.2mm to the top of domed crystal
Lug spacing 24mm
Anti-magnetic
4800 A/m
Water resistance
100 metres
Weight
100 grammes with strap
Features
Screw back
DIAL
Colour
Super Lumiova C3 sandwich dial construction
Luminous
Complete dial, black numbers showing through cut-outs
Day/Date
None
HANDS
Style
Blued steel, luminous filled
Luminous
Super Luminova C3
CRYSTAL
1.5 - 2.9 mm domed sapphire, A/R coating underside
MOVEMENT
ETA (Unitas) 17 jewel hand winding, calibre 6497/8-1 (18,000 BPH).
BATTERY
N/A
STRAP
Custom Banda ostrich grain calf leather. Signed buckle.

The Italian is guaranteed for two years.

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Product ref: Precista ITALIAN FULL-LUME - PRS-20 - £365.00
Sold out and discontinued
 

PRECISTA 300 metre Automatic Diver

The Precista 300 follows the tradition of paying homage to military and military-style wristwatches of the past, in this case it follows and improves on the specification of British Ministry of Defence Standard 66-4, Part 1 Issue 2.   This revision is dated 1 January 1971.

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This is arguably the most popular military dive watch today and good examples are keenly sought and command a high price.

This edition bearing the Precista name has been faithfully manufactured to the original specification, improving on it where appropriate.   The most significant improvement is the addition of an anti-magnetic movement cover, movement holder and soft iron dial giving the watch anti-magnetic resistance to 80,000 A/m (Amp metres), the same as modern day IWC and Sinn watches.   This has increased the thickness of the watch by 3mm over the original.

Case

Solid stainless steel case with brushed steel sides, polished top and back.   Unidirectional bezel with luminous numbers in the bezel insert sealed with hardened acrylic.   Screw back and screw down crown;  the crown assembly is identical to that employed in the "Dreadnought" and has been tested to 2000 metres.   Domed acrylic crystal in keeping with the original design.   The dial is soft iron anti-magnetic and the polished steel sword hands are filled with Super Luminova, as are the indices.

Each watch has its own unique serial number, which also identifies the date of manufacture, engraved on the case back.

Dimensions

40mm diameter across the bezel and 46.6mm to the tip of the signed crown.   47mm lug tip to lug tip and 14.3mm thick to the top of the domed crystal. Lug spacing is 20mm and the watch head without strap weighs 90 grammes.

Movement

ETA 25 jewel automatic, calibre 2824-2 (standard).

The PRS-14 is guaranteed for two years and will be supplied with:

  • Strap of choice, please state preference when ordering.
  • One two-watch travel case from Banda

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Product ref: Precista 300 metre Diver
Sold out and discontinued
 

PRECISTA PRS-3

The PRS-3 is the non-limited version of the PRS-3 limited edition below. The specification is identical to the limited edition version except for the bezel and hands.

MODEL
PRECISTA PRS-3
CASE
Material
316L stainless steel, brushed on top and polished sides
Diameter
42mm, 46mm across including crown
Lug to lug height
49.6mm
Thickness 12.45mm to top of crystal
Lug spacing 22mm
Anti-magnetic
4800 A/m
Water resistance
300 metres
Weight
205 grammes on steel bracelet, 125 grammes on PU strap
Features
Screw down crown, screw back, 60 click bezel with elapsed time insert
DIAL
Colour
Black
Luminous
Hour markers Super Luminova C3
Day/Date
Date at 6 o'clock position
HANDS
Style
White framed military-style hands
Luminous
Super Luminova C3
CRYSTAL
3mm flatsapphire, anti-reflective coating on underside
MOVEMENT
ETA2824-2 standard running at 28,800 BPH with quickset date, Incabloc shock protection
BATTERY
N/A
STRAP
Fitted with stainless steel solid link bracelet with custom solid end pieces, screwed adjustment links and with safety fliplock clasp with divers' extension

The PRS-3 is guaranteed for two years and will be supplied fitted with a stainless steel bracelet plus a black PU strap. Supplied in a single watch travelling case.

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Product ref:  Precista PRS-3 - £340.00
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PRECISTA PRS-3 LE 300 metre Automatic Diver

Many of you will remember the Broadarrow PRS-3 first launched in 2003 and will also remember that following a legal dispute over the name "Broadarrow" (or "Broad Arrow"), the PRS-3 had to be discontinued. Many customers have asked for the PRS-3 to be reintroduced and I am happy to announce that it's back, bigger and better!

This is no simple reintroduction, the watch has been completely redesigned from scratch, as the drawings below show. Bigger, at 42mm; better bezel and thicker sapphire crystal; better construction with a screw-in crown tube, improved crown assembly, metal movement ring and finally, a quality solid link steel bracelet with perfectly fitting solid end-pieces.

The regular version of the PRS-3 will have a black dial with white framed plongeur hands and a regular elapsed time bezel insert but to launch the new PRS-3, a limited edition of four different colours with a combined countdown/12 hour bezel insert and supplied with a PU strap to match the colour of the dial. Each colour is produced in 50 numbered pieces.

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MODEL
PRECISTA PRS-3 LE
CASE
Material
316L stainless steel, brushed on top and polished sides
Diameter
42mm, 46mm across including crown
Lug to lug height
49.6mm
Thickness 12.45mm to top of crystal
Lug spacing 22mm
Anti-magnetic
4800 A/m
Water resistance
300 metres
Weight
205 grammes on steel bracelet, 125 grammes on PU strap
Features
Screw down crown, screw back, 60 click bezel with elapsed time insert
DIAL
Colour
Black
Luminous
Hour markers Super Luminova C3
Day/Date
Date at 6 o'clock position
HANDS
Style
Plongeur hands, different colours for different dials
Luminous
Super Luminova C3
CRYSTAL
3mm flatsapphire, anti-reflective coating on underside
MOVEMENT
ETA2824-2 standard running at 28,800 BPH with quickset date, Incabloc shock protection
BATTERY
N/A
STRAP
Fitted with stainless steel solid link bracelet with custom solid end pieces, screwed adjustment links and with safety fliplock clasp with divers' extension

Supplied on a steel bracelet in a single-watch travelling case with 24 months guarantee and a PU strap in the same colour as the selected dial colour.

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Product ref:  PRECISTA PRS-3 LE 300 metre Automatic Diver- £340.00
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PRECISTA PRS-50-B

Following the success and popularity of the Precista PRS-50 many customers asked for a different version with a domed acrylic crystal, closer to the specification of the watches manufactured more than 50 years ago. The PRS-50-B attempts, and I believe succeeds, to be that watch. The Precista homages do not pretend to be original but they do have the look and feel of the originals, almost always with superior specification, construction and materials.

The PRS-50-B has a 26mm visible dial with Super Luminova filled applied pennant indices. The domed acrylic crystal is 4.13mm thick and can be retro-fitted to the original PRS-50 without the need for modification, the sapphire from the PRS-50 will not fit the PRS-50-B because of the height of the hands. The domed crown measures 4.5mm high by 6mm diameter. The hands are faceted polished silver with Super Luminova filling. The bezel insert is flat acrylic and the bezel markers are luminous.

The movement is a new old stock AS2063, a later and higher beat version of the AS1361 originally fitted to the Lip model manufactured between 1956-60. All the movements have been fully serviced and regulated.

The manufacturing drawing for the case and movement detail is identical to the PRS-50 shown further down this page, the only differences are the detail for the domed acrylic crystal on this version.

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MODEL
PRECISTA PRS-50B
CASE
Material
316L stainless steel, polished
Diameter
42mm, 45mm across including crown
Lug to lug height
50mm
Thickness 16.7mm to the top of domed crystal
Lug spacing 22mm
Anti-magnetic
4800 A/m
Water resistance
200 metres
Weight
125 grammes with strap
Features
Screw down crown, screw back
DIAL
Colour
Semi-matte black with silvered applied markers
Luminous
Hour markers Super Luminova C1
Day/Date
None
HANDS
Style
Faceted silver sword, luminous filled
Luminous
Super Luminova C3
CRYSTAL
Domed acrylic crystal
MOVEMENT
New old stock 21 jewel AS2063 automatic movement with direct centre seconds, non-hacking. Running at 21,600 BPH (3 Hz), Trishock shock resistance.
BATTERY
N/A
STRAP
1970s retro-style PU strap

The PRS-50-B is guaranteed for two years and will be supplied with:

  • Retro polyurethane square hole strap ( fitted to watch).
  • One watch travel case (takes 2 watches) from Banda.

The first 50 pieces sold out in 3 hours on Saturday 13 June 2009. More stock arrived 1 July 2009. Sold out again, more stock due late July. Back in stock 15 July 2009.

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Product ref: PRECISTA PRS-50-B - £395.00
Sold out and discontinued
 

PRECISTA PRS-10

This is the second PRS-10 model to be produced by Time Factors, the first was under the name "Broadarrow"in the style of the original military-issue Precista G10 from the early 1980s. The original G10s of the time had minimal water resistance, which is a nonsense for a military watch. This new Precista has a water resistance rating of 100 metres

The improvements over the original G10s are:

  • Movement upgraded to Ronda 715 Li with 10-year battery life.
  • Crown is now a screw-down crown.
  • Caseback is now a screw back.
  • Water resistance increased to 100 metres.
  • Lug spacing now 20mm (was 19mm) to give a greater choice of straps.
  • Although a re-issue of an earlier watch, the case has been completely re-engineered

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MODEL
PRECISTA PRS-10
CASE
Material
316L stainless steel, bead blasted
Diameter
38.6mm across including crown, 37mm top to bottom
Lug to lug height
42.4mm
Anti-magnetic
4800 A/m
Water resistance
100 metres
Weight
45 grammes without strap
Features
Screw back, drilled lugs
DIAL
Colour
Semi-matte black
Luminous
Hour dots & triangle at 12 Super Luminova C3
Day/Date
Date
HANDS
Style
Polished silver, luminous filled
Luminous
Super Luminova C3
CRYSTAL
Hi-dome acrylic
MOVEMENT
Ronda 715Li with 10-year battery life
BATTERY
CR2016 Lithium cell
STRAP
NATO or canvas strap of choice

The PRS-10 is guaranteed for two years and will be supplied fitted with a NATO or canvas strap of choice, please state preference when ordering.

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Product ref:  Precista PRS-10 - £90.00
Sold out and discontinued
 

PRECISTA PRS-5

This is the second PRS-5 model to be produced by Time Factors, the first was under the name "Broadarrow"in the style of the Hamilton military chronograph and fitted with the Poljot 3133 movement. Following restrictions on the use of the name "Broadarrow", the PRS-5 lives again as a "Precista" and is now fitted with the Seagull ST-19 chronograph movement.

The Seagull factory has been manufacturing movements since 1955 and have long been the favourite movements for replica watches. The ST-19 is a 19 jewel column-wheel chronograph, allegedly identical to the Venus 175 movement and made on the same machinery, which the Chinese acquired when the Venus 175 went out of production. Others claim that the Seagull was simply reverse-engineered from the Venus and the argument continues over which story is correct: either way, the fact remains that the design retains all durability of the original Venus.

The PRS-5 has a 31mm visible dial with Super Luminova "dot" hour markers and also a luminous 6 & 12. The crystal is a hi-dome acrylic crystal, 3.4mm high. The semi-recessed signed crown measures 4.0mm high by 7mm diameter. The hands are painted white with Super Luminova filling. The watch is water resistant to 50 metres, is fitted with a screw back and has 20mm drilled lugs.

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MODEL
PRECISTA PRS-5
CASE
Material
316L stainless steel, bead blasted
Diameter
41mm across including crown, 37mm top to bottom
Lug to lug height
45.5mm
Thickness 14.75mm to the top of domed crystal
Lug spacing 20mm
Anti-magnetic
4800 A/m
Water resistance
50 metres
Weight
60 grammes without strap
Features
Screw back, drilled lugs
DIAL
Colour
Semi-matte black
Luminous
Hour dots, 12 & 6 Super Luminova C3
Day/Date
None
HANDS
Style
White painted, luminous filled
Luminous
Super Luminova C3
CRYSTAL
Hi-dome acrylic
MOVEMENT
Seagull ST-19 column wheel hand-wind chronograph
BATTERY
N/A
STRAP
Strap of choice

The PRS-5 is guaranteed for two years and will be supplied with:

  • Strap of choice from NATO or Aviator straps, please state preference when ordering.
  • One watch travel case from Banda.

4 October 2008: A view back is now available for the Precista PRS-5, which will also fit the Broadarrow PRS-5.

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Product ref:  Precista PRS-5 - £265.00
Sold out and discontinued - view back still in stock


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PRECISTA PRS-50

Finding a 100% original "grail" watch can be a minefield for collectors. The chance of buying a total fake or a marriage of two or more watches is greater than finding a totally original example. The Precista homages do not pretend to be original but they do have the look and feel of the originals, almost always with superior specification, construction and materials.

The PRS-50 has a 26mm visible dial with Super Luminova indices. The flat sapphire crystal is 4.13mm thick and has anti-relective coating to the underside. The domed crown measures 4.5mm high by 6mm diameter. The hands are painted white with Super Luminova filling. The bezel insert is domed acrylic and the bezel markers are luminous.

MODEL
PRECISTA PRS-50
CASE
Material
316L stainless steel, polished
Diameter
42mm, 45mm across including crown
Lug to lug height
50.7mm
Thickness 15.3mm to the top of domed bezel
Lug spacing 22mm
Anti-magnetic
4800 A/m
Water resistance
200 metres
Weight
130 grammes with strap
Features
Screw down crown, screw back
DIAL
Colour
Semi-matte black
Luminous
Hour markers Super Luminova C3
Day/Date
Date at 3 (quickset)
HANDS
Style
White painted, luminous filled
Luminous
Super Luminova C3
CRYSTAL
4.13mm flat sapphire, A/R coating underside
MOVEMENT
ETA2824-2 Standard, quality 1. 25 jewel automatic running at 28800 BPH.
BATTERY
N/A
STRAP
1970s retro-style rubber strap

The PRS-50 is guaranteed for two years and will be supplied with:

  • Retro-style square-hole rubber strap ( fitted to watch).
  • One two-watch travel case from Banda.

Gallery

Product ref:  Precista PRS-50 - £395.00
Sold out and discontinued
 

PRECISTA "ITALIAN" - PRS-20

This is the non-limited edition of the Precista "Italian". The differences from the limited edition are:

  • Standard Unitas 6497-1 movement instead of the decorated and modified movement
  • Solid steel screw back instead of the sapphire glass back

The watch has a wonderfully large 37.4mm visible dial, which is of two-layer sandwich construction with Super Luminova shining through the numbers and indices. The domed sapphire crystal varies in thickness from 1.5mm to 2.9mm and has anti-relective coating to the underside. The diamond-shape crown measures 5mm high by 8mm across and is signed with the Precista "P". The hands are blued steel with Super Luminova filling.

MODEL
PRECISTA ITALIAN PRS-20
CASE
Material
316L stainless steel, polished
Diameter
44mm, 48.5mm across including crown
Lug to lug height
50.7mm
Thickness 11.2mm to the top of domed crystal
Lug spacing 24mm
Anti-magnetic
4800 A/m
Water resistance
100 metres
Weight
100 grammes with strap
Features
Screw back
DIAL
Colour
Semi-matte black sandwich dial construction
Luminous
Hour markers Super Luminova C3
Day/Date
None
HANDS
Style
Blued steel, luminous filled
Luminous
Super Luminova C3
CRYSTAL
1.5 - 2.9 mm domed sapphire, A/R coating underside
MOVEMENT
ETA (Unitas) 17 jewel hand winding, calibre 6498-1 (18,000 BPH).
BATTERY
N/A
STRAP
Custom Banda strap,black calf leather. Signed buckle.

The Italian is guaranteed for two years and ships in a single-watch travelling case.

Gallery

Product ref:  Precista ITALIAN - PRS-20 - £365.00
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PRECISTA 89 100 metre CHRONOGRAPH - PRS-17-C

I would have loved to make this watch with the Lemania 5100 chronograph movement but sadly, it is no longer available. In order to get the "look" of a Lemania powered chronograph, the high quality 27 jewel ETA quartz chronograph movement has been used with the familiar aeroplane tipped minute recorder hand. This movement is used in Chase-Durer, Revue-Thommen and Tag-Heuer watches costing more than £1000.

Functions

  • Hours, minutes and constant seconds (seconds at 6 o'clock)
  • Date - date setting is by advancing the hour hand through midnight. In the date set position, the hour hand advances in one hour jumps
  • Simple chronograph timing function
  • ADD function timing mode
  • SPLIT timing mode
  • Chronograph hands ZERO functio

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MODEL
PRECISTA 89 – PRS-17-C CHRONOGRAPH
CASE
Material
316L stainless steel, brushed and polished
Diameter
Bezel 37.3mm, 43mm across including crown
Lug to lug height
44.57mm
Thickness 12.5mm
Lug spacing 20mm
Anti-magnetic
4800 A/m
Water resistance
100 metres
Weight
65 grammes without strap
Features
Screw down crown, 120 click unidirectional bezel
DIAL
Colour
Semi-matte black
Luminous
Hour markers & bezel triangle Super Luminova C3
Day/Date
Date at 4.40 position
HANDS
Style
Plain skeleton hands, luminous filled
Luminous
Super Luminova C3
CRYSTAL
2mm thick sapphire, anti-reflective coating underside
MOVEMENT
ETA 27 jewel quartz chronograph, calibre 251.262
BATTERY
394 silver oxide, approximately 30 months life
STRAP
NATO of choice.

Supplied on a NATO strap of choice with 12 months guarantee and instructions (please state choice of NATO when ordering).

Update 18 November 2012: I discovered another 35 pieces in stock last week (don't ask). They have been fitted with a new battery and checked. They are offered for sale at 2006 price. Now all sold.

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Product ref:  Precista 89 100 metre CHRONOGRAPH
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PRECISTA 89 200 metre diver's watch - PRS-17 QUARTZ & AUTOMATIC

This model was issed in 1988 and 1989 only with the ordnance numbers 6645-99, 75733 14 and interestingly, was fitted with a different dial for each of the two years of issue. The dial on this model is in the style of that fitted to the 1989 original.

The original had a mineral crystal and was fitted with the ETA 955.114 seven jewel quartz movement. In keeping with my policy of updating the specification, the PRS-17Q is fitted with a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the underside and a Ronda 715Li 5 jewel quartz movement with a 10 year battery life. This watch is made in Germany by Walter Fricker GmbH & Co KG, the company which made the Dreadnought.

The automatic version is now also available.

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MODEL
PRECISTA 89 – PRS-17 QUARTZ
CASE
Material
316L stainless steel, brushed and polished
Diameter
Bezel 37.3mm, 43mm across including crown
Lug to lug height
44.57mm
Thickness 10.9mm
Lug spacing 20mm
Anti-magnetic
4800 A/m
Water resistance
200 metres, double 'O' ring seals on case back
Weight
60 grammes without strap
Features
Screw down crown, 120 click unidirectional bezel
DIAL
Colour
Semi-matte black
Luminous
Hour markers & bezel triangle Super Luminova C3
Day/Date
Date at 4.30 position
HANDS
Style
Plain skeleton hands, luminous filled
Luminous
Super Luminova C3
CRYSTAL
2mm thick sapphire, anti-reflective coating underside
MOVEMENT
Ronda 715Li quartz, 5 jewels with 10 year battery life
BATTERY
CR2016 Lithium
STRAP
NATO of choice.

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MODEL
PRECISTA 89 – PRS-17 AUTOMATIC
CASE
Material
316L stainless steel, brushed and polished
Diameter
Bezel 37.3mm, 43mm across including crown
Lug to lug height
44.57mm
Thickness 10.9mm
Lug spacing 20mm
Anti-magnetic
4800 A/m
Water resistance
200 metres, double 'O' ring seals on case back
Weight
70 grammes without strap
Features
Screw down crown, 120 click unidirectional bezel
DIAL
Colour
Semi-matte black
Luminous
Hour markers & bezel triangle Super Luminova C3
Day/Date
Date at 4.30 position
HANDS
Style
Plain skeleton hands, luminous filled
Luminous
Super Luminova C3
CRYSTAL
2mm thick sapphire, anti-reflective coating underside
MOVEMENT
ETA 25 jewels automatic, calibre 2824-2
BATTERY
N/A
STRAP
NATO of choice.

16 May 2007: PRS-17-Quartz allocated NATO Stock Number 6645-99-426-0190. This number is engraved on the back of all PRS-17-Q from 12 June 2007.

Supplied on a NATO strap of choice with 12 months guarantee.

11 November 2009: automatic now sold out.

Gallery

Product ref:  Precista 89 200 metre Diver's Watch
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PRECISTA "Fat Arrow" - PRS-53

This is the first of a planned range of watches in the military style bearing the name "Precista".   In the style of the highly collectible military watch which had the distinctive "Fat Arrow" dial in 1953 only.

Case

Brushed stainless steel case with a polished screw back and fixed bars.   Acrylic crystal and black dial with Superluminova markers.   Water resistant to 50 metres/165 feet.   The watch is not fitted with a screw down crown.

Dimensions

37mm Ø excluding the crown (41mm including crown), 48mm lug tip to lug tip and 12.75mm thick to the top of the domed acrylic crystal.   Lug spacing is 18mm.

Movement

Two versions of this watch are available:

Hand winding, fitted with ETA2801 17 jewels with hack seconds modification.

Automatic, fitted with ETA 2824 25 jewels, again with hacking seconds.

Fitted with NATO strap of your choice and with 12 months guarantee.

Gallery

Product ref:  Precista PRS-53 Hand Wind - £155 - Automatic - £175
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PRECISTA Commander Titan with Tritium Tubes

If you have been following the Forum, you will have seen occasional requests for a military style watch with the luminous tritium glass vials.  It's no secret that these are manufactured by MB-Microtec in Switzerland and it's no secret that they won't sell the tubes to anyone else, only manufacture "on behalf of".   I've had a few made with "Precista" dials, which whilst not unique, is different and the price is good.   Available with choice of Rhino or NATO strap.

Milspec :  MIL-W-46374F
NSN      :  6645-01-364-4042

Case

Brushed titanium case with polished screw back, sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, screw down crown, unidirectional carbon fibre bezel and water resistant to 200 metres/660 feet.  The black dial has luminous glass vials at each hour point and also on the hands, including the seconds hand.  The vials shine pale green in colour except the vial at 12, which shines red.

Dimensions

46mm diameter to the tip of the crown (40mm for bezel), 45.5mm lug tip to lug tip and 11mm thick. Lug spacing is 22mm and the watch head alone weighs just 40 grammes.

Movement

Ronda quartz 5 jewels with 40 month battery life and EOL (end of life indicator). Supplied with 12 months guarantee and choice of NATO or Rhino strap, please indicate which in the "comments" box on the order form, thank you.

Gallery

Product ref:  Precista Commander Titan - £195
Sold out and discontinued

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