LIMITED EDITION OF 20
- 6b Watches
MILITARY INSPIRED MECHANICAL WRIST WATCH 6B/6645/MK1 PILOTS CHRONOGRAPH
LIMITED EDITION OF 20
LIMITED EDITION OF 20
The 6B logo is registered under class 14 ( watches ) trademark No 2640745 ®
Building on the success of my bespoke nylon watch straps as GasGasBones it is now time for a new direction and see where my new 6B watch brand can take me.
It's surely every watch enthusiasts dream to own his or her micro watch brand and see how the brand can grow and develop. Since I got into watches I have often thought about this and often did doodles and sketches of my perfect watch, haven't we all ! Some of you may know that I am ex military having served nearly 25 years in the Royal Air Force. During that time I worked on and with many aircraft from my all time favourite, the mighty English Electric Lightning, to F4 Phantoms, Avro Shackeletons, Buccaneers, Jaguars and Tornados. I was also fortunate enough to fly in many aircraft from Shackletons, Jaguars and the trump card BBMF Lancaster bomber, PA 474 one of only two flying in the world.
Naturally my preference for watch design is for military inspired timepieces and specifically pilots watches. I love the simple designs, the legible dials and general no fuss approach to the designs of these watches. I have owned my fair share of nice watches over the years but my absolute favourite is my humble CWC Pilots Chronograph. This watch has long been a favourite of mine but this just might change with the arrival of my 6B Mk1.
So how did 6B watches come about ? For the past couple of years I have been seriously trying to get this project off the ground but I took things slowly and with a bit of help from some friends I have made along the way I am ready to unleash the MK1 on an unsuspecting public.
I guess many micro brands take time to do a big build up prior to any manufacture and launch. This gathers interest in the model and very often the first batches are sold on pre order before being actually being launched, especially for the more established micro brands. This is perfectly fine for the more well known brands but for the first timer like me I wanted to avoid this. You may wonder why I didn't do a pre-launch build up but the answer is quite simple. If I had done all that and the project had fallen through or if there had been delays on any date I had given for a launch then It would look quite unprofessional and I don't want to look unprofessional, I take my work and products very seriously. The other good point is that now you have no long wait, no deposits to pay and no wondering what the final thing will look like. Apart from the small lead time to make the leather packaging and straps, the whole package is ready to go. If you like it, buy it, if you dont like it no time wasted and move on :-)
6B-6645-MK1 pilots chronograph.
The MK1 is designed purely as a tool where function firmly follows form. There is nothing on the watch to mislead the owner of exactly what the watch was made for. From the highly legible, uncluttered dial to the simple military inspired engraving on the case back, the watch is pure pilots watch.
Manufactured in limited numbers with an LE run of just 20 watches total. Each watch is individually numbered and packaged with its own numbered watch wallet and tray. The case is German made while the dial of the watch I am very pleased to say was manufactured and printed here in the UK. The watch runs the venerable Valjoux 7750 chronograph movement and carries a Swiss made hand set.
The case has a screw down crown recessed in the guard and features rectangular pushers. The fixed bezel has a finely brushed beveled edge with an inner polished Ring. The brushed finish is also used on the top section of the lugs. The sides of the case, crown and pushers are polished as is the back of the watch. Mounting the strap is via screw bars. The case back has a polished bevelled edge and a brushed centre flat section. Case back features the crows foot and 6B ref number along with the LE number of the watch. I deliberately kept the case back engraving to the minimum ( and in military style ) as I much prefer the cleaner look giving the watch a more working military feel. You can read the specification of the watch here, I don't think it needs to clutter up the back of the watch with unnecessary engraving.
Matt black printed dial with SuperLumiNova applications on the numerals and hands. My dials are manufactured and printed here in the UK. I had the option of having the dial in the day date configuration, just the date or without either. I chose to have neither because personally I don't like a date window on any watch. I can put up with it on some watches but as I had the option I omitted it on the MK1
Simple slim highly legible hand set in white. The hour and minute hand are luminous and colour matched to the dial lume.
Each watch comes with three straps. The two leather straps are manufactured by myself ( gasgasbones ) and come in standard length or are available in longer version. Straps feature carbon fibre tubes ( not shown in gallery pics ) of the exact internal diameter of screw bars outer dims, these eliminate totaly any slop or waggle in the strap when fitted to the watch. The package includes a Phoenix NATO G10 in admiralty grey. This strap is mil spec and issued to UK forces on receipt of their watch. Straps are fitted using the Bergeon screwdriver provided.
As well as making the straps It gives me enormous pleasure to be able to make my own packaging for my watches. Even though it takes me a lot of time effort and money ! I believe the finished product shows the care and attention to detail I put into all my products, Can any other watch manufacturer boast they physically manufacture their own straps and packaging?! This is something I am very proud of doing. I've designed and made the packaging to be both functional, unique and good looking. The watch and strap tray for instance, I wanted to keep the straps on view but still held securely so I made the holder to fit the buckle section only. The straps can be housed safely but still on full show. The nato holder has a little dog leg piece of leather that the strap slides neatly into. The felt backing extends from the bottom and is used to protect the contents if the watch is stored or in transit. I wanted the package to be an interactive experience so this is why the watch head comes without a strap fitted so you have the choice of the watches first strap.
The leather wallet :
So much watch packaging is simply pushed to the back of the cupboard once the watch is being worn. I designed mine so the wallet at least can be used while the watch is in service. Once the watch is in use the inner tray, carrying the watch head, the three spare straps the Bergeon screwdriver and the NATO G10 can be stored safely in its black outer box and the wallet then used for your logbook, documents, your phone or whatever else you may want to use it for. The more the wallet is used the nicer it will become with age. Made from superb quality British leather the straps, wallet and tray take well over a day to make, probably closer to two. Hard work sure, but buying off the peg is too easy and I like to know I have put some thought into my product and produced a unique and desirable product that will last for years to come. I think you will agree the whole package looks fantastic and very much unique.
Warranty card :
The warranty information is incorporated into a "RAF officers clothing issue book". This will have the initial purchaser of the MK1 written on the front and on the inside of the book along with the date of the initial issue/purchase and LE number of watch. The one year warrantee runs from this date. If you decide to sell the MK1 within the warranty period a new booklet is available on request from the new owner.
So, why 6B and not a gasgasbones branded watch ? Well, imagine walking around with a daft name like gasgasbones wrapped around your wrist, try explaining that!
The Gasgasbones name is a perfectly suitable name for my straps and accessories but not really suited for a watch brand. I came up with the 6B brand name and logo about three years ago and have been dying to use it since ! 6B is the prefix for Air ministry (sometimes RAF ) issue and 6645 is the NATO code for military wristwatch.
Like you, I am watch daft, I love them. I also believe in telling it as it is without any bull so any questions you may have regarding these watches will be answered honestly and within boundaries of privacy of my contacts and clients. Its been a lot of hard work and frustration but I've had a great deal of fun putting the 6B brand together and I hope you love the look of the finished product. As yet I haven't got the pedigree of some other micro brands though of course over time I hope that can change. What I will say though is this, I simply would not tarnish my good reputation by producing a shoddy product, it just wouldn't happen. If you purchase one of the MK1 watches I'm certain you will love the whole package for years to come.
There are other models in the pipline, depending on the success of the MK1 I will hopefully have a MK2 to show you at some point in the near future.
Thank you for reading this far. Please enjoy the gallery pictures.
Movement : Swiss made automatic Valjoux 7750 chronograph.
Functions : Hours, minutes sub dial running seconds with hack function. Sub dial minute and hour totalizers for chrono function.
Case : German made 316L stainless steel brushed and polished detail. 44mm across including crown, 13mm thick.
Strap attachment : Screw in bars.
Lug width : 20mm
Case back : Machine engraved with crows foot, watch ref and the limited edition (LE) number.
Dial : Flat black painted metal dial with brilliant white print. SuperLumiNova numerals and hands.
Crystal : Flat sapphire.
Water resistant : 100mtrs
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