German Arctos Elite GPW K1 Limited Edition Watch Available

German Arctos Elite GPW K1 Limited Edition Watch Available

German Arctos Elite GPW K1 Limited Edition Watch Available Watch Releases

I find that it is my duty to share with you information about  limited offerings of unique and attractive watches that you might not learn about anywhere else. This is the case with this limited edition Arctos Elite GPW K1 watch constructed with a ceramic case. GPW stands for "German Precision Watch," which is honestly a silly phrase, but for a serious watch. All you need to get out of that name is that this Arctos watch is proudly German-made, which means it constructed well and a good value. Now, what makes this Arctos Elite GPW watch so interesting is that it is a limited edition concept based on another GPW watch model - the standard K1. The limited edition uses the same ceramic case (yes, the ultra hard - virtually scratch-proof - zirconium oxide compound) but with a much more interesting dial than the standard version. The limited edition is also less expensive than the standard model! How can that be? Well it really has to do with the fact that this is basically a concept watch. Arctos wanted to play around with interesting designs and released only 50 of these watches. The dial uses a jet black face with bright hour markers that are a mix of Arabic and Roman numerals. If you'd ask me in theory to say whether I thought this was a good look, I wouldn't be sure how to respond - but seeing it like this convinces me that this unique avant garde design firmly positioned between a functional militarist look and a designer style - is quite nice. I'd dare say handsome too.

I've placed some comparison images of the limited edition model and the standard GPW for you to see the difference. You probably agree that the Elite limited edition model is something special. The case of the watch is 44mm with and about 15mm tall. Part of that has to do with the thick 3.5mm tall sapphire crystal. The lugs are place 24mm apart to allow for an impressively wide strap. 24mm is the same width as most Panerai watch straps. The design of the case itself is a blend of aggressive styling with technical futuristic look. It does this in a subtle manner because use of too many complex curves and angles makes a watch look awkward once it is on your wrist. Not the case here.

German Arctos Elite GPW K1 Limited Edition Watch Available Watch Releases

German Arctos Elite GPW K1 Limited Edition Watch Available Watch Releases

German Arctos Elite GPW K1 Limited Edition Watch Available Watch Releases

Like most military inspired watches Arctos decided to keep the face simple and legible - which it is. The generous amount of luminant on the dials contrasted against the black face will make it easy to read. Inside the watch is a European automatic mechanical movement - viewable through the caseback window. The screw-down caseback of the watch is titanium as these types of pieces are not wise to construct out of a ceramic material.

This Arctos Elite GPW K1 Limited Edition watch was release a little while ago (in 2008). As the run was for only 50 watches there are rare. However, Rufus Lin Designs has a very limited number (three pieces or less) available. The price for each is reasonable at $1,200 Because this model is is nicer AND less expensive than the standard Artcos GPW watch it is a choice pick for me.

Check out the Arctos Elite GPW K1 Limited Edition watch here at Rufus Lin Designs.

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  • Paul Hubbard

    The mix of Arabic and Roman numerals is called a ‘California’ dial, created and popularized by an old Panerai model. Nice but not original to GPW.

    • Hi Paul,
      I didn’t know that. Thanks for letting me know. I knew it looked familiar, but really wasn’t sure where I had seen it before. I wonder why it is called a California dial though?

  • Marty R

    Hi guys, Paul is correct about the name being California dial. It is my understanding that Rolex was the actual first to produce watches with this mix…. the Bubbleback. Being “patent happy” I believe Rolex even patented this design.
    As far as Panarai, we know that Rolex originally supplied case and movement and it stands to reason that they would also have supplied this
    blank dial.
    There is another company that also gets a lot of credit – Kirk Rich Company, a California dial specialty – refinishing firm that specialized in the “Bubbleback” dial.
    There are other variations of the Kirk Rich story.
    All Regards, Marty

    • Hi Marty,
      Thanks for the input. It would very hard for Rolex to patent the design of the dial – as I don’t think they could show it was an invention of sorts. Even if they did, it would have had to have been much more than 15 years ago, and it would have lapsed. Without going into a rich discussion, copyright and trademark protection are out of the picture as well. That’s cool that you don’t like dial, enough people do. What types of dials do you prefer? These days I am finding myself most drawn to those with some three dimensional quality, at least having applied numerals. Take care.

  • I personally do not like the look of a California dial and would not buy a watch that didn’t have an optional dial. So there.

  • I like the looks. It is so much better than a digital watch. Having an equestrian school with a big clock on the wall with big hands, i am amazed by the amount of teenagers unable to tell time from an oldfashioned clock. They only know how to tell time when looking at a digital clock.