Now here is a watch that requires an introduction – being from Australia and in honor of Doctor Who. We’ve mentioned OWC watches before, but this is a new twist on dive watch designs.
OWC, formerly known as Orange Watch Company, is a small operation in, you guessed it, Orange, Australia. Founder Dan Fock is one of the most detail-oriented and perfectionist people I know, so it’s no surprise that customers are willing to wait a year or more for one of his watches. The watch shown above is a new model, the MS-1001, with a theme near and dear to Dan:
My homage to the 50th year of Doctor Who. Not only was the Doctor 50 on the 23rd of November, I was 55. So this is also a present to myself… Gallifrey is a planet in the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who and is the home world of the Doctor and the Time Lords. It is located in a binary star system (Gridlock) within the constellation of Kasterborous (Pyramids of Mars, Attack of the Cybermen and Voyage of the Damned), at “galactic coordinates ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two from galactic zero centre”
10-0-11-0-0 x 02…hence 1001, the first 4 numbers in its location.
The dial design says “Time” in the language of the “Time Lords,” and Dan’s pictures show other bits of Dr. Who stuff as well. Dr. Who has been running a very, very long time and has a cadre of fans who adore the show. Me, I’ve seen the Torchwood spinoff series, but have just started watching with the 2005 series following Dan’s advice.
Even to someone like me who doesn’t recognize it as Dr. Who, I really like the dial design and how it incorporates OWC. Reminds me of the Nazca Lines. Very striking.
Price is still being determined. What we do know is that it’s a stainless steel case, rated to 300m and individually tested. Sapphire crystal, lumed ceramic bezel, with a Sea-gull ST-1812 movement (ETA 2892 near-copy). Optional Soprod A-10 movement, dimensions approximately 40x12mm. Pricing will likely be in the $600 – $900 range.
Most TV-related watches are cheap quartz junk. This is not. I like it because it is cool, clever, mechanical, and by an enthusiast for enthusiasts. orangewatchcompany.com