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Limited Edition Archive

The watches on this page are all historical models,

mostly limited editions which are no longer available and will not be available again

SPEEDBIRD III - PRS-22

It's hard to believe that it's almost seven years since the PRS-1 Speedbird was launched. It was an instant success and examples of the PRS-1 now command in excess of the original selling price, when they can be found.

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Although it quickly sold out, many people stated that they did not buy it because it didn't have a date and so, in 2002, the Speedbird II was launched in both black and ivory dial versions with a date.

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Just 38 pieces of the "Goldbird" were sold with a choice of three different dials.

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  • 2001 - Speedbird PRS-1 introduced - 300 pieces
  • 2002 - Speedbird II PRS-7 introduced - 300 pieces total (black and ivory dials available)
  • 2003 - "Goldbird" introduced - 38 pieces total (3 dial designs available)

The new Speedbird III has been in planning, design and production for three years and is the highest specification of all the Speedbirds with an anti-magnetic rating of 80,000 A/m, superb stainless steel bracelet, tested for negative pressure to 0.4 ATM (to stop the crystal "popping" at altitude) and the crown tube is screwed into the case exactly as found on watches costing many times more.

Although not an official limited edition and not numbered as such, only the first 50 pieces were supplied with the chronometer version of the ETA2824-2 and can be identified by serial numbers in the range 08050001 to 08050050

MODEL
SPEEDBIRD III - PRS-22
CASE
Material
316L stainless steel, brushed finish
Diameter
39mm, 42.6mm including crown
Lug to lug height
46mm
Thickness 11.9mm
Anti-magnetic
80000 A/m with anti-magnetic movement cover and movement retaining ring
Water resistance
100 metres, also negative pressure tested to 0.4 ATM
Weight
165 grammes including steel bracelet
Features
Screw back, crown tube screwed into case (not pressed), unique serial number
DIAL
Colour
Semi-matte black soft iron anti-magnetic
Luminous
Hour markers, triangle at 12 Super Luminova C3
Day/Date
Date at 6 o'clock
HANDS
Style
Frosted silver , luminous filled
Luminous
Super Luminova C3
CRYSTAL
Domed sapphire with anti-reflective on underside
MOVEMENT
ETA2824-2 25 jewel automatic with Nivarox hairspring and Glucydur balance, adjusted in 4 positions.
BATTERY N/A
STRAP
Stainless steel bracelet with custom fitted solid end links and centre clasp;screwed links for adjustment.

The first 50 Speedbird III were supplied with:

  • Speedbird NATO strap.
  • One two-watch travel case from Banda.

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PRECISTA PRS-50 Limited Edition

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.

The movement is a new old stock AS2063, as fitted to this type of watch in the 1975 model, and the movements have been fully serviced and regulated.

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MODEL
PRECISTA PRS-50 Limited Edition
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
New old stock17 jewel AS2063 automatic movement with quickset date and direct centre seconds, non-hacking. Running at 21,600 BPH (3 Hz), Trishock shock resistance.
BATTERY
N/A
STRAP
1970s retro-style rubber strap

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

  • Two 1970s retro-style rubber straps (one strap fitted to watch).
  • One two-watch travel case from Banda.

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PRECISTA "ITALIAN" Limited Edition - PRS-20

This started as a project during 2005 but initially presented technical difficulties to achieve 100 metres water resistance combined with a screw down crown and a hand winding movement. Following a visit to Walter Fricker in February 2006, these difficulties were discussed and solutions found. It was during this visit that I saw some Unitas movements from Soprod which convinced me that this shouldn't be just a special watch, it should be a very special watch. Despite the considerable extra cost, customers who wanted this watch voted overwhelmingly to pay the extra for a screwed balance and blued steel swan-neck regulator.

The potential problem of using a screw down crown with a hand winding movement was overcome by using a de-coupling mechanism, similar to that used in the Dreadnought crown assembly.

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.

The beautifully decorated movement can be seen through the large sapphire glass back, which reveals the complete movement. The lugs are two-part wire lugs, removed via screws at each corner of the case to enable changing of straps.

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MODEL
PRECISTA ITALIAN LE 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 22mm
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). Modified by Soprod with screwed balance and blued steel swan-neck regulator. Decorated with Geneva Stripes, perlage and blued screws. Glucydur balance, Anachron hairspring and chronometer grade (soigné), adjusted in 3 positions.
BATTERY
N/A
STRAP
Custom Banda strap, calf leather with ostrich grain. Signed buckle.

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

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Aero Watch Limited Edition Pilot Chronograph

Aéro Watch SA was founded in Neuchâtel in 1942 and quickly gained a reputation for quality triple calendar moonphase timepieces which are now very collectible.

The name "Aéro Watch" is now owned by Louis Erard, another independent Swiss watch manufacturer with a reputation for quality watches with individual styling. Aéro Watch is now seen on the dials of a comprehensive range of pocket watches but occasionally, they release a limited edition wristwatch and this pilot chronograph, in a numbered edition of just 100 pieces, is the first wristwatch to bear the name Aéro Watch since the limited edition skeleton of 1990. The entire edition is exclusive to Time Factors.

Case

The stainless steel case has a fine brushed finish and fitted with a stainless steel screw back. The coin-edge milled bezel is polished and the crystal is sapphire. The black dial is a true black, not dark grey as often seen and the style is distinctly 1940s. The squelette hands and numbers are luminous. Rated water resistant to 5 ATM/50 metres/165 feet.

Dimensions

40 mm Ø, 47.7 mm lug tip to lug tip and 12.25 mm thick. Lug spacing is 20 mm.

Movement

Valjoux 17 jewel hand-wind chronograph, calibre 7760 running at 28,800 BPH and a power reserve of approximately 42 hours. You can see from the pictures that the movement is decorated with both Geneva stripes and perlage.

Supplied on brown leather crocodile grain strap with a de-luxe double folding deployant clasp. Original Aéro Watch box, hang tag and 12 months manufacturer's warranty.

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Lady Speedbird Automatic Limited Edition - Model PRS-15

There are very few limited editions specifically for ladies, this one has been introduced by popular demand. If the Speedbird 1903 is the brother to the Speedbird PRS-1, then this one is the sister. A limited edition of just 50 numbered pieces makes it a very exclusive wristwatch.

Case

Brushed stainless steel case with screw view back, domed sapphire crystal and water resistant to 50 metres. The black dial has luminous markers at the cardinal points and the black hands also have luminous filling.

Dimensions

29mm diameter, 36.5mm lug tip to lug tip and 12.5mm thick. Lug spacing is 14mm.

Movement

ETA 25 jewel automatic , calibre 2671. The movement is decorated and the limited edition number is shown on the rotor as well as on the case.

The watch is fitted with a quality leather strap with single fold deployant clasp and supplied in a hardwood box with 12 months guarantee. A solid link stainless steel bracelet is available at extra cost.

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SPEEDBIRD 1903 Automatic Chronograph Limited Edition - Model PRS-12

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first manned powered flight by the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on 17th December 1903, the Speedbird 1903 has been designed as a brother to the Speedbird PRS-1. A limited edition of just 100 numbered pieces.

Case

Brushed stainless steel case with screw back and screw down crown, domed sapphire crystal and water resistant to 100 metres. The black dial has slightly sunken sub-dials in white with raised concentric circles. Polished silver hour and minute hands with blued hands on the sub-dials. "Speedbird 1903" in silver script on the elapsed minutes sub-dial at 12. The Arabic numbers are in white and not luminous.

Dimensions

38mm diameter, 49mm lug tip to lug tip and 14.3mm thick. Lug spacing is 20mm.

Movement

Valjoux 25 jewel automatic chronograph, calibre 7750. The constant seconds facility at the 9 position has not been utilised to preserve the symmetry of the dial

The watch is fitted with a quality croco grain leather strap and supplied in a wood box with 12 months guarantee. A package of aviation related goodies will also ship with the watch.

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Timefactors "Dreadnought" Ltd Ed. Automatic 500m Diver's Watch, Certified Chronometer

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 timefactors watches). 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. The full specification is:

  • Case and bracelet manufactured from 316L stainless steel.
  • Diameter = 44 mm, 15.6 mm thick and 54 mm lug tip to lug tip. Lug spacing is 22 mm.
  • Weight: Watch & bracelet = 265 grammes, the watch head is approximately 140 grammes.
  • Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the underside.
  • Super Luminova on hands and dial.
  • Movement: ETA2824-2T (Top) with decoration and chronometer rated to DIN standard.
  • Anti-magnetic movement dust cover & movement ring.
  • 500 metres water resistant.
  • Twin "O" ring seals in the case back.
  • Patented decoupling screw down crown (tested to 2000 metres).
  • Anti-magnetic to 30,000 A/m.
  • Screwed bar lugs.
  • Solid link stainless steel bracelet with solid end pieces, diver's extension and screwed removable links.
  • Numbered limited edition of just 200 pieces.

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 link


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

Movement: ETA 25 jewel automatic, calibre 2824-2T (Top version, with basic decoration and "assortments chronometer") chronometer certified to DIN 8319-1 running at 28,800 bph with hacking seconds.

You can read Ewan Wilson's review of the Dreadnought here.

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.

Forthcoming projects are discussed and design features previewed on my "Watch Talk" Forum.

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Timefactors "Speedbird II" Automatic Pilot Watch - Model PRS-7

Following the success of the Speedbird PRS-1 and the continued interest in this model, I am pleased to announce the arrival of Speedbird II, PRS-7, for the many people who asked for the Speedbird with a date. Now available in both black or ivory dial. It's difficult to get a totally accurate representation of the colour of the ivory dial but it's very close to the colour of the ivory instrument dials fitted to current Mercedes-Benz models.

The technical specification of the watch is identical to the PRS-1 (see below) but with the following cosmetic differences:

  • The minute chapter ring has been moved closer to the edge of the dial
  • Date window added at 6 o'clock
  • Hands are a different style and slightly longer
  • Name on the dial

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Timefactors "SPEEDBIRD" Ltd Edition Automatic Pilot Watch - Model PRS-1

It has long been my personal ambition to create a watch of my own and I am now happy to introduce the first of what I hope will be many. This project began as an idea in the middle of last year and after changing my mind several times, decided on a specification in January 2001. I could have launched the watch earlier if I was prepared to compromise my original concept but I decided that it was worth waiting to get exactly what I wanted. This is a limited edition of just 300 pieces world-wide and each watch is individually numbered..

I chose for my first project a watch in the style but not an exact copy of, the watch issued to pilots of the British Overseas Airways Corporation in the 1950s. This was a time when Britain still had an Empire, you could go to bed without locking the door and BOAC was regarded as the world's premier airline. Those times are now long gone but the memories are not.

Case

The stainless steel case has a fine brush finish, with spun finish screw back and a screw down crown. The dial is matte black with white painted minute chapter and Arabic numbers. Tritium luminous is applied at the cardinal points of the dial and in the centre of the black minute and hour hands: the centre sweep seconds hand is white. Bombé sapphire crystal and the watch is water resistant to 10 bar/100 metres/330 feet.

Dimensions

The case is 37.5 mm Ø, 48.5 mm lug tip to lug tip and 11.6 mm thick. The dial is 32.5 mm Ø and lug spacing is 18 mm. I originally planned for this watch to be fitted with fixed bar lugs but changed to springbars following requests from interested customers who said they would wish to alternate between NATO style and leather straps.

Movement

ETA 25 jewel automatic, calibre 2836-2 running at 28,800 bph with hacking seconds.

Supplied fitted with a special custom NATO style strap based on the colours of the British Overseas Airways Corporation and with an extra RAF pattern strap in the same colours. Hang tag in the style of a dog tag, signed limited edition card, polishing cloth, watch information leaflet and a hardwood box. This watch is sold with twelve months warranty.

You can read a review of this watch here.

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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 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 "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-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-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
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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.

Gallery

Product ref:  Precista 89 100 metre CHRONOGRAPH
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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
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