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DREADNOUGHT VOYAGER GMT PRS-21

It is now 10 years since the Dreadnought PRS-2 was launched, establishing micro-brands as a credible choice for buyers of quality watches at a reasonable price. In fact, the price may have been too reasonable as the PRS-2 now changes hands for up to 5 times the original selling price. Given the amount of discussion the PRS-2 has created over the last decade, it is sometimes difficult to believe that only 200 pieces were produced and will ever be produced.

The Dreadnought Voyager PRS-21 has been a long time coming but it was vital to ensure that the watch was worthy of carrying the Dreadnought name and was sufficiently different to avoid being called "Dreadnought Mk II". Instead of just sticking a GMT movement in the existing Dreadnought case, the watch has been completely re-designed from scratch. There is now a larger visible dial area, a thinner case and GMT function whilst still retaining all the water resistance most divers will ever need and high anti-magnetic properties. The PRS-21 was designed to be a true traveller's watch.

 

MODEL
DREADNOUGHT VOYAGER GMT PRS-21
CASE
Material
316L stainless steel, bead-blasted
Diameter
42.5mm across the bezel, 49mm including the crown
Lug to lug height
52mm
Thickness 14.5mm to the top of the crystal
Lug spacing 22mm
Anti-magnetic
30,000 A/m
Water resistance
300 metres
Weight
250 grammes including bracelet
Features
Screw back, screw down crown, uni-directional bezel with 120 clicks, anti-magnetic movement cover and retaining ring, soft-iron anti-magnetic dial
DIAL
Colour
Black with luminous indices and white printed minute track, orange luminous marker at 12
Luminous
SuperLuminova
Day/Date
Date at 6 o'clock position
HANDS
Style
Plongeur style, luminous filled with white frame for the hour hand and orange frame for minute hand
Luminous
SuperLuminova
CRYSTAL
Bombé sapphire with anti-reflective coating on the underside. 32.5mm x 2.6mm x 3.6mm thick
MOVEMENT
ETA2893-2 Elaborée 21 jewel automatic with quickset date and GMT function, 28,800 BPH
BATTERY
N/A
STRAP
Stainless steel with bead-blasted finish, security clasp and diver's extension. 8 removable full-size links and 2 half-links, solid end links. Removable links have screw fittings and the bracelet is secured to the watch with screwed bars.


The PRS-21 is guaranteed for two years and will be supplied with one silicone rubber strap, two screwdrivers and two spare screwed bars. Supplied in a Peli case with polishing cloth and booklet.

Available from 23 November 2013. Ordering is limited to one piece per person, orders for more than one watch will not be accepted.

15 January 2014: The Dreadnought Voyager is now sold out. More have been ordered and should be available in April 2014.

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DREADNOUGHT PRS-2

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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