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Welcome to the Scottish Watches Podcast – Episode 368! What goes into engineering decades old historically relevant materials into a watch? That’s one of the most interesting aspects of Zero West watch. Today we have the return of co-founder Andrew who takes us through that process of acquiring material from famous planes, cars, motorbikes, etc. The materials always tie in with a special event, which is part of the trio that form every Zero West watch: event, engineering achievement, and personal connection. We chat about how these are part of the new Dambuster line plus we get a tease of what’s to come. Also, stick to the end if you want to know how to place a Mk 9 Spitfire Merlin engine in your retail space.
Wristwatch check: Andrew is wearing their new Zero West db2 Lancaster Chronograph A collection that like other Zero West watches incorporates a personal connection, engineering achievement, and an event. The event for this collection is the Operation Chastise and features material from a downed Dambuster ED825.Dave is wearing his Omega Speedmaster Anniversary 31032425002001 Rikki is beating up Dave’s cartoon character with his own. He’s wearing his Batman. Daily watch chat: Dave’s current daily is the Oris Propilot X Calibre-400/01-400-7778-7158-07-7-20-01tlc For Rikki it’s the Batman. Closely followed by the Horage Tourbillon 1 and the MAD 1. Andrews favorite watch from Zero West is the Zero West s2 Spitfire 1936 Zero West S4-p9427-1940 Zero West cr-1 Café Racer-1950s Zero West ls-1 Land Speed Bullhead Chronograph-1927 During the height of the pandemic, many customers who purchased watches from Zero West were willing to wait to get their watches in person. This prompted to guys to design a retail space. The Studio Boathouse Lancaster watches – These watches not only have their design inspired by an iconic plane, but they also have a piece of one in them. The aircraft model in question is the Avro Lancaster, a British WWII heavy bomber, but specifically to this group of watches, it’s the ED825 Dambuster belonging to the 617 squadron. The watches have the highly engineered case of the Aviation collection with the DB-1 and DB-2 having a brushed and polished finish while the DB-1 Blackout is black PVD coated. All have DSL lugs and come on a custom military and aerospace-grade cross-linked fluor elastomer rubber. On the black enamel dials, we can find latitude and longitude coordinates to the Sorpe Dam and date codes for Operation Chastise. All reference the ED825’s most famous operation. In fact, the entire layout and design of the dial and hands pay respect to the altimeters of this model of aircraft. On the underside of the case, there are more references to its mission, squadron, and what will undoubtedly have watch and aviation fans wanting one of these pieces, a diamond-turned aluminum insert housing a disc repurposed from the aluminum fuselage of the Lancaster ED825. This is set beneath a reverse-printed sapphire crystal. An over simplified explanation of the way they work with the matterial they aquired from the aircraft whent from this to thisthis thisand this Astin Martin DBR1. With material being taken from the drive shaft. To make the Zero West tt-58r Zero West Handmade straps New bullhead coming soon. Omega Seamaster Bullhead Co-Axial Chronometer Chronograph Seiko Bullhead Chronograph NOS 6138-0040. Getting a Spitfire MK 9 Merlin engine into their studio.
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