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Due to the proliferation of inexpensive but relatively robust mechanical movements — and the spreading love of the watches they power — more and more “microbrand” watch companies seem to spring up every year. Alkin was established in 2018 in Bristol, UK by a furniture designer and watch collector named Charlie Fowler with the desire to produce simply designed, functional products that stand the test of time.
To that end, Fowler’s latest watch utilizes a case type that has indeed stood the test of time, despite the fact that its genuine usefulness is probably secondary to the attractiveness of its design: namely, the “super compressor.” (Of course, the genuine utility of a watch with hundreds of meters of water resistance and a dedicated, rotating dive bezel in 2020 is probably questionable at best to anyone other than a genuine horophile, but I digress. We like dive watches, here.)
The Model Two — which will be available for purchase on June 30th in one of three colorways — is a super compressor-style diver housed in a 41mm stainless steel case, powered by an automatic Miyota 9039 movement. Notably, it updates the vintage specs of an original compressor with 300m of water resistance and screw-down crowns, making for a more robust package. The watch also comes equipped with sapphire crystal featuring anti-reflective coating, an internal, bi-directional dive bezel controlled by one of the crowns, and a brushed, matching steel Oyster-style bracelet.
Available colors on the Model 2 include black, blue, and fully-lumed white, each of which features Super-LumiNova BGW9 illumination on the hands and bezel indices. The Arabic dial indices, which were designed by British typographer Gareth Hague, are screen-printed in a multi-layer process that raises them above the dial somewhat, much like vintage radium or tritium-filled indices. These are flanked by cutout hour indices revealing a lume-coated dial beneath, produced in a “sandwich” design. Overall, the process makes for a dynamic look that betrays an eye for both aesthetics and utility.
Impressively, MSRP on the Model 2 will run just $499, with a pre-order price of only $399. You can nab yours at 11AM EST on June 30th.
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