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2017 ACE Squadron Briefing 22

Dear civilians,

Shortly, all 16 SUBDELTA Ace watches will be assembled and shipped. To prepare this, the grade 5 titanium cases and casebacks have been beadblasted and hand-polished the other day. They’re ready for all personal engravings.

SUBDELTA ACE

SUBDELTA ACE

Last week, the lumed seconds hands also surfaced from Switzerland. The BGW9 “grade A” lume was hand-appllied by one of our local Swiss (secret) operatives. Nice job, F!

SUBDELTA ACE

Until another briefing, civilians.

Over & out

HQ


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2017 ACE Squadron Briefing 14

Dear civilians,

Please pay attention to Briefing no. 14, as you’ll see your SUBDELTA ACE come to life.

Great news. Today the dials and hands of the ACE pilot’s watch have arrived! HQ urges you to take notice of the following images and destroy them right after reading. They should not fall into enemy hands, whatever it takes!

Straps
Remie of 7T2Straps.com is really making an effort of the bespoke leather straps. Here’s a little time warp for ya. The prototype of the buckle you see in the following images will be sent to our metal lab this week, so he can use it as a production example when it comes to curvature / bends. This way, all production buckles will be exactly the same. Good thinking, Eddy, and thanks, Remie! Good luck finishing all straps buddy.

Remember: Remie does it all by hand… the level of detail is impeccable.

Please note the metal studs are still missing in the images. They will be pressed in on a later moment.

Dials/hands
Ding dong, the door bell said this morning. Ding dong? Didn’t expect anything just yet. The guys at FedEx are known to be fast, but this fast? Nice things have arrived and typically, HQ does the unboxing of these vital watch parts together with you:

The dials are beautifully executed in a sandwiched setup with a thick and therefore really noticable top layer. No thin leaf of painted metal, but a sturdy one here! The lume has been applied nicely and evenly. The hands are executed really well also.

Please note that the arrows/tips of the seconds hands are still all black. They will be lumed by hand by a secret Dutch operative in a later stage.

(sorry for some tiny dust particles that can be spotted in the image above, HQ’s old and tired eyes didn’t see them, but the camera lens did 😉

Just to show you the difference between the Blue Ace HQ’s preparing along with the Black Ace: this blue is a nice saturated one. We like. Your dials are really black and the greyish tone derives from direct daylight. The production of the Blue Ace can start right after more than 20 future owners have laid down their funds @ HQ. What you waitin’ for?

Hour wheels
Just for fun we screwed on one of those stunning hand-engraved hour wheels on one of the movements. Just look at that!

Cases/buckles
Eddy sent HQ a WhatsApp that today’s the day he’ll receive the very first production case and buckle. He’ll hand-finish those first to give André (the assembler) the chance to process them already. Meanwhile, Eddy will crack on with the rest of the batch. Good luck and thanks a million, Eddy and André!
Nitty gritty
This week’s all about gathering planning intel on all the nitty gritty still left to do, such as gaskets, movement fixations, caseback crystalss and crown engravings. More on that in another Briefing though.
That’s all folks, until next Briefing! Have a good one!
Over & out
HQ

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2017 ACE Squadron Briefing 13

Dear civilians,

Please pay attention and stop messing about, will ya? Man, do briefing rooms get noisy or what?

Welcome to Squadron Briefing no. 13. Yes – no. 13. Let’s defy conventions and maybe it will bring us some more luck?

Nanuk 903
This week, the postman made us very happy with 16 olive Nanuk 903 watch cases. HQ won’t show you the inside, as it must be a surprise for you. But how about these looks, can’t beat them!

Buckles/pins
Operative Eddy sent HQ a Whatsapp with this image, revealing the buckles will be ready soon:

The pins are not bent, as most watch brands do, but the pins are forged from a single block of titanium. The hole where the pushpin comes, is therefore drilled. Neat or what?! Anyway: Eddy and yours met in a famous hamburger joint on a non-diclosed location last night, to discuss your titanium buckles over a cold beverage. The following items were on the table…

Since the prototype buckle (right) from last year’s ACE prototype model needed a visual and quality upgrade, we developed a totally new buckle (middle) this winter. Problem was, it didn’t fit like it should because it didn’t have enough curvature. That’s why Eddy’s came up with buckle 2.0 (left) and he nailed it, ‘caus they fit like a glove. The curvature of this iteration is perfect. We tested it with a 3.2 mm thick handmade leather strap that was made by Remie Beijer of 7T2Straps.com to sport the SUBDELTA Periscope.

Eddy will have the buckles sanded and polished in the coming couple of weeks, after which they’ll be done. We simply can’t wait. Thanks Eddy!

Remie will receive one of these buckles soon, so he can make those beautiful olive leather straps for you. Why does he need a buckle anyway, you might ask? Well, he needs the pin to determine the size of the holes in the leather and the exact width in tenths of a mm so he can make the strap fit pefectly. Remie will get cracking soon, of which you’ll receive images in abundance.

Cases/casebacks
The cases and casebacks will be made right after the buckles are completed, so expect them somewhere by the beginning of May. We’re really looking forward to those too, Eddy.

Dials/hands
The sandwiched dials and hands with Swiss Super-LumiNova BGW9 are made elsewhere, not in-house and this party needs a tad more time to make them absolutely perfect for you. We expect them to surface by the end of May, so André can assemble the Ace watches right after that. Of course we have a supplier’s snapshot of them and once they surface, we’ll make better images. Left: regular, black version (16 pcs sold out), right: blue version (Blue Ace, production starts soon, all 30 pcs  are ready for pre-order).

SUBDELTA Blue and Black Ace dial

Nothing more to share with you at this point, so have a good one and be safe!

Over & out

HQ


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2017 ACE Squadron Briefing 12

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To all civilians,

It’s time for the SUBDELTA ACE Squadron Briefing no. 12. Time flies.

Sometimes HQ await parts (and we’re not very good at waiting), sometimes they’re all over the place…

Yesterday night a parcel was delivered @ HQ. On first glance, it looked like an everday parcel, containing nothing much of interest. Upon opening however, these emerged. The beadblasted grade 5 titanium crowns for the 2017 ACE have arrived!

There are two rubber gaskets already mounted inside them and the classified crown factory supplied us with 10 extra in case of emergency. Clever forward thinking, crown factory.

Did we already tell you this very factory supplies many a famous brand with bespoke crowns? They are not supposed / allowed to tell which brands and models, but make an educated guess 😉

Oh – one more thing. The 2017 ACE will be limited to 16 pieces and the very last one still awaits its future owner. So if you happen to know a friend, colleague, family member, please hook him or her up with HQ will you? Thanks! EDIT 6 March: SOLD!

That’s it for this week, folks. Have a good one!

Over & out

HQ


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New: comment box (ask a question)

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Hi folks.

Since many of you have one or more questions about a watch, we’ve added a tab on each product page, where you can ask any question. Answers can be seen too.

Shoot!

Regards

HQ


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2017 ACE Squadron Briefing 11

Hello to all civilians!

Just wanted to let you know HQ’s got something up its sleeve for all 2017 ACE buyers. On the back (view) side of their movements, there are two larger brushed wheels. Whenever they hand-wind their engines to tackle perilous missions and to track time, both of them move. They operate a large spring inside the belly of the movements, which gradually releases the tension over time, ensuring a smooth and even power distribution.

Stock standard, they look like this:

HQ felt the future owners needed a spiced-up version of this otherwise rather boring wheel… So in the actual watches, they will look like this:

Please note this is a blow-up of the prototype, still revealing even the slightest imperfection. Awesome, right? Dutch engraving artist called “Ernst” of Sanders Engraver (Instagram: sandersengraver) works on all of them – one at a time, taking his time. His girlfriend Kim designed these especially for SUBDELTA. Both of them for US presidents, please 😉

Also please note the blued screw will sit in the middle of this wheel, hiding its untreated center.

Have a good one!

Over & out

Headquarters


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2017 ACE Squadron Briefing 10

Good day to all civilians,

The tubes have just arrived @ HQ! Tubes are essential to any watch for a number of reasons:

  • to avoid dust and moisture penetrating the case and compromising the movement’s integrety and functions
  • to strengthen the connection between the winding stem and the crown
  • to look awesome

Other brands choose to make them out of plain stainless steel. Nothing wrong with that at all. We however choose to make them out of grade 5 titanium, just as we make all the hardware for the 2017 ACE out of this material. Just because we can, even though they’re much harder to manufacture and therefore much more expensive.

Everytime the future owners pull out their crowns, they see a magnificent titanium tube and know: no corners were cut there!

All other mission-critical intel was shared with the buyers only, as always.

Have a good one!

Over & out

Headquarters


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2017 ACE Squadron Briefing 09

Hello to all civilians,

Today you can see the progression of some of the pre-production types of the case and buckle for the 2017 ACE model in images.

The buckle is coming together great. Hand-polished, 45 degree bevels on each corner. Lasered-through letters and thick grade 5 titanium give a lot of panache to it, don’t you think?

Left: bead-blasted grade 5 titanium, finished case. Right: brushed version in stainless steel.

Look at the sharpness of those polished bevels! The lugholes are in a better position than on the early prototype case.

All other intel was shared with the buyers only.

Have a good one!

Over & out

Headquarters


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Modded homepage

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We’ve modded our homepage. Goodbye chatter, goodbye social media buttons, hello Instagram. Because that’s where it’s going on these days. We think. And oh yeah, maybe we’ll add some deals on the homepage we wouldn’t want you to miss too.


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For sale: 200-piece German collection

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We’re selling a 200-piece collection of wristwatches, pocket watches, stopwatches, boxes and accessories for one of our much-respected German clients. Furthermore, we’ve added some of our private pieces and pieces of friends and relatives. All in all we think we’ve got a pretty neat catalogue for you.

Please click here to view it.

It contains quite unique pieces, such as WW1 and WW2 military watches.

Please note we’re adding items on a regular basis, not all 200 at once. Thank you for watching and we’ll gladly answer any question you may have.