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Pesman

So...2 days before my 55th Birthday and after much agonising over my choice, the Zero West has arrived....

 

Hand made in the UK and built to order

 

https://zerowest.watch/product/s1-spitfire-watch-1936/

 

I don't think I have ever felt as nervous opening a watch. I had had a number of chats with the co-owners who were happy to talk watches until the cows came home, both passionate about their venture...the strap was bespoke and I was encouraged to feel no guilt about returning it if it didn't work for me...

 

So...how is it in reality?...

 

STUNNING!!!

 

Plenty of pics below but, in short, I am very happy with my choice...it feels like I own something unique and very special...lovingly designed and built on near Portsmouth - over-looking the bay referenced in this model...

 

The build is solid, the ETA 2824 is a super smooth wind...and the strap is supple, thick and smells wonderful - Bremont take note...the inner ring (rehault?) Has a subtle bronze tinge...it just all works and is finished off with the unique joystick crown...

 

Anyway, it's a keeper...my rubbish snaps below...

 

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And a lovely personalised message as well...

 

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Andrew designs them, Graham builds them and makes the straps...

 

I suspect I may be looking out for another at some point...

 

Thanks all for the suggestions....I am glad I went left-field...

 

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rusky27
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I like it a lot, a quality peice throughout. Enjoy many years with it mate. 

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CollieWobbles

Quality handmade piece, enjoy :clap:

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australis

Gotta luv those GPS location co-ords on Pilot watch!  lol

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Pesman
Gotta luv those GPS location co-ords on Pilot watch!  lol
Every model has an appropriate set of co-ords

Design Attributes

Latitude and Longitude reference the Woolston Spitfire factory

Date code references the maiden flight from Eastleigh Aerodrome

Dial design based on a Smith cockpit clock

Crown modelled on the joystick gun platform fire button

Watch back disk insert engraved with Spitfire technical drawing surrounded by the graphics from a P8 compass

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deju
1 minute ago, Pesman said:

Every model has an appropriate set of co-ords

Design Attributes

Latitude and Longitude reference the Woolston Spitfire factory

Date code references the maiden flight from Eastleigh Aerodrome

Dial design based on a Smith cockpit clock

Crown modelled on the joystick gun platform fire button

Watch back disk insert engraved with Spitfire technical drawing surrounded by the graphics from a P8 compass

32e93b217fb1870ee98c3e71d7ed8d94.jpg

Sent from my SM-G977B using Tapatalk
 

That’s brilliant!!! 

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inthemire

Great choice , looks beautiful and oozes quality. Plus a personal purchase experience with the owners. Thanks for sharing. 

Happy Birthday

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TheGingerFerret
10 minutes ago, Pesman said:



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Not sure why you wanted a watch with the Portsmouth Lidl coordinates on.

I'd have preferred Waitrose personally.

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Ibanez

What a fab story, nice to know who they are and what they're all about :thumbsup2:

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Glaude
37 minutes ago, TheGingerFerret said:

Not sure why you wanted a watch with the Portsmouth Lidl coordinates on.

Was about to comment the same thing :rofl: 

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hasel5

That's pretty close to me 

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tribefan

Beautiful piece, the letter is a nice touch and gives it some sentimental value. Enjoy, and many happy returns.

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FunnyStarSystem

Always nice to own something designed and built with passion and thought, rather than just some guy squatting in the corner, slurping his noodles in the oppressive Guangzhou heat waiting to get back to his next 7 hour shift, scratching up a pube just as he screws down the rotor...

 I appreciate the inspiration as I've always wanted a Smith/JLC  collaboration like below:

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Interestingly, on the satellite photo you can see where they have created an image of the Spitfire in the tarmac where the factory once stood in Woolston:

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And the housing estate (or whatever you Brits call it) is "Spitfire Court". Interesting stuff.

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Pesman
That's pretty close to me 

They are always keen to see visitors....I’ll see what we can set up when the madness eases

 

I haven’t been to Havent!

 

 

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Flinnt

A very special timepiece indeed. Good choice. 

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Intresting

Truly bespoke watch.   Its unlikely these will be repped so its unique.   Happy early birthday :)   Wear it in good health and for many more years to come.

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hasel5
14 hours ago, Pesman said:

They are always keen to see visitors....I’ll see what we can set up when the madness eases

 

I haven’t been to Havent!

 

 

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Woolston is all bee redeveloped over the last 30 years used to be a big ship building area 

 

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BravoDelta

What an elegant timepiece. Congratulations and happy birthday!  Enjoy it and MHR. 

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Cap'n

What a nice touch and great story - one to treasure 

Happy Birthday. 

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