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    Watch This on Watches from Down Under - 5 minutes well spent.

    A few weeks ago I posted some photos of my newly arrived, actually "Manufactured in Australia" Number 15 from Nick Hacko

    I had an IT snafu and wasn't able to get back to those who had questions.

    yes, it is inspired by and based upon a Unitas movement.

    The titanium case, dial, crown, plates, wheels screws and made in their factory in Brookvale.

    Yes, they do make other models that are purchased swiss movements that they then add parts to and assemble and adjust, but this little beauty is the real deal.

    They don't make mainsprings and rubies and they buy screws, but then hand polish them and order custom sapphire crystals and hands from overseas from my discussions with him and what I've seen at his place.

    Nicko has invested many hundreds of thousands in some amazing high tech machinery to make this possible, in his obsession to bring watch manufacturing to our shores.

    He was recently approached by a local documentary filmmaker who is doing a series on local Artisan businesses.

    Here's the segment on my new watch:-

    https://vimeo.com/333902633?fbclid=I...Kf2nxvYYU4XfQ8

    It makes for brief, but fascinating viewing for all of 5 minutes or so
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    Cool Video.

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    I enjoyed that. Thanks for the link! (Nice designs, too.)
    Too many watches, not enough wrists.

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    UPDATE:!

    I've now got my custom skeletonised ratched wheel fitted, so she's got my name on him!

    And bonus - you get to see the perlage underneath!

    Also the kangaroo leather strap turned up some time back.

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    The guys have also just released a new video showing their machining processes.

    Mine's their in-house titanium case with S/S wheels, hand polished & blued screws and gold plated brass plates & bridges.

    The video is on their machinery and now they are more on thier funky titanium damscus folded stuff.

    It looks amazing in the flesh!

    Every single one is a different pattern and colour.

    I'm pestering them to find out how much an upgrade would be for mine.

    They are concentrating on finishing full watches at present, so it might be a while.

    And yes, as mentioned elsewhere previously, it is based upon an old tried and trusted Unitas design.

    Enjoy the next 27 minutes
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    That was way cool!
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    Here's a shorter - two minute maching one for those that don't have half an hour to spare.

    Its also more recenct and shows a couple of their newer toys

    https://youtu.be/IN6yqwCL3s0
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    I've been meaning to go visit this guy. He's not that far from me, in a very non-WIS part of the world, enroute to some good surfing spots.

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