Dornblueth & Sohn Regulator Enamel Dial

Dornblueth regulator manual winding watch with enamel dial
• Case diameter (mm): 42.0
• Case thickness (mm): 11.5
• Case lug width (mm): 22
• Case back: Transparent
• Case finish: Mixed
• Case metal: Stainless steel
• Dial color: Enamel White
• Front crystal: Sapphire
• Movement: Manual mechanical
• Manufacturer's limited warranty: 2 years
• Warranty service: Dirk Dornblueth
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Dornblueth & Sohn Regulator Enamel Dial
Dornblueth & Sohn Regulator Enamel Dial
Dornblueth & Sohn Regulator Enamel Dial
Dornblueth & Sohn Regulator Enamel Dial
Dornblueth & Sohn Regulator Enamel Dial
Dornblueth & Sohn Regulator Enamel Dial
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Product Details

This is a very rare Dornblueth & Sohn watch and one of the most difficult to manufacture for two reasons.

First, the regulator and central seconds complications require that Dirk construct a second bridge to house the additional gears needed to produce this calibre.

And secondly, this watch has a true enamel dial (and not enamel lacquer applied to a dial).  A true enamel dial can tests the limits of even the best dial makers, as the dial is first made by hand and then baked in an oven, layer by layer.

To create an enamel dial, the dial maker begins with silica (glass particles) which are mixed with the correct pigment for the appropriate color.  These ingredients are then heated to 800 to 1,200 degrees Celsius and allowed to cool.

This process (fire, cool and add a new enamel layer) is completed up to ten times until the final result is achieved, which is truly a work of art and a unique dial.

We are fortunate to have just received this Dornblueth & Sohn Regulator with a hand made enamel dial (the dial is also made in Germany not far from Dirk's manufacture in Kalbe).

When Dirk began work on this watch, he wanted it to be authentic to the original regulator clocks - no compromises. His design called for the placement of the hour indicator at 6, and an offsetting power reserve at 12 and a central sweep seconds hand. The result is the Dornblueth & Sohn Regulator.

To create this watch, Dirk created two bridges to house the additional gears necessary for the central seconds function, one of which is actually elevated over the other. This watch also features a hack function which completely stops the seconds hand when the crown is engaged.

As is typical in a Dornblueth watch, Dirk includes all the "good stuff" - 3/4 plate, beveled edges, screw balance wheel, swan neck regulation, engraved balance cock, screwed gold chatons, and blued screws (by flame of course, including the slots).

And now the extras. The name "D. Dornblueth & Sohn, Kalbe i./S.A." is hand engraved and not machine engraved, a virtually rarity on any watch. And all of the decoration (Côtes de Genève and the sunray finish on the crown wheel and ratchet) are all done in-house, by hand. You'll notice that the movement is rose gold in appearance - this process itself is elaborate.

After cutting and polishing the plate, Dirk treats the surface to turn the metal a copper color. After all of the drilling and milling operations are complete, the movement itself is treated with rose gold to enhance the deep color.

This watch features a brushed and polished nickel-free steel case and the crown is signed D. Dornblueth, as is the tang buckle. Power reserve is 50 hours.

This watch ships on a black calf leather Dornblueth strap with Dornblueth stamped tang buckle.

WatchBuys has been working with Dirk Dornblueth and his team as their official North American distributor since his very early days.

We are honored to have been selected by Dirk to represent both his watches and his brand.

Our long association with Dornblueth & Sohn ensures that we know not only their watches, but also their manufacturing processes, movement designs and delivery timelines.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at (888) 333-4895 to speak with us about Dornblueth & Sohn watches.  We'll take the time to answer your questions in detail and to provide advice on selecting a new watch.

We visit Dirk each year at his workshops in Kalbe, Germany and during the BaselWorld show to stay up to date on all new models.

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