Dekla Deckwatch 40 Silver Arabic Red

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SKU: DK-017

Watch Brand: Dekla

Dekla North America

Manual winding watch with sterling silver dial - 40 mm
• Watch diameter (mm): 40.0
• Watch height (mm): 8.9
• Lug width (mm): 20
• Lug to lug (mm): 48.2
• Water resistance: 50 meters
• Case back: Transparent
• Case finish: Polished / Brushed
• Case metal: Stainless steel
• Dial color: Sterling Silver
• Front crystal: Sapphire
• Seconds hand: Flame blued
• Movement: Manual mechanical
• Manufacturer's limited warranty: 2 years
• Strap or bracelet: Strap
• Warranty service: RGM or Dekla

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Dekla Deckwatch 40 Silver Arabic Red
Dekla Deckwatch 40 Silver Arabic Red

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Product Details

A Classic Design

The Dekla Deckwatch series is a line of dress watches inspired by classic marine chronometers (deck watches).  The bold numerals, outer railroad track, and cut-out constant seconds subdial come together for a timeless look.  The sterling silver dial and flame-blued hands give the watch a truly classy feel while the bright red 12 gives it a pop of color. 

In addition, the Dekla Deckwatch 40 Silver Arabic Red features a traditional manually wound movement visible through the sapphire case back.  This watch is powered by the famed Unitas 6498-1, a pocket watch movement configured for a wristwatch.  The robust Unitas 6498-1 is a manually winding workhorse featured in a wide variety of mechanical watches due to its simple layout and reliability.

Dekla is a German watch manufacture based in Stuttgart.  They specialize in the the building of watch cases, certain movement parts, watch dials, and the production of hands - all in-house.  Their engineering capabilities and hands-on approach allow them to produce watches with a remarkable attention to detail. 

What is a Deck Watch?

Prior to the invention of GPS, navigators at sea required accurate timekeeping to determine their location, which was essential for circumventing hazards and maintaining course.  Pendulum clocks and pocket watches, however, were ineffective at providing precise time at sea.  The weights in the pendulum clocks would swing uncontrollably, and pocket watches were often unreliable. 

Even if a pocket watch was only marginally inaccurate, over the course of months at sea the slight inaccuracy could position a ship well off course.

In the 18th century, the marine chronometer, also known as a deck chronometer or deck watch, was developed to help reliably determine a vessel’s longitude.  To determine longitude, Greenwich Mean Time was compared to the current time, which could only be calculated using a precise timing instrument and the observation of celestial bodies. 

Compared to other timepieces, deck watches were much more accurate and more robust in their design—heavy silver cases allowed for more water resistance, and their wooden casings protected against strikes and abrasions.  They became the most precise timepieces used at sea until the 1940s.

Because deck watches substantially improved oceanic navigation, they were highly revered by sea captains and their crewmembers.  In fact, officers would synchronize their own pocket watches to the captain’s deck watch to create a coordinated timekeeping system. 

Many deck watches featured the same basic design elements- bold Arabic or Roman numerals for the hours, a railroad style minute track around the dial, and a subdial for constant seconds typically located at 6.  This classic design would carry over through the invention of modern wristwatches.

Important features of this watch include:

  • Unitas 6498-1 manually winding movement
  • Decorated movement with Côtes de Genève
  • Sapphire crystal with interior AR coating
  • Transparent sapphire case back
  • Sterling silver 925 dial made in-house
  • Flame-blued hands made in-house
  • Red 12 with Arabic numerals
  • Water resistant to 50 meters

This watch is fitted with a black leather Dekla strap with black stitching.

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Made in Germany
Dekla German watches are an "insiders brand", known by those in the watch industry for manufacturing outstanding cases at their production facilities in Ulm, Germany, as well as dials and hands in Stuttgart, Germany.

Until now, the company has largely been known as a manufacturer of watch components for other (primarily German) watch companies, but now is concentrating on their in-house Dekla brand.

Welcome to Dekla German Watches.

In House

Dekla has an interesting background, and quality (or lack thereof) really put things in motion.

The company founders have been involved in watch manufacturing for many years, but when they first started to create and design their watches they purchased cases from a case manufacturer.

Things did not go well - when those cases arrived, the quality did not meet expectations and the company rejected all pieces.  And from that point forward their mission changed.

First, Dekla switched to in-house case production to meet their quality standards.  Next, dial and hand production moved in-house, and so continued a long path towards "German products made by us".

Watch Cases and Parts

We applaud both the attitude and initiative to take over in-house production, and over the years Dekla has continued to expand their manufacturing expertise.

Today Dekla operates a comprehensive machine tool fleet, including three milling machines used for:
  • Rough shaping
  • Manufacture of watch cases
  • Production of small watch parts
Dekla also operates a wire EDM (electro-erosion discharge machine), which is critical to the production of small watch parts.  Lathes and engraving machines complete the production process.

Finally, the company has developed hardened watch cases called 6Steel which use the Kolsterising® process to harden their 316L stainless steel to 1,300 Vickers, more than six times the hardness of a standard watch case.

These hardened 6Steel cases offer superior resistance to scratches, abrasions and nicks.

6Steel Hardened Steel

Watch Dials

Watch dial manufacturing in Germany can be considered a real art, as the process requires a meticulous attention to detail.  For this reason, few German watch companies manufacture their own dials but instead purchase those dials from others.

To make a great watch dial, you must first master the art of pad printing.  The principle of pad printing was invented in Switzerland and involves the application of an image using an elastic pad or roller, and this technology is used by all leading German watch manufacturers.

Dekla manufactures watch dials using pad printing with precision equipment designed for use in the watch industry.  Because this production is not outsourced, all watch dials meet the rigid requirements set by Dekla.

Watch Hands

Watch hands are another component of mechanical watches that are typically outsourced to other companies.

And unfortunately, many times the path of least expense is chosen - purchasing "stained" watch hands which are cheap to manufacture, do not hold up well over time, and are produced in mass quantities overseas.

Dekla has chosen a different approach that is consistent with their other in-house production methods - don't outsource the hands.

The company operates the necessary machinery to produce the punching dies to produce custom watch hands.  The manufacture of watch hands in Germany is a special process that involves a creative approach and the use of the highest quality raw materials.

Renowned German watch hand manufacturers, including Dekla, use the technology of thermal bluing during production.  In addition to the thermal bluing of watch hands, Dekla can produce watch hands from precious metals.

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Verified Owner Comments: First time owning a DEKLA. Recommendation from WB customer service. Superior German design and quality, the so-called Deckwatch style is easy to read and a joy to look at. The 40mm size also fits my 7 inch wrist just right. Happy with my purchase! Might buy another!!