For the second consecutive month, there is a new brand on the blog, this time is Wakmann.
After setting up a successful watch company in Portugal, Icko Wakmann traveled to New York in 1943 to establish a business in the US market. He founded Wakmann Watch in 1946 and was listed on the American Stock Exchange in 1947.
At the end of the Second World War, in order to protect American watchmakers, the government imposed an important task on any Swiss watch sold in the United States. The only way to avoid these duties is to assemble and / or complete the replica watch in the United States. Thus, in October 1947, a joint venture was established between Breitling SA and Wakmann Watch Company in Switzerland (known as the American Breitling Company), which allowed Breitling to send watches to Wakmann, New York for “final finishing” and in the United States Distributed under the name of Wakmann – so you will see many Wakmann watches sold, the seller claims it is a “camouflage Breitling” even if it does not have any links to Breitling.
The same legislation does not apply to other aerospace instruments, so the relationship between the company is more obvious, both company names are significantly displayed on the cockpit clock and other timers on the dial.
Wakmann did not complete the replica watch production facilities, but over the years to many European manufacturers signed their watches. As a result, their watches are often similar to those of other manufacturers’ watches, but they all come from respected manufacturers such as ETA, Valjoux, Lemania, Venus and Landon’s good quality Swiss caliber.
The Regate (or Regatta) model in this post is one of the more popular Wakmann models, one of the interesting features of the replica watch is the multifunctional inner ring, and I believe it is unique to the replica watch, although I am happy to correct it.
On the outer edge there are two scales used in conjunction with the timer, a Tachymetre scale, commonly used in chronographs (for calculating the speed in km / h or miles per hour, at a distance of 1 km / 1 mile) The Regate scale used in sexual navigation. Since the minute register is mounted on a separate hand, rather than in this caliber sub-table, it makes it ideal for use as a navigation timer, where the first fifteen minutes can be easily measured according to the external Regate scale (see this article Explain how to use the maritime timer).
The internal track of the baffle is printed with five colored parts of the week and is used as a monthly plan. The day of the month is printed on the outer edge of the dial, and the idea is to use the left hand side of the replica watch to rotate the inner frame until the correct date of the week is dialed with the “1” on the left side of the table. It is easy to see what a particular date will be in the next month will be, that is. In the picture below, the 8th will be on a Sunday this month, wait – I want to be on this day and you might ask ‘Siri’ but back to the last century 70s when this replica watch would save you breaking Out of calendar. 😉
Although it is already an eye catcher already with a colored inner ring, the replica watch also has a white dial in a stainless steel case, as well as a gold dial / hand in the case of gold plating, those that require a little extra flash.
the replica watch in this replica watch is mainly because the condensation is formed inside the crystal wear. As you may see in the previous post, when the unexplained rust is quickly formed and the steel pivot on the train wheel is thicker than the human hair, it can do a lot of damage in a short time (here is an example ).
Open the box Obviously, the liner inside the lid is wrong because it has not changed for years and now more like plastic than rubber. You can see in the picture below, the rust has begun to form on the inside of the bottom cover.
While there are some pitting obvious cases, movement, a Lemania cal. 1341, quite dirty, but did not show signs of immediate corrosion, although the timer will not reset to zero, the hand has lost some of their paint due to moisture deposition in them.
Lemania cal 1341 is my caliber above the blog, so do not repeat it to describe how it works, I will redirect any interested groups to this article about the Tissot Navigator I wrote a few years ago.
The owner of this table has sent it in time because the rust begins to form in some movement parts, but it is just rusty at this stage and is easy to remove. The chronograph reset problem is due to the lack of recent maintenance.
Once the sports service, the case was ultrasonically cleaned and the crystal was polished, the paint was repaired, the new washer was assembled, and the replica watch was reassembled.
Finally, if you think this replica watch is cool, you are in the good company because Clint Eastwood wears the same watch in the 1995 film Madison County Bridge.